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 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C. Ward January 2005
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
by Geoffrey C. Ward
(Penguin Random House,  Oct 26, 2004)


Click for more detail about Some People, Some Other Place by J. California Cooper February 2005
Some People, Some Other Place
by J. California Cooper
(Penguin Random House,  Apr 04, 2006)


Click for more detail about Platitudes (Northeastern Library of Black Literature) by Trey Ellis March 2005
Platitudes (Northeastern Library of Black Literature)
by Trey Ellis
(Northeastern,  Oct 02, 2003)


Click for more detail about Dark Matter: Reading the Bones by Sheree Renee Thomas April 2005
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones
by Sheree Renee Thomas
(Hachette Book Group,  Jan 02, 2004)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about The Time of Our Singing: A Novel by Richard Powers May 2005
The Time of Our Singing: A Novel
by Richard Powers
(Macmillan,  Jan 01, 2004)


Click for more detail about The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson July 2005
The Salt Roads
by Nalo Hopkinson
(Hachette Book Group,  Nov 12, 2003)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about My Life of Absurdity by Chester Himes August 2005
My Life of Absurdity
by Chester Himes
(Paragon House,  Jan 01, 1972)


Click for more detail about Those Bones Are Not My Child: A novel by Toni Cade Bambara September 2005
Those Bones Are Not My Child: A novel
by Toni Cade Bambara
(Penguin Random House,  Sep 28, 1999)


Click for more detail about Buffalo Gordon on The Plains by J. P. Sinclair Lewis November 2005
Buffalo Gordon on The Plains
by J. P. Sinclair Lewis
(Macmillan,  Dec 01, 2003)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray December 2005
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
by Philip Dray
(Penguin Random House,  Jan 08, 2002)
AALBC Book Review

 

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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