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Go Tell It on the Mountain
3.97
James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, an autobiographical novel first published in 1952, is a beautifully written exploration of religious exper ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #1)
3.73
Every time I read this book I love it more.
Eventually I'll be able to write about it and feel I'm doing it justice.
In the meantime, here are a few tho
...more
not set
Aug 03, 2007
 
Ceremony
3.70
"I will tell you something about stories
[he said]
They aren't just entertainment.
Don't be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
all we have to fight off
...more
not set
Aug 05, 2007
 
Flight to Canada
3.60
I wouldn't have thought it possible to write a funny book about slavery, but Ishmael Reed does just that in Flight to Canada. This is a multilayered p ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
4.08
Alexie's collection of linked short stories is a tale of life on an Indian reservation; it is an exploration of the ways in which Indians deal with th ...more
May 27, 2008
Aug 07, 2007
 
The Color Purple
4.14
This is one of my new favorite books.

The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, a black woman who finds herself in one abusive situation after another
...more
Feb 05, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Intuitionist
3.72
In an interview with Salon.com following the publication of his 1999 debut novel The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead discusses the freedom he has as an ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
3.92
This was a hard book to rate. It raises interesting ideas and plays with theoretical concepts that are intriguing and significant within the fields of ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Up from Slavery
4.04
On the one hand, this is a really interesting look at the culture of the South during and just after the period of Reconstruction; on the other hand, ...more
Dec 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
Coming of Age in Mississippi
4.09
Anne Moody's autobiography is a very matter-of-factly told tale of, as the title indicates, growing up in Mississippi. Particularly, Moody reveals the ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
House Made of Dawn
3.67
House Made of Dawn is built on the model provided by John Joseph Mathews' Sundown and D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded: mixed race Indian finds himsel ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2007
 
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
4.11
If only all literary criticism and theory were as well-written, clear, and concise as Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Aug 07, 2007
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
4.27
I have long admired Malcolm X and his commitment to speaking the truth and helping to create a better world. What I admire most about Malcolm X comes ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Corregidora
3.84
Corregidora is an intense exploration of sex, desire, and history. Ursa, the protagonist, struggles with her own sexuality, her womanhood, and her res ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Man Who Cried I Am
3.99
I had never even heard of John A. Williams' The Man Who Cried I Am before I began putting together my reading lists for my comps and I have no idea wh ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Winter in the Blood
3.86
**spoiler alert** The nameless narrator of James Welch's Winter in the Blood suffers from a feeling of distance and separation from the people and exp ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel
4.08
Louis Owens makes a fairly straightforward argument about Native American literature and what common themes and concerns it may have. He says, “The re ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Bloodline: Five Stories
3.84
The five stories in Ernest Gaines' Bloodline explore various stages of life from the perspective of poor African Americans in the early 20th century. ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community
4.00
Jace Weaver's study of Native American literature is a fascinating but flawed analysis of what sets Native American literature apart, what makes it Na ...more
Jun 12, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Red On Red: Native American Literary Separatism
4.19
Womack's approach to Native American literature and literary studies is provocative, challenging, and problematic. He raises many useful questions and ...more
Jun 12, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Midnight Robber
3.88
Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber is science fiction that doesn't feel like science fiction. It is steeped in science fiction traditions, as the narrat ...more
Feb 21, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Almanac of the Dead
3.94
**spoiler alert** This is a tough book. It's been ages since it took so much time and effort for me to finish a book. Silko creates dozens of characte ...more
May 22, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
There Is Confusion
3.77
There Is Confusion is a rather enjoyable read (especially when compared to the earlier books on my reading list). It follows the fortunes of three you ...more
Dec 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
American Indian Stories
3.85
This is a collection of several different kinds of writing (autobiography, storytelling, and political activism). It clearly illustrates the ways in w ...more
Mar 20, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
Quicksand and Passing
3.90
Passing is a story of deception and hidden things. The title refers most obviously to the narrative of racial passing that moves the plot along. Clare ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Street
4.11
The Street is a novel in the tradition of Richard Wright's Native Son. It is concerned with the lives of poor urban African Americans during the 1940s ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
3.89
A faux autobiography of a black man who could and did pass for white, Johnson's novel insists on blurring lines and calling categories into question. ...more
Dec 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Souls of Black Folk
4.19
A far more informative examination of the place of African Americans in the Reconstruction era and around the turn of the 20th century than that of Wa ...more
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
Jubilee
4.19
Margaret Walker's novel Jubilee (1966), based on the life story of her great-grandmother, follows Vyry (This name is short for Elvira, which I only me ...more
Jan 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Heirs of Columbus
3.49
I just don't dig Gerald Vizenor. I really disliked Bearheart and, though I didn't actively dislike The Heirs of Columbus, neither did I enjoy it. I am ...more
May 23, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
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