A great book can change everything. They've got the power to surprise, delight, cajole, and entertain. The best one's do all that and then some.
It's no secret, though, that some novels are lauded more than others. Not on their merits, however, but based on the color and ethnicity of the writer.
So we think it's important that we shine a spotlight on the books by Black authors sending chills up our spines.
On that note, let's get to it. Here are 10 books by Black authors we couldn't put down.
"Hunger" by Roxane Gay
"Citizen" by Claudia Rankine
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
"I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On"
"Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward
"Silencer" by Marcus Wicker
"The Star Side of Bird Hill" by Naomi Jackson
"Olio" by Tyehimba Jess
"What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead