BOOKS BLACK WOMEN MUST READ

A Listmania! list by Shanea "existenceseven" (NY)
 
The Coldest Winter Ever
1.  The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
The list author says:
  "Outstanding. A gritty coming of age story of the daughter of a drug lord admist his crumbling empire. One of the most read contemporary blackgirl stories ever."
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The Color Purple
2.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The list author says:
  "We all know the movie version is riveting but the book is just as engaging and important to read."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (830 customer reviews)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The list author says:
  "Every blackgirl must read this story of fearless independence and the quest for love. Don't let the dialect speak scare you away."
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Sula (Oprah's Book Club)
4.  Sula (Oprah's Book Club) by Toni Morrison
The list author says:
  "Toni Morrison has several blackgirl must reads. But this story is about a black female friendship and its an incredible heartbreaking story."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)

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When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
5.  When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down by Joan Morgan
The list author says:
  "It's about the inner torment for the black woman's love of hip hop even when hip hop sometimes don't love us back."
$13.88   Used & New from: $4.26
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
6.  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
The list author says:
  "The most brilliant choreopoem ever written. Read it over and over and over again."
$10.20   Used & New from: $1.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors
7.  The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
The list author says:
  "Dr. Cress-Welsing packs a powerful punch with this psychologically groundbreaking book. Its a tough, brutally honest account of the black experience."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
8.  Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy E. Roberts
The list author says:
  "Know yourself. This is about the social, historical account of what the government has done to try and control black bodies."
$14.28   Used & New from: $7.50
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
9.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The list author says:
  "Maya's account on her life its an inspiring and courageous story."
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The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth
10.  The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth by Monica Sjjoo
The list author says:
  "Very significant account on the historical, spiritual, and metaphysical understanding of the goddess. Flawed but a necessary read."
$21.84   Used & New from: $4.28
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
11.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Alex Haley
The list author says:
  "One of the greatest and richest autobiographies ever written. Magnificent and moving."
$5.99   Used & New from: $1.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)

The Fire Next Time
12.  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The list author says:
  "Baldwin is America's most engaging and brilliant essayist ever."
$7.54   Used & New from: $4.90
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
13.  Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde
The list author says:
  "Lorde is one of the most beautifully talented poets of the written word. She's fearless."
$16.43   Used & New from: $12.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Blacks
14.  Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks
The list author says:
  "Increidbly gifted poetmother."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Bluestreak)
15.  Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Bluestreak) by Sonia Sanchez
The list author says:
  "Lyrically enthralling with soul and rhythm. Sanchez is a master of the poetic spirit on page."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto
16.  The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto by Jessica Care Moore
The list author says:
  "She's a hip hop Ntozake Shange with such sass, vicious skill, and ruthless beauty. This book will mean the world to you."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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She
17.  She by Saul Williams
The list author says:
  "Saul is a poet metaphysician and this book is abosutely astonishing in its beauty, honesty, and significance."
$12.59   Used & New from: $0.83
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, The
18.  Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, The by Nikki Giovanni
The list author says:
  "Giovanni is another legendary poetmother with fiery passion."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The Souls of Black Folk (Penguin Classics)
19.  The Souls of Black Folk (Penguin Classics) by W. E. B. Du Bois
The list author says:
  "Recommended for every black person in America. It'll give you thought-provoking perspective."
$11.52   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

The Prisoner's Wife : A Memoir
20.  The Prisoner's Wife : A Memoir by Asha Bandele
The list author says:
  "The poet's uncompromising account of falling in love with a brother behind bars. Its heart-wrenching to say the least."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

Push: A Novel
21.  Push: A Novel by Sapphire
The list author says:
  "It's a very graphic and difficult read for some because of the harsh content. But reads like a tender, sorrowful blues song."
$11.85   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (722 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Wild Like That: Good Stuff Smelling Strong (A Collection)
22.  Wild Like That: Good Stuff Smelling Strong (A Collection) by Tish Benson
The list author says:
  "Poems and tales of terror and imagination crammed together like a mythological dreamscape of black girl pain, love, and identity."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays (New and and Selected Essays)
23.  Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays (New and and Selected Essays) by June Jordan
The list author says:
  "Absorbing and fascinating."
$14.36   Used & New from: $4.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

A Raisin in the Sun
24.  A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The list author says:
  "One of the greatest plays ever written on the Black experience."
$7.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

The Women of Brewster Place (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series)
25.  The Women of Brewster Place (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series) by Gloria Naylor
The list author says:
  "Powerful."
$12.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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