This year has been an exciting one for Black authors — particularly authors who are Black women.

Not only were Zora Neale Hurston’s 1927 interviews with Cudjo Lewis, the last known living survivor of the Middle Passage, unearthed in book form, our forever first lady Michelle Obama also blessed us with chapters upon chapters of how she became the amazing woman she is today.

There are plenty of other books by Black women — fiction and non-fiction — that really made a splash this year. And although there were plenty more, here were some of our favorites (just in case you need a last minute stocking stuffer.)

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