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30 Must-Read Books by Black Authors

Celebrate black authors’ fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

a collage of books by black authors
The Awkward Black Man

The Awkward Black Man

By Walter Mosley

The underground railroad, a book by black author colson whitehead

The Underground Railroad

By Colson Whitehead

Toni Morrison Beloved

Beloved

By Toni Morrison

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

The Man Who Cried I Am

The Man Who Cried I Am

By John A. Williams

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

By Elizabeth Keckley

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

By Alice Walker

things fall apart, a book by black author chinua achebe

Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe

americanah by black author chimamanda ngozi adichie

Americanah

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

selected poems of langston hughes, one of the best books by black authors

The Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

By Langston Hughes

Flight to Canada

Flight to Canada

By Ishmael Reed

Loving Her

Loving Her

By Ann Allen Shockley

between the world and me, by black author ta-nehisi coates

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Unexpected Stories

Unexpected Stories

By Octavia E. Butler

white teeth, a book by black author zadie smith

White Teeth

By Zadie Smith

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by black author Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou

To Sir, With Love

To Sir, With Love

By E. R. Braithwaite

Linden Hills

Linden Hills

By Gloria Naylor

Anthony Burns

Anthony Burns

By Virginia Hamilton

the autobiography of malcolm x, one of the best books by black authors

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Babel-17

Babel-17

By Samuel R. Delany

The Gift of Black Folk

The Gift of Black Folk

By W. E. B. Du Bois

The Famished Road

The Famished Road

By Ben Okri

Mama

Mama

By Terry McMillan

invisible man, a book by black author ralph ellison

Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

By James Baldwin

sing, unburied, sing, a book by black author jesmyn ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing

By Jesmyn Ward