The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women

The ZORA Canon is our list of the 100 greatest books written by African-American women spanning 160 years, from 1859 to the present.

Our intention is to offer ZORA readers an opportunity to explore our shared cultural and literary history, connect with others in the ZORA community, and simply have fun. We hope you enjoy them.

A note from ZORA's editors: Please help us honor this list by refraining from adding additional books. Thank you!
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100 books · 201 voters · list created January 8th, 2020 by Jenna Chambers (votes) .
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Jenna 1 book
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Meghan 3827 books
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Lynecia 2315 books
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Carolyn 1275 books
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Criss 1075 books
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Joe 759 books
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Kerry 1173 books
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Moisés 0 books
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message 4: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady @Randy
What do you mean, by adding these three titles to the comment section? Please explain, because as far as I can tell, they are not on your bookshelves?


St. Erika (NotAnEarlyBird) I added Becoming before reading your note.... I am so so sorry. Can you please remove it so the list goes back to what you wanted it to be? Again, so sorry...


message 6: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 10, 2020 01:00AM) (new)

Booklovinglady St. Erika (NotAnEarlyBird) wrote: "I added Becoming before reading your note.... I am so so sorry. Can you please remove it so the list goes back to what you wanted it to be? Again, so sorry..."

I tried to remove it as it was still on the list when I looked at it but it was no longer there when I went to the page to remove it. It seems to be solved.


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