What are the best books with black character leads?

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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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    #2Kindred

    Kindred

    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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    Terry Johnston
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Kindred was a riveting read. It’s described as sci-fi, but the time travel is really just a device used to examine issues of slavery and race from modern and historical perspectives simultaneously. The focus is much more on the characters and issues of race. I highly recommend this book."
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    #3The 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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    Pablo Rodríguez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The color purple is a classic, especially the movie. Reading the book is a good idea, and I would suggest it if you haven't yet, or haven't seen the movie especially."
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    #4The Skin I'm In

    The Skin I'm In
    Maleeka is a thirteen years old girl who is constantly mocked by her classmates, mainly because of her darker skin tone. She is having a rough time until she meets a new teacher, who has a birthmark on her face and will show her how to embrace her different skin color. 



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    Teresa Fields
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Skin I'm In is a great book with a black character as the lead. It's a great story about embracing how you look and not feeling bad about yourself. I would recommend it who feels like they look different. It's inspiring."
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    #5Roll 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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    Adam White
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "fits topic with good reviews, i think there is better though"
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    #612 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave
    The book that inspired the popular film is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York after the civil war. He was having a great and wealthy life until he got kidnapped and sold as a slave. Solomon uses this book to share its own adventures, giving detailed information about what he had to do and how he maintained his dignity during the 12 years he was forced to do everything. 




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    Catherine Daniels
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Anytime I see that a book has been adapted to a movie, I make a conscious effort to read the source material before seeing the movie. This is the case for 12 Years a Slave, the book was much more gruesome and realistic than the movie. If you did watch the movie and enjoyed it, you should read the book to get more personal insights into how life was for slaves after the Civil War. "
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    #7Material Girl

    Material Girl

    Material Girl is the first novel in the Material Girl series, This African-American fiction romantic story is written by Keisha Ervin. It was originally published in 2006.

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    Jane Hoffman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Keisha Ervin has developed a following among people who read "urban fiction," but perhaps she's writing faster than she can come up with ideas. A pivotal part of the story is identical to scenes in the Sex and the City series, song lyrics are quoted but not credited, and characters are clearly based on prominent celebrities. Ervin is capable of better than this; it;s a disappointment to see what she does in this book."
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    #8Buried Secrets

    Buried Secrets

    Buried Secrets is a romantic fiction novel written by S.K. Hardy. This is the first book in the Sin City Heat series. It was originally published in 2011.

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    Philip Jacobs
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I gave this book a chance based on the recommendation based on my request for a black leading character. While there was nothing inherently problematic with the novel's readability or African American presence, I didn't feel that a romantic thriller was an appropriate genre for my grandfather. I ordered a copy for each of us, and I certainly learned my lesson!"
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    #9Unfinished Business

    Unfinished Business

    Unfinished Business is an African-American romantic fiction novel written by Christina C. Jones. This is the second book in the Strictly Professional series. It was published in 2014. 

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    Mildred Morris
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Great book solution. I sounds like a good book to read and it goes with the topic. The only thing I don't like is when they suggest the second book of the series. I would suggest the first book of the series first because you would be lost if you started with the second"
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    #10Twisted Obsessions

    Twisted Obsessions

    Twisted Obsessions is an African-American romantic fiction book for adults written by S.K. Hardy. This is the second novel in the Sin City Heat series. It was first published in 2011.

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    Josefina Corona
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is an interesting book to say the least! There is so much going on. It is definitely an attention keeper! "
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    #11Kenyatta's Last Hit (Kenyatta)

    Kenyatta's Last Hit (Kenyatta)
    Kenyatta's Last Hit is a mystery novel written by Donald Goines. First published in 1975, it is the fourth and final book in the Kenyatta series. It follows the story of Kenyatta and his army.
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    Coco Jin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Kenyatta's Last Hit is the final in the installment by Donald Goines. It is the best of the four books. Kenyatta has relocated from Detroit to California after making his escape from the Nevada desert in the plane he and the crew hijacked. He has re established an underground Black militant group in L.A. after almost all of his Detroit people were killed. The same detectives from the previous books are on his trail. Very good book to read."
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    #12A Thousand Never Evers

    A Thousand Never Evers
    A Thousand Never Evers is a juvenile historical fiction novel written by Shana Burg, first published in 2008. Set in the American South during the integration, it tells the story of Addie Ann Pickett's fight against racial prejudice.
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    Philip Brown
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It seems everyone's fighting for social something these days. Addie's no different. Her plight didn't really resonate with me at all, though."

Summary

Best What are the best books with black character leads
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 29 Paid
2KindredBooks 27 Paid
3The Color PurpleBooks 26 Paid
4The Skin I'm InBooks 25 Paid
5Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryBooks 24 Paid
612 Years a SlaveBooks 23 Paid
7Material GirlBooks 22 Paid
8Buried SecretsBooks 21 Paid
9Unfinished BusinessBooks 20 Paid
10Twisted ObsessionsBooks 19 Paid
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