10 Recent Nonfiction Books to Read for Black History Month

Black History Month focuses on history, just like the name suggests. It also suggests, for some people, reading only older, classic books about the history of black people in the United States. Not that we’d ever discourage anyone from revisiting the classics, but there are many recent books worth reading on the matter of the “African-American experience,” however you choose to define that. Here are ten of our favorite recent memoirs, history books, and biographies that deal with the black experience in America.


Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

This book, about five young men of Ward’s acquaintance who die from a tangle of poverty, racism, and individual modes of despair, will stay with you long after you finish it.