Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books
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Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books edited by Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury and Carol Taylor (John Wiley & Sons, February 1999) is a celebration and provocative analysis of the books that have shaped and defined Black culture for over 200 years. The book charts transition and turmoil, perseverance and triumph, intelligence and horror, and more. Sacred Fire captures the sweep of writing from the Diaspora--from Africa to the Caribbean to America.
QBR: The Black Book Review is a national publication dedicated to reviewing books by and about Black people. For years, it was the only publication dedicated to reviewing such work. The co-editors of Sacred Fire tapped a panel of leading scholars, historians, authors and booksellers to reach a consensus on works having the most significant impact across the decades. The list of books is a collection of poetry, short fiction, novels, autobiography, history and drama.Sacred Fire is divided into six thematic sections which are introduced by outstanding writers, including Robert Fleming and Arthur Flowers. The sections are "Origins, Ancestors, and Memory", "Soul and Spirit", Sisters' Stories", Brothers' Lives", "Community and Identity", and "Politics, Nationalism, and Revolution". Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passages, wrote the Foreword. Sacred Fire is essential reading for all lovers of black literature and lively opinions.
Below is a list of books described in Sacred Fire
Sacred Fire Excerpt
Langston Hughes - The Ways of White Folks
The Quarterly Black Review
AALBC Favorite 100 Books of the 20th Century
Literature in the United States