As the seasons change, it signifies growth and progression from one point to the next. Just as the weather is unpredictable, it acts as a reminder of the uncertainty of life, and that nothing – whether it be good or bad – lasts forever.

Spring has always been known as a time of transition, and the opportunity to reflect on the past in order to properly navigate the future. Similar to a great song or powerful film, a really good book can serve a different purpose, depending on the individual. It can incite an emotion, educate on an upcoming situation, or even tell a story that gives one an escape from the trials of reality, if even for a moment.

Many of our Black authors are able to write about a wide range of topics. The list today includes the memoir by the matriarch of a family of highly successful sports stars, a heart-wrenching, coming of age tale from an award-winning journalist, and the story of a young, multihyphenate, stressing the importance of seeking therapy, regardless of race.

Take a look at 9 new books from Black Authors we can’t wait to read this Spring.