100 of the Best Books by Black Americans

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Stacker compiled a list of 100 of the best books by Black Americans, with titles spread out between centuries, genres, subject matter, and themes. 

Such a Fun Age

“Such a Fun Age” explores the intersections of growing up, race, and work. The book centers on the story of a 25-year-old Black babysitter who is accused of kidnapping a white child in her care. The book is author Kiley Reid’s debut novel. 

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I Almost Forgot About You

“I Almost Forgot About You” tells the story of a woman in her 50s who decides to change her life and finds love in the process. Author Terry McMillan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author known for novels such as “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” 

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Pointe

Differing from the lighthearted theme in “The Only Black Girls in Town,” Brandy Colbert writes a shocking story of friendship in “Pointe.” The book is about a ballet dancer and her friend who returns home after being kidnapped for several years. 

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Boy with Thorn

Rickey Laurentiis is an acclaimed poet from New Orleans. “Boy with Thorn” represents his debut collection in a series of poems that take an unapologetic look at history, sexuality, violence, and race in the American South. The collection of poems is a winner of various awards. 

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