Books by Black Authors
Like in everything else, African American authors are often excluded from best books list.
1 Beloved
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 171,237 ratings
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2 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 14,600 ratings
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3 Kindred
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 22,931 ratings
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4 Push
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 31,965 ratings
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5 Blackamoores: Africans in T...
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 36 ratings
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6 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 288,505 ratings
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7 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 145,571 ratings
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8 Fire Baptized (Santeria Hab...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 495 ratings
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9 The Coldest Winter Ever
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 15,700 ratings
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10 My Country 'Tis of Thee
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 38 ratings
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11 In Search of Satisfaction
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,808 ratings
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12 Echo
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 103 ratings
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13 for colored girls who have ...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 14,975 ratings
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14 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 155,405 ratings
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15 Narcolepsy
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings
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15 Burning Uncle Tom's Cabin
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 16 ratings
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17 Mine Boy
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 238 ratings
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17 A Valentine Challenge (Chal...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 46 ratings
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19 Bloodchild and Other Stories
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 3,364 ratings
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20 Song of Solomon
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 42,412 ratings
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21 Dhalgren
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,315 ratings
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22 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 87,721 ratings
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22 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 250 ratings
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24 His Treasure (Men of Valor,...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 46 ratings
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25 Nikki Giovanni Poetry Colle...
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 27 ratings
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25 Wench
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 9,753 ratings
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27 Many Colored Coat: C Counte...
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28 Copper Sun
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 6,258 ratings
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29 Middle Passage
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 2,130 ratings
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29 Jubilee
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,723 ratings
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31 The Learning Tree
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 690 ratings
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32 Southern Horrors and Other ...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 156 ratings
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32 Clotel: or, The President's...
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 662 ratings
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34 Sounder
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 16,452 ratings
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35 Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mam...
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36 Preface to a Twenty Volume ...
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37 A Soldier's Play
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 146 ratings
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38 The Mis-Education of the Negro
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 3,011 ratings
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38 Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 9,116 ratings
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40 The Autobiography of an Ex-...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,626 ratings
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41 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cr...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 73,412 ratings
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42 Black Like Me
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 34,277 ratings
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43 Pimp: The Story of My Life
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,008 ratings
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44 To Be Young, Gifted and Black
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 1,033 ratings
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45 The Boondocks: Fresh for '0...
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45 The Peach Seed
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45 I Should've Told Her
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45 The Fire Next Time
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 9,117 ratings
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45 An Engagement Challenge (Ch...
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45 The Devil Stopped By
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45 The Chronicles of a Crazy C...
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45 Earl The Pearl: My Story
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 18 ratings
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45 The Wedding Date
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2.45 of 5 stars 2.45 avg rating — 20 ratings
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45 The Blood of Titans
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45 Dapper Carter's 5 Fatale`Fl...
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45 The Unheralded King of Pres...
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45 Resurrecting Cybele
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
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45 Glyphics
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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 30 ratings
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45 Thoughts Influence Power Sn...
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45 Half of a Yellow Sun
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 23,037 ratings
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45 Light Under the House
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 23 ratings
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45 Liccle Bit
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45 The Last King:( Book I, Vol...
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64 Your Spirits Walk Beside Us...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 17 ratings
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64 Black Betty (Easy Rawlins #4)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,392 ratings
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64 Don't Tell Your Cousin
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 101 ratings
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64 Family
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 1,164 ratings
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64 Sins of the Father
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 211 ratings
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64 The Influencers
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64 Narrative of the Life of Fr...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 35,571 ratings
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71 Facing Mount Kenya
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 114 ratings
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71 Aya (Aya #1)
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,001 ratings
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71 Don't Call Me Angel (Forsak...
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 93 ratings
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71 His Strength (Men of Valor,...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 20 ratings
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75 The Hundred Thousand Kingdo...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 14,262 ratings
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75 Some Love, Some Pain, Somet...
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 1,387 ratings
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77 Mississippi to Africa: A Jo...
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4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 8 ratings
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77 Paradise (Toni Morrison Tri...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 14,152 ratings
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77 Homemade Love
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 853 ratings
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80 Blues for Mister Charlie
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 625 ratings
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80 Invisible Man
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 79,919 ratings
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80 Some Soul to Keep
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 940 ratings
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80 Women, Race, and Class
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 3,607 ratings
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84 Two Centuries of Black Loui...
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84 Life Is Short But Wide
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 874 ratings
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84 Abolition Democracy: Beyond...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 170 ratings
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87 You Don't Know Me: Reflecti...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 35 ratings
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87 Her: A Novel
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 21 ratings
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87 The Wake of the Wind
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 814 ratings
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87 "Why Are All The Black Kids...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,626 ratings
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91 Inheriting the Trade: A Nor...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 108 ratings
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91 Some People, Some Other Place
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 654 ratings
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91 Sister Citizen: Shame, Ster...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 940 ratings
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94 Fugitive Slaves and the Und...
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94 A Piece of Mine: Stories
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 594 ratings
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94 We Were There: Voices of Af...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
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97 The Matter Is Life
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 647 ratings
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97 Black Power: The Politics o...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 467 ratings
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99 Democracy Matters: Winning ...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,013 ratings
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99 The Future Has a Past: Stories
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 428 ratings
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David
David
1048 books
74 friends
Sarah
Sarah
81 books
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Andrea
Andrea
1976 books
147 friends
Kenya
Kenya
1407 books
2356 friends
Alicia
Alicia
1078 books
485 friends
Gabrielle
Gabrielle
47 books
29 friends
Kiru
Kiru
717 books
860 friends
Celeste
Celeste
99 books
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