Cleo Wade Shows Off Her Impeccably-Curated Home Library

The writer keeps her decorated shelves full of poetry and pottery.

Writer Cleo Wade gave Marie Claire a tour of her bedroom bookshelves in the latest episode of Shelf Portraitour video series in which celebrities, influencers, and famous bookworms show off their personal libraries.

As writers, it's only natural Wade and her partner have a huge collection of books, but Wade likes to keep their collection coordinated. "I'm actually a non-professional, but I feel professional, bookshelf accessorize-er," she says pointing to her art-filled, color-sorted shelves. A few stand-out titles on her shelf include Black Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate, which she calls the "best book on writing you'll ever read;" Human Design by her friend Jenna Zoë; a first edition of Toni Morrison's Beloved; and a book she recommends to all activists, On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson.

Another standout title on Wade's shelf is her own new book, Remember Love. Made up of poetry and prose, Remember Love is all about rebuilding yourself through moments of darkness. "It's kind of about how to find steadiness when the world around you is just spinning with change, and you're just trying to find your way and get back to yourself," she explains. "A lot of this book also has to deal with heartbreak."

To learn more about Wade's favorite genres and authors, watch Wade's full Shelf Portrait video, above, then order some of her favorite books for yourself, below.

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