What Alicia Keys reads

We all know Alicia Keys as an accomplished musician, as a winner of 15 Grammys, but she is also an entrepreneur, writer and actress. Her debut memoir, More Myself: A Journey, is a heartfelt glimpse into her life journey and difficult relationship with her father, and a testament to finding one’s own voice. Alicia Keys continues to be a brilliant and talented role model who encourages us to go after our dreams. 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters with no knowledge of each other’s existence live lives in two separate villages, where they are subject to completely different paths. One sister lives a comfortable life of luxury in a castle, while the other is sold into a life of tragedy and slavery. Homegoing follows the sisters and their descendants for generations to come.

Yaa Gyasi is back with her second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, and we can’t wait to hear what Alicia thinks about it!


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Alicia Keys says Purple Hibiscus is centered around a family you are bound to fall in love with in an emotionally powerful narrative. Teenage siblings Kambili and Jaja are living a privileged life in Nigeria, but under the strict authority of their heretic father. When Nigeria enters a military coup, the two are sent to their aunt’s house who is a professor. There, they experience a completely different, more relaxed life. But when they return back home, tensions rise and Kambili must work to keep her family together.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Nevermoor series is fun, adventurous and fantastical, which is exactly why Alicia Keys loves reading the books with her sons. In Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, cursed child Morrigan Crow is fated to die on her eleventh birthday. However, after an encounter with a strange man Jupiter North, she is whisked away into Nevermoor, and she discovers that Jupiter has elected her to compete against hundreds of other children to join the city’s most prestigious organization. Morrigan must past the trials and claim her place in the organization, or return back home where death awaits her.

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McKenzie Wurtz

McKenzie Wurtz graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Studio Art. She is currently a digital and social media intern for SparkPoint Studio. McKenzie enjoys writing, reading, painting and playing video games.

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