50 Good Books Every Black Woman Should Read

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Now that we have finished a seminal novel/masterwork by Zora Neale Hurston, please…

  • Choose ten titles from:

50 Good Books Every Black Woman Should Read

  • and Google search them on SparkNotes, Wikipedia, etc.
  • OR read the suggested links below for each book
  • Then choose three books that you would like to read and summarize why the book interests you in 4-5 sentences, demonstrating that you understand the plot, themes, and characters.

2.    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time Wikipedia

The Fire Next Time NY Times

3.    Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry

Between The Covers Book Review: Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry 

4.    The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

History Is a Weapon: The Mis-Education of the Negro

5.    Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson

History Is a Weapon: Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

6. Cane by Jean Toomer

Cane by Jean Toomer Wikipedia

7. The Prisoner’s Wife by Asha Bandele

Kirkus Book Reviews: The Prisoner’s Wife

8.    Krik? Krak? by Edwidge Danticat

SparkNotes: Krik? Krak? 

Krik? Krak! Wikipedia

9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

SparkNotes: Things Fall Apart 

10. The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

The Blacker the Berry: Wikipedia

11. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

PBS: Howard Thurman

12.    Black Bourgeoise by E. Franklin Frazier

Amazon: Black Bourgeoise

13.    Jubilee by Margaret Walker

Wikipedia Jubilee 

14. Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Mumbo Jumbo Wikipedia

15. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

SparkNotes: The Bluest Eye

16. Kindred by Octavia Butler

SparkNotes: Kindred

17. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant

Amazon: One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

18. In Search of Satisfaction by J. California Cooper

Book Review LA Times: In Search of Satisfaction 

19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

SparkNotes: Invisible Man

20. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

SparkNotes: A Raisin in the Sun

21. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

SparkNotes: A Lesson Before Dying

22. Black Betty by Walter Mosley

eNotes: Black Betty

23. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

eNotes: Maud Martha

24. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

SparkNotes: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

25. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is not enuf by Ntozake Shange

Wikipedia: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is  Not Enuf

26. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace

eNotes: Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman Analysis

27. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

SparkNotes: The Color Purple

28. The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

Wikipedia: The Souls of Black Folk

29. The Street by Ann Petry

eNotes: The Street

30. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

SparkNotes: The Women of Brewster Place

31. Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall

eNotes: Praisesong for the Widow

32. This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe L. Moraga

Wikipedia: This Bridge Called My Back

33. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Wikipedia: Sister Outsider

34. Waiting to Exhale by Terri McMillan

Publisher’s Weekly: Waiting to Exhale

35. Native Son by Richard Wright

SparkNotes: Richard Wright

36. Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell

Kirkus Review: Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine

37. Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta

Publisher’s Weekly: Kehinde

38. We a BaddDDD People by Sonia Sanchez

Oxford Reference: We a BaddDDD People

39. The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

Wikipedia: The Ways of White Folks 

eNotes: The Ways of White Folks

40. Fences by August Wilson

SparkNotes: Fences

41. The Debt by Randall Robinson

The Debt: Randall Robinson Talks About What America Owes to Blacks

42. Conversations With God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African-Americans by James Melvin Washington

God Web: Dr. James Melvin Washington

43. The Little Black Book of Success by Elaine Meryl Brown, Rhonda Joy McLean and Marsha Haygood

The Little Black Book of Success

44. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks

eNotes: Annie Allen

45. Why I Love Black Women by Michael Eric Dyson

Book of the Week: Why I Love Black Women

46. The Wedding by Dorothy West

Publisher’s Weekly: The Wedding

47. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost by Joan Morgan

Publisher’s Weekly: When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost

48. Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Diane McKinney-Whetstone: Tumbling

49. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

Oprah.com: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

50. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Wikipedia: Dreams from My Father



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