Have you ever wondered what celebrities read? some post their bookish interest online but unlike most, Beyoncé’s Book Preferences remain a mystery to me at least. If celebrities were your best friends, which books would they read?
My celebrity book BFF for today is Beyoncé. It has always been curious to see what they would read if you knew them personally. I have chosen books that I have read in the past that I think if Beyonce were my bff would read as well or at least entertain the thought of reading these books.
1. Sula by Toni Morrison
Published April 5th 2002 by Plume (first published 1973)
This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.
Nel Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to marry, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the consequences of their choices. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America.
2. You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Short Stories by Alice Walker
A natural evolution from the earlier, much-acclaimed collection In Love & Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories show women oppressed but not defeated. These are hopeful stories about love, lust, fame, and cultural thievery, the delight of new lovers, and the rediscovery of old friends, affirmed even across self-imposed color lines.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 1971)
3.The Panther and the Lash by Langston Hughes
From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was America’s acknowledged poet of color, the first to commemorate the experience–and suffering–of African-Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear. In this, his last collection of verse, Hughes’s voice is more pointed than ever before, as he explicitly addresses the racial politics of the sixties in such pieces as “Prime,” “Motto,” “Dream Deferred,” “Frederick Douglas: 1817-1895,” “Still Here,” “Birmingham Sunday.” ” History,” “Slave,” “Warning,” and “Daybreak in Alabama.” Sometimes Ironic, sometimes bitter, always powerful, the poems in The Panther and the Lashare the last testament of a great American writer who grappled fearlessly and artfully with the most compelling issues of his time.
Paperback, 120 pages Published February 4th 1992 by Vintage (first published June 12th 1967)
4. Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women byMaya Angelou
Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America’s finest poets. Here, four of her most highly acclaimed poems are assembled in a beautiful gift edition that provides a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. (Poetry)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 17th 1995 by Random House
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as mother of a growing family as well as her public activities as teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks.
“No student of black history should overlook Crusade for Justice.”—William M. Tuttle, Jr., Journal of American History
“Besides being the story of an incredibly courageous and outspoken black woman in the face of innumerable odds, the book is a valuable contribution to the social history of the United States and to the literature of the women’s movement as well.”—Elizabeth Kolmer, American Quarterly
Paperback, 466 pages
Published July 23rd 1991 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1970)
When Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams, who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds … Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose.
Modern Classics (first published 1937)