10 Memoirs Written By Black Women To Pick Up Before or After Reading Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’


Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, has wet our apatite about memoirs, not just any memoir, but ones written by iconic black women. With Christmas just around the corner below are some interesting read you can dig into during the holiday period.

Michelle Obama’s memoir has become the most sold memoir in 2018 if you have to got your hands on it, that’s brilliant, if you haven’t well, below are 10 memoirs written by black women we’ve carefully selected for your reading pleasure.


Black Memoires Written by Black Women

1. We’re Going To Need More Wine

Union tackles a range of topics and issues in this collection of essays that pull from her own experiences. The actress takes readers from Nebraska to Hollywood as she details pivotal moments with her family and the ups and downs of fame.

Price from £14.28

2. Around The Way Girl

Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson takes us from DC to Hollywood as she shares stories of surviving a volatile environment and her rise to the top of Hollywood’s A-list.

Price from £7.99


3. On Becoming


On Becoming is the real Toke Makinwa telling us what it is like to be one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria. She reveals the truth behind her 14-year relationship with the man she finally married. A marriage that ended
in an atrocious scandal that nearly brought her to her knees.
In the wake of the peaks and troughs that characterise Toke’s experiences, she shares her struggle with blinding betrayal, finding forgiveness and
drawing strength from her faith in God.
On Becoming is Toke’s journey through pain to victory.

Price From £3.99

4. This Is Just My Face


Actress Gabourey Sidibe gets incredibly candid as she opens up about her conventional life. The book follows Sidibe from New York to Hollywood as she details her unique upbringing, a job as a phone sex operator, and what it’s like being a celebrity.

Price from £7.74

5. Surpassing Certainty


In the follow-up to her 2014 hit Redefining Realness, Janet Mock takes us on a journey through her twenties as she navigates, dating, her life as a first-gen college student, falling in love, and figuring out life.

Price from £16.99

6. I Don’t Belong To You

Palmer has always been an open book and that’s no different in her memoir, I Don’t Belong to You, which sees the actress sharing revealing stories from her professional and personal life. Part inspirational guide, part journal, I Don’t Belong to You is definitely worth a read.

Price from £10.79

7. The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl

Insecure creator Issa Rae takes readers on a hilarious adventure as she details what it’s like to be an awkward introvert in this collection of essays.

Price from £4.76

8. Life In Motion

The first Black woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre’s history, Copeland’s memoir is an inspiring journey and an example of where passion and hard work can take you if you dare to dream.

Price from £9.18

9. Year Of Yes


10. Never In My Wildest Dreams

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