African American - Historical

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Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR New York Times Book ReviewOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Boston Globe ● The Washington Post ● Time ● Entertainment Weekly ● San Francisco Chronicle ● Financial Times ● Minneap...

Published: Apr 2019

Say Goodbye for Now

Catherine Ryan Hyde

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor....

Published: Dec 2016

Mustard Seed

Laila Ibrahim

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jo...

Published: Nov 2017

The Wedding Gift

Marlen Suyapa Bodden

In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah-her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the prope...

Published: Mar 2015

The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book ...

Nathan Harris

An Instant New York Timesbestseller / An Oprah’s Book Club Pick In the spirit of The Known Worldand The Underground Railroad, an award-winning “miraculous debut” (Washington Post) about the unlikely bond between...

Published: May 2022

The Book of Negroes

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel is a major television miniseries airing on BET Networks.The Book of Negroes (based on the novel Someone Knows My Name) will be BET's first miniseries. The star-studded production includes lead actre...

Published: Jan 2015

Josephine Baker's Last Dance

Sherry Jones

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.Discover the fascinating and singular l...

Published: Dec 2018

The Darkest Child

Delores Phillips

A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with an introduction by Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), an excerpt from the never before seen follow-up, and discussion guide.  Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Ta...

Published: Jan 2005

A Kind of Freedom: A Novel

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Long-listed for the National Book Award Winner of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association A New York Times Notable Book"Brilliantly juxtaposing World War II, the '80s and post-Katrina p...

Published: Aug 2018


Leonard Pitts

Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam--a runaway slave who once worked for...

Published: Feb 2012


Bernice L. McFadden

"The seeming inevitability of cruel fate juxtaposes the triumph of the spirit in this remarkably rich and powerful novel, Glorious. Bernice McFadden's fully realized characters are complicated, imperfect beings, but if ever a cha...

Published: May 2010

The Good Lord Bird

James McBride

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Shreiber and Jaden Smith A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year"A magnificent new novel by ...

Published: Aug 2014

The Water Dancer: A Novel

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me,a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an u...

Published: Nov 2020

A Slave of the Shadows (Volume 1)

Naomi Finley

In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks' father has filled her...

Published: Feb 2018

Everlastin' Love II: Culhane Family S...

Gay G. Gunn

Everlastin' Love II is an intensely moving novel spanning two turbulent decades as the Culhanes explore life's fragility, youthful chances taken, unwanted repercussions and mature resolutions. A heart rendering/poignant story of love...

Published: May 2019

Returning the Bones

Gin Hammond

Bebe, a bookworm with an outlandish imagination, lives a peculiarly privileged life for a Black girl during the Great Depression. Her fearless father owns a hospital and an array of businesses, making him a keen target of the KKK. Her...

Published: May 2023

The Songbook of Benny Lament

Amy Harmon

From the bestselling author of What the Wind Knows and From Sand and Ash comes a powerful love story about a musical duo who put everything on the line to be together. New York, 1960: For Benny Lament, music is his entire life. W...

Published: Mar 2021

The Dust Bowl Orphans: A completely h...

Suzette D. Harrison

The dust cloud rolls in from nowhere, stinging our eyes and muddling our senses. I reach for my baby sister and pull her small body close to me. When the sky clears, we are alone on an empty road with no clue which way to go... Okl...

Published: Feb 2022

Confessions in B Flat

Donna Hill

Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation—a story as timely as it is timeless...\r\n\r\nThe year is 1963. In Harle...

Published: Jan 2020

The Thread Collectors: A Novel

Shaunna J. Edwards

“An unforgettable story of female strength, hope and friendship. This collaborative work is magnificent—a true revelation!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star“A...

Published: Aug 2022

When Stars Rain Down

Angela Jackson-Brown

In When Stars Rain Down, Angela Jackson-Brown introduces readers to a small, Southern town grappling with haunting questions still relevant today—and to a young woman whose search for meaning resonates across the ages. This sum...

Published: Apr 2021

Mountain: A Novel

Robert Kuncio-Raleigh

A vivid picture of life in the era when America was born, Mountain is based on the true story of Joseph Mountain — a free black raised by notable white Philadelphians before the revolutionary war. His adopted father — a signer of ...

Published: Jul 2019

The Sleeping Car Porter

Suzette Mayr


Published: Sep 2022

Gathering of Waters

Bernice L. McFadden

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi--a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its tr...

Published: Feb 2012

Amiable with Big Teeth

Claude McKay

A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by seminal Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay, a rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom  The unexpected dis...

Published: Feb 2018

Romance in Marseille

Claude McKay

The pioneering novel of physical disability, transatlantic travel, and black international politics. A vital document of black modernism and one of the earliest overtly queer fictions in the African American tradition. Published for t...

Published: Feb 2020

Across the Way (The Neighbors Series)...

Mary Monroe

Neighborhood tensions reach a breaking point in the finale of New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe\'s captivating series. Across the Way sweeps readers back to 1930s Alabama and into the lives of two neighboring couples whose...

Published: Jan 2021

Empty Vows: A Riveting Depression Era...

Mary Monroe

In this gripping follow-up to the Depression-era saga Mrs. Wiggins, the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author transports readers to the Deep South, as a proper church-going woman determined to snare Alabama’s most-...

Published: Feb 2023

Mrs. Wiggins (A Lexington, Alabama No...

Mary Monroe

New York Timesbestselling author Mary Monroe crafts a provocative story set in the Depression-era Deep South about a woman determined to get the life and respect she wants—at any cost… Secrets, lies, and family dram...

Published: Jan 2022

One House Over (The Neighbors Series)...

Mary Monroe

New York Timesbestselling author Mary Monroe returns to the 1930s era of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room with a dazzling portrait of two very different couples whose fast friendship is no match for shattering betrayal...\r\n\r\nA s...

Published: Feb 2019
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