Books: You’ve Watched Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”… Now What?

In response to Beyoncé’s latest visual album premiere “Lemonade,” Fusion writer Nichole Perkins noted how much “Lemonade” is steeped in black feminist literature in her article, “What to Read After Watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’” offering up a variety of reading suggestions based on black womanhood, the supernatural, and black relationships. Make sure to read the article to see how Beyoncé expands on these themes!

Below are a few of the books the Library own that Perkins suggests. Interested in one we don’t own? Call the Library and we will see how we can get your hands on that book.

The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart book coverThe Way Forward is With a Broken Heart
Alice Walker
Walker presents a collection of short fiction loosely based on her own life, including “To My Young Husband,” which describes life amid the turbulence of the Deep South at the dawn of the civil rights movement.
In mid 19th-century New Orleans, Marie Laveau was the notorious queen of voodoo. Voodoo Dreams reimagines the woman behind this legend, a mesmerizing combination of history and storytelling.


for colored girls who have considered suicide book cover For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide
Ntozake Shange
Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it means to be of color and female in the 20th century.
Mama Day book coverMama Day
Gloria Naylor
On the island of Willow Springs, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces. A powerful generational saga at once tender and suspenseful, overflowing with magic and common sense.


I, Titube, Black Witch of Salem book coverI, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
by Maryse Conde
This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later.
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime book cover Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime (Large Type)
J. California Cooper
Ten stories on black women sorting out their lives including” Yellow House Road” where a mother with 13 children finally leaves her no-good husband and experiences the thrill of having made the right choice and “Sure is a Shame” which is about sisters who made the wrong choice.