Updated: Feb 10
In celebration of Black History Month, we are highlighting some of the most popular works of literature written by Black authors, all of which have become ingrained within cultural landscape. Here are their 10 incredible book recommendations that belong on your reading list, curated by our agents and staff at Brown Harris Stevens.
"A writer's life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity." — Toni Morrison
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly
This novel explores the formerly unacknowledged but integral contributions of NASA's African-American female mathematicians, who persevered despite facing the highly oppressive Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation within the industry.
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
This collection of essays by James Baldwin details his experience as a Black man living within Harlem during the Civil Rights Movement. It provides groundbreaking social criticism that few Black writers provided at the time.