TBB’s September ‘to be read’ book list

As we enter into the autumn months (how time flies!) …

… there are lots more books on the horizon just waiting to be added to your book list. Here’s my selection for September:

Emily Knight I amBecoming by A. Bello

Following the incredible success of the Emily Knight I Am…series, this eagerly anticipated third book sees the Knight family reunited and ready to fight. But their enemy Neci is one step ahead and it seems that nothing can prepare them for what Neci has planned.

Available to pre-order from Hashtag Press

Fattily Ever After: A Fat, Black Girl’s Guide to Living Life Unapologetically by Stephanie Yeboah

In her debut book, Stephanie Yeboah speaks openly and courageously about her experience of navigating life as a Black, plus-sized woman and finding self-acceptance in a world where judgment and discrimination are rife.

Featuring stories of every day misogynoir, being fetishised, the trials of online dating, and experiencing loneliness, Stephanie shares her thoughts on the treatment of black women throughout history, the marginalisation of black, plus-sized women in the media (even within the body-positivity movement) whilst drawing on wisdom from other black fat liberation champions along the way.

Complete with insightful and honest advice, this is inspired reading for a generation of black, plus-sized women, helping them to live their life openly, unapologetically and with confidence.

Promising review: ‘I love Stephanie… She’s one of my favourite truth tellers online, she pulls no punches and empowers so many women with her own commitment to equality….This book is going to mean a lot, to a lot of people.’ – Jameela Jamil

Available to order from Hive (to buy from independent shops)

Dreaming in a Nightmare: Finding a Way Forward in a World That’s Holding You Back by Jeremiah Emmanuel

A moving and powerful memoir by activist and entrepreneur Jeremiah Emmanuel, about the problems faced by a new generation, from crime to poverty to an increasingly divided society.

Emmanuel draws on his personal experience of growing up in an area where crime and poverty were rife with little hope of escape. But later he discovers the opportunities available in a very different world. Dreaming in a Nightmare is his account of learning to face, overcome, and move forward in a world that’s holding you back.

Promising review: In unfussy, conversational writing, Emmanuel ruminates on violence, poverty, miseducation, pre-determinism, and the indomitable spirit of his Nigerian-born mother. His book reads as an inspirational text and a rousing heartfelt testimony in which self-love trumps self-loathing. – The Guardian

Available to order from Hive (to buy from independent shops)

Bad Love by Maame Blue

Published as part of Jacaranda’s #Twentyin2020 initiative, Bad Love is the story of London born Ghanaian Ekuah Danquah and her tumultuous experience with first love.

Ekuah loves deeply and loves hard, yet struggles in her love for Dee Emeka, a gifted musician, who is both passionate and distant in the way he loves her back. Confirming her worst fears about the unstable foundation of their relationship, he suddenly disappears from her life. Heartbroken, she is left to pick up the pieces while searching for new validations and preoccupations from others. When she finds unexpected new love in the form of Jay Stanley, Ekuah re-focuses on her journey to meaningful love. She is determined to feel deeply again, but can she handle the vulnerability and forgiveness that comes with falling in love?

Promising review: What really works about this book is how generally relatable it is. A phase in early adulthood spent figuring out your needs, balancing friends and family, separating loves from lusts. There is an obvious coming of age element that I think anyone will recognise personally. – PaperbackSocial

Available to buy from Jacaranda Books

Black and British: A Short Essential History by David Olusoga

An abridged edition of the bestseller Black and British: A Forgotten History for schools by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.

When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution?

These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall right up to the present day. The book is also illustrated with maps, photos, leaflets and portraits. With every copy sold, a donation is given to The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise that delivers Black British History through the arts, in schools and out of schools to all young people in the UK.

Available to pre-order from Hive (to buy from independent shops)


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