[#UBookishNF]: Non-Fiction Picks of the Month

Sometimes its good to take a break from the fiction, and get into what’s real. Check out these Non-Fiction picks and add these books to your To-Be-Read list!


These picks feature books that have been turned into movies and TV shows. A few picks are also pure #BlackGirlMagic. Check out this list, and get your copy or two.


The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a New York Times Bestselling book, that has been turned into the HBO  hit series, Insecure. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I suggest you do. It’s already been green-lighted for a second season. Lead character and writer Issa Rae is hilarious. Read the synopsis of the book that helped inspire the series, below via Amazon:

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?

Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.


Podcaster Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens has a new book out. Check out this synopsis from Amazon, on You Can’t Touch My Hair, in stores now:

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A must-read…Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you.” –Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn’t that . . . white people music?”); she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can’t Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.


Writer/ Blogger Luvvie Ajayi, of AwesomelyLuvvie.com has released a new book. Her debut book, which is already on the NY Times Bestsellers list, is entitled I’m Judging You, The Do-Better Manual. This book is here to help you get your entire life. It’s funny, smart and what every woman needs to hear right now.

Read the synopsis via Amazon:

Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the masses in this hilarious book of essays

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives―from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook.

With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I’m Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some “act right” into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual.


 img_2699The creator of Curl Box and podcaster Myleik Teele is releasing her second journal for the female bosses out there. The Hustler Manifesto will be released this December.

According to the mytaughtyou.com website:

This Limited Edition journal, Myleik helps you develop the habits and strategies you need to take advantage of every minute of every day and live out your maximum potential.


Pre-order your journal today! It is sure to be a bestseller!


Be sure to read one of these picks or all of them, and add another book to your reading collection!

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