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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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Hoodwives & Rich Thugs of Chicago

Fresh from living in the Bronx, Ca’Shon Taylor aka Chaos touched down in Chicago, his childhood home ready to make his presence known. Linking up with his cousin Nicco so they can expand their business money was the name of the game. After only a few weeks he has...

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A Woman’s Intuition

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Like Trees, Walking

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A Chaotic Love

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Haunted

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A Savage Valentine’s Day

So you thought you killed me? I came back for the life you thought you took from me. The dreams you shattered of mine like glass, the heart you broke in two and the adolescence you stole."---CharismaCharisma Peyton is back for revenge in this grimy, epic story of the...

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Black Queen, Dark Knight

NOW AN AMAZON TOP 80 BEST SELLERJagger Johansson I was made for pulling the trigger of a stainless steel .357 Magnum. It’s cold and ruthless like me.Mikayla Bryant is my next target. She’s the princess of a fallen nation.  I've been tasked with taking my beautiful,...

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The Secret Lives of the Four Wives

African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Babi Segi’s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of...

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And Still I Rise

The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS series, And Still I Rise—a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965, And Still I Rise: From...

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The Mothers

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The Replacement Wife

In this thrilling romance from Essence-bestselling author Tiffany L. Warren, two women are determined to win the heart of Atlanta’s most eligible widower . . .   Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or...

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Bailey’s Cafe

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Eloquent Rage

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Claimed by an Atlanta Thug

Having the city on lock came with a lot of responsibilities as well as a lot of enemies. Nobody told Zaire that when he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became the leader of the streets of Atlanta. With the territorial lockdown that he had, he also had...

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One of a Kind

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The Real Friends of Atlanta

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Taken by the Billionaire

Tess Knox’s wedding day was the happiest day of her life. Her best friend, Marissa, who had been by her side since forever, was right beside her on her big day. Tess knew, if there was one thing she could depend on, she could depend on Marissa’s loyalty and love....

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What She Don’t Know

Remi Montell knows heartache all too well. After losing her adoptive parents as a teenager, she found solace in a relative’s home. Her aunt helped shape her formative years and inspired her to reach for her dreams, no matter how unimaginable they may seem. Now, Remi...

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Black Detroit

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Thou Shalt Love

Sisters of spirit and grown women, Susan and Mildred are reunited under the roof of their grandmother, Louise, where family and love always prosper. Yet, in their personal lives, Susan and Mildred find themselves unlucky in love time and again. Separately, they...

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The Trillest Love Comes From a Thug

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Torn Between A Boss and A Real One

When Kanai is sentenced to twelve years in prison, the love of his life, Adore, is heartbroken. Despite the obstacles thrown at them, Adore is determined to ride for her man. She’s aware that the average person would call her dumb, but the bond she shared with Kanai...

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Exposing Secrets

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Locked Down by a Cashville Killa

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His Dirty Secret

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Secrets at the Villa

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This New York noir tale of a saxophone-playing amateur detective takes some jazzy twists Saxophonist Nanette Hayes, a majestic five-foot-ten-inch Grace Jones lookalike with hot style, lives for the music of her jazz forebears. Self-taught Nan is no Charlie Parker, but...

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Cameron and Phaedra know what it’s like to survive day to day. Coming from the neighborhood they grew up in, hard times were just a way of life. Throughout their teenage years, they relied on each other. In the midst of coming up in broken homes, they always made sure...

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Mama Day

A “wonderful novel” steeped in the folklore of the South from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Washington Post Book World). On an island off the coast of Georgia, there’s a place where superstition is more potent than any...

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The Real Friends of Atlanta

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I’ll Go to War for Your Love

Naj had everything she ever wanted; a successful business, the love and support of her family, and the man of her dreams. But when a tragedy strikes that leaves her company in flames, Naj is left devastated. To make matters even worse, her mother is also murdered...

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Dirty Laundry

In her award-winning Charlotte Justice novels, Paula L. Woods has created a rare blend of mystery, suspense, and an unflinching social critique of urban, multiethnic America. Featuring an African American homicide detective in the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide...

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The Freedom Star

COMPELLING HISTORICAL FICTION-The Freedom Star is a riveting, character-driven saga of two families, one owned by the other, at the outbreak of America’s Civil War. One reader calls it, “Powerful and evocative.” Another describes it as, “Just one of those special...

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Heated

Jerilyn desperately wants a better life for her family, but with her mother locked up and her unpredictable sister, she finds that she is always in an uphill battle. Finally, she gets a little break, but her baby daddy and his criminal ways are determined not to see...

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The Gandy Dancer

“It has it all...mystery, romance, history, love and hate.”His career is on the rocks. His ex-wife is demanding more money. A woman he can’t even remember accuses him of fathering her child. Newspaper reporter Mitch Corsini shrugs and takes another drink. Then his...

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Hoodwives & Rich Thugs of Chicago

Fresh from living in the Bronx, Ca’Shon Taylor aka Chaos touched down in Chicago, his childhood home ready to make his presence known. Linking up with his cousin Nicco so they can expand their business money was the name of the game. After only a few weeks he has...

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Piece Keeper

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A Hope Divided

A Library Journal Editors’ PickBuzzfeed’s THE ULTIMATE BUZZFEED BOOKS GIFT GUIDEBookish “AUTUMN’S 2017 MOST SWOON-WORTHY ROMANCE BOOKS” listThe Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor—but for one scientist spy and her philosopher soldier, war could bind them...

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Bad Boys Love Good Girls

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Fallin’ for a Jamaican King

Samantha is living the life every woman could ever dream of, she is married to a successful and handsome man that is loved and respected by everyone in their community. To anyone on the outside looking in she has the perfect life, with the perfect man. But Samantha’s...

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A Woman’s Intuition

**RE-RELEASE**“Trust your instincts; intuition doesn’t lie.”A woman’s intuition just may be one of the most powerful forces on earth. It’s an internal magic that tells a woman when something isn’t right way before a man notices anything. In fact, it has been catching...

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Like Trees, Walking

Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.On the morning of March 21, 1981, in Mobile, Alabama, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald...

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A Chaotic Love

*Re-release* *Standalone novel** Mia is young and naive when she goes to prison for a crime that she didn't commit. To make matters worse, she did time at the hands of her own sister, Jasmine. Mia comes home with a chip on her shoulder and despite Jasmine's countless...

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Damaged Desire

Dezzi’s seemingly perfect life goes spiraling out of control after the tragic death of someone close to her. Everything that was supposedly the truth her entire life becomes lies after reading her mom's journal. She realizes her life wasn’t as perfect as she thought...

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Power of Love

How can one love her best friend unconditionally, but be in love with her husband at the same time? That's a question that 34-year-old Sarah still didn't know the answer to. For eighteen years, she has been in love with only one man, and that man happens to be her...

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Haunted

Within the bounds of complacency, there exists a boring, beautiful sort of peace, and Khalida has found it. Welcomes it, in fact. A nice, comfortable life, with a great job, a good, albeit on and off again boyfriend, a great relationship with her younger sister... She...

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