Fantastic Adult Nonfiction by African American Authors

26 Feb Fantastic Adult Nonfiction by African American Authors

Well Read Black Girl

by Glory Edim

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.


A Mighty Long Way

by Carlotta Walls LaNier


The Cooking Gene

by Michael W. Twitty

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.


Eloquent Rage

by Brittney C. Cooper

Women’s anger has fueled every political movement in the United States, from suffrage to Civil Rights to #MeToo. Women’s anger is a powerful, unshakable force that sends people from marginalized communities into the streets, the courtrooms, the classrooms, and beyond to fight for the more just world that our ancestors fought for and our descendants will fight for long after we’re gone.


The Fire This Time

by Jesmyn Ward

Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, contemporary writers reflect on the past, present, and future of race in America. We’ve made progress in the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essays were published, but America is a long way away from a “post-racial society”—a truth we must confront if we are to continue to work towards change. Baldwin’s Fire Next Time is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about; The Fire This Time places the shock of our own times into historical context and, most importantly, to move these times forward.”