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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