Black History Month - 2024

It's February and time to celebrate Black History Month so read a book written by a contemporary black author.  Bit of a mixed message, huh?  Still, you'll find all manner of books in this list: historical fiction, essays, short stories, science fiction, mysteries, nonfiction and even "black chick lit" (term excerpted from a review in Ebony).

This list was updated January 2024 and now includes nonfiction titles as well as new fiction published in 2023.  The last 3 titles on the list are CDs with music written and performed by Muddy Waters.

All That She Carried

by Tiya Miles


by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Black Cake

by Charmaine Wilkerson

The Black Church

by Henry Gates

Black Girl Call Home

by Jasmine Mans

The Black Panthers Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

by Bryan Shih

Buses Are A Comin'

by Charles Person

Call Us What We Carry

by Amanda Gorman

Can't Be Satisfied : the life and times of Muddy Waters

by Robert Gordon

Carolina Built

by Kianna Alexander

Chuck : An American LIfe

by R J Smith

Deacon King Kong

by James Mcbride

The Death Of Vivek Oji

by Akwaeke Emezi

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

by Zz Packer

Driving the Green Book

by Alvin Hall

The Fifth Season

by N. K. Jemisin

Fifty Words for Rain

by Asha Lemmie

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

by Dawnie Walton

The First Ladies

by Marie Benedict

The Girl in the Yellow Poncho

by Kristal Zook

Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store

by James McBride

How Beautiful We Were

by Imbolo Mbue

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

by Terry Mcmillan

If I Survive You

by Jonathan Escoffery

In the Upper Country

by Kai Thomas

Jacob Lawrence: the Migration Series

by Leah Dickerman

Jane Crow

by Rosalind Rosenberg

Just Pursuit A Black Prosecutor's Fight For Fairness

by Laura Coates

Last Summer On State Street

by Toya Wolfe

Life and Other Songs

by Anissa Gray

The Light We Carry

by Michelle Obama

The Matter of Black Lives

by Jelani Cobb

My Sister the Serial Killer

by Oyinkan Braithwaite


by Leila Mottley

No Heaven for Good Boys

by Keisha Bush

The Office Of Historical Corrections

by Danielle Evans

On Juneteenth

by Annette Gordon-Reed

Ordinary Light

by Tracy K. Smith

Red At The Bone

by Jacqueline Woodson

Seven Days in June

by Tia Williams

Sisters in Arms

by Kaia Alderson

Soil : the story of a Black mother's garden

by Camille Dungy

The Sweetness Of Water

by Nathan Harris

To Walk About in Freedom

by Carole Emberton

Take My Hand

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Transcendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi

The Turner House

by Angela Flournoy

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Walk with Me

by Kate Clifford Larson

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

The Warmth of Other Suns

by Isabel Wilkerson

The Water Dancer

by Ta-nehisi Coates

We Lie Here

by Rachel Howzell Hall

What The Fireflies Knew

by Kai Harris

When Stars Rain Down

by Angela Jackson-Brown

What We Lose

by Zinzi Clemmons

White Lies : the Double Life of Walter White

by A J Baime

The Wild Women and the Blues

by Denny S. Bryce

With Billie

by Julia Blackburn

Wow No Thank You

by Samantha Irby

Yinka Where Is Your Huzband

by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty

by Akwaeke Emezi

The Best of Muddy Waters

by Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters : The Definitive Collection

by Muddy Waters