On Twitter and Instagram, @melanatedreader challenged people to read 20 books by Black women in 2022. She collaborated with @danzibooks to create a cute little template to keep track. I readily and easily accepted. I kinda cheated. Memoirs and books written by Black women have a gravitational pull on me. Of the 47 books I completed in 2022, 32 were by Black women.
During a trip to Vegas, Grace Porter aka Porter wakes up with fuzzy memories of getting married to a mystery woman the night before. There’s a note written on the back of a business card placed on a pillow. This impulsive act is a far cry from the reserved and disciplined person that she has always been. The trip itself is a gift from her close friends in celebration of completing her PhD. She’s only in her late 20s.
I enjoyed the drama of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Thanks to the lies, secrets, sleeping around, old Hollywood, tabloid stories, publicity stunts to manipulate the press, Eveyln Hugo the movie star led a life that could also be turned into a movie. At the very least, she knew her life story would be a bestselling book that would garner millions for the novice writer.