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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 101,925 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 207,918 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 102,127 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 57,836 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 40,522 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 50,029 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 29,968 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 46,485 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 32,786 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 102,482 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 16,688 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 36,089 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,246,072 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 34,528 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 12,721 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 11,789 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 33,585 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 801,195 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 86,075 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 20,282 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 11,613 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 33,486 ratings
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 6,892 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 23,062 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 25,042 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 12,348 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 18,245 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 10,858 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 4,078 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 10,951 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 16,445 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 41,260 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 23,959 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 5,441 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 8,581 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 41,030 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 98,969 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 8,057 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 2,330 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 7,812 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 13,619 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 2,323 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 70,633 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 6,150 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 4,368 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 7,775 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 6,275 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,757 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 19,508 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,576 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 20,082 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 125,184 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 4,699 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 3,067 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 8,199 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 3,149 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,107 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,268 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 1,267 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 6,698 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 4,369 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,068 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 94,553 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 24,377 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,911 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 7,855 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 1,512 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 10,363 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 6,927 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,677 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 40,972 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 23,847 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 9,073 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 3,458 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 9,185 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,805 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 127,605 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 1,467 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 746 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 433 ratings
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 1,785 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,227 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 15,929 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 473 ratings
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566 books · 705 voters · list created July 4th, 2008 by JG (The Introverted Reader) (votes) .
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message 1: by Imani ♥ ☮ (last edited Mar 29, 2010 01:04PM) (new)

 Imani ♥ ☮ some real books on this list. real liturature. I jus realized something tho, why in the world is Uncle Tom's Cabin on here?!? It was written by a Northern white woman!


message 2: by Shanae (new)

Shanae Imani wrote: "some real books on this list. real liturature. I jus realized something tho, why in the world is Uncle Tom's Cabin on here?!? It was written by a Northern white woman!"

But it was based on an African American man's story - Harriet Beecher Stowe stole it...just like most stole stories from African Americans & made mad money off it. Smh.


message 3: by Antoine (new)

Antoine And is the same true of Alice in Wonderland?


message 4: by Speakwright (new)

Speakwright I'd like to recommend and suggest

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African
Written By Himself


message 5: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Did you vote it in? That's a great choice.


message 6: by Shanae (new)

Shanae Antoine wrote: "And is the same true of Alice in Wonderland?"

I don't think so for Alice in Wonderland - but there are other African novels that people have compared to Alice in Wonderland, like My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, maybe that's why the book made it to the list.


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Has anyone out there read
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidgwe Danticat? It should be at the top of the list. She also wrote Krik? Krak! I suggest them both. She is one of the finest writers writing today.


message 8: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 13, 2010 11:20PM) (new)

CRY,the BELOVED COUNTRY is a great book. I don't think it belongs on this list because it's all about South Africa and written by a South African. It's included on my list of BEST BOOKS by AFRICAN AUTHORS.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads OK, is this list for books by African-Americans, or for ones about them?


message 10: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I think it can go either way, but that that really should be it. Books about Africa which don't feature Americans (Cry the Beloved Country for instance) don't belong. Books about Americans in which questions of race, and especially African descent, don't figure prominently, also don't belong.

The question that begs, and I don't know how to answer it, would be how to handle a book like Gone With the Wind, in which race certainly plays a role, but so offensively that one could hardly call it an "African-American Book."


message 11: by Dana (new)

Dana Jeffrey-williams Mcgill keeps you on the edge wanting more!


message 12: by Julie (new)

Julie add The Emperor of OceanPark


message 13: by J (new)

J For those who are really interested in Black History, please check out my non-profit educational organization. It's called the Black-a-Day Project.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bl...


message 14: by Garth (new)

Garth My vote is for Bebe Moore Campbell's Your Blues Ain't Like Mine.

Whenever I hear someone rave about The Help, I suggest they read Your Blues Ain't Like Mine. The Help has good parts, but on the whole Your Blues Ain't Like Mine -- a novel based on the Emmett Till murder -- seems so much more realistic and honest about how horrible conditions were for African-Americans in the 1950s South.

Here's a post I wrote about the novel for Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines and events (this entry was for Black History Month): http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could vote for it, of course. Listopia lists are not closed.


message 16: by Garth (new)

Garth I did vote for it.


message 17: by Linda (new)

Linda Shanae wrote: "Imani wrote: "some real books on this list. real liturature. I jus realized something tho, why in the world is Uncle Tom's Cabin on here?!? It was written by a Northern white woman!"

But it was ba..."

What story was it based on?


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Antoine wrote: "I think it can go either way, but that that really should be it. Books about Africa which don't feature Americans (Cry the Beloved Country for instance) don't belong. Books about Americans in whi..."

I don't think white authors can write "African-American fiction" any more than Americans can write Chinese fiction. That would have to be "books with protagonists of color" or "books dealing with race."


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