Open Your Thoughts Summer '19 Reading List

Summer started Friday, June 21st and with every frozen drink you indulge in, make sure its accompanied by a great read (unless you’re just too far gone, then I suggest a nap). With that being said I have put together a summer reading list for all the book lovers and those just looking for a great book to read. The best part is the reads are all by African American authors, because you know…pro-black! Enjoy!

  1. 2AM Thoughts by Makenzie Campbell - A collection of poems on love, heartache, relationships, loss, finding one's self, and learning to love the life you've been given. If you love Alex Elle and Rupi Kaur, you’ll love Makenzie Campbell

  2. The Polished Hoe: A Novel by Austin Clarke - Is a fictional story about a woman named Mary-Mathilda, one of the most respected women of the island of Bimshire (also known as Barbados) calls the police to confess to a crime, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the island's African past and the tragic legacy of colonialism in one epic sweep. If you’re tired of poetry and essays, this a great book!

  3. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi - Another awesome fictional story! Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

  4. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain by Phoebe Robinson - Phoebe is a comedian and New York Times bestseller. Her book is a collection of hilarious essay on race, gender and pop culture.

  5. All About Love New Visions by bell hooks - one of my favorite writers and one of favorite books. I haven’t read every book on this list, but I definitely read this one! This is bell hooks third installment on her topic of love. Bell Hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation.

  6. Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom - This is kind of like a cultural bible. It is a collection of essays on the modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniquely her own.