Apparently the person in charge of the New York Times’ summer reading list likes the reading list to be lily white. Janet Maslin recently released her summer reading list for the magazine and it’s really, really, white. So white, we don’t even want to say which authors are on it.

But if you want to start you reading list off right, take a look at these books below.

In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar

The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

Loving Day by Mat Johnson

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Only the Strong by Jabari Asim

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tami Winfrey Harris

Clutchettes, what are you reading this summer? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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  • Mary Burrell

    The story of Ota Benga is heartbreaking like Sarah Baartman’s story. These stories need to be told. Many in our community don’t know about these stories.

    • Rizzo

      there are no words ….

  • mariah asphalt

    Thanks for the book list, My Sisters!

  • Mary Burrell

    Watching Melissa Harris-Perry and this topic was mentioned by Sister Harris-Perry and she made some nice suggestions. For example get a book that you read as a teen and see if you feel the same way or what are your feelings today, go find a young person to read with whether you go to the homeless shelter or reading time with little ones. Find a white person and switch it up and share a book with them. I thought that was a refreshing perspective.