Recommended Reading List

© Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporationEnjoy this list of books that “do it” for me (Askhari Johnson Hodari)


  • 47 by Walter Mosley
  • A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • Cane by Jean Toomer
  • Dark Matter: a Century of Speculative Fiction From the African Diaspora by Sheree R. Thomas
  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  • Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
  • Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Sounder by William H. Armstrong
  • Sula by Toni Morrison
  • Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
  • The Good House by Tananarive Due
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-exupéry
  • The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
  • The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  • The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • Perfect Peace by Daniel Black


  • Assata: an Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  • David Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles by David Walker
  • Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus
  • Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs by Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers
  • Mad at Miles by Pearl Cleage
  • Message to the People: The Course of African Philosophy by Marcus Garvey
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson
  • Testament of Hope: an Anthology of Speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by James Washington (Ed.)
  • Freedom by Any Means: Con Games, Voodoo Schemes, True Love and Lawsuits on the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus


  • 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
  • 3000 Years of Black Poetry by Alan Lomax & Raoul Abdul
  • Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton
  • Homegirls and Hand Grenades by Sonia Sanchez
  • I’ve Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems by Sonia Sanchez
  • The Black Poets by Dudley Randall
  • The Book of Light by Lucille Clifton
  • This Other World by Richard Wright

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