Books by Black Authors

Like in everything else, African American authors are often excluded from best books list.
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696 books · 255 voters · list created December 6th, 2011 by David (votes) .
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David 1250 books
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Sarah 81 books
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Andrea 2997 books
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Kenya 2285 books
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Alicia 1256 books
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Gabrielle 47 books
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Kiru 969 books
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Celeste 99 books
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message 1: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Inheriting the Trade is a great book, but it's not written by a black author.


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael If this is 'African American' there are a few that are just African, such as 'say you're one of them' and 'things fall apart'... if black means of African descent or african, there is a lot of that continent, there is also a lot of Brazil...


message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather FYI: Sounder wasn't written by an African American author. William H. Armstrong is Caucasian.


message 4: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 30, 2018 07:02AM) (new)

Booklovinglady The description makes me wonder if this list is just meant for African American authors...? If so, shouldn't it be in the title? I'm currently reading an extraordinary book by a black author, but she's not African American (I've added it, as I noticed other non-African American authors on this list).


message 5: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart I don't think Jared Yates Sexton is black?


message 6: by Donna (last edited Jul 24, 2020 12:43AM) (new)

Donna Davis I pulled two books by Ann Weisgarber off of page 5. The protagonist in one story is African-American, but the author is Caucasian.

Also removed Black Like Me; author is Caucasian: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

The system found and removed 3 duplicates.


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