Long before Black Lives Matters there was “Songs of Solomon” by Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. Her rich, lyrical prose explores race, racism, love, revenge, and redemption.
This is the ultimate coming-of-age story. Beatty takes you on a black boy’s journey from the beaches of Santa Monica to the hard times of West LA. This book uses it’s beautifully witty language to teach a lesson about what it means to be a black teenager in America. It should be required reading, if for no other reason than you need a heartfelt laugh.