The Coffee Will Make You Black Book Club’s Reading List
(1998 – 2006, 2010, and 2018 – 2020)

AALBC’s Online Bookclub is Currently on Hiatus
Book cover: December 2019 AALBC Book Selection The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Participation is easy (more on how our club operates). Discussions are held on the book’s description page, where it says “Join the Discussion.” Feel free to join us anytime; discussions are not limited to the month the book was selected and anyone may join the conversation.


Click for more detail about Youngblood (Brown Thrasher Books) by John O. Killens January 2001
Youngblood (Brown Thrasher Books)
by John O. Killens
(University of Georgia Press,  Apr 06, 2000)


Click for more detail about Captain Blackman by John A. Williams February 2001
Captain Blackman
by John A. Williams
(Coffee House Press,  Apr 01, 2000)


Click for more detail about Dem (Black Arts Movement Series) by William Melvin Kelley March 2001
Dem (Black Arts Movement Series)
by William Melvin Kelley
(Coffee House Press,  Feb 01, 2001)


Click for more detail about Anyplace But Here by Arna Bontemps April 2001
Anyplace But Here
by Arna Bontemps
(University of Missouri,  Apr 17, 1997)


Click for more detail about Train Whistle Guitar: A Novel by Albert Murray May 2001
Train Whistle Guitar: A Novel
by Albert Murray
(Penguin Random House,  Nov 24, 1998)


Click for more detail about The Spyglass Tree by Albert Murray June 2001
The Spyglass Tree
by Albert Murray
(Penguin Random House,  Oct 27, 1992)


Click for more detail about Jubilee by Margaret Walker July 2001
Jubilee
by Margaret Walker
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  Jan 21, 1999)


Click for more detail about Drop by Mat Johnson August 2001
Drop
by Mat Johnson
(Bloomsbury Publishing,  Sep 30, 2000)


Click for more detail about Babe by Delores Thornton September 2001
Babe
by Delores Thornton
(Marguerite Press,  Dec 01, 2000)


Click for more detail about Pipe Dream: A Novel (Strivers Row) by Solomon Jones October 2001
Pipe Dream: A Novel (Strivers Row)
by Solomon Jones
(Villard,  Jul 31, 2001)
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Click for more detail about Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story by Michael Datcher November 2001
Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story
by Michael Datcher
(Penguin Random House,  Mar 05, 2001)


Click for more detail about Where I’m Bound: A Novel by Allen Ballard December 2001
Where I’m Bound: A Novel
by Allen Ballard
(Simon & Schuster, Inc.,  Oct 05, 2000)

 

AALBC.com’s online book club, “The Coffee Will Make You Black” ran from 1998 until 2006. The book club was moderated by Thumper. The club was briefly resurrected in 2010, when both Fiction and Nonfiction titles were selected. Unfortunately, the club was discontinued the same year.

In October of 2018, novelist, educator, avid reader, and advocate for Black literature, Tony Lindsay began running AALBC’s The Coffee Will Make You Black online book club.” after a 8-year hiatus.