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50 Books That Every African American Should Read

"Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, with so many options at one's disposal, deciding on a title can prove difficult.
Huffington Post BlackVoices has compiled an extensive book list, featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, science-fiction and the autobiography.
From Ralph Ellison to Jesmyn Ward, many of the authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Others, such as Zadie Smith and Tsitsi Dangarembga, have broken literary ground abroad in countries such as Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Uganda. Stemming back to 1789 with Olaudah Equiano's "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano," these 50 titles have heavily contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe."- from Huffington Post
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Annie Allen
Annie Allen
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Assata
Assata
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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
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Breath, Eyes, Memory
Breath, Eyes, Memory
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Coffee Will Make You Black
Coffee Will Make You Black
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Coconut
Coconut
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Dreams From My Father (Barack Obama)
Dreams From My Father (Barack Obama)
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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
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Flight to Canada
Flight to Canada
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf (Ntozake Shange)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf (Ntozake Shange)
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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
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Head off & Split
Head off & Split
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Decoded (Jay-Z and Dream Hampton)
Decoded (Jay-Z and Dream Hampton)
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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The Known World
The Known World
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Kindred (Octavia Butler)
Kindred (Octavia Butler)
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What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
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Nervous Conditions
Nervous Conditions
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The New Jim Crow
The New Jim Crow
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I Am Not Sidney Poitier
I Am Not Sidney Poitier
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Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
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The Other Side of Paradise
The Other Side of Paradise
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Our Kind of People
Our Kind of People
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Roots (Alex Haley)
Roots (Alex Haley)
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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
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The Intuitionist
The Intuitionist
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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The Value in the Valley
The Value in the Valley
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The Weary Blues
The Weary Blues
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The White Boy Shuffle
The White Boy Shuffle
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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White Teeth
White Teeth
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The Women of Brewster Place (Novel)
The Women of Brewster Place (Novel)
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Zami
Zami
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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
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Sula
Sula
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King of the Cats
King of the Cats
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