10 Must-Read Beach Reads 

Beach season is here & one of the first things you'll want to do is to get some great books together to read as you relax in the sun. No matter the genre, these Black authors have you covered. 

Let's take a look at these ten books you need to add to your beach reading list. 

This novel follows Doll as she rises above the harsh realities of slavery and colonialism by working the system and leveraging the competing attentions of the men in her life.

Vanessa Riley

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Nneka is here to help you crystallize and process grief with her upcoming book, Self-Care for Grief: 100 Practices for Healing During Times of Loss. 

Nneka M. Okona

Self-Care for Grief

Explore these men in a different way & learn the impact their mothers had on their lives.

Anna Malaika Tubbs

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, & James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

It's not enough to just say that "racism is a mental disorder." Black Fatigue names & shames the illness making this an essential reading

Mary-Frances Winters

How Racism Erodes The mind, Body & Spirit

For a humorous yet culturally relevant take on being Black in punk, There and Black Again has you covered. 

There and Black Again: The Autobiography of Don Letts By Don Letts

The story focuses on 3 Black women’s life-changing summer in an exclusive Black beach community as they work to secure their inheritance of their godmother's home.



This happy coming of age story tells the story of how two people from quite different backgrounds find love and happiness against all odds. 

Junauda Petrus

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

D.L uses humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health, wellbeing, & safety of minorities. His inspiration? White people & their love of survival guides.

D.L. Hughley


Want to relive that magical moment, where she read The Hill We Climb to a battered and bruised — yet unbroken — country?

Amanda Gorman

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for The Country

Melvin comes to terms with his fraught relationship with his father & celebrates the father figures in his life who were positive role models. 

Craig Melvin

POPS: Learning to be a Son & A Father


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