Black Stories Matter – 15 Great Books That Make You Think

Black Stories Matter – 15 Great Books That Make You Think

Books That Make You think
We live, we love, we breathe. All our lives are a precious gift God gave us.
Still, we have to explain to our kids, why people think that they are in a position to decide only by the skin color who is considered the right or wrong human being.
We can’t face the idea or the stories about WWII and all that sufferance that families had to endure.
Still, racism seems to raise from our bones and our children.
In this time, where COVID is not the only pandemic, I keep asking myself how it is possible for a mother explaining RACISM to a kid, which words we have to use to describe the world where sadly, human rights are so easily violated.
But WE HAVE TO. Because kids are our best chance for a better future.
As a book reader, I’ve then started thinking about books by black authors that had a great impact on me, and several ones came to my mind. But honestly, it was not so easy, because I do not always check for the author’s photo and it happens very often that I miss the skin color.
Anyway, I’m going to share today what I think are books that make you think, and a few recommendations I have on my backlist, which are considered amazing reads and that I hope to review soon for all of you to read.
I truly hope these books will make a difference for you too because BLACK LIVES MATTER, BLACK STORIES MATTER.
And of course, I’d happy to listen to your thoughts on any of these books or if you have any favorites to share.
Happy Reading!


Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Memorial Drive book coverA Novel
by Natasha Trethewey

On Sale: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Ecco
Print Lenght: 224 Pages

Memorial Drive is a chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy.

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.



Becoming book coverA Novel
by Michelle Obama

On Sale: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Penguin
Print Lenght: 426 Pages

Becoming is the intimate, powerful, and beautifully written memoir by the United States’ former First Lady that inspired the major Netflix documentary.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.

As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. She dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and stood with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms.