Saturday, February 18, 2006

My Figurative Bookshelf

Copied this black history meme on black literature from Mon. Feel free to complete it! For my friends who don't blog, send it to me in an e-mail. I'd like to know what you read. Not so happy with my performance on this list--but I promise, I've read LOTS of scholarly books and a sufficiently indecent number of popular ones.

Bold the books you've read.
*Star the titles you own or you've read more than once.*
Italicize the books plan to read.
Strike out any books you have no interest in reading.
??Use question marks to indicate titles/authors you've never heard of??

Assata: An Autobiography--Assata Shakur
*The Autobiography of Malcolm X--Malcolm X/Alex Haley*
The Bondwoman's Narrative--Hannah Crafts/Henry Louis Gates
The Bluest Eye--Toni Morrison
Cane--Jean Toomer
??Cane River--Lalita Tademy??
Chasing Destiny--Eric Jerome Dickey
*The Coldest Winter Ever--Sister Souljah*
The Color Purple--Alice Walker
??Crossing the Mangrove--Maryse Conde??
??Death and the King's Horseman--Wole Soyinka??
Devil in a Blue Dress--Walter Moseley
Dreams of My Father--Barack Obama
The Fire Next Time--James Baldwin
Fences--August Wilson
Holler If You Hear Me--Michael Eric Dyson
*Invisible Life—E. Lynn Harris*
Invisible Man--Ralph Ellison
??Joys of Motherhood--Buchi Emecheta??
Jubilee--Margaret Walker
??Kindred--Octavia Butler??
??Krik?Krak!--Edwidge Danticat??
Life and Def--Russell Simmons
*The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass--Frederick Douglass*
Mama--Terry McMillan
Manchild in the Promised Land--Claude Brown
Measure of Our Success--Marian Wright Edelman
Men Cry in the Dark--Michael Baisden
The Mis-Education of the Negro--Carter G. Woodson
Native Son--Richard Wright
*Nervous Conditions--Tsitsi Dangarembga*
Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word--Randall Kennedy
??Omeros--Derek A. Walcott??
On The Down Low--J. L. King
Our Nig--Harriet E. Wilson
Race Matters--Cornel West
*A Raisin in the Sun--Lorraine Hansberry*
??72 Hour Hold--Bebe Moore Campbell??
*Sex Chronicles—Zane*
Sister Outsider--Audre Lorde
??So Long a Letter--Mariama Ba??
Soul on Ice--Eldridge Cleaver
*The Souls of Black Folks--W.E.B. Du Bois*
Shine--Star Jones Reynolds
The Street--Ann Petry
*Their Eyes Were Watching God--Zora Neale Hurston*
Things Fall Apart--Chinua Achebe
??Thomas and Beulah--Rita Dove??
Up From Slavery--Booker T. Washington
*When and Where I Enter--Paula Giddings*


Baba Ahmed said...

Peace! your Black History reading list is cool if Black History is restricted to slavery times. Ever consider reading books by authors not on America's favorite lists? And which takes a reader beyond slavery times in America?

If u care to reply do it at cocoalounge

Elle said...

Ok, did you read past A Bondswoman's Narrative? Apparently, you haven't read many of these books.

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