Men Aren’t Reading Women!?: A Black History Month Focus On Women

A reader/writer/lawyer friend of mine recently came to me with a dilemma.  He had seen this post over at Goodreads that claims that male readers aren’t reading women writers!  In a quick inventorying of his most recent reads he realized that the last five books he read were by men and the only two women writers that stood out in his reading history were Ayn Rand and Toni Morrison.

He came to me for recommendations on how to diversify his reading list and find more female writers he would love.  Naturally, it being Black History Month, how could I not furnish him with a particular list of books by Black female writers?  In case there are others out there with this same dilemma, …

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Corregidora by Gayl Jones

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Passing by Nella Larson

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor

Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

Sassafrass, Cypress, Indigo by Ntozake Shange

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (story collection) by ZZ Packer

The short stories of Alice Dunbar-Nelson


…for starters.

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