What are the best books of James Baldwin?

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    #1The Fire Next Time

    The Fire Next Time
    The Fire Next Time is James Baldwin's book depicting the racial injustice he suffered in his childhood in Harlem, and through parts of the book, he made a call to the American people to end racism.

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    Stephen Stone
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "perfect reviews, probably among his best"
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    #2Nobody Knows My Name

    Nobody Knows My Name
    James Baldwin describes and criticizes race relations and the writers' role in society in this collection of essays titled Nobody Knows My Name. This book also contains accounts from Richard Wright and Norman Mailer.  


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    Benjamin Williams
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "My sister is a HUGE James Baldwin fan. For her birthday I wanted to get her one of his best books. A librarian suggested that I check out Nobody Knows My Name and I ended up buying it for her. I think she's going to love the book a lot based on the reviews."
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    #3Vintage Baldwin

    Vintage Baldwin
    Vintage Baldwin is a collection of short stories, plays, and essays written by James Baldwin. Most themes revolve around race, gender, politics, and art. It includes Sonny's Blues and an excerpt from Another Country.

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    Keith Wilson
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "I bought this for my son. I said to him, "These are good books. Read them." The packaging was fine and dandy. I think they are excellent looking editions of Vintage Baldwin. My son said he enjoyed the books a few days after I gave them to him. He read them fast because they are page turners. Enjoy reading!"
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    #4Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

    Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
    Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is James Baldwin's novel about the actor Leo, who just reached the peak of his career but is then hit by troubles, including a heart attack, a brother being jailed and two people fighting over Leo's loyalty.

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    Steven Scott
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "Our reading club was having a discussion about the best books of James Baldwin. The consensus was Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is on of, possibly the best."
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    #5The Amen Corner: A Play

    The Amen Corner: A Play

    The Amen Corner is the first play James Baldwin wrote for the theater. Considered a classic, it's about Sister Margaret and her struggles to keep her godly path despite the troubles she is facing.


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    Ajay Patil
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Very telling and important story that needs to be told. Shows how everyone struggles and highlights how to work through it."
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    #6Blues for Mister Charlie: A Play

    Blues for Mister Charlie: A Play

    Blues for Mister Charlie is James Baldwin's famous play about the killing of a black man by a white man and its effects on society. In this award-winning play, Baldwin describes the horrifying effects of racism.


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    Aaron Gomez
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "I think this is quite possibly the best books by James Baldwin. Especially if you have appreciation for blues. If you even are remotely a fan of his, or of blues, check this out!"
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    #7Jimmy's Blues: Poems

    Jimmy's Blues: Poems

    Jimmy's Blues is a collection of poems and lyricism written by renowned writer James Baldwin. Like many of Baldwin's works, the poems revolve around race, gender, politics and art.


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    Judith Flores
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Even if you're not into poetry but you are a Baldwin fan, you should check out this book. It's a good read and you don't be disappointed. Powerful poetry and moving narrative. This man knew how to really grasp a reader by the eyeballs and not let go."
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    #8The Devil Finds Work: Essays

    The Devil Finds Work: Essays
    The Devil Finds Work is James Baldwin's book describing his experiences of watching cinema as a child, while also colorfully describing and criticizing the racial politics presented in those films.

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    Justin Woods
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "This is a good suggestion because it is a highly rated book by James Baldwin. It is a popular choice among book readers and would be a great read for James Baldwin fans."
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    #9Go 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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    Gerald Clark
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a very strong and powerful book. It really is an amazing read and one of James Baldwin's best. Go Tell It On The Mountain is cultural classic African fiction. The writing style that Baldwin exhibits, really paints vivid imagery in your head as your really identify with his characters and their emotions. It brings about the feeling of what it feels to be black in America and does so in a very inspiring way. What I appreciate most about this book is that it provides the content that makes you relate to the material, but also breaks it down to a level where younger adults and even children will be able to appreciate the read."


Best What are the best books of James Baldwin
1The Fire Next TimeBooks 31 Paid
2Nobody Knows My NameBooks 28 Paid
3Vintage BaldwinBooks 25 Paid
4Tell Me How Long the Train's Been GoneBooks 25 Paid
5The Amen Corner: A PlayBooks 23 Paid
6Blues for Mister Charlie: A PlayBooks 21 Paid
7Jimmy's Blues: PoemsBooks 20 Paid
8The Devil Finds Work: EssaysBooks 17 Paid
9Go Tell it on the MountainBooks 4 Paid

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