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Writer Kaitlyn Greenidge on Books Every Black Woman Should Read

James Baldwin said, "You think your pain and your heartbreak is unprecedented in the history of the world, and then you read." I would add, you often think your joy and your personal experience is unique, but if you read far enough and wide enough, you realize every identity, even yours, has a corollary in a book.
When you also wish to be a writer, though, there is a special thrill in finding yourself in the work of other women of color. Here are people who look like you, who probably share, on some level, at least certain aspects of your material life. And they are imagining your spiritual life, the parts of yourself you sometimes have to suppress or at least judiciously edit to fulfill the roles of daughter, sister, mother, partner, friend, or co-worker that are required of most of us to get through life.
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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (Ntozake Shange)
Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (Ntozake Shange)
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Linden Hills (Gloria Naylor)
Linden Hills (Gloria Naylor)
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Bling (Erica Kennedy)
Bling (Erica Kennedy)
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American Cocktail (Anita Reynolds)
American Cocktail (Anita Reynolds)
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The Bridge of Beyond
The Bridge of Beyond
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Emergent Strategy (Adrienne Maree Brown)
Emergent Strategy (Adrienne Maree Brown)
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The Temple of My Familiar
The Temple of My Familiar
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Black by Design (Pauline Black)
Black by Design (Pauline Black)
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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (Angela Y. Davis)
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (Angela Y. Davis)
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Black Women Writers at Work (Claudia Tate)
Black Women Writers at Work (Claudia Tate)
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