The Senegalese novelist Mariama Ba once wrote in a novel that books are powerful because they “knit generations together.” True to her words, generations of African women have written books in celebration of female love and friendships. As you will see in the books we assembled here, these relationships are not always perfect, but they are necessary and uplifting. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we wanted to honor women as they lean on one another for support and for the bravery to stand up against patriarchal power. We hope you find a book in this collection that interests you and that inspires you to keep making space for women to knit strong relationships.

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