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 White Rat: Stories by Gayl Jones January 2006
White Rat: Stories
by Gayl Jones
(Penguin Random House,  Nov 22, 2005)


Click for more detail about The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin February 2006
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
(Penguin Random House,  Dec 01, 1992)


Click for more detail about A Killing in This Town: A Novel by Olympia Vernon March 2006
A Killing in This Town: A Novel
by Olympia Vernon
(Grove Atlantic, Inc.,  Jan 11, 2007)


Click for more detail about Bang! by Sharon G. Flake April 2006
Bang!
by Sharon G. Flake
(Hachette Book Group,  Jul 31, 2007)


Click for more detail about Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories by J. California Cooper May 2006
Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories
by J. California Cooper
(Penguin Random House,  Apr 10, 2007)


Click for more detail about Let The Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland June 2006
Let The Lion Eat Straw
by Ellease Southerland
(HarperCollins,  Jun 28, 2005)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden (Phoenix Fiction) by Leon Forrest July 2006
There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden (Phoenix Fiction)
by Leon Forrest
(University of Chicago Press,  Nov 01, 2001)


Click for more detail about Beyond Glory: Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling, And A World On The Brink by David Margolick August 2006
Beyond Glory: Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling, And A World On The Brink
by David Margolick
(Penguin Random House,  Oct 10, 2006)
AALBC Book Review


Click for more detail about My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations by Mary Frances Berry September 2006
My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
by Mary Frances Berry
(Penguin Random House,  Oct 10, 2006)


Click for more detail about Lemon City: A Novel by Elaine Meryl Brown October 2006
Lemon City: A Novel
by Elaine Meryl Brown
(Penguin Random House,  Feb 24, 2009)


Click for more detail about The Red Moon: A Novel by Kuwana Haulsey November 2006
The Red Moon: A Novel
by Kuwana Haulsey
(Penguin Random House,  Aug 31, 2004)


Click for more detail about My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations by Mary Frances Berry December 2006
My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
by Mary Frances Berry
(Penguin Random House,  Oct 10, 2006)

 

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.