6 Books You Need On Your Bookshelf

1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Ta-Nehisi Coates attempts to answer the biggest questions about American history in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Between the World and Me shines light on the past, confronts the present and explores a vision for a way forward.



2. I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
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I’m Judging You is the debut book from blogger Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie. She uses humorous essays to dissect our cultural obsessions and call out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. Ajayi passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture, and fame, from addressing terrible friends to serious discussions of race and media representation.



3. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
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Jen Sincero delivers 27 bite-sized chapters of hilarious and inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. You Are a Badass will help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, work past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make money, learn to love yourself and others, and set big goals and reach them.


4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
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This book humorously chronicles Shonda Rhimes’ (creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder) life during her Year of Yes – when she forced herself out of her comfort zone and said yes to all the things that made her uncomfortable; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Rhimes also explores life before her Year of Yes — from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her.


5. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
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Before Issa Rae was “Insecure” she was an “Awkward Black Girl.” In this book Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.


6. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
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The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston shares his expertise in being black, with helpful essays like “How to Be the Black Friend,” “How to Speak for All Black People,” “How To Celebrate Black History Month,” and more, in this satirical guide to race issues – written for black people and those who love them.


What are some of your favorite books that you think are must-reads?

One thought on “6 Books You Need On Your Bookshelf

  1. Tyler Wright says:

    “YOU ARE A BADASS” is already on my list of books I want to read!

    I really like to read self=help books like these and any other inspiring nonfiction because it allows me to learn how to become successful from wherever I am reading.

    If you are interested in the nonfiction I have been reading, or if you want to know what the benefits are from reading this genre in specific, please stop by my page. I post book reviews over biographies, classics, and inspiring nonfiction.



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