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When The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, its author Alice Walker became the first woman of color to win the prize. She also went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in the same year. Mel Watkins of the New York Times Book Review described the novel as a “striking and consummately well-written novel,” praising its powerful emotional impact and epistolary structure.

Beginning in the 1970s, African American interest books reached the mainstream as literature by Black writers continually achieved best-selling and award-winning status – this was also the period when the work of African-American writers became recognised as a distinct and legitimate genre of American literature.

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The period of the 1970s saw many African-American books on bestseller lists. One of the first to do so was Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. A fictionalized account of Haley’s family history which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a popular tv miniseries.

Other important writers include Gayl Jones, Rasheed Clark, Ishmael Reed, Jamaica Kincaid, Randall Kenan, and John Edgar Wideman. Poet Maya Angelou read a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, Rita Dove won a Pulitzer Prize and served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, and Cyrus Cassells’s Soul Make a Path through Shouting was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her book Native Guard. In 2004 Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book The Known World.

Young African-American novelists include David Anthony Durham, Karen E. Quinones Miller, Tayari Jones, Kalisha Buckhanon, Mat Johnson, ZZ Packer and Colson Whitehead, among many others.

An African-American pioneer in genre fiction is Chester Himes, who in the 1950s and ’60s wrote a series of pulp fiction detective novels featuring “Coffin” Ed Johnson and “Gravedigger” Jones, two New York City police detectives. Himes paved the way for the later crime novels of Walter Mosley and Hugh Holton. African Americans are also represented in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, with Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Robert Fleming, Brandon Massey, Charles R. Saunders, John Ridley, John M. Faucette, Sheree Thomas and Nalo Hopkinson just at the beginning of a very long list.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award African American Interest Book – The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Highly reviewed African American interest books – Deliverance Mary Fields by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

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Juneteenth

NATIONAL BESTSELLER"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--NewsdayFrom Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the...

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Love Under Contract

Timing is everything.Sumeera Robinson refuses to settle for less than she desires, even if what she craves is the sexy, smart, and charming Nicolas Jenkins-Moore. At her age, she wants marriage and a family, not the empty promises Nick offers. Yet, there is just...

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Dodgers

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's...

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Sinful Seduction

A guilt-ridden soldier.His fallen brother’s former fiancee.An undeniable passion…The Davies FamilyPower. Secrets. Seduction.Just home from the war, billionaire former soldier Alessandro Davies craves the solitude of his Hamptons estate as he mourns his fallen...

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Redemption of the Heart

After surviving an abusive relationship that landed her in prison, Gemma Peyton, just wants a fresh start once she is released. Her focus is to create a new life for herself and put men and relationships on the back burner so she can rebuild.Alex Chambers hasn’t felt...

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The Connect’s Wife

Farren Walters didn’t know whose presence she entered when she met her soon to be husband. She was unaware of his lifestyle. A man of his caliber was way out of her reach, yet he chose her anyway. Christian Knight was a man that people only dreamed about in their...

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Redemption

You've Never Read Beauty And The Beast Like This!I was messing with fire. He reeked of danger. He was so far out of my league, yet it was me he watched, so why not give him a show. I was safe in this cage. He could not get to me. My eyes closed as pleasure shot down...

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The Bugatti Boys

***Formerly titled In Love with a G*** All G wants to do is start college in the fall and hopefully get drafted into the NBA. Being the younger brother of the biggest heroin dealer in the city, doesn't attract G to the street life, until his college dreams are put on...

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If It’s Luvin’ That You Want

Wonderful Bradley is young, beautiful, and independent, living out her dreams as a veterinarian. After seeing the nasty separation of her parents and her own relationship heartbreaks, she is skeptical about finding love or letting love find her. Her life only...

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Elbert: The Uncaged Mind

Canada, 1860—While on a mission for Black, Elbert notices the lovely Anna Baker for the first time. Unable to think of much else, he leaves Canada to pursue the beauty that has captured his thoughts.Anna is unnerved by the man with the lifeless eyes, who is relentless...

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A Million Nightingales

From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New...

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Hidden Blessings

Diagnosis: breast cancer. Prognosis: terminal. Life: only beginning.Her diamond caught the sun's rays and refracted glittered light about the room. She'd asked herself again and again: How could she be so blessed? Partner at a prestigious law firm, engaged to the man...

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I Should’ve Cheated

Receive a FREE starter library of 5 books ----> http://eepurl.com/b0gZCj(just copy and paste into your browser to claim your free books)NOTE: This is a re-release with a sneak peek of the upcoming sequel includedWhether true love is forever or just seasonal will...

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The Illest Love

One of the hardest things a woman has to do after losing herself in a man, is find herself. After wrapping her insecurities in blankets of faux love and pretending to be strong for so long, Egypt Swanson is left broken and feeling as if all hope is lost. However, a...

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Along Came Love

When a silly, impulsive decision lands free-spirited India Shaw behind bars in San Francisco, she has no choice but to call the only person she knows in the unfamiliar city—the very man she abandoned after a steamy two-day fling. The fact that she’s pregnant with his...

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The Last Affair

Originally published under Brandon Massey's pen name, Rachee, this sensuous thriller is now available in a new edition.Every Woman's Temptation . . .He can capture your attention just by listening. He wants to know who you really are--and fulfill your most secret,...

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Voices in Our Blood

A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis  Editor Jon...

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

The New York Times–bestselling author’s Whitbread Prize–winning debut—“Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel” (The Washington Post Book World).   When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson’s extraordinary debut novel received...

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Writing My Wrongs

New York Times bestseller from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. An unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of...

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

Book 1 - Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever - FREE Book 2 - Exit Strategy - $0.99Book 3 - Christmas with the White Brothers (a Novella) - $1.99Book 4 - The Venture Capitalist (50SoJF from Tristan's POV) - $3.99FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the second power meets Keisha and Jada...

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Deadly Secrets Revealed

The Deadly Secrets is an exciting series focused on Taria, Michael, Quinn, and LaToya – friends, and lovers, who are fighting against the forces of evil. Deadly Secrets Revealed is book II in this series, and it begins where Deadly Secrets finished off. This book...

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Writing My Wrongs

New York Times bestseller from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. An unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of...

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Gigi and Flex

Flex is back and on a mission. It has been four years since the love of his life went to prison, but he hasn’t seen her in eleven years. Gigi thought he was dead all this time and only ended up in prison trying to keep his name and energy alive. Flex is determined to...

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Jilo

Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic…but once upon a time, she was just a girl.1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the “beautiful woman with a dirty face,” its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice...

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A Brother’s Honor

The Granger brothers left behind their family's Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather's request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.As the eldest...

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Slow Burn

Serafina has the blues. Her soul mate lies on his deathbed while she struggles to maintain hope and remain true. Her best friend, Ayzha, is trapped in a marriage where intimacy is non-existent and the desire to cheat is overwhelming. Sexy, hilarious, and...

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Family Business

When street meets Jesus, anything is possible...Demetrius Shepherd is the only son of Don Shepherd, a notorious gangster who ruled the streets of Ohio with an iron fist. He spent many years grooming his son in their business. Loyalty to the family was expected at all...

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Rendezvous With Danger

Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA counter-intelligence officer, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s seeing the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man she vowed to love forever that has...

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Remembrance

In this moving, unforgettable novel from New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe, a successful, happily married mother suddenly finds herself feeling far from joyful. But Christmas brings an unexpected chance to rediscover herself, and what happiness really...

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Coming of Age in Mississippi

Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story—the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties an fifties—and to...

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Ain’t Gonna Let You Go

“That's your fault, how many times you forgiven me? How was I to know that you was plain sick of me? I know the way a nigga's livin’ was whack But you don't get a nigga back like that!”- Jay-Z, Song CryAfter getting her heart stomped on for the 1000th time, Emory...

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On the Naughty List

She was tired of waiting, and his starvation for her had reached its ultimate peak. So when a Christmas party brings Eden Alexandria Rose and Derek James Clark face to face again, sparks turn into a detonation of desire that lands them both, on the naughty...

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Mistletoe Mischief

Love was in the holiday air…Investigator Roger Stottsberry watched several of his buddies fall to the love bug recently, but he never thought he would be one of them. The blind date he’s hustled into for the Lost and Found Christmas Eve party ends up exceeding his...

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Mistletoe Mischief

Love was in the holiday air…Investigator Roger Stottsberry watched several of his buddies fall to the love bug recently, but he never thought he would be one of them. The blind date he’s hustled into for the Lost and Found Christmas Eve party ends up exceeding his...

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A Strange and Bitter Fruit

A chilly spring night in rural South Carolina at the tail end of Reconstruction, the murder of innocents. This is the setting for the initial chapter of the historical thriller, A Strange and Bitter Fruit.Thomas “Tee” Powell, 15, manages to escape as his family is...

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The Pleasure of Pain

In this twisted tale you will be introduced to Tess, Iris, Vanessa, Ebony and Bless who find out that The Pleasure of Pain is a true testament that we always want what we shouldn’t have. Tess is a strong determined business woman by the day and queen of the streets by...

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Juneteenth

NATIONAL BESTSELLER"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--NewsdayFrom Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the...

read more

Love Under Contract

Timing is everything.Sumeera Robinson refuses to settle for less than she desires, even if what she craves is the sexy, smart, and charming Nicolas Jenkins-Moore. At her age, she wants marriage and a family, not the empty promises Nick offers. Yet, there is just...

read more

Dodgers

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's...

read more

Sinful Seduction

A guilt-ridden soldier.His fallen brother’s former fiancee.An undeniable passion…The Davies FamilyPower. Secrets. Seduction.Just home from the war, billionaire former soldier Alessandro Davies craves the solitude of his Hamptons estate as he mourns his fallen...

read more

Redemption of the Heart

After surviving an abusive relationship that landed her in prison, Gemma Peyton, just wants a fresh start once she is released. Her focus is to create a new life for herself and put men and relationships on the back burner so she can rebuild.Alex Chambers hasn’t felt...

read more

The Connect’s Wife

Farren Walters didn’t know whose presence she entered when she met her soon to be husband. She was unaware of his lifestyle. A man of his caliber was way out of her reach, yet he chose her anyway. Christian Knight was a man that people only dreamed about in their...

read more

Redemption

You've Never Read Beauty And The Beast Like This!I was messing with fire. He reeked of danger. He was so far out of my league, yet it was me he watched, so why not give him a show. I was safe in this cage. He could not get to me. My eyes closed as pleasure shot down...

read more

The Bugatti Boys

***Formerly titled In Love with a G*** All G wants to do is start college in the fall and hopefully get drafted into the NBA. Being the younger brother of the biggest heroin dealer in the city, doesn't attract G to the street life, until his college dreams are put on...

read more

Elbert: The Uncaged Mind

Canada, 1860—While on a mission for Black, Elbert notices the lovely Anna Baker for the first time. Unable to think of much else, he leaves Canada to pursue the beauty that has captured his thoughts.Anna is unnerved by the man with the lifeless eyes, who is relentless...

read more

A Million Nightingales

From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New...

read more

Hidden Blessings

Diagnosis: breast cancer. Prognosis: terminal. Life: only beginning.Her diamond caught the sun's rays and refracted glittered light about the room. She'd asked herself again and again: How could she be so blessed? Partner at a prestigious law firm, engaged to the man...

read more

I Should’ve Cheated

Receive a FREE starter library of 5 books ----> http://eepurl.com/b0gZCj(just copy and paste into your browser to claim your free books)NOTE: This is a re-release with a sneak peek of the upcoming sequel includedWhether true love is forever or just seasonal will...

read more

The Illest Love

One of the hardest things a woman has to do after losing herself in a man, is find herself. After wrapping her insecurities in blankets of faux love and pretending to be strong for so long, Egypt Swanson is left broken and feeling as if all hope is lost. However, a...

read more

Along Came Love

When a silly, impulsive decision lands free-spirited India Shaw behind bars in San Francisco, she has no choice but to call the only person she knows in the unfamiliar city—the very man she abandoned after a steamy two-day fling. The fact that she’s pregnant with his...

read more

The Last Affair

Originally published under Brandon Massey's pen name, Rachee, this sensuous thriller is now available in a new edition.Every Woman's Temptation . . .He can capture your attention just by listening. He wants to know who you really are--and fulfill your most secret,...

read more

Voices in Our Blood

A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis  Editor Jon...

read more

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

The New York Times–bestselling author’s Whitbread Prize–winning debut—“Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel” (The Washington Post Book World).   When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson’s extraordinary debut novel received...

read more

Writing My Wrongs

New York Times bestseller from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. An unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of...

read more

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

Book 1 - Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever - FREE Book 2 - Exit Strategy - $0.99Book 3 - Christmas with the White Brothers (a Novella) - $1.99Book 4 - The Venture Capitalist (50SoJF from Tristan's POV) - $3.99FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the second power meets Keisha and Jada...

read more

Deadly Secrets Revealed

The Deadly Secrets is an exciting series focused on Taria, Michael, Quinn, and LaToya – friends, and lovers, who are fighting against the forces of evil. Deadly Secrets Revealed is book II in this series, and it begins where Deadly Secrets finished off. This book...

read more

Writing My Wrongs

New York Times bestseller from a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100. An unforgettable memoir of redemption and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of...

read more

Gigi and Flex

Flex is back and on a mission. It has been four years since the love of his life went to prison, but he hasn’t seen her in eleven years. Gigi thought he was dead all this time and only ended up in prison trying to keep his name and energy alive. Flex is determined to...

read more

Jilo

Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic…but once upon a time, she was just a girl.1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the “beautiful woman with a dirty face,” its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice...

read more