6 Favorite Audiobooks from Well-Read Black Girl’s Glory Edim

From October 26th to 30th, this year’s Well-Read Black Girl Festival celebrates “Five Years of Shining a Light on Black Brilliance” virtually. Speakers will include Gabrielle Union, Deesha Philyaw, Leah Johnson, and more, and early bird tickets are now available!

We caught up with founder and well-read Black girl herself, Glory Edim, to get the scoop on her favorite audiobooks.

Read on for Glory’s picks, and see all the audiobooks on the full playlist.


The Sum of Us

By Heather McGhee • Narrated by the author

“Heather’s calculations of how we got where we are today in racism blew my mind—I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know since its debut.”

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw • Narrated by Janina Edwards

“Each short story in this collection is juicy, tender, and rich. I live for stories about Black women and girls exploring their desires!”

Caul Baby

By Morgan Jerkins • Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

“Jerkins’ debut novel is magical. This take on Black motherhood, in all its beauty and struggles, is one you don’t want to miss. Plus, the narrator is absolutely captivating!”

Seven Days in June

By Tia Williams • Narrated by Mela Lee

“The PERFECT romantic read! The two main characters, Eva and Shane, are my favorite complicated duo. Tia Williams illustrates so well how childhood trauma can linger into adulthood and how important it is to heal past wounds.”

The Star Side of Bird Hill

By Naomi Jackson • Narrated by Robin Miles

“I’m always enchanted by coming of age stories. I adored reading about Phaedra and Dionne—two young sisters from Brooklyn sent to Barbados together but parsing through their own separate journeys.”

Well-Read Black Girl

By Glory Edim • Narrated by the author

“My first book baby. Recording this audiobook was a life-changing experience for me!”

Kelsey Norris is a writer, editor, former bookseller, and Libro.fm's Content Marketing Manager. She is currently based in DC. Find more of her work at www.kelseynorris.com.

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