Lost African American Treasures
Books by African Americans that should be better known
1 The Untelling
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 676 ratings
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2 Before I Forget
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 326 ratings
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3 Lost in the City
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,546 ratings
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4 Orange Mint and Honey
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 855 ratings
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5 Bombingham
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 200 ratings
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6 This Side Of The Sky
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 97 ratings
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7 October Suite
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 133 ratings
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8 Trouble No More
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 21 ratings
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9 Wading Home: A Novel of New...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 582 ratings
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10 Always Outnumbered, Always ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,442 ratings
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11 Kindred
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 25,453 ratings
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12 Native Guard
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,595 ratings
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13 Appalachee Red
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 34 ratings
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13 Standing at the Scratch Lin...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 356 ratings
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15 And This Too Shall Pass
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,063 ratings
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15 Lil Mama's Rules
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,182 ratings
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17 The White Boy Shuffle
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,769 ratings
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18 Annotations
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 44 ratings
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19 Breathing Room
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 71 ratings
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20 One Blood: The Death and Re...
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21 My Soul to Keep (African Im...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 2,336 ratings
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22 For God, Country and the Co...
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23 MANDY OXENDINE
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 8 ratings
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24 Shifting Through Neutral
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25 Once Upon a Time in Harlem:...
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25 Those the Sun Has Loved
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27 The Quarry
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27 Big Girls Don't Cry
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,730 ratings
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29 Caught Up in the Rapture: A...
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30 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 6,718 ratings
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31 The Good House
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,258 ratings
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32 When We Practice To Deceive
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32 books · 33 voters · list created October 3rd, 2008 by Wilhelmina (votes) .
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message 1: by Qiana (new)

Qiana What's wrong with me that I haven't ready ANY of these books??? Well, I've already voted for one "African-American treasure" this election cycle... so I'll have to wait to weigh in on your list, Mina. I'll put these on my "to-read" list asap.


message 2: by jo (new)

jo qiana, me too!!!! i haven't even heard of most of them? i guess it's because they are lost?

on the other hand, what counts as "lost" african american treasures? do they have to be neglected, or do they also have to be old? i know for sure they have to be treasures.

but what counts as a treasure? oh, shut up jo!


message 3: by William (new)

William I have read only one of them and I wasn't really feeling that story so I can't honestly call it a "treasure". I'll have to revisit this survey after I've had time to digest some of these new (to me) writers works.




message 4: by Carleen (new)

Carleen Thanks for this list!


message 5: by Carleen (new)

Carleen Just FYI but my novel Orange Mint and Honey came out a year ago, so not really very old, but hopefully you'll find it a treasure! And my 2nd novel Children of the Waters comes out in July.


message 6: by Ernestine (new)

Ernestine I would like to suggest Raymond Andrews books, Appalachee Red being one of them. He wrote 2 or 3 others before he robbed us of more of his work by killing himself. His books are truly lost Af Am treasures!


message 7: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina I've never heard of Raymond Andrews - looks likes a good one to try! Is Appalachee Red his best?


message 8: by Ernestine (new)

Ernestine Wilhelmina wrote: "I've never heard of Raymond Andrews - looks likes a good one to try! Is Appalachee Red his best?"

Yes, it is also the first. It isn't a series but there are vague references to the first in the others.


message 9: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina If I were being fair, I would take "Orange Mint and Honey" off of this list. It has become a genuine phenomenon! The movie based on this book, called "Sins of the Mother", will be broadcast on Lifetime on Feb. 7, 2010, starring the great Jill Scott! Now if only the same could happen for more of these great books.....


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