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African American Authors

A Selected Reading List of Books
Available at a County of Los Angeles Public Library

ANGELOU, MAYA
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes. 1991.
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. 1994.
Gather Together in My Name. 1975.
The Heart of a Woman. 1981.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1997.
I Shall Not Be Moved. 1990.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome. 1997.
On the Pulse of Morning. 1993.
Phenomenal Woman, Paintings by Paul Gauguin. 2000.
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas. 1977.
A Song Flung up to Heaven. 2002.
Still I Rise. 2001.
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. 1993.

BALDWIN, JAMES

Another Country. 1993.
Collected Essays. 1998.
Early Novels and Stories. 1998.
The Fire Next Time. 1992.
Giovanni's Room. 2000.
Go Tell It on the Mountain. 1985.
Going to Meet the Man. 1995.
Native Sons: A Friendship that Created One of the Greatest Works of the Twentieth Century: Notes of a Native Son. 2004 (James Baldwin and Sol Stein).
Vintage Baldwin. 2004.

BARAKA, IMAMU AMIRI

The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. 1984.
Eulogies. 1996.
The Fiction of LeRoi Jones. 2000.
Selected Plays and Prose of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones. 1979.
Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones. 1995.

BUTLER, OCTAVIA E.

Adulthood Rites. 1989.
Bloodchild and Other Stories. 1996.
Dawn. 1987.
Imago. 1989.
Kindred. 2003.
Mind of My Mind. 1994.
Parable of the Sower. 1993.
Parable of the Talents. 1998.

CAMPBELL, BEBE MOORE

Brothers and Sisters. 1994.
Singing in the Comeback Choir. 1999.
Sweet Summer: Growing Up With & Without My Dad. 1990.
What You Owe Me. 2001.
Your Blues Ain't Like Mine. 1995.

COOPER, J. CALIFORNIA

Family: A Novel. 1991.
The Future has a Past. 2000.
In Search of Satisfaction. 1994.
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime. 1995.
Wake of the Wind. 1998.

DATCHER, MICHAEL

Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story. 2001.

DICKEY, ERIC JEROME

Between Lovers. 2001.
Cheaters. 1999.
Drive Me Crazy. 2004.
Friends and Lovers. 1997.
Liar's Game. 2000.
Milk in My Coffee. 1998.
Naughty or Nice. 2003.
The Other Woman. 2003.
Thieves' Paradise. 2002.

DOVE, RITA

American Smooth: Poems. 2004.
Mother Love: Poems. 1995.
On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems. 1999.
Selected Poems. 1993.

ELLISON, RALPH

Flying Home and Other Stories. 1996.
Going to the Territory. 1986.
Invisible Man. 1995.
Juneteenth. 1999.
Shadow and Act. 1964.

FISHER, ANTWONE QUENTON

Finding Fish: A Memoir. 2001.
Who Will Cry for the Little Boy: Poems. 2003.

GAINES, ERNEST J.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. 1971.
A Gathering of Old Men. 1983.
In My Father's House. 1978.
A Lesson Before Dying. 1993.

HANSBERRY, LORRAINE

The Collected Last Plays. 1983.
A Raisin in the Sun. 1994.
To Be Young, Gifted and Black. 1969.

HAYWOOD, GAR ANTHONY

All the Lucky Ones are Dead. 1999.
Bad News Travels Fast. 1995.
Fear of the Dark. 1988.
Going Nowhere Fast. 1994.
It's Not a Pretty Sight. 1996.
Not Long for this World. 1990.
When Last Seen Alive. 1997.
You Can Die Trying. 1993.

Harris, E. Lynn

Abide With Me. 1999.
And This Too Shall Pass. 1996.
Any Way the Wind Blows. 2001.
If This World Were Mine. 1997.
Invisible Life. 1994.
Just As I Am. 1994.
A Love of My Own. 2002.
Not a Day Goes By. 2000.
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. 2003.

HUGHES, LANGSTON

The Big Sea: An Autobiography. 1986.
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. 1994.
I Wonder As I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. 1993.
Poems. 1999.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. 1990.
Short Stories. 1996.
The Ways of White Folks. 1973.

HURSTON, ZORA NEALE

The Complete Stories. 1995.
Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folktales from the Gulf States. 2001.
Go Gator and Muddy the Water: Writings. 1999.
Jonah's Gourd Vine: A Novel. 1990.
Moses, Man of the Mountain. 1984.
Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1998.
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. 2002.

MC MILLAN, TERRY

Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. 1990.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short. 2001.
Disappearing Acts. 2004.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back. 1996.
Mama. 1987.
Waiting to Exhale. 1992.

MORRISON, TONI

Beloved. 2000.
The Bluest Eyes. 2000.
Jazz. 1992.
Love. 2003.
Paradise. 1998.
Song of Solomon. 2004.
Sula. 1973.
Tar Baby. 1981.

MOSLEY, WALTER

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. 1997.
Bad Boy Brawley Brown. 2002.
Black Betty. 1994.
Blue Light. 1998.
Devil in a Blue Dress. 1990.
Fear Itself. 2003.
Fearless Jones. 2001.
Futureland. 2001.
Gone Fishin'. 1997.
Little Scarlet. 2004.
A Little Yellow Dog. 1996.
The Man in My Basement. 2004.
A Red Death. 1991.
RL's Dream. 1995.
Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories. 2003.
Walkin' the Dog. 1999.
What Next: A Memoir Toward World Peace. 2003.

NAYLOR, GLORIA

Bailey's Cafe. 1992.
Mama Day. 1993.
Men of Brewster Place. 1998.
The Women of Brewster Place. 1983.

TYREE, OMAR

Cold Blooded. 2004.
Diary of a Groupie. 2003.
Flyy Girl. 1996.
For the Love of Money. 2000.
Just Say No! 2001.
Leslie. 2002.
Single Mom. 1998.
Sweet St. Louis. 1999.

WALKER, ALICE

Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems. 2003.
Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism. 1997.
By the Light of My Father's Smile. 1998.
The Color Purple. 2003.
Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems, 1965-1990 Complete. 1991.
Now is the Time to Open Your Heart. 2004.
A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems And Drawings. 2003.
Possessing the Secret of Joy. 1992.
The Temple of My Familiar. 1989.
The Third Life of Grange Copeland. 2000.
The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart. 2000.
You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories. 1981.

WIDEMAN, JOHN EDGAR

All Stories are True. 1993.
Brothers and Keepers. 1984.
The Cattle Killing. 1996.
Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society. 1994.
Hoop Roots. 2001.
Philadelphia Fire: A Novel. 1990.
Two Cities. 1998.

WILSON, AUGUST

Fences. 1986.
Joe Turner's Come and Gone: A Play In Two Acts. 1988.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 1985.
The Piano Lesson. 1990.

WRIGHT, RICHARD

Black Boy. 1998.
Early Works; Later Works. 1991.
Haiku: This Other World. 1998.
Native Son. 1998.
The Outsider. 2003.
Rite of Passage. 1994.

X, MALCOLM

The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1999.
By Any Means Necessary: Speeches, Interviews and a Letter. 1970.
Malcolm X: The Last Speeches. 1989.
Malcolm X Speaks Out. 1992.
Malcolm X: Speeches at Harvard. 1991.
Malcolm X Talks to Young People: Speeches in the U.S., Britain, and Africa. 1991.

Revised by Rose Mitchell, Black Resource Center Librarian / A C Bilbrew Library

Revised 03/07


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