Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1997: Fiction
Booklists for Adults

*AIN’T GONNA BE THE SAME FOOL TWICE
April Sinclair
After college, Stevie moves to San Francisco. From the author of COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK.

*AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS: A Novel
E. Lynn Harris
A gay quarterback is charged with sexual harassment by a female sportscaster.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER
Jamaica Kincaid
My mother died at the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between myself and eternity.

*BIG GIRLS DON"T CRY
Connie Briscoe
Harsh realities intrude in the life of a young woman coming of age in the 1970s.

*BLOODCHILD: And Other Stories
Octavia E. Butler
Award-winning title story features a pregnant man.

CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE
Sheneska Jackson
A fairy tale romance between a graduate student and a South Central gang banger.

CHICAGO BLUES
Hugh Holton
Police Commander Larry Cole connects a cop to a 15-year-od murder case.

DONE WRONG
Eleanor Taylor Bland
Homicide cop Marti MacAlister investigates her detective husband’s murder.

FLIGHT OF THE BLACKBIRD
Faye M. Smith
An upper middle class African-American family’s problems start when the mother is "downsized."

GO THE WAY YOUR BLOOD BEATS: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Fiction by African-American Writers
Ed. by Shawn Ruff

*GOOD HAIR
Benilde Little
Will wealth, status, and "good hair" eliminate Alice’s insecurities?

THE HAND I FAN WITH: A Novel
Tina McElroy Ansa
At 45, Lena wants a little romance, but what she gets is a 100-year-old ghost.

*KNOWING
Rosalyn McMillan
A wife is unfulfilled despite her high paying job and loving family.

A LITTLE YELLOW DOG: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Walter Mosley
A job as a school custodian involves Easy Rawlins in a search for a missing teacher.

THE PRICE OF A CHILD: A Novel
Lorene Cary
Based on the true story of abolitionist Jane Johnson, a slave who gained her freedom but lost a child.

*PUSH
Sapphire
Pregnant for the second time by her father, 16-year-old Precious turns her life around with the help of an inspiring teacher.

SARAH’S PSALM
Florence Ladd
A sixties tale of an African-American woman who achieves success in academia and then abandons it for life in Islamic Senegal.

THE SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS
Albert Murray
A barnstorming band of black musicians looking for an adventure.

SHORT STORIES OF LANGSTON HUGHES
Ed. by Akiba Sullivan Harper
Includes stories that have long been out of print.

SO GOOD
Venise Berry
Three thirtysomethings search for independence, financial success, and true love.

SOME LOVE, SOME PAIN, SOMETIME: Stories
J. California Cooper
Short stories.

STARLIGHT PASSAGE
Anita R. Bunkley
Kiana’s family secrets may be tied to the decorative glassware created by her slave ancestor.

THE SUN, THE SEA, A TOUCH OF THE WIND
Rosa Guy
Haiti is the background for a talented woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.

*TELL ME A TALE: A Novel of the Old South
James McEachin
Posing as a journalist, a 17-year-old former slave uncovers the truth behind the arson and murder that shattered his childhood.

TOUCH
Charlotte Watson Sherman
A woman finds new life and love after she is diagnosed with HIV.

TUMBLING
Diane McKinney-Whetstone
A gentle portrait of a close-knit community in South Philadelphia in the 1940s and 1950s.

WHERE EVIL SLEEPS
Valerie Wilson Wesley
Tamara Hayle has a week of sun, fun, and murder while on vacation in Jamaica.

*THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE
Paul Beatty
After leaving white bread Santa Monica, can street stupid Gunnar learn how to talk black and get down with the homies in West Los Angeles?

*ZENZELE: A Letter for My Daughter
J. Nozipo Maraire
A mother reminds her Ivy League daughter of her Zimbabwean roots.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by: Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries; Sarah markell, Codman Square Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, Chairperson, General Library, Teen Services.  Boston Public Library, 1997.