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Read These Truths: Five Books About Wellness to Read this April

April 4, 2022

Visitors to the special exhibition In These Truths at Albright-Knox Northland perusing a display of books presented by Zawadi Books. Photo: Jeff Mace for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

In celebration of In These Truths, our friends at Zawadi Books have prepared a series of reading lists inspired by the exhibition. In April, the focus of the reading list is wellness. In These Truths, on view through June 5 at Albright-Knox Northland, is an exhibition of works by Black cultural producers, co-curated by two of Buffalo’s most influential, charismatic, and insightful artists, Edreys Wajed and Aitina Fareed-Cooke, in collaboration with Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott. 

Zawadi Books, located at 1382 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, specializes in books and materials that are by and about people of African descent. The store holds author readings and book discussions, and houses a reading room and a storytelling resource center. Learn More

African Holistic Health

African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila O. Afrika

This book is the first book of its kind on African Holistics. It provides a wealth of information that had been missing in health, history, medical science,  and holistics. Written by Dr. Llaila O. Afrika, this book is the first major book that addresses health issues from a comprehensive African-centered viewpoint.

Feeding the Soul by Tabitha Brown

Feeding the Soul by Tabitha Brown

In this life-changing book, Tabitha Brown shares the wisdom she gained from her own journey, showing readers how to make a life that is rooted in nonjudgmental kindness and love, both for themselves and for others.

Get Over It by Iyanla Vanzant

Get Over It by Iyanla Vanzant

In the face of pervasive human suffering, The New York Times bestselling author and life coach Iyanla Vanzant challenges us: What if it’s not them—what if it’s you? What if you need to “get over it”—and get over yourself? If you’re ready to break free of your ego’s resistance and willing to face yourself, willing to change, and willing to heal and grow—then now’s the time to Get Over It!

Heal Thyself by Queen Afua

Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity by Queen Afua

My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

What Happened to You

What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, and Oprah Winfrey

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand. Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”