Washington Area Women's Foundation

The Women’s Foundation’s 2024 Summer Reading List

As summer approaches, the Women’s Foundation staff has curated a list of must-read books that explore themes of identity, empowerment, and self-discovery. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, on a road trip, or enjoying a cozy night in, our staff’s picks are perfect for your summer experience.

Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall

Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism offers a powerful critique of mainstream feminism, highlighting often overlooked issues affecting women of color. Kendall calls for a more inclusive movement, addressing crucial topics like food insecurity, gun violence, and education as fundamental feminist issues.

Sensual Faith: The Art of Coming Home to Your Body – Lyvonne Briggs

In Sensual Faith, Lyvonne Briggs invites readers to reconnect with their bodies and spirituality. Through personal stories and reflections, Briggs encourages embracing sensuality as a divine gift, fostering a deeper sense of self-love and acceptance.

Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fears – Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett

Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett’s Soothe Your Nerves addresses the unique psychological challenges faced by Black women. Offering practical advice and coping strategies, this book is an essential resource for managing anxiety and building mental resilience.

We Deserve Monuments – Jas Hammonds

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds is a compelling novel exploring family secrets, intergenerational trauma, and the pursuit of justice. Hammonds weaves a rich narrative about the importance of remembering and honoring our past to shape a better future.

What Do You Need – Lauren Wesley Wilson

Lauren Wesley Wilson’s What Do You Need provides practical guidance for navigating personal and professional life transitions. Through thoughtful exercises and insights, Wilson empowers readers to identify their needs and take actionable steps towards fulfilling them.

When I Think Of You – Myah Ariel

In debut author Myah Ariel’s sweeping second chance romance, Kaliya Wilson must choose between reigniting an old flame with successful director Danny Prescott or pursuing her long-held dreams in the film industry, as their renewed connection faces challenges from Hollywood politics and past heartbreaks.

Yellowface – R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang’s Yellowface is a satirical and thought-provoking novel examining cultural appropriation and the dynamics of the publishing industry. Through the story of a writer who steals her deceased friend’s manuscript, Kuang challenges readers to consider issues of authenticity and privilege in storytelling.