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5 books to read by Black authors before the end of 2019

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Writing gives Black authors the creative space to tell their stories. From non-fiction and fiction to poems and memoirs, African Americans are releasing their literary talents and creating award-winning books.

For all of the book lovers and those searching for a good read, here are books by Black authors that are a great read.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. The New York Times #1 Best-seller Becoming has skyrocketed on the charts since its debut in November 2018. Former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir evokes a plethora of emotions. From heartfelt thoughts to occasional humor, the story sets an inspirational tone.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Homecoming follows the path of two sisters born in different villages in Ghana. One sister goes through life living comfortably with an English husband, while the other is sold into slavery. Their families are followed in each environment through eight generations.

Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow. Charles M. Blow shines the spotlight on the author’s time growing up in Louisiana during the 1970s. Living through segregation, he talks about dealing with being raped at a young age and figuring out bisexuality.

How Not To Get Shot by D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe. How Not To Get Shot tells the reality of being an African American in America. With a comical spin, Hughley confronts the level of injustice that is constantly faced by Blacks based on the color of their skin. He also shares advice from how to dress to the way a Black person should drive to avoid being labeled as suspicious

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The book which debuted in 2017, tells the story of a teenager killed by police brutality in front of his best friend. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, the story gives a voice to protesters involved in the current movement against police brutality toward African Americans.