Each month, I provide Ms. readers with a list of new books being published by writers from historically excluded groups.
The aims of these lists are threefold:
- I want to do my part in the disruption of what has been the acceptable “norm” in the book world for far too long—white, cis, heterosexual, male;
- I want to amplify amazing works by writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, APIA/AAPI, international, LGBIA+, TGNC, queer, disabled, fat, immigrant, Muslim, neurodivergent, sex-positive or of other historically marginalized identities—you know, the rest of us; and
- I want to challenge and encourage you all to buy, borrow and read them!
Apologies for the delay in this month’s list but the massive Most Anticipated Reads for the Rest of Us list that just came out took it out of me! But here it is, and here are 39 titles being released this month that the rest of us should get excited about.
So get excited and get reading! And be sure to support Black writers, publishers and booksellers this and every month.
This is an ode to Black experts and their solutions to contemporary issues in the U.S. Consider it #RequiredReading.
This debut about family secrets and journeys of the heart is getting rave reviews.
Soft Skull has published this beautiful 10th anniversary edition of this classic celebration of the African roots and aesthetic legacies of Cool.
The sequel to Black Girls Must Die Exhausted continues to focus the experiences of the modern Black woman, including friendships, romance and motherhood.
This is an essential collection on the radicalism, beauty and necessity of Black joy to counter narratives of trauma and to celebrate wholeness and liberation.
Focused on Black love, joy, desire, romance and the depictions of these in the media, this important anthology includes essays by Jasmine Guillory, Beverly Jenkins, Carole V. Belle, Kosoko Jackson and more.