African American Must Reads
The Harlem Renaissance writer's innovative and groundbreaking novel depicting African American life in the South and North, with a foreword by National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Zinzi Clemmons
“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT
Both a deeply compelling bestselling novel and an epic milestone of American literature.
Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.
ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
EITHER AMERICA WILL DESTROY IGNORANCE OR IGNORANCE WILL DESTROY THE UNITED STATES. -W.E.B. Du BoisThis classic groundbreaking work of American literature first published in 1903 is a cornerstone of African-American literary history and a seminal work in the field of sociology.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE AND ONE OF BUZZFEED’S BEST BOOKS OF THE DECADE
8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best · William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!
"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds
Author of the bestselling Dhalgren and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction.
Based off of the bestselling author's family history, this novel tells the story of Kunta Kinte, who is sold into slavery in the United States where he and his descendants live through major historic events.
$13.60ISBN: 9780807083697Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004
The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.$14.45ISBN: 9780143135692Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.$23.80ISBN: 9780525659273Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Knopf - October 22nd, 2019
The magnificent Pulitzer Prize–winning work that brought the wrenching experience of slavery into the literature of our time, enlarging our comprehension of America’s original sin.$18.69ISBN: 9781108417549Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Cambridge University Press - September 8th, 2017
Why do black families own less than white families? Why does school segregation persist decades after Brown v. Board of Education? Why is it harder for black adults to vote than for white adults? Will addressing economic inequality solve racial and gender inequality as well?$14.41ISBN: 9780307949707Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - October 8th, 2013
“A remarkable page-turner of a novel.” —Chicago Tribune$9.34ISBN: 9780147515827Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
A President Obama "O" Book Club pick$13.59ISBN: 9780060959470Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018
The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation,” All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.$13.59ISBN: 9780544570115Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2015
A New York Times Notable Book | Lambda Literary Award Winner | Long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award
“Charles Blow is the James Baldwin of our age.” — Washington Blade
“[An] exquisite memoir . . .$14.41ISBN: 9780345804327Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - January 30th, 2018
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South$23.79ISBN: 9781620975459Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - January 7th, 2020
Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora$6.79ISBN: 9780345514400Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
$14.41ISBN: 9781101971062Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017
Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
$14.45ISBN: 9781501126079Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scribner - May 8th, 2018
WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, i$13.56ISBN: 9781617755880Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Akashic Books - October 3rd, 2017
A Best Book of 2017: NPR, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Bustle, Bookish, Barnes & Noble, Chicago Public Library, Book Scrolling.
CLMP Firecracker Award Winner
A Stonewall Book Award Honor Book
Finalist for the 2018 Locus Award, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lambda Literary Award.$14.44ISBN: 9780062420718Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.$27.20ISBN: 9780593230251Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House - August 4th, 2020
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times