Classic Black Women’s Literature to Flip Through Twice

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March 9, 2011 ‐ By

As iPods orchestrate music in the ears of young folk, and open-mouth, dead-to-the-world sleep is always welcome during an early morning commute on public transit, nothing is more satisfying than filling up your time while caught in the grips of an exceptionally great book. For black women, there are a few reads that speak to us and tell our story better than we could put into words ourselves. They’ve been passed on through word of mouth, through book clubs and through literal passing from hand to hand. The 10 works of art featured are books you’ve probably read or heard of, and if you have them, it’s time to crack ‘em open again. Because a truly great book has no limit to the entertainment it can provide, and well, you might as well get your money’s worth, whether in fancy-schmancy e-reader form, or in old-school, bunny-eared paperback fashion. If it’s your first time flipping through them, take notes for your next bookstore ransacking.

What books would you recommend for people to read again or for the first time?

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  • Unaka

    A couple of good reads are Behind Those Eyes by T.P. Carter and Better Than by Leslie Esdaile. Behind Those Eyes is a wonderfully written book about soulmates and following your heart. At times it can be a little wordy but at the end of the story you will want to read it again just to feel what the characters are feeling. Better Than is a romance novel but it centers on a curvy black woman learning to love herself. The characters in this book will just make you want to find the same kind of love. I have read both books many times and each time I walk away feeling each characters struggles, heartache and growth.