The Coffee Will Make You Black Book Club’s Reading List
(1998 – 2006, 2010, and 2018 – 2020)
We are currently seeking a book club moderator.
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.
The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1941-1967, I Dream a World (Life of Langston Hughes, 1941-1967) by Arnold Rampersad (Oxford University Press, Jan 10, 2002)
The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America (Life of Langston Hughes, 1902-1941) by Arnold Rampersad (Oxford University Press, Jan 10, 2002)
Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner (Penguin Random House, Mar 01, 2004)
Segu by Maryse Conde (Penguin Random House, Sep 03, 1998)
The Heart of Redness: A Novel by Zakes Mda (Macmillan Publishers, Aug 01, 2003)
The Lakestown Rebellion (Black Arts Movement Series) by Kristin Hunter (Coffee House Press, Feb 01, 2003)
Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction Of Henry Dumas (Black Arts Movement Series) by Henry Dumas (Coffee House Press, Sep 01, 2003)
The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd (Black Arts Movement Series) by John Oliver Killens (Coffee House Press, Feb 01, 2002)
The Last King: A Maceo Redfield Novel (Strivers Row) by Nichelle D. Tramble (Penguin Random House, Jun 01, 2004)
AALBC Book Review
Rendezvous Eighteenth (American Mysteries in Paris) by Jake Lamar (Minotaur Books, Apr 01, 2005)
The Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips (Soho Press, Jan 01, 2005)
The First Thing Smoking by Nelson Eubanks (Penguin Random House, Jun 29, 2004)
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.