The North Paran Book Buzzlist: Inspirational Books for Black Teens

The North Paran Buzz Booklist is a weekly feature produced by that gives readers an entertaining digest of the most fascinating books that are being talked about by the black community today. This week’s edition focuses on great books for black teens a blueprint for how to find inspiration, be successful and love oneself. Click the titles to purchase the books from And remember: for every book you purchase at, a new book will be given to a child in need.


1. Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary Family and Me (Random House), by Condoleezza Rice

In this captivating memoir for young people, looking back with candor and affection, Condoleezza Rice evokes in rich detail her remarkable childhood. She grew up during the violent and shocking 1960s, when bloodshed became a part of daily life in the South.








2. Michelle: A Biography (Simon & Schuster), by Liza Mundy

In this carefully reported biography, drawing upon interviews with more than one hundred people, including one with First Lady Michelle Obama herself, Mundy captures the complexity of this remarkable woman and the incredible life she has lived.






3. Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Meant to Be (Howard Books), by Cece Winans

Becoming the princess God intended you to be has a lot to do with discovering who you are as His daughter and whom you can be as a sister to those who walk beside you.






4. True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself (Karen Hunter), by Janet Jackson

One of the greatest entertainers of our time opens up about her struggles with food, body image, and relationships. True You is a call to tune in to your own fundamental wisdom, to let go of the ugly comparisons, and to understand that who you are the true you is more than enough.





5. Letters to a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny (Gotham), by Hill Harper

Powerful wisdom for young women everywhere, drawing on the courageous advice of the female       role models who transformed the author's life.








6. We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success (Puffin), by The Three Doctors      (Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt)

Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George, and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a         presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.


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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.

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