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African-American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. It begins with the works of such late 18th-century writers as Phillis Wheatley. Before the high point of slave narratives, African-American literature was dominated by autobiographical spiritual narratives.
Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories authentically, and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays, and memoirs. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we're highlighting 25 books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today.
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I first began reading young adult literature at age 14, when I was a member of the core demographic. From there, I was thrust into the wonderful world of YA novelsand I never looked back. However, the more books of the genre that I read, the more I began to notice a prevailing pattern: There were hardly any characters, supporting or main, in the books that looked like me.
Jaime Adoff. In this book in verse, 12 year old Keith leaves Brooklyn after his dad's death and has to deal with racism with the music of Jimi Hendrix. Coe Booth.
An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Buy now from your favorite retailer:. This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story.
Not only does she have to struggle with keeping the true identity of her family a secret and fit in with her new friends, but she also has to keep it cool in front of the boy she likes. Talk about pressure! What it's about: In s Savannah, Georgia, Essie is torn between the life she has and the life she wants — the life of a noble woman.
As a child, my mother brought home a bundle of books every Friday evening. The genres would vary; poetry, fiction, plays, and more. She always made sure I had an abundance of texts to choose from.
These books fall into the genres of Street Lit and Young Adult Fiction, which has characters who are primarily in their teens or early 20's. Modern street lit often, but not always, focuses on African American or Latino protagonists. There may be more violence and sexual content with these novels than is present in books that have more of a Young Adult focus. Young Adult Fiction These books fall into the genres of Street Lit and Young Adult Fiction, which has characters who are primarily in their teens or early 20's.