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Black & African
American Literature

FPL Recommends > Black & African American Literature

Though we know this is not an extensive list of works by Black and African American authors in the library, please explore these titles and possibly find your next favorite. 


Go Tell It on the Mountain
James Baldwin

Octavia Butler

The House Behind
the Cedars
Charles Chesnutt

The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

Not Without Laughter
Langston Hughes

Their Eyes Were
Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Zami, A New Spelling
of My Name
Audre Lorde

Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Toni Morrison

Devil in a Blue Dress
Walter Mosley

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

Margaret Walker

Native Son
Richard Wright



The Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett

No Heaven for Good Boys
Keisha Bush

The Death of Vivek Oji
Akwaeke Emezi

Transcendent Kingdom
Yaa Gyasi

The Prophets
Robert Jones Jr.

Deacon King Kong
James McBride

Helen Oyeyemi

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid

We Cast a Shadow
Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Grand Union
Zadie Smith

Real Life 
Brandon Taylor

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

Bryan Washington

Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead

Red at the Bone
Jacqueline Woodson




Mysteries & Thrillers:

While Justice Sleeps
Stacey Abrams

Dead Dead Girls
Nekesa Afia

My Sister, The Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite

When No One Is Watching
Alyssa Cole

A Game of Cones
Abby Collette

Razorblade Tears
S. A. Cosby

The Conjure-Man Dies
Rudolph Fisher

And Now She's Gone
Rachel Howzell Hall

The Other Black Girl
Zakiya Dalila Harris

We Are All the
Same in the Dark
Julia Heaberlin

Lies She Told
Cate Holahan

Femi Kayode

The Cutting Season
Attica Locke

The Jigsaw Man
Nadine Matheson

Melanie Raabe

American Spy
Lauren Wilkinson

The Perfect Ruin
Shanora Williams



Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
Alyssa Cole

Before We Were Wicked
Eric Jerome Dickey

While We Were Dating
Jasmine Guillory

American Love Story
Adriana Herrera

Get A Life, Chloe Brown
Talia Hibbert

Beverly Jenkins

Like Lovers Do
Tracey Livesay

Alexa Martin

A Duke, The Spy, An
Artist, and A Lie
Vanessa Riley

The Dating Playbook
Farrah Rochon

The Worst Best Man
Mia Sosa

A Cowboy to Remember
Rebekah Weatherspoon

Seven Days in June
Tia Williams






Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror:

The Black God's Drums
P. Djéli Clark

Samuel R. Delany

My Soul to Keep
Tananarive Due

Master of Poisons
Andrea Hairston

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James

The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin

The Changeling
Victor LaValle

Redemption in Indigo
Karen Lord

Nnedi Okorafor

David Mogo, Godhunter
Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Tochi Onyebuchi

Song of Blood and Stone
L. Penelope

The Winged Histories
Sofia Samatar

Nisi Shawl

Rivers Solomon

The Sorcerer of
the Wildeeps
Kai Ashante Wilson

The Rage of Dragons
Evan Winter



Assata: An Autobiography
Assata Shakur

Cotton Field of Dreams:
A Memoir
Janis F. Kearney

Daisy: Between A Rock and
A Hard Place

Janis F. Kearney

Far Away From
Close to Home
Vanessa Baden Kelly

Foxy: My Life in
Three Acts
Pam Grier

Frederick Douglass:
A Biography
C. James Trotman

Having Our Say:
The Delany Sisters'
First 100 Years
Sarah Louise Delany

Heavy: An American
Kiese Laymon

Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly

I Am the New Black
Tracy Morgan

I Know Why the Caged
Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Ida B. the Queen
Michelle Duster

It Is Well with My Soul
Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson

Just As I Am:
A Memoir
Cicely Tyson

No Higher Honor
Condoleezza Rice

Panther Baby: A Life of
Rebellion and Reinvention
Jamal Joseph

Somebody's Daughter:
A Memoir
Ashley C. Ford

Thirty Years a Slave
Louis Hughes

This is Just My Face:
Try Not to Stare
Gabourey Sidibe