Early Bird Books Reading Recommendations

Here at Early Bird Books, we love all things that have to do with books, reading, and literary news and movies. Browse below for some highlights from our blog!

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6 Fascinating Facts About Alice Walker

Learn more about the woman behind influential pieces of literature such as The Color Purple.

9 African Romance Novels You Should Read

From historical epics to feel-good contemporaries, these African books are a must-read.

Read an Excerpt from Walter Mosley’s The Awkward Black Man

The collection of short stories artfully shares the struggles of a range of uniquely flawed characters.

Alice Walker Poems That Everyone Needs to Read

"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."

What It's Like to Read Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man in 2020

Writer Alexander Montgomery reflects on why there's no such thing as "invisible."

Why Ishmael Reed Is the Author You Should Be Reading Right Now

Find out why he's been called "the purest literary troublemaker we currently have."

Why You Should Re-Read To Kill a Mockingbird

A look back at a banned book that grapples with racism in the Deep South.

6 Books About Race to Explain the Current Unrest

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

Alice Walker Tells Us How We Can Have Peace on Earth

Read an essay from Alice Walker’s book, Living by the Word.

How Former Slave Elizabeth Keckley Befriended the Lincolns

An excerpt from the memoir of a woman who bought her own freedom and became a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Revisiting The Color Purple: A Discussion with Alice Walker

Ms. Walker answers readers' questions about her most famous work.

Gloria Steinem on The Color Purple

The iconic feminist praises Alice Walker's ability to move readers.

10 Alice Walker Quotes That Amaze and Inspire

Powerful wisdom from the author of The Color Purple.

8 Books We Wish We Read in High School

If we could do it all over again, we'd make time for these stories.

Inside the Surveillance War Between James Baldwin and the FBI

Before the If Beale Street Could Talk author became a symbol of today's Black Lives Matter movement, he was a high-priority target of FBI surveillance during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.

Bishop Michael B. Curry Inspires at the Royal Wedding and in His Book

The North Carolina-based bishop and book author left a lasting impression after he gave the sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Windsor wedding on May 19.