27 Books by Black Women That Should Really Be on Your Bookshelf

“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”

Books by Black Women that Should Really Be on Your Bookshelf
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Even if you've donated to Black Lives Matterprotested alongside (opens in new tab) your fellow citizens, and held discussions with those close to you, as allies, there is always more you can do to educate yourself about the lived experience of Black people in the United States. Take a look at your bookshelf; take a look at the authors on your bookshelf; are you missing something or someone? If so, you've come to the right place. There's something in this mix for everyone, from mind-blowing science fiction to heartwarming memoirs, but all have one thing in common: They were written by amazing Black female authors. These Black authors have thought of it all, so all you have to do is read. Get ready to find your next favorite author.

Alexis Jones is an assistant editor at Women's Health where she writes across several verticals on WomensHealthmag.com, including life, health, sex and love, relationships and fitness, while also contributing to the print magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University, lives in Brooklyn, and proudly detests avocados.