20 Notable Books by Black Writers

February 1, 2024

In recognition of Black History Month, here are 20 notable books by Black writers. Click the links on each to learn more about the book.


1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


2. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


3. Beloved by Toni Morrison


4. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin


5. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois


6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley


8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker


10. Native Son by Richard Wright


11. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


12. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates


13. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward


14. Becoming by Michelle Obama


15. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin


16. Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon


17. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw


18. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis


19. Kindred by Octavia Butler


20. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson


Consider purchasing one or more of these titles from a Black-owned bookstore near you! You can search for bookstores through the African American Literature Book Club website here.

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