These are the 5 best black books from black authors to read this extra hot summer. These books have thousands of positive ratings on GoodReads and Amazon.

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting In Real Life is a like a dramatic comedy in written form as she talks about her frustrating childhood to her current adulting hardships. This black book covers her funny sexual encounters, evolving friendships, and her expectancy of unavoidable truths.

This Is Just My Face

Gabourey Sidibe has always been a favorite of mines, ever since she shared the big screen with Monique in that sad movie years ago. Gabourey’s This Is Just My Face is a great black book to read this month as she talks about growing up in Harlem with her gifted mom and polygamous dad. This book starts with her first job as a phone sex operator all the way to the start of her international fame.

The Awkward Thoughts on W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell, from CNN, talks about many serious issues in his Awkward Thoughts book. He goes has opinions on the joys of fatherhood, law enforcement, and politics. The lighter side of this book discusses comedians, superheroes, and his interracial marriage. This read will be a great look from a black nerd.

The Color of Law

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein talks housing policy history of the American metropolis. This book discusses prejudices, income differences and the rise of the private institutions. The Color of Law makes it clear that segregation is influenced by the law.

My Soul Looks Back

My Soul Looks Back is a memoir from Jessica B. Harris fascinating life of growing up in Manhattan in the 70s. She talks about being part of a creative circle with James Baldwin to traveling to many countries to being called a bitch by Nina Simone.

I’ve only read two of these books so far. I had to support Gabourey and Kamau! The other three books are highly rated black books that I’ve seen trending online for some time. Most readers will enjoy these great books from black authors.

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