Usually when the weather heats up, we’re all dying to run outside and enjoy the sunshine. But with the nation battling the coronavirus pandemic, many of us will still be in doors for the next few weeks.
While that’s not ideal, it is perfect for those of us who love to cozy up with a good book. And there’s plenty of reads coming out this spring that we’re excited about by Black authors.
From poetry collections to cultural essays to a Marvel adaption, our list includes it all. Check out the nine books we’ve added to our bookshelves.
Frying Plantain (March 3)
In 12 short stories, Zalika Reid-Benta makes her debut by introducing us to a Canadian teen, living in “Little Jamaica,” Toronto’s Eglinton West neighborhood as she tries to hold onto her cultural identity--and grow up at the same time.
Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes takes us inside the brotherhood of two high school students in this middle grade novel. While one brother presents as White, the other presents as Black and gains the nickname of "Black brother" at their prep school. An examination of the school-to-prison pipeline, in this book the darker brother gets framed and arrested, but thankfully befriends an Olympic fencer and soon begins to prepare for a fencing competition.
Part of her Blessings novel series, author Beverly Jenkins turns our eye to Henry Adams, Kansas in this novel where the mayor, Trent July, is stepping down. Meanwhile Malachi “Mal” July is trying to repair the damage he's done, including to his woman. But is she ready to forgive?
Sierra Leonean author Ishmael Beah explores the meaning of family in his new novel that details the friendships of five people living together under one roof. But when one gets a taste of the good life and a chance to follow her dreams, their family is not only at odds, it's at risk.
Morgan Jerkins returns with a memoir of sorts that reflects back 300 years. Taking a look at the Great Migration, where hundreds of disenfranchised Black people left the south for the north in America, in search for better opportunities, this book explores how it changed culture, customs and the very fabric of America.
Four brothers struggle to keep a neighborhood knitting shop open after its owner, and their adoptive mother, suddenly dies. But when a part-time employee, who has a crush on the heartthrob brother offers to help, the store looks like it has a chance--or does it?