Amazing Black Reads: 3 Recommendations of the Week

Discover and explore well-known and unknown black literature written across the world. This is my recommendation for the week of Monday, January 15.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?

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by Issa Rae

Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.

Link to Book on Amazon: CLICK HERE

Behold the Dreamers

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by Imbolo Mbue

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

Link to Book on Amazon: CLICK HERE

The Hate You Give

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by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Link to Book on Amazon: CLICK HERE


The Good Black Reads initiative was something I created to support, highlight, and celebrate well-known, as well as unknown aspiring black authors. Sharing images, book descriptions, reviews and author profiles, Good Black Reads is a much needed program meant to explore, discover, and celebrate black writers, storytellers and educators who put pen to paper and capture the essence of the black experience and more.

Platforms of Engagement: Instagram @goodblackreads: For those eager to find well-known & unknown contemporary black literature written around the world

Facebook: Good Black Reads Group: This group is meant to be a meeting space for self-published and aspiring authors of color. It functions as a platform and forum for authors of color to share resources, ideas, tips and tricks on self-publishing and authorship.

Kwapi Vengesayi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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