A good book ensures that one’s story is never erased.
In honor of our triumphant story, celebrating 50 years as a magazine, we’ve chosen 50 remarkable books from the last 50 years.
These titles have captivated and moved us, searing themselves into memory with their fierce truth-telling and leaving us so much richer than before.
From first-person narratives that tell a singular story to inspirational picture books for your little ones, these 50 books celebrate the full humanity of Blackness.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah features a woman who left Nigeria for America only to return to her true love; the 2013 novel is being turned into an HBO Max miniseries.
Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf began as a stage play in 1974 and got the big screen treatment in 2010
In his 2015 National Book Award–winning memoir, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his son about what it means to be Black.
Jason Reynolds’s Long Way Down is written entirely in free verse. The author’s standout 2017 young adult book zooms in on a young man grappling with losing his brother.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas captures the pain and rage of a community that has lost a teen to racist police violence.