Family Matters: Check out books by Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union and more to read in May | News

There are many reasons to love May, including warmer days, pleasant nights, the start of the garden season, celebrating mothers – those who gave birth to you, adopted you or the special aunt, stepmother or caring mother figures – and of course, pay more attention to our mental health.

There are many books that pay homage to relationships, and the best ones tend to be about the complexity of multiple layers that are within families. Reading them can sometimes help us see the commonalities we all share, and perhaps work through some of our own unresolved issues.

To that end, we’ve put together a list of books this month that show the relationship between mothers, fathers and their children, all with deep family ties from the perspective of black female writers.

Finds me”By Viola Davis

The incomparable Viola Davis published his memoir, “Finding Me”, at the end of last month (April 26), and it can be summed up in four simple words: wow, honest, raw and beautiful. And to be honest, these terms barely capture this long awaited book. So far, it’s an Oprah Book Club selection, called Harper’s Bazaar’s best book, and both Parade and Marie Claire declared it their most anticipated book. Although the memory introduces you to a young Viola who lived in extreme poverty as a child, dealt with the heavy hand of colorism and racism and watched her father abuse his mother, readers will walk away deeply moved to discover the source of her strength and how it continues over the years. from now on.

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After reading this book, it will become clear why the Oscar winner and mother of one can dig so deep into herself and feel as good as she does on screen. There are a number of intense moments in the book where you want to reach in and save her. She is bullied and made fun of, and at times Davis is with her five siblings without the necessary necessities to eat or stay warm. They sometimes go to school unwashed, wearing dirty clothes. It is these and other gross, brutally honest details that prevent you from wanting to put down this memoir.

Do you have something stronger?”By Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union published her memoirs-in-essays in 2017, “We’re Going to Need More Wine,” which detailed her experiences of sexual assault, racism, and her struggles with infertility and desire to become a mother. Fast forward to September 2021 and her follow-up, “Do You Have Anything Stronger?” is just as open. Readers get all the details behind Union becoming a mother by using a surrogate to have his daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, her depression and her experiences in Hollywood. Each transparent chapter not only reveals how she works to balance motherhood, her career, her friendship, and her marriage to a former NBA player Dwyane Wadebut also a journey of self-discovery.

Miss Pearly’s girlsBy ReShonda Tate Billingsley

“Miss Pearly’s Girls” is a captivating fictional drama by the bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, which introduces us to the book’s namesake, who is raising four daughters in rural Arkansas as a single mother. Unfortunately, her children have a fragile relationship with each other and eventually left where they grew up with no intentions of returning to the place that hides their secrets. When their mother Miss Pearly becomes terminally ill, they are all forced to come together again to deal with the obstacles that once tore them apart. Although this is a work of fiction, “Miss Pearly’s Girls” teaches how harmful some secrets can harm love, family and relationships.

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Red at the bone”By Jacqueline Woodson

In the heart of Jacqueline Woodson‘s novel “Red at the Bone” is Love and Family based on the horrific Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. There are two black families at each end; one led by a struggling, single mother and another by a wealthy couple. Their lives become complicated as teenagers from both sides of the family gather to conceive a child. This is a modern Romeo and Juliet set in poetic prose, describing issues of class, race, education, sexual identity, lust, mother-daughter relationship, and parenting.

This boy we made”By Taylor Harris

Taylor Harrisa black mother, faces the fears of all loving parents when her once lively 22-month-old son Tophs waking up lethargic one morning. She hurriedly takes her baby to the doctor in hopes that she will just overreact. Unfortunately, every time one problem is solved with Tophs, another one arises.

While Taylor spends endless hours figuring out what’s wrong with her son, an appointment with a geneticist eventually leads to a revelation about her health. Harris’ “This Boy We Made” is a fiery honest biography that depicts the unbreakable bond between a mother and a child in the encounter with the unknown.

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