10 African American Books and their Authors

Below I listed 10 African American authors and their books. This list includes a mixture of some of my favorite books and also some new books I have simply enjoyed reading. I purposely did a mixture of classic and contemporary African American literature.  I have read all of the novels by a majority of the authors on this list, but I had to choose just one of their works to feature on this list. Click on the links in red to find the books to purchase. Click on the links in green to gain more information about each author.
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10 African American Books and their Authors

  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou  This is the first autobiography about the life of Maya Angelou and she tells us from first person. She shares the joy and painful experiences from her childhood. If you have not read this book I encourage you to pick up a copy as soon as you can.

    2.  Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston In this novel we follow Janie as she experiences life a women post-slavery. We follow Janie through three key relationships in her life and how she is treated and becomes her own women along the journey. This book message is timeless. 

  1. Kindred by Octavia Butler In this book book is the first-person account of a young African-American woman writer, Dana, who finds herself being shunted in time between her Los Angeles, California home in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation where she finds herself in slavery with her ancestors. This is an incredible read. 

  2. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan I am sorry the movie was okay. But the book was phenomenal! So even if you have seen the movie please do yourself a favor and read the book. This book follows four African American women in their 30’s who are friends and the trails and discoveries they go through together. The friends are Savannah Jackson, Bernadine Harris, Robin Stokes, and Gloria Matthews 

  1. In The Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant  You may have seen Iyanla on television but to really understand where she is coming from I think you should read her books. I just love this book and if you are in the meantime you will too. “You know where you want to be, but you have no clue how to get there. You know exactly what you want in life, but what you want is nowhere in sight. Perhaps your vision is unclear, your purpose still undefined. On top of it all, your relationships, particularly your romantic relationships, are failing. If these scenarios feel familiar way down in the deepest part of your gut—then you, my dear, are smack dab in the middle of the meantime.”


  1. Singing in the Comeback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell A professional African-American woman rediscovers her roots when she has to help her grandmother. I love how she writes her characters. You feel each ones perspective. If you have not read this or her other works you are missing out.

  1. When Death Comes Stealing (Tamara Hayle series)  by Valerie Wilson Wesley  Looking for a great mystery with a strong female lead, than look no further. 

  1. Dining In by Gerry Garvin I know this is not a novel but a cookbook. I did this to show some of the diversity of African American work in print.  If you want to try some delicious recipes with simple step by step instructions for down home cooking that meets sophistication then check out this cookbook. 

  1. Perfect Peace: A Novel by Daniel Black What happens when a desperate mother deceives her family and community and tells everyone that her new baby is a girl instead of a boy.

  1. Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery Book 1 A.L. Herbert If you enjoy mystery with delicious sounding recipes and a extra helping of humor, then this book is for you. 


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Like & Comment! Please add some of your favorite authors and their books in the comments! I would love to see them! Let me know if any of the books or authors I listed are some of your favorites. Do you plan to read any of the authors and/or books on the list that you may not be familiar with? I want to hear about your favorite black literature pieces and why.

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