Popular African American Books

 

African American culture has been a topic of discussion and holds a history of its own. The writers have portrayed every situation that an African faced due to his race and color.

Here is the list of African American books that are worth reading and appending time on if you want to know about the Afro-American culture:

Beloved

The book Beloved is about the mid-1800s where slavery was under attack from abolitionists. In this time, the family of Halle and Paul D is about to shatter. Their fine world was going to die in violence and war.

Read it For:
This book is a good option for the people who like to know about the pain and agony which was faced by the people of that time.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not a good piece for the people who seek for romantic and mystic content.
What makes this book stand out?:
The books stand out because of the fact that the writer has given life to the characters with his narration style. Also, the book is on the list of top 10 American African books

The bluest eye

This is a masterpiece and a debut novel of Toni Morrison, which talks about the condition of a poor black family in the depression of 1940s Ohio.

Read it For:
The writer has told all the aspirations that this family and their children had with their lives and the feeling of being a failure because of the color of their skin.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not a very good choice because of its storyline which is not very strong.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the narration style which leads to the book coming in the list of popular African American books.

The color purple

It’s a stunning story about a young black girl born in poverty and raped multiple times by her father. She gave birth to two children but bother of them were taken away from her. Later on, she discovers the wilderness of her spirit and the joy she possesses.

Read it For:
The story is very interesting and heart throbbing one. The readers can’t help themselves from turning pages.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not a good choice for the ones who are looking for light content rather than the intense one.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the strong story and portrayal of the characters and also it is considered to be one of the best African American books.

An Invisible Man

The book came to light when Michelle Obama threw light on it and the writer. The invisible man is a comparison to the black people who were actually so neglected in the society as if they were invisible.

Read it For:
The book has been news since it was published. Even now the incidents that this book talks about are terrifying and give you goosebumps when you read them.
Don't Read it For:
This book will not be liked by the reader who wants to read light content.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the comparison that has been made between Africans and invisibility. This book has successfully placed itself in ‘top 10 best selling African American books’.
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Native son

This book is the most important and most celebrated novel of Negro life. In the story, a poor resident of slums in Chicago who has been mistakenly involved in a murder is hunted restlessly, and rest of the story is about his escape.

Read it For:
The book has gathered appreciation from all over the world because of the story that it possesses, and actually, it’s a worthy book spending time on.
Don't Read it For:
The book will not be fine for few readers because the treatment that was given to Negros was actually terrifying.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the incidents gave, and the language possessed.

The souls of black folk

This book is considered to be a landmark in the books on Negro life. It is a collection of essays which talks about the black protestors which he thinks are not worth and they should try some other way to protest and get the civil rights.

Read it For:
The book is a must-read for the readers who want to know about American African history and struggle for human rights.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not a good option if you are looking for a story of a particular victim.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the fact that he has criticized the protestors and also questioned the way they are protesting against white.

Go tell it on the mountain

The book is the debut novel of James Baldwin and the movie made on it was nominated for Oscar. It is a story of the young Johny Grimes who has to become a preacher just like his father, but he doesn’t want it due to the sufferings that his father made him go through.

Read it For:
The book will not be liked by the people who don’t like to read an intense story about the time when blacks were actually treated like slaves.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a vivid imagination, and if you want real life incidents then it's not a good book for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because even if its an imagination but the story shall look like as if its real.

Songs of Solomon

The book tells about a wealthy black property owner who has been to the white world but later on during some deadly encounters he gets something that is really precious to him – his past and origins.

Read it For:
the book is liked mostly for its storyline, and the ironical part is the black being rich rather than being a slave.
Don't Read it For:
The book it might not be a very good option for people because it’s a bit lengthy and can get you bored at some time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the twists and turns that it offers and not simply the description of what black people faced.

I know why the caged bird sings

It is the autobiography of Maya who is a black woman and faced extraordinary discrimination and poverty. She tells about what she felt and what she went through, but in the process, she kept her joy and charm to keep herself on the track and motivated.

Read it For:
The book has shown how she considers herself human first rather than a black woman. The spirit that she has maintained in her book makes this book worth reading.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not a good read if you don’t want to read about blacks and the African American history.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the writing style of the writer. As it is her autobiography, Maya has explained every emotion with lavishing details.

And still, I rise

In this volume of her autobiography, Maya talks about what hardships she faced while she is growing up and the Saturday fun that she had with her family who was badly poverty-stricken.

Read it For:
The book is one of the volumes of the writer’s autobiography, and it is loved by all because of the depiction of the conditions that have been done fabulously.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not liked because of its text which can get quite confusing at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out because of the narration style which gives the reader feel that he is actually in the scenario.

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