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Sister Scholars Advisory Council Recommends its 2022 Summer Reading List

Summer is here…a time to make reading a special part of your activities, especially travel-- whether in real time or imagined. A good book can take you around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your favorite chair. Check out this year’s Summer Reading List as recommended by the DREF Sister Scholars Advisory Council. The recommendations are quite diverse, reflecting various genres and themes as well as books that are new and older—published years ago. Click on the subject line to see the full list.

If the book is exceptionally good, why cast it aside just because its not new. You may have missed it first time around, and it is our pleasure to promote older titles as well as recently published works. Hope you find a title or two that peeks your interests.


  • Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
  • Feeding the Soul: Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown
  • The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo
  • Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments by D. Watkins
  • Gullah Geechee Home Cooking by Emily Meggett
  • Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration by Tracey Michae’L Lewis-Giggetts
  • Bertha Maxwell Roddey: A Modern Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership by Sonya Ramsey
  • Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora (A Cookbook) by Bryant Terry
  • Women of Color Daily Devotional (Summer Edition) published by Urban Spirit and Media Company
  • The Woman God Created You to Be by Kimberla Lawson Roby


  • Night Crawling by Leila Mottley
  • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
  • Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
  • You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Playing with Fire by Kiki Swinson
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree
  • My One Good Nerve by Ruby Dee
  • In Search of Satisfaction by J. California Cooper
  • How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
  • Carolina Built by Kiana Alexander 

For the Young Readers 

  • Miles Lewis, Whiz Kid #2 (King of the Ice) by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • Miles Lewis, Matchmaker Whiz Kid #3 by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • More than A Princess by Delanda Coleman & Terrence Coleman
  • Mommy, Sing Me a Lullaby by Marci Butler
  • Goodnight Racism by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry
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