Books

BLK + GRN is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, self-love, and self-care. Here are some of our favorite books by Black women authors that can inspire you on your journey to eat better, love your natural hair, and embrace real self-love.

 
 

Own Your Glow

Own Your Glow is an inspirational, actionable, and wildly enriching companion for change. Celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru, Latham Thomas provides soulful principles that offer an illuminated path for examining life’s challenges, helping you curate your path to greatness, while embracing your uniquely feminine attributes. Packed with rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips, Thomas provides a clear framework for harnessing your passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide is for anyone who wants to witness her own life transform and contribute to the positive change of the world around her. 

Combining spiritual, psychological, and self-reflective tools, Thomas offers an antidote to the hustle-hard, make-it-happen mainstream culture and fosters slowing down, intentionality, and self-care as a pathway to empowerment. How much more potent and powerful would we all be if we embraced our inherent talents, strengths, and feminine edge, rather than dwelling in patterns of self-criticism, doubt, and catty competition? Thomas invites you to step into a soulful, fulfilling life of freedom, transcending self-destructive habits and creating a blueprint for a more gratifying, centered, and bountiful way of living. Own Your Glow is an awakening roar for women to mobilize, become the masters of their lives, and hold their crowned heads up high, letting their relentless light from within shine bright for the world. 

 
 
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28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great

With this one-of-a-kind guide to plant-based eating, it only takes 28 days to gain a healthier you. Written by Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez, both registered dietitians/ nutritionists, each and every recipe in this cookbook is both delicious and nutritious. All of the 100 recipes have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein and are typically between 300 and 500 calories per meal. This book is perfect for those who want to become more comfortable with preparing vegetarian meals that are not only good for you but taste great too.

The beauty of this book is that you can decide how you want to plan your meals for the week, using the recipes and meal plan templates provided. These incredible recipes will leave you feeling nourished and energized, with minimal stress. You won’t need an endless amount of ingredients that will break the bank: the motto here is simple, delicious, nutritious and fun!

With this cookbook, you will feel healthier while enjoying satisfying plant-powered recipes like Southwest Scramble with Baked Sweet Potato Fries for breakfast and Mushroom Black Bean Enchiladas for lunch. End your day with Butternut Squash Black Bean Burgers for dinner and if you like to munch between meals, there are tasty snacks like Garlic-Roasted Chickpeas, Spicy Dark Chocolate–Covered Almonds or Zucchini Pizza Bites. Let’s make this your healthiest year yet!

 
 
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What we Lose

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. 

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

 
 
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Every Body Yoga

From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes.It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we.It's a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated. It's a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color. It's a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Most of all, it's a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like "I Want to Energize My Spirit," "I Need to Release Fear," "I Want to Love Myself."

Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.

 
 
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lyrical. catharsis. 

lyrical. catharsis. is a collection of poetry written by jessica edwards, which explores the dynamics of systemic racism, intersectional feminism, and feelings of doubt, anxiety, and love. 

 
 

Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy

Maggie and John Anderson were successful African American professionals raising two daughters in a tony suburb of Chicago. But they felt uneasy over their good fortune. Most African Americans live in economically starved neighborhoods. Black wealth is about one tenth of white wealth, and black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial groups in every measure of success. 

On January 1, 2009 the Andersons embarked on a year-long public pledge to "buy black." They thought that by taking a stand, the black community would be mobilized to exert its economic might. They thought that by exposing the issues, Americans of all races would see that economically empowering black neighborhoods benefits society as a whole. Instead, blacks refused to support their own, and others condemned their experiment. Drawing on economic research and social history as well as her personal story, Maggie Anderson shows why the black economy continues to suffer and issues a call to action to all of us to do our part to reverse this trend.

 
 

Simple Clean Eating Recipes: 40 Simple and Delicious Recipes To Help You Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Curb Food Cravings

Simple Clean Eating is a recipe book that contains quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and fresh juices. By incorporating these recipes into your eating regimen, you should begin to experience more energy, glowing skin, a thinner waistline, less food cravings and less brain fog. Each recipe is also designed to avoid blood sugar spikes, thus maintaining a balanced blood sugar level. If you are a busy professional or entrepreneur, this is the recipe book for you. You'll spend less time in the kitchen, while you look good and feel good.

Simple Clean Eating was written by Vanessa Cunningham is a Huffington Post contributor, nutrition & wellness expert of Unhealthy No More, Inc., best selling author, writer and speaker. A graduate of Pace University, she also studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She helps busy professionals and entrepreneurs reduce stress, banish unhealthy cravings, lose weight and increase their energy levels. 

 
 

Want some more suggestions, check out Well Read Black Girl, an online community and in-real-life book club based in Brooklyn, New York. Founder Glory Edim curates monthly book club meetings and literary events with emerging & established authors.