What are the best short stories about African-American?

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    #1Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

    Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

    This book is a collection of short stories featuring mixed-race and black teenagers, men and women struggling with their lives, as they are having difficulties finding their place in the community and choosing which way go. 

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    Jeffrey Chavez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A solid collection of short stories featuring black/biracial characters. Some of the endings left a bit to be desired but for the most part i enjoyed the stories, and re-read a few of them almost as soon as finishing the collection."
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    #2Gorilla, My Love

    Gorilla, My Love
    Through 15 different stories, we can know about the lives of many black men and women, who have very different yet powerful stories. Despite being fiction, it perfectly depicts the problems the black community has had to face since many years ago in the American society. 



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    Helen Lee
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This collection of short stories is not only fun to read, the stories stay with the reader for a long time. I loved that the author allowed me to take perspectives I'd never considered before."
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    #3The Richer, the Poorer

    The Richer, the Poorer
    This collection of essays and stories explore the everyday life of the African-American middle class, where poverty and prosperity collide. The book, covers in a realistic way the lives of men, women and youngsters from this social class, who have to deal with their race problems from those years. 




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    Ruth Stanley
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I found this group of short stories to be brutally honest and realistic. The stories are short and casually spoken. There might not be any literary genius, but there are definitely feelings and emotions and a depiction of one woman's daily life. I'd find this book very useful when teaching creative writing to make students aware that you don't have to be a famous author to write something honest and profound."
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    #4Rattlebone

    Rattlebone
    In this book you will find eleven stories related with each other, in which the lives and problems of many African-American men and women are narrates. The book shares their emotional, economic and social problems they have to face in the fictional town of Rattlebone, Kansas, in the fifties. 



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    Angel Sarin
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Do blacks ever accomplish anything? It's yet another book about blacks complaining about how tough things are for them. I guess that happens when your IQ is so low that you can't compete in a white society."
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    #5Sarah Phillips

    Sarah Phillips
    This book shares the life of Sarah Phillips, a black bourgeoisie girl who is living a life rather unknown for most Americans, as she has as much money as a white girl thanks to her powerful family, who play a decisive role in achieving civil rights for the whole black community. 






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    Marilyn Rice
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a novel that most black girls will be able to relate to. There are many similar novels, but the one thing missing is a protagonist that many of us colored girls feel like we truly identify with. Though the author is a bourgeoisie black girl, her story is still quite relate-able to us all. It does get dull in some parts from time to time, but all in all, a great read that is well worth the effort. "
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    #6A Taste of Honey: Stories

    A Taste of Honey: Stories

    This book is a collection of 16 connected stories set in Gateway City, a fictional town where police brutality and racism towards the black community is becoming unbearable, but love within the community is what keeps them close and strong. 

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    Maricela Leal
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A nice collection of short stories. The stories are all related, so it is a book rather than separate short stories, so I would recommend reading them in order. All in all though, they can be read one here and one later."
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    #7Trouble No More

    Trouble No More
    Set all over the American South, this book is a collection of short stories starring many African-America families from the middle class. The book explains both their public and personal issues, rather ordinary lives but in very peculiar times, especially for black families. 




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    George Mitchell
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I couldn't put this down, great collection of short stories. Some are very intense and emotional."
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    #8Bloodchild and Other Stories

    Bloodchild and Other Stories

    Bloodchild and Other Stories is a book containing stories written by multiple award-winning author Octavia Butler. It includes Bloodchild, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula award, and Speech Sounds, a winner of the Hugo Award.

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    Harold Hudson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A good collection of short stories suitable for any reader"
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    #9The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories from African-American writer Langston Hughes depicting the interaction of black Americans with white Americans during the 1920s and the 1930s.

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    Roy Burke
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories by Langston Hughes and African-American writer. The Ways of White Folks depicts the interaction of black Americans with white Americans during the 1920s and the 1930s."
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    #10Lost in the City

    Lost in the City

    This book is a collection of 14 different stories who all share one thing: they narrate the lives of African-American men and women living in Washington D.C., sharing their adventures and how they cope with race-related problems. 

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    Rebecca Robinson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Lost in the City didn't really capture me like other books of this genre do. If you like to read about race related issues and how they overcame them, then this might be a good book for you."
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    #11Tropical Fish

    Tropical Fish
    Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe is a women's African fiction book written by Doreen Baingana. It is first published in 2005 by Harlem Moon. 
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    Rakesh Subramanium
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a great little story about a true African-American girl - as in, a girl who immigrated to the United States from Africa (Uganda to be precise), rather than a naturally American-born black girl. Granted, before we are introduced to her, we follow the stories of her two older sisters to get a strong impression of what life in Uganda is like, and all of its various difficulties. Only then do we get to Christine, the youngest of the three who goes to America to discover its many first-world wonders that we take for granted - as well as American society's many prejudices towards her skin color. This is a truly moving and emotional tale that will help anyone of any race understand the difficulties of being black in modern America."

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Best What are the best short stories about African-American
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool SelfBooks 37 Paid
2Gorilla, My LoveBooks 33 Paid
3The Richer, the PoorerBooks 31 Paid
4RattleboneBooks 28 Paid
5Sarah PhillipsBooks 24 Paid
6A Taste of Honey: StoriesBooks 24 Paid
7Trouble No MoreBooks 18 Paid
8Bloodchild and Other StoriesBooks 16 Paid
9The Ways of White Folks Books 11 Paid
10Lost in the CityBooks 7 Paid
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