Books Written By Black Women In 2021

Honoring Martin Luther King Day, today lets look back on some great books written by Black women.

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The new year is starting to settle in, and it is already the 17th of January. Can you believe it? It feels like it was just 2021 yesterday. On Martin Luther King Day, let us reminisce and celebrate black voices today by looking back on books that came out last year written by Back women.

What better way to stay true to your 2022 reading goals than getting a roundup of all the great, diverse books you may have missed in 2021? From Concrete Rose written by Angie Thomas that was much anticipated to a moving memoir by Cicely Tyson, these are all books we think you should add to your bookshelf this new year.

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

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Commonly described by many reviews as a “Jane the Virgin” meets “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” If you’re looking for something to help you get through these cold winter storms, this is a great romantic comedy about a 16-year-old girl searching for her first love.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas confessed that Thomas was her favorite character that she had ever written, going on to say she may appear as a bad parent admitting such. This book advocates for black men as Thomas is seen in this story navigating his way through life and coming to be the father he was in her famed The Hate U Give.

In Search of the Color Purple by Salamishah Tillet

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In 1983, Alice Walker became the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her classic and critically acclaimed novel, The Color Purple. Salamishah Tillet takes a deeper look into how the novel came to be through archival research and interviews with women such as Oprah and Walker herself.

The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard

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In this story, a Black servant to an upper-class white family accepts the deal of a lifetime. However, she must risk being completely exploited for her gifts, as many Black people have endured throughout history. When she tries to make a living for herself later, her past comes back to haunt her.

Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

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Two days before she pasesed, Tyson left her memoir for the world. Just As I Am is a stunning recount of the brilliant woman’s life, as well as a letter to all those who she inspired.

Be sure to stay tuned for more celebratory content of Black voices this week!