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1 - The Water Dancer (Oprah’s Book Club): A Novel

Ta-Nehisi Coates - Random House Audio

Number one New York Times best sellerOprahs Book Club PickFrom the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom."This potent book about Americas most disgraceful...
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2 - The Nickel Boys: A Novel

Colson Whitehead - Doubleday

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced...
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3 - Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

Daniel R. Day - Random House

"Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn't just about fashion. It's about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud." - Ava Duvernay, director of Selma,...
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4 - 1919

Eve L. Ewing - Haymarket Books

"The Zora Neale Hurston of her generation." -- Studio 360"A truly rare cultural phenomenon: an artist who not only holds up a mirror to society, but makes herself a catalyst to change it." -- Chicago TribuneThe Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots...
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5 - Hollywood Black

Donald Bogle - Running Press Adult

The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle.The story opens in the silent film era,...
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6 - They come in all colors : a novel

Malcolm Hansen - Atria Books

"The Secret Life of Bees meets Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle in this bold debut novel, set between the deep South and New York City during the 1960s and early 70s, following a biracial teenage boy whose new life in a big city is disrupted by childhood memories of the summer...
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7 - An American Marriage: A Novel

Tayari Jones - Algonquin Books

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION "Haunting . . . Beautifully written." --The New York Times Book Review "Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable." --USA Today "A tense and timely love story...
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8 - The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Jeffrey C. Stewart - Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro -- the creative African Americans whose art, literature,...
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9 - Grace


For a runaway slave in the 1840s south, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That's what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she must leave behind her beloved...
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10 - Another Brooklyn: A Novel

Jacqueline Woodson - Amistad Press

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where...
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11 - Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly - William Morrow

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12 - Counting Descent

Clint Smith - Write Bloody Pub

Clint Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while...
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13 - Olio by Tyehimba Jess (2016-04-05)

Tyehimba Jess - Wave Books

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14 - Forty Acres: A Thriller

Dwayne Alexander Smith - Atria Books

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront...
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15 - Citizens Creek: A Novel

Lalita Tademy - Atria Books

Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.
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16 - Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas

Jeffrey B Leak - University of Georgia Press

Henry Dumas (1934-1968) was a writer who did not live to see most of his fiction and poetry in print. A son of Sweet Home, Arkansas, and Harlem, he devoted himself to the creation of a black literary cosmos, one in which black literature and culture were windows into the human condition....
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17 - Book of Hours: Poems

Kevin Young - Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. "In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor," he tells us, in one of the collection's piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement ("Not the storm / but the calm...
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18 - The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Edward Kelsey Moore - Knopf

Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean in the New York Times best-selling novel . . . Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "the Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather...
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19 - The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

James McBride - Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden SmithA Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the YearWinner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling...
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20 - Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

Craig Steven Wilder - Bloomsbury Press; 1st edition

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In Ebony...
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21 - Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

Questlove - Harper Design

From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny...
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22 - Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid

Nikki Giovanni - ‎William Morrow; 1st edition

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred social justice movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations about the reality of life - especially Black life--in America. One of the foremost African-American writers and activists of her generation,...

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23 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis - Knopf

The newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie...
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24 - Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography

Randal Maurice Jelks - The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition

In this first full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894-1984), Randal Maurice Jelks chronicles the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his "spiritual and intellectual father." Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, president of Morehouse College, and mentor...
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25 - The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges

Andrew P. Jackson - Scarecrow Press

The 1970 and 1994 editions of The Black Librarian in America by E.J. Josey singled out racism as an important issue to be addressed within the library profession. Although much has changed since then, this latest collection of 48 essays by Black librarians and library supporters again identifies...
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26 - Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place

bell hooks - The University Press of Kentucky

Author, activist, feminist, teacher, and artist bell hooks is celebrated as one of the nation's leading intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her unique pseudonym from the name of her grandmother, an intelligent and strong-willed African American woman who inspired...
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