2 Unique Black History Book Boxes for Black History Month
February has a lot going for it, but the pièce de ré·sis·tance for us as readers has to be the opportunity to spend an entire month focused on Black History Month.
As a white reader, Black History Month is a good opportunity for me to focus my attention on black history and black authors, choosing to read books that broaden my understanding of the black experience as a whole and exposing myself to a perspective that is beautifully unique and different than my own.
If you're stepping in that, too, but don't know where to begin, I gotcha covered, my reading friend, with two distinctly different book boxes in celebration of Black History Month.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Book Box
I invite you to travel back in time - wayyyyy back into the 1800s. I invite you to spend a little time in the Carolinas with author Harriet Jacobs and her family, a woman with hopes and dreams not unlike yours who happened to be born and raised in the South prior to emancipation. Her emancipation.
This is HER story.
Explore the first-hand experiences of a former slave from the unique perspective of a woman - from birth through womanhood - inside the Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Book Box.
Passing Book Box
"Judge Softly" (a poem by Mary Lathrap circa 1895) reads, "Walk a mile in his moccasins" from which we get the often quoted "Walk a mile in his shoes." In other words, consider someone else's perspective and that is exactly what Nella Larsen's Passing offers to the reader.
Tackle the topic of passing through three unforgettable characters in Larsen's most popular novel-turned-Netflix-film with the Passing Book Box.
Bonus Book Box Now Available
I've added one more book box to our Black History Month collection and I'll be revealing the author and title soon. If you'd like to experience the excitement of getting it just like our Monthly Book Club members do each month (as a surprise), you can check it out in the PL SHOP, as well as browse other past book boxes.