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

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 The First Thing Smoking by Nelson Eubanks January 2004
The First Thing Smoking
by Nelson Eubanks
(Penguin Random House,  Jun 29, 2004)


Click for more detail about The Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips February 2004
The Darkest Child: A Novel
by Delores Phillips
(Soho Press,  Jan 01, 2005)


Click for more detail about Rendezvous Eighteenth (American Mysteries in Paris) by Jake Lamar March 2004
Rendezvous Eighteenth (American Mysteries in Paris)
by Jake Lamar
(Minotaur Books,  Apr 01, 2005)


Click for more detail about The Last King: A Maceo Redfield Novel (Strivers Row) by Nichelle D. Tramble April 2004
The Last King: A Maceo Redfield Novel (Strivers Row)
by Nichelle D. Tramble
(Penguin Random House,  Jun 01, 2004)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd (Black Arts Movement Series) by John O. Killens May 2004
The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd (Black Arts Movement Series)
by John O. Killens
(Coffee House Press,  Feb 01, 2002)


Click for more detail about Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction Of Henry Dumas (Black Arts Movement Series) by Henry Dumas June 2004
Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction Of Henry Dumas (Black Arts Movement Series)
by Henry Dumas
(Coffee House Press,  Sep 01, 2003)


Click for more detail about The Lakestown Rebellion (Black Arts Movement Series) by Kristin Hunter July 2004
The Lakestown Rebellion (Black Arts Movement Series)
by Kristin Hunter
(Coffee House Press,  Feb 01, 2003)


Click for more detail about The Heart of Redness: A Novel by Zakes Mda August 2004
The Heart of Redness: A Novel
by Zakes Mda
(Macmillan,  Aug 01, 2003)


Click for more detail about Segu by Maryse Conde September 2004
Segu
by Maryse Conde
(Penguin Random House,  Sep 03, 1998)


Click for more detail about Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner October 2004
Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories
by Patty Pinner
(Penguin Random House,  Mar 01, 2004)


Click for more detail about The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America (Life of Langston Hughes, 1902-1941) by Arnold Rampersad November 2004
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)


Click for more detail about The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1941-1967, I Dream a World (Life of Langston Hughes, 1941-1967) by Arnold Rampersad December 2004
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)

 

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.



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