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Thanks go to editors, agents, professors, writers, and booksellers for recommending the books listed below ~ Malaika Adero, Marva Allen, Jabari Asim, Houston Baker, Stacey Barney, Emily Bernard, Shonda Buchanan, William Jelani Cobb, Bridgett M. Davis, Dawn Davis, Michael A. Gonzales, Chris Jackson, Mat Johnson, Troy Johnson, John McCluskey, Jr., John McGregor, Alison Meyers, Evan Narcisse, Jess Row, Martha Southgate, and Eisa Nefertari Ulen ~

F I C T I O N

ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN Edward P. Jones
ALL-BRIGHT COURT Connie Porter
ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, ALWAYS OUTGUNNED Walter Mosley
ANNOTATIONS John Keene
ANOTHER GOOD LOVING BLUES Arthur Flowers
ANOTHER PRE-SENT ERA Elaine Perry
ASPHALT Carl Hancock Rux
ATLANTIS: THREE TALES Samuel R. Delany

BAILEY'S CAFÉ Gloria Naylor
THE BETWEEN Tananarive Due
BODY IN STAUNTON William Henry Lewis
BOMBINGHAM Anthony Grooms
BREAK ANY WOMAN DOWN Dana Johnson
BREATH, EYES, MEMORY Edwidge Danticat
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO Junot Diaz
BROWN GIRL IN THE RING Nalo Hopkinson

CAUCASIA Danzy Senna
CROSSING OVER JORDAN Linda Beatrice Brown
CRYSTELLE MOURNING Eisa Nefertari Ulen

THE DEW BREAKER Edwidge Danticat
DOMINION Calvin Baker DON'T ERASE ME Carolyn Ferrell
DOUGLASS' WOMEN Jewell Parker Rhodes
DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE ZZ Packer
DROP Mat Johnson
DROWN Junot Diaz

THE ECSTATIC Victor LaValle
ERASURE Percival Everett
EVERYBODY SMOKES IN HELL John Ridley

THE FALL OF ROME Martha Southgate
THE FIRST THING SMOKING Nelson Eubanks
47TH STREET BLACK Bayo Ojikutu

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GABRIEL'S STORY David Anthony Durham
GETTING MOTHER'S BODY Suzan-Lori Parks
THE GOOD NEGRESS A. J.

HIGH COTTON Darryl Pinckney
HUNTING IN HARLEM Mat Johnson
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
HARLEM REDUX Persia Walker
THE HEALING Gayl Jones

I GET ON THE BUS Reginald McKnight
I GOT SOME- Verdelle
IMANI ALL MINE Connie Porter

JAZZ Toni Morrison
JOHN HENRY DAYS Colson Whitehead

THE KIND OF LIGHT THAT SHINES ON TEXAS Reginald McKnight
KNEE-DEEP IN WONDER April Reynolds
THE KNOWN WORLD Edward P. Jones
KRIK? KRAK! Edwidge Danticat

LEAVING ATLANTA Tayari Jones
THE LEGEND OF QUITO ROAD Dwight Fryer
A LESSON BEFORE DYING Ernest J. Gaines
LET IT RAIN COFFEE Angie Cruz
LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD Randall Kenan
LET THE LION EAT STRAW Ellease Southerland
LOST IN THE CITY Edward P. Jones

MAN GONE DOWN Michael Thomas
THE MAN Tananarive Due

NEGROPHOBIA Darius James
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES Orlando Lima

OCTOBER SUITE Maxine Claire
ONCE TWO HEROES Calvin Baker
ONLY TWICE I'VE WISHED FOR HEAVEN Dawn Turner Trice

PARABLE OF THE SOWER Octavia Butler
PASSING THROUGH Colin Channer
PHILADELPHIA FIRE John Edgar Wideman
THE PIRATE’S DAUGHTER Margaret Cezaire-Thompson
THE PORTABLE PROMISED LAND Touré
THE PRICE OF A CHILD Lorene Cary
THE PROFESSOR'S DAUGHTER Emily Raboteau
PUSH Sapphire

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RAILS UNDER MY BACK Jeffery Renard Allen

SHIFTING THROUGH NEUTRAL Bridgett M. Davis
SLAPBOXING WITH JESUS Victor LaValle
SONG FOR NIGHT Chris Abani
SOUL KISS Shay Youngblood
STANDING AT THE SCRATCH LINE Guy Johnson
STIGMATA Phyllis Alesia Perry
THE STORIES OF JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN SUGAR Bernice McFadden

THEM Nathan McCall
THEREAFTER JOHNNIE Carolivia Herron
THEY TELL ME OF A HOME Daniel Black
THIRD GIRL FROM THE LEFT Martha Southgate
TROUBLE NO MORE Anthony Grooms
TUMBLING Diane McKinney-Whetstone

VOODOO DREAMS Jewell Parker Rhodes

WALK THROUGH DARKNESS David Anthony Durham
WATER STREET Crystal Wilkinson
THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE Paul Beatty
WHITE BOYS Reginald McKnight
WHOSE SONG? Thomas Glave

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ANTHOLOGIES

DARK MATTER:
A CENTURY OF SPECULATIVE FICTION FROM THE AFRICAN

DIASPORA
Sheree Thomas

HOME GIRLS MAKE SOME NOISE!
HIP HOP FEMINISM ANTHOLOGY Elaine Richardson, Gwendolyn Pough, Aisha Durgam and Rachel Raimist

HOKUM:
AN ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HUMOR Paul Beatty

IN THE TRADITION:
AN ANTHOLOGY OF YOUNG WRITERS Kevin Powell and Ras Baraka

SHADE: AN ANTHOLOGY BY GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT Bruce Morrow

STEP INTO A WORLD:
A GLOBAL ANTHOLOGY OF THE NEW BLACK LITERATURE Kevin Powell

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N O N - F I C T I O N

THE BLACK INTERIOR Elizabeth Alexander
THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: AN INTERIOR JOURNEY Toi Derricotte
THE BOOK OF SARAHS Catherine E. McKinley

EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE Itaberi Njeri

FATHERALONG John Edgar Wideman
FLYBOY IN THE BUTTERMILK Greg Tate
FROM HARVEY RIVER Lorna Goodison

THE HAYGOODS OF COLUMBUS Wil Haygood
THE HOTTEST WATER IN CHICAGO Gayle Pemberton

KINSHIP Philippe Wamba

PLAYING IN THE DARK:
WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION Toni Morrison

RALPH ELLISON Arnold Rampersad
READING IN BLACK AND WHITE: A MEMOIR Karla Holloway

THE SKIN BETWEEN US:
A MEMOIR OF RACE, BEAUTY, AND BELONGING Kym Ragusa
A SMALL PLACE Jamaica Kincaid
SWEET SUMMERS Bebe Moore Campbell

THAT MEAN OLD YESTERDAY Stacy Patton

W.E.B DUBOIS, 1868 -1919 David Levering Lewis
THE WOMEN Hilton Als
WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS Valerie Boyd

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