Today is the last Sunday in February which means it’s my last week of highlighting some books by Black authors on my TBR. This week I decided to focus on memoirs by Black authors. I don’t really read memoirs, but I’m hoping to get into them a little more this year and try a couple out. These are definitely contenders on that list. 🙂
Maya Angelou has a number of memoirs/autobiographies but this is probably her most famous (I think). I’ve actually wanted to read this for a few years now, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I know Angelou is a common favorite among readers though so this is definitely one I want to check out.
I just recently became aware of this, but now really, really want to read it. It’s basically a memoir talking about some of the ridiculous things that she’s been told/asked/called/etc. as a Black woman. It sounds pretty hilarious too, which is always a plus.
Most of you probably know of Trevor Noah since he’s now the host of The Daily Show. I’ve heard a lot of things about his memoir and it sounds really good. It talks about his life growing up and it’s basically his coming-of-age story, from what I hear. I really love Trevor Noah on The Daily Show so this should be an interesting read for me.
This memoir might actually be the one on this list that I most want to read. This is a reflection of the author’s loss of five young Black men in her life and her realization that their deaths are a result of the effects of racism. I’m sure this will be heartbreaking, but also an eye-opening read.
A Long Way Gone is a pretty popular memoir, but for those of you who don’t know (and can’t tell from the title) it’s a memoir written by a man who was forced to be a child soldier and the effects its had on him throughout his life. Again, I’m sure this will be heartbreaking, but I think this is a topic we should all be more aware of.