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The Memoirs by Top Black Authors You Need to Read Now

Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a moment when many people are earnestly seeking to learn more about how black people experience life in America. And there are several ways to do that effectively. One is reading a broad selection of memoirs written by eloquent and honest black writers. Empathy and knowledge can help build bridges. And understanding can begin – or be further deepened – by listening to stories. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has gathered a list of 20 exceptional memoirs written by top black authors to read right now to better understand Black Lives Matter and the African-American experience. We’ve all added in some of our favorites. Making time to immerse yourself in one or more of these is an excellent way to support brilliant writers. And to hurry along the change that we all so urgently hope for.

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What are the Best Cookbooks from Black Chefs Right Now?

Looking for ideas, inspiration and techniques from some of the best chefs and home cooks in the world? Lots of them are black, and we’re shining a light on some of their best work. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 10 of the best cookbooks to guide your kitchen journey with fantastic recipes whose authors are exceptional professional black chefs and home cooks.

What are the perfect books to read in the month of July?

The Perfect Books to Read in the Month of July

What are the best books to read in July 2020? We’ve previously shared our top picks of 2019 (many of which are now out in paperback) and our most-anticipated new releases for 2020. We’ve also shared a list of the fantastic new book releases in July 2020.  If you’re in search of still more ideas, here’s our take on the perfect books to read that capture the mood of the month of July. Not just July 2020 – any July.

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What are the Best Books for Independence Day?

What are the best books to get you into the right head space to celebrate the Fourth of July? Especially in a year when America is more polarized than ever, with fierce debates raging over healthcare, the economy and racial and social justice? Here at Dandelion Chandelier, our editorial team had a lively debate. And agreed that perhaps what all Americans need this July 4th is a breezy, escapist novel. Maybe even a love story. Maybe even a love story starring a woman of color! All the challenges will still be with us on July 5th – for now, let’s unify around the eternal appeal of a great beach read. If you’re in on that, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of summer books to address the pressing issue of what to read this Independence Day 2020.