Last week, I did a recommendation list for Black History month that was mostly just classics published up to the 1980s. Now, here's a list for more modern books to read for Black History month and beyond that.
Note: I am not putting The Color Purple, Beloved, or The Autobiography of Malcolm X on here. Not because those books aren't good (they are, go read them) but because probably at this point everyone knows those books and putting them on this list would probably be redundant.
The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
If you've already read The Color Purple, try this novel, written the same year Color Purple came out.
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
If you've likewise, already read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, check out this book written by a Black Panther activist during the eighties.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
If you're into essays and feminism, absolutely check out this collection written in the 80s but no less relevant.
Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley
If you're looking for some mystery to add to your Black History month reading, check out this series started in the 90s about a man in the 40s solving mysteries in LA.
Push by Saphire
You might remember this book due to the movie of the same name that gave us the ever delightful Gabourey Sidebe.
Fences by August Wilson
You've no doubt heard of Fences thanks to it being nominated for several oscars.
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
For sci-fans, check out this old school dystopian from the nineties (and then look into Hopkinson's other work)
Feminism is For Everybody by bell hooks
I have recommended this one before but seriously: read it. Especially those who think feminism doesn't need to be intersectional.
The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hil
If you're looking for a book to read after you've read Homegoing or Roots, check out this award winner from 2007.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Honestly, you probably already know about this book if you're in the book world at all. But in case you don't....