African-American writers

Bookshelf | Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (1992) | That’s what friends are for…


In this entertaining story, four 30-something African-American women find support in female friendships while enduring the ups and (mostly) downs of their romantic relationships.

What I love most about Terry McMillan’s writing is her realism. She puts her characters in true-to-life situations, and they struggle the same way we do in real life. When this novel came out in 1992, it caused a publishing sensation, because its depiction of modern, dynamic, African-American women drew readers of all colors to the bookstores to grab a copy.

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Bookshelf | Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937) | The life and loves of a hopeless romantic

Book Recommendation: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

In this beautifully written novel, Janie Crawford, a passionate, Southern, African-American woman, tells the story of her tumultuous journey of finding true love and her own true self. In Janie, Hurston has created a heroine whose hunger for experience resonates with every dreamer and whose desire for love touches every romantic. I am both a dreamer and a romantic, so I truly enjoyed this story. The richness of Hurston’s prose is mesmerizing and breathtaking, and she proves she is truly a master of lyricism. Hers is the kind of writing that seeps into your bones. Reading this book changed the way I look at words on a page. It’s the kind of book that, after finishing it, you want to flip back to the very first page and start all over again.

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