Essence Magazine's 40 Summer Picks

Essence Magazine posted their 40 Summer Books, a list of titles "that have captured and shaped the experiences of African-Americans" in honor of their 40th Anniversary. Listed below are the top five. Visit here for the full list.

Waiting to Exhale Things Fall Apart the Bluest Eye Their Eyes Were Watching God

  1. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan is the tale of four thirty something year old women who go through their person tribulations and support each other. Be sure to also check out the movie!
  2. The World is Round by Nikkey Finney
  3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is the story of young Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston follows Janie Crawford who sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. This novel was also adapted into a film.