What are the best books for African-American according to Huffington?

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    #1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    #2Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important and enduring books of the 20th century. It brings to life a Southern love story with incredible wit and pathos.


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    Ashley Wong
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I tried and failed several times to read this book, a paperback copy that I picked up at a thrift store several years ago. Finally, my senior in high school son was given it as an assignment. I explained that I'd tried to read it as recently as November (two months ago) and failed BUT I wanted to hear what he thought about the book. Then I read the group assignment he and his friends wrote, which was about the use of water as a certain type of symbolism (I won't be more specific so as not to provide spoilers). At that time, I learned the plot of the book, including several important plot spoilers. Even so, I was determined to "get through it" and bought the audio book, performed by Ruby Dee. It was absolutely mesmerizing. It was only about six hours long, which was slower reading that I normally do (I followed along with the Kindle version, because we owned that too) but was always trying to get back to the book when distracted by life. I found the performance to be riveting. I could actually understand what was happening in the story. I found the writing amazing (this makes me want to "read" something else of hers, preferably performed by Ruby Dee). I loved the use of personification. I loved the descriptions. I loved many things about it. In the end, I realized that sometimes you need to look at (or listen to) things in a different way. By listening to this rather than trying to read it, I was able to fully appreciate a brilliant book. Would I recommend the book itself to a friend? No. But I'd highly recommend the audio version. Also excellent in the audio performance category: Katherine Kellgren and Victor Garber."
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    Kindred is a young adult novel with a time travel element written by Octavia Butler, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards. The book is about a modern-day black woman who was transported to the plantation in the past.


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    Amy Foster
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I heard that this was a pretty good book about black people per huffington so I gave it a go. I think they did a really good job to be honest, I really was able to put myself in her shoes and see how it really is."
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    #4Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    Jane Nguyen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I wanted to find the best book for African-Americans according to Huffington. I trust their knowledge. I found Invisible Man. It's about the life of a black man, who has no name, and how he lives in the United States. It talks all about his life, including the many hardships he goes through. It's a riveting book. Check it out! It's amazing."
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    #5The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye
    The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's novel about an African-American girl who wished to have the blue eyes of a white girl. Through the eyes of Pecola, Morrison described race and gender inequality, and beauty as a social construct.

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    Julie Curtis
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I'm a huge Toni Morrison fan and had to finally read this book since I love African American literature. It's captivating and emotional - I could really understand what the main character was feeling. Another classic book that shouldn't be missed!"
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    #6The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Marisol Hurtado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I don't know if The Color Purple made any Huffington lists, but I found it to be an incredibly moving story that anyone, African American or otherwise, should definitely check out. It can be pretty raw and disturbing at times, but so is the story of so many African-Americans throughout history. "
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    #7Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass was born into a family of slaves, but that was no obstacle in becoming a successful statesman, writer and orator. In this book, he shares his own story, which includes a glossary to help understand better Douglass' 19th century's writing style. 

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    Muhammad Jaiteley
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Our society has come so far in modern times. I didn't know much about Frederick Douglass until I read this book. This is the story of a sad part of our history and is a must-read. If you have ever wondered about the difficult circumstances of slaves in America, or even if you don't, this book is still an excellent read."
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    #8Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    During the Great Depression in Mississippi, this story talks about the struggle of a family to maintain pride, independence and integrity against the racism and social inequity. 

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    Yolanda Escobar
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "In the African-American market there are many classics you can describe this book in particular as one of them has very good reviews sold a lot of volumes so I think that if it enters the list of best books for African-American according to Huffington."
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    #9The Coldest Winter Ever

    The Coldest Winter Ever

    The Coldest Winter Ever is Sister Souljah's debut novel, centered on a girl named Winter, who needs to utilize her beauty and quick wit if she wants to survive the winter in the streets of Brooklyn.


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    Kyle Ward
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I thought that this would be a good black book because huffington recommended it, but it really fell flat with me. I didn't resonate with it at all unfortunately."
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    #10Go Tell it on the Mountain

    Go Tell it on the Mountain

    Go Tell it on the Mountain is a cultural classic African fiction book written by James Baldwin. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.


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    Christopher Hudson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It's good for people to broaden their horizons and learn about other cultures and perspectives. This book is a great perspective on African American culture in history."
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    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 


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    Rachel Bowman
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I recently found out my uncle is part African American and decided to read "Roots" which is a book he enjoys. It tells an entire story of a boy getting captured in Africa, brought to America as a slave, and all the stories of his descendants down to the author of the book. I felt like I really learned a lot about my African American heritage and also found the book very interesting. I think it is a book everyone, regardless of race, should read at some point in their life."
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    #12The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Warmth of Other Suns
    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration is a multi-awarded non-fiction history book written by Isabel Wilkerson. It was first published in 2010 by Random House. 

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    Janet Carlson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Warmth of Other Suns placed 38/50 on Huffington's list and it definitely earned its place; smart, interesting, and informative, it deserves all the awards it has received. I would give this book a 5/5 and recommend anyone who is interested in African-American history to check it out. "
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    #13A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun is a classic play written by Lorraine Hansberry which centers on a working-class family living in Chicago connected with the psyche of black America.


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    Betty Adams
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "What a great story! I had to read this for a class and i hesitated because I felt like I knew the story. I felt like it was going to be an over-exaggerated play about poor black people in a poor community trying to come up, and it was that. But, somehow there was more depth to the characters and plot than I expected. By the end of the second act, I found myself all twisted up inside the characters' conflicts and personalities because they were not much different than my own personal struggles. By the end of the play, I was begging for the playwright to give me some advice on how to quench this inner conflict within myself. This was an absolute masterpiece! "
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    #14Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 


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    Arthur Murphy
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The book Native Son by Richard Wright is one of the most highly recommended books on Amazon. Huffington also referenced this book so it fits the topic very well."
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    #15The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk is a non-fiction history book written by W.E.B. Du Bois. This African American classic book is firs published in 


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    Rishika Chopra
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This was an interesting book to read due to the fact that all the points the author makes is still relevant today even thought it was written over 100 years ago. Although this non-fiction work emphasizes the stark reality that is America both back in 1903 and now, it is a phenomenal read. The only downside is that parts of the book are rather long-winded, however it makes up for this with the sheer amount of inspiration and calls-to-action found within this book."


Best What are the best books for African-American according to Huffington
1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 34 Paid
2Their Eyes Were Watching GodBooks 31 Paid
3KindredBooks 29 Paid
4Invisible ManBooks 27 Paid
5The Bluest EyeBooks 25 Paid
6The Color PurpleBooks 24 Paid
7Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassBooks 23 Paid
8Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryBooks 21 Paid
9The Coldest Winter EverBooks 19 Paid
10Go Tell it on the MountainBooks 17 Paid

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