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Black Bride Book Club: Breezy Beach Reads – Blackbride.com

Summer is winding down and we'll soon be trading our swimsuits for sweaters. As you're gearing up for you final beach getaway with the girls or your boo, make sure to pack something else in your beach bag along with sunscreen and a towel, like a book! For this months book club we've rounded up five easy, breezy beach reads that will leave you enlightened, laughing and inspired while you soak up the sun!

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, By Tamara Winfrey Harris
What's wrong with black women? Despite what society might sometimes suggest, absolutely nothing. In a love letter to black women, Tamara Winfrey Harris unapologetically celebrates the intelligence, beauty and complexities that make them who they are. With the right amount of wit and sass you'll be screaming "YESSS!" as you turn the page. To read more click here.

 

Who Asked You?, By Terry McMillan

True to McMillan's style, this quick and entertaining read features colorful and quirky characters within a dysfunctional family– making it super relatable–and the struggles they face everyday. To read more click here.

 

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, By Issa Rae

Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award–winning hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,”is here to let you know that it's not easy being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool. Through her collection of personal essays with humorous undertones she covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to wishing her metabolism "matched that of the skinny, crackhead-bodied girls of my high school," navigating the perils of eating out alone and learning to accept yourself—natural hair, flaws and all. To read more click here.

 

The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money and Success, By La La Anthony

New York Times bestselling author La La Anthony is at it again. This time she's sharing her no-nonsense advice on how to create a career you love through hard work and determination, based on her rise from humble beginnings to a successful fashion line, cosmetics company, reality show and acting career. To read more click here.

 

Don't Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life and Love, By Demetria Lucas

Don't Waste Your Pretty is a fun, Q&A formatted read from author, life coach and award-winning blogger Demetria L. Lucas. Her guide features popular questions asked by readers and clients, and her blunt, big sister type advice that will quickly solve your everyday dating and relationship woes. To read more click here.

Which one of these books have you read or considered picking up?  Let us know of any good reviews or comments you have about one of the books recommended this month! We want to hear from you and feel free to recommend titles for next month!

 Curated by Alexis Reliford, who is a recent graduate of Northwestern State University on the search for the world's best wedding cake. Follow her adventures interning at Black Bride this summer on Twitter here: @lexreliford

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