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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-June 2022

Happy Summer!! As we prepare to enter into sweltering heats, take vacations on the beach, spend time with loved ones and friends, let me make sure I get you ready for some summer reading! Summer is always an exciting time for me, and a time to take advantage of some leisure reading!

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This month, just like every month before….I GOT YOU!! Nice mix of stories from all different directions and perspectives!!

  • If They Come For Us ~Fatimah Asghar
  • My Monticello ~Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic ~Kenya Hunt
  • The After Party ~A.C. Arthur
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom ~Angela Johnson
  • A First Time of Everything: A Story of a Black Woman Public Servant ~Sallie Peake
  • Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations ~Nicole A. Taylor
  • We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy ~Natalie Baszile

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” ~Michelle Obama

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-May 2022

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So we are almost half way through 2022, but the reading doesn’t stop. Before I get you ready for your summer reading, just want to finish out the spring with some breezy balcony and patio reading. This month’s list is all over the globe…literally, I figured I would share a few treats by giving you some historical references, a little bit of self-preservation and cultural identity, mixed with a dash of U.S. midwest and Caribbean roots, and topping you off with some sassy satire.

  • Jameela Green Ruins Everything ~Zarqa Nawaz
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations ~Mira Jacob
  • Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel ~Xochitl Gonzalez
  • The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family ~Bettye Kearse
  • American Street ~Ibi Zoboi

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained. ~Nikki Giovanni

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations- April 2022

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With Spring comes comes rain, flowers in bloom, warm and light, embracing the sense of freshness that abounds, and a time to begin anew! What better way to do that than with a couple of good reads!!

Check them out below:

  • Take My Hand ~Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head ~Warsan Shire
  • A Girl is a Body of Water ~Jennifer Nansubuga Maxumbi
  • By The Book ~Jasmine Guillory
  • The Windows of Malabar Hill ~Sujata Massey

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“I began writing about power because I had so little.” ~Octavia E. Butler

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-March 2022

Keeping it short and sweet for you all this month, I want to let the books shine!! This month is in honor of Women’s History Month!! Seven books that will capture a wide range of experiences all written by women!

Check them out below:

  • Black Cake ~Charmaine Wilkerson
  • Carolina Built ~Kianna Alexander
  • The School for Good Mothers ~Jessamine Chan
  • Julián is a Mermaid ~Jessica Love
  • We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World ~Malala Yousafzai
  • Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time ~Tanya Lee Stone
  • Memphis ~Tara M. Stringfellow

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” 

– Toni Morrison

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-February/Black History 2022

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.” – Maya Angelou

Every month I always look forward to feature books for my followers, family, and friends to read. I am always on the lookout for books to add to my monthly lists, so much so that I had to create a file just for “Book Features”. Well this month is no different!! I found some goodies that I hope you will like and feel free to share with others!!

Check them out below:

As an added bonus this month, not only do you get February’s recommendation but also a special list just for #BlackHistoryMonth!!

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and past recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

“Books are meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout, and drumbeats in the air.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks

~Dr. G

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Dr. G’s Monthly Book Recommendations-January 2022

It’s a new year, a new month, and I got a new set of books for you to put in your shopping cart, which will eventually make it to your bookshelf or e-reader device!! As always I am excited to share with you some literary jewels!!

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This month I got a nice selection of books ranging from historical fiction, YA psychological thrillers, LGBTQ+, urban fiction, coming of age and stories from the African diaspora.

So make sure you pre-order, add to your cart, support your local bookstores and remember sharing is caring!!

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s list and my recommendations from 2021 in the “Resource” section of the website!!

~Dr. G

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Dr. G’s December Book Recommendations

Happy Holidays Friends and Family!! Can you believe we are already in the last month of the year!! Well for this month’s recommendations I definitely incorporated some holiday cheer! As always I try to mix it up for you!!

And remember make sure you pre-order, add to your cart, support your local bookstores and remember sharing is caring!! Who says less is more, at least in this case :-)!! So without further ado check out this month’s recommendation below!!

  • I Got the Christmas Spirit ~Connie Schofield-Morrison
  • The People Remember ~Ibi Zoboi
  • The Nutcracker in Harlem ~T.E. McMorrow
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread ~Frances Ekwuyasi
  • Moon Witch, Spider King ~Marlon James
  • Wahala ~Nikki May

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

Also make sure to tune in for my “Top 21 Books of 2021”, coming very soon!!

~Dr. G

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Dr. G’s November Book Recommendations

We are one month away from the end of the year, but the reading never stops!! This month I went heavy on the YA books and novels with a splash of the diaspora!! I had to make sure I included my young readers in this list!!

So remember to pre-order, add to your cart, visit your local bookstore, and grab a copy or two!! And without further ado check out the recommendations below:

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

~Dr. G

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Dr. G’s October Book Recommendations

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FREEDOM…LIBERATION…BLACK RESISTANCE…BIRTH… It is interesting that these words came to mind as I was compiling this month’s list, because I honestly did not have any particular intention. This list was just meant to be, I guess you could say… There’s a lot of amazing literary energy that is coming from each of these texts whether it celebrating an iconic freedom fighter, showcasing the crime fiction genre, chronicling Black resistance via picture and verse.

Let’s just say this we got another set of heavy hitters this month, a few of them I have been anxiously (and patiently) waiting to be released!!

Remember to make sure you pre-order, add to your cart, or run to your local bookstore and grab a copy or two!! So with that said check out this month’s book recommendations below:

And remember you can always go back and check out the previous month’s recommendations in the “Resource” section of the website!!

~Dr. G

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Hispanic Heritage Month-Dr. G’s Bonus Book Recommendations

“We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.” ~National Hispanic Heritage Month/Library of Congress site

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), I wanted to offer a bonus list of book recommendations particularly for youth!! Gotta make sure the kids get their list too!! You know Dr. G always has a special place for the youth!!

A phrase that always comes to mind and that will be forever ingrained is the notion that #RepresentationMatters!! Regardless of it is popular culture, school curriculums, hiring practices, and especially the materials that read, everyone should feel as though they can and are represented. As I have noted early on, reading has always been a powerful tool for change and great way to find peace and space/place to belong.

It is so necessary that Black and Brown children/youth are able to visually see their experiences drawn and written. Knowing that they can see themselves lets them know they have value within this world. What better way to do that than through a book!! Many of these stories, as well as others, pay tribute to the author’s cultural background, tell familial and community stories and also play a role in de-stigmatizing existing stereotypes and tropes. Additionally, this visual work can inspire, educate, and motivate the next generation!!

So here is a sample of great reads highlighting Afro/Hispanic/Latinx children to add to your literary collection/bookshelves:

Also, for more information about National Hispanic Heritage Month check out the following links:



~Dr. G