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  • #LiteraryLA join us Sunday, Juy 28th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop for an afternoon of community and conversation as we discuss Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. "Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people." If you have a book loving friend in the Los Angeles area, tag them below so they don't miss out. RSVP using the link in our bio and we'll see you there!
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  • Where is the time going? Here were are, six months down in the year, and we've had the pleasure of sharing these six books with you so far! Which have been your faves?
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Happy Sunday!!! Let's host a giveaway, shall we? We have 5 copies of Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (@bhathenatanaz) and one of them could be yours! To enter all you have to do is (1) Follow @mylitbox (2) like this post and (3) tag a book loving friend below. That's it! Winners must reside in the US and entries will be accepted through Wednesday (7/3) and the winners will be announced Thursday (7/4). Good luck!
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  • Our final June #MyLitBox is our Black Women are Lit! Box featuring Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Denn (@ndennisbenn). In this novel, we witness a mother grapple with tough decisions as she makes a choice between her first love and her daughter, leaving her daughter to grapple with some tough decisions of her own. We wanted the items in this month's box to serve as validation that everyone deserves the right to exist as their full selves and all that entails. .
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  • Next up is our YA box featuring With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (@acevedowrites). With the Fire on High introduces us to Emoni Santiago, a teenage single mother who makes magic in the kitchen but food isn’t the only thing on her plate. In addition to being a mother, she’s a student trying to figure out what’s next, like your average high school senior. With obligations to her family taking priority, she doesn’t know if her dreams can become realities and the items in this month's box would hopefully nudge her in the direction of those dreams.
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  • First up we're going to reveal our Adult Fiction #MyLitBox that features Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (@jeankwokauthor). Imagine the panic you’d go into if a loved one were to disappear. But how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? This is the dilemma one sister faces as she searches for the other in Searching for Sylvie Lee. This is a story about family, rivalries, and secrets, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love and the items in this box hopefully serve as a reminder to leave your comfort zones and as a nod to the uniqueness of some of the destinations we are introduced to in this novel.
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  • *taps mic* Is this thing still on? We're back to celebrate this month's #MyLitBox(es)! We are so excited to feature two titles from authors you've seen in #MyLitBox before and three amazing stories that we'll spend more time with this week. So without further ado, our June #MyLitBox selections are Pasty by Nicole Dennis-Benn (@ndennisbenn), With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (@acevedowrites), and Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (@jeankwokauthor). Which will you read first? 📚
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  • Happy Saturday! This weekend we're reading The Atlas of Reds and Blues by @devislaskar. What about you? What good books are you reading this weekend? 📚
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  • We could all imagine the panic we'd go into if a loved one were to disappear, but how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? We get to watch this play out as one sister searches for another only to realize she's looking for someone she barely knew. Link in bio.
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  • The saying goes "love is where the heart is," but what does it mean when your love spans across an ocean? Who wins and who loses? The title selected for our Black Women are Lit! Box grapples with this question as we witness a mother choose between staying with her daughter or following a love that takes her away from home. If your curiosity is piqued, sign up today! Link in our bio.
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7 Books to Read to Celebrate Black History Month

February 18, 2018

Black history isn’t just about the enslavement of Black men, women, and children but also our pursuit of freedom, our fight for fairness, our inventions, innovations, and our contributions to the arts among other things. Although celebrating Black culture should not be confined to one month a year, I love how each February we collectively do so and luckily for us writers have chronicled our stories in non-fiction and fiction books for us to learn from and enjoy. Here are seven books to read to celebrate Black History Month.

NON-FICTION

   

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
I’m sure we can all agree that the film adaptation starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Butler, and Janelle Monae was amazing and a lesson in history many of us felt deprived of for too long, but only so much of the story can be told in two hours. That is why I highly recommend picking up a copy of Margot Shutterly’s Hidden Figures to learn more about the Black women mathematicians who crunched the numbers that would launch astronauts into space, Hidden figures no more!

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
We often speak of Malcolm X as this radical figure who stood in stark contrast to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. He presented a different course of action in our pursuit of freedom and equal rights that were largely rooted in his Muslim faith and his experiences as a Black man in America. The Autobiography of Malcolm X takes us on a journey as we meet Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, Malcolm X and  El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. This book should be required reading.

Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
Men are often placed at the forefront of most pivotal moments in history, and the Civil Rights Movement is no exception. But luckily for us, women like Jo Ann Gibson Robinson chronicled her own experience in this memoir that explains how she and other women organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1954.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Over 500 pages long, I wouldn’t call The Warmth of Other Suns light reading but necessary reading nonetheless. Between the pages of this book, Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the Great Migration of African Americans from the south to the north and west in pursuit of better lives. The Warmth of Other Suns is storytelling at its finest, and the extensive notes section is a perfect place to find recommendations for further readings.

FICTION

  

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. Although it’s fiction, it is not farfetched to believe that real life experiences of enslaved African Americans resembled what we read on the pages of this book. In Homegoing you get to read about one family, starting with two half-sisters whose paths cross although they never formally meet. This story begins in Ghana, through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, into Slavery, Jim Crow, to present day. The care Yaa Gyasi took in crafting this novel is in the details, and you’ll want to experience it for yourself

The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden
The Book of Harlan does an amazing job of weaving fiction into real life events and introduces us to a book of characters whose lives intersect with actual historical figures. Bernice McFadden shares her gift of storytelling as we witness Harlan and his family’s journey from Georgia to New York as he makes a career for himself as a musician and the heartbreaking obstacles he encounters along the way.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
We’re all familiar with the Underground Railroad and how this network aided in the pursuit of freedom by a countless number of enslaved African Americans. Although fiction, The Underground Railroad describes a very real reality many slaves experienced. Never knowing when they’ll be torn from their families, the loneliness, and fear associated with chasing freedom, never knowing who can be trusted. Cora, the novel’s main character, grapples with this and more as she uses an actual underground railroad system to escape slavery.

I encourage you to use this as a reading list that extends far beyond February. Happy reading and happy Black History Month!

Sanura is the laugh out loud, solo traveling, book-loving, owner and founder of My Lit Box. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her planning her next adventure. You can follow Sanura’s latest reads and travel on Twitter & Instagram.

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