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13 essential Vintage books for Black History Month

Powerful and important poetry, non-fiction, short stories and novels: here are 13 essential works to add to your 'to read’ pile this Black History Month.

Naomi Morris Omori

NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, itself shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2013, tells the coming-of-age story of Darling, a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe, and then later as a teenager in the American Midwest. Exploring migration, identity and community, this is a striking read.

Push tells the story of a young, Black girl from Harlem, and her journey of trauma, healing and self-discovery. In Sapphire’s debut novel, Precious, a survivor of sexual abuse, is pregnant for the second time when her life changes after meeting a radical teacher. She learns to write, and discovers how to navigate the world by herself.

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