Five "Must-Read" Books for Black Women

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta will always occupy a special place in my heart. She was the first writer that introduced me to a feminism that was explicitly African. A lot of black experiences are dominated by African American voices and as an African woman, a lot of the time I feel drowned by the experiences of African American women. At the age of 17, I had never read anything by an African woman that was what I would call "feminist." This was until I read Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen. I decided to include The Joys of Motherhood on this list because I think this novel is her most complex. She brings together themes like colonialism, class, racism and sexism in this tragic novel. You will not laugh but you will cry and sit and think. The Joys of Motherhood is brilliant. 

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