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758 books · 1,059 voters · list created July 4th, 2008 by JG (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."


message 19: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 09, 2015 07:28AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart, #235) is an African author, not an African-American author. I've only read No Longer At Ease so far, which is why I haven't deleted Things Fall Apart, but I have strong doubts about it being on this list.


JG (Introverted Reader) Booklovinglady wrote: "Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart, #235) is an African author, not an African-American author. I've only read No Longer At Ease so far, which is why I haven't deleted Things Fall Apart..."

I haven't read it either, but it looks like it's set in Nigeria and written by a Nigerian. I deleted it.


message 21: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 09, 2015 11:03AM) (new)

Booklovinglady JG (The Introverted Reader) wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart, #235) is an African author, not an African-American author. I've only read No Longer At Ease so far, which is why I haven't de..."

No Longer At Ease is set in Nigeria, which is one of the reasons why I had my doubts about Things Fall Apart being on this list.

Thanks for deleting it :-)


message 22: by Nip (new)

Nip Is Sue Monk Kidd African American? I don't know, but I don't think so. Perhaps her work is misplaced on this list?


message 23: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Nip wrote: "Is Sue Monk Kidd African American? I don't know, but I don't think so. Perhaps her work is misplaced on this list?"

As far as I know, Sue Monk Kidd is not African American.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Sue Monk Kidd is white.


message 25: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 30, 2017 11:15PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Nip wrote: "Is Sue Monk Kidd African American? I don't know, but I don't think so. Perhaps her work is misplaced on this list?"

Haven't read it myself, but going by the description, her book The Secret Life of Bees (#22) is about African Americans, which, judging from the title of this Listopia, is undoubtedly why it is on this list. The Keepers of the House (#184) is probably there for the same reason.

Now that we're on this topic, I was wondering about To Kill a Mockingbird (#395)? Can't remember...


message 26: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 30, 2017 11:20PM) (new)

Booklovinglady JG (The Introverted Reader) wrote: "I haven't read it either, but it looks like it's set in Nigeria and written by a Nigerian. I deleted it...."

I've read Things Fall Apart by now and it is definitely set in Nigeria :-)


message 27: by George P. (new)

George P. Imani ♥ ☮ wrote: ... why in the world is Uncle Tom's Cabin on here?!? It was written by a Northern white woman!"

In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he said he only read nonfiction books- the only novel he ever read was Uncle Tom's Cabin. So there you go.


message 28: by QueenAmidala28 (new)

QueenAmidala28 Several of these books are not African-American authors - some are from the continent of Africa and others are written by Caucasian Americans. I think this should be specified in the title.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Or you could tell us what the titles are, and where on the list they are located, and librarians could remove them.


message 30: by Erin (new)

Erin The Help by Kathryn Stockett (currently #13) definitely should not be on this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's still unclear if this is is for books by African-Americans, or about them. (It clearly qualifies on the latter.)


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