5 Non-Fiction Books For The Black Woman’s Bookshelf

When I needed a break from my assigned reading in college, I began to do more leisurely reading. I got into the fictional sagas of Mary Monroe (the God series) and Sharon G. Flake (Money Hungry) and it took me away from the anxieties of campus life and real world. If you’re looking for some nonfiction works to help you do the same, here are top 5 titles I would recommend.

5. Stolen Women: Reclaiming our Sexuality, Taking Back our Lives by Dr Gail Elizabeth Wyatt
I used this book as a reference for a project I did in my Black Woman class. It helped me to understand the confusing concept of the black woman’s sexuality. Dr. Wyatt writes in the book that in a society increasingly obsessed with sex, too many people…still hold onto this dangerous view; that black women must either ignore their sexuality altogether or be perpetually sexually available (3). My analysis: The view stated above is beyond dangerous; it’s mentally enslaving to the next generation of strong black women. I know everyone has their own views on sex, so don’t take this as me telling you how you should view it. Let the book help you add onto your perspective.

4. The Black Woman’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves edited by Evelyn C. White
Dubbed by Essence Magazine as words to live by, this book is filled with various messages and advice that can just grab you and shake you out of mayhem. You’ve got to love yourself…that’s the only way to stop yourself from self-destructing (197). We’ve endured everything from discrimination to sexual abuse to verbal abuse to injustice throughout the course of history. Yet, we’re able to wake up every morning and go about our daily routines in work, school, hobbies, and the such. There is always someone to reach out to when it seems like the world is against us.

3. Divanomics by Michelle McKinney Hammond
If you’re an expert penny pincher or are knee deep in debt, this book will help you. Hammond takes the definition of ‘diva’ to a new level as she created the acronym to mean Divine Inspiration for Victorious Attitude. When it comes to money, there is no doubt that everyone needs it. The hard part is trying to keep it in its place. Hammond makes people examine within themselves if they have their money or if their money has them. The book says it all on how to look like a diva on a limited buget.

2. Embracing the World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College by Chaz Kyser
Even though I just started reading this book, it is so on point right now with where I’m at. Long semesters and outstanding balance, and now I’m working my first full-time job beyond the campus realm. Black women are always being labeled and Ms. Kyser advises in her book how one should not act in the work place, i.e. Ms. That’s Not My Job (the one who pretends to work), Ms. Back-stabbing Crab (the one who wants to be the only successful Black woman in the company) and Ms. Low Self (the one who degrades herself on the job). Become the co-worker that everyone is talking about; hard worker, reliable, ambitious, and easy to get along with (89-96), and some with this book.

1. The Bible
The Scriptures are beneficial and help set matters straight. Period.


  1. Superb list. I will go shopping for these soon. In the meantime, I will forward the link to other fab sistas on the rise to greatness. I would add “Beautylicious”, an etiquette book for sistas. It is tooted as “the Black Girls Guide to the fabulous life”. Its gives great tips on behavior in different environments, fashion, self awareness, etc…

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