Adult Nonfiction by Black Authors
Updated: Oct 9, 2021
by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
We at the Unabridged Podcast stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. There are SO many books that we love by Black authors, and we look forward to lifting up those amazing books. We are continuing our celebration by focusing on adult nonfiction by Black authors. There's true variety here. I've included essay collections, memoirs, and multi-genre pieces. Some of these works are explicitly about race in the United States, while others are about the refugee experience or politics or feminism. I had the chance to teach Wes Moore's memoir . . . and I wish I were still in the classroom to teach Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped.
James Baldwin's The Fire This Time
Jesmyn Ward's The Fire Next Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
Wes Moore's The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Clemantine Wamariya's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After - Check out my brief review.
Ta-Nehisi Coates's We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist: Essays
Toni Morrison's The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations - One more review.
Patricia Williams's Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
One of my goals here was not to repeat books I've already recommended in other Bookish Faves, so I'm going to refer you to these other posts for additional recommendations: "Memoirs on Audio Read by the Author," "More than Just the Facts: Favorite Nonfiction," and "Celebrity Memoirs."
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