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Popular African-American Non-Fiction

Art, Literature, Music and Film

The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty-Four Artists of the Twentieth Century
by Robert Henkes

Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America
by David Driskell
704.0396 DRISK

To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters From the Road
by Wynton Marsalis
781.65 MARSA

Journey to Beloved by Oprah Winfrey
791.43 WINFR

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of African-American Artists by Tonya Bolden

Harlem Stomp! : A Cultural History of the Harlem
by Laban Hill
974.7 HILL

 Autobiographies & Memoirs
God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island
by Cornelia Bailey
975.8737 BAILE

The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali
ALI ALI (in biography section)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
ANGELOU ANG (in biography section)

Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong
ARMSTRONG ARM (in biography section)

Journey to Justice by Johnnie Cochran
COCHRAN COC (in biography section)

Life After Johnnie Cochran: Why I Left the  Sweetest-Talking, Most Successful Black Lawyer in L.A.
by Barbara Cochran-Berry
COCHRAN BERRY COC (in biography section)

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
by Sarah and Elizabeth Delany
DELANY DEL (in biography section)

Life is Not a Fairy Tale by Fantasia
FANTASIA FAN (in biography section)

By George: The Autobiography of George Foreman
by George Foreman
FOREMAN FOR (in biography section)

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris
HARRIS HAR (in biography section)

Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir by Dexter King
KING KIN (in biography section)

My American Journey by Colin Powell
POWELL POW (in biography section)

Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
STEFFANS STE (in biography section)


Beyond the Timberline: The Trials & Triumphs of a Black Entrepreneur by T.M. Alexander
ALEXANDER ALE (in biography section)

Sweet Expectations by Michele Hoskins
338.76 HOSKI

You Can Make It Happen: a Nine-Step Plan For Success
by Stedman Graham
650.1 GRAHA

Health, Beauty & Cooking
Beautylicious! : The Black Girl’s Guide to the Fabulous Life by Jenyne Raines
613.0424 RAINES

Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African-Americans
by James Gavin
613.089 GAVIN

Soul and Spice: African Cooking in the Americas
by Heidi Cusick
641.596 CUSIC

Hallelujah! : The Welcome Table : a Lifetime of  Memories With Recipes by Maya Angelou
641.5973 ANGEL

The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color by Iman
646.72 IMAN

The Negro Leagues: The Story of Black Baseball
by Jacob Margolies
796.357 MARGO

The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women From
Colonial America to the Present by Kathleen Thompson
920.72 FACE

The Book of African-American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators and Uplifters by Tonya Bolden
920.72089 BOLDE

Roots by Alex Haley
929.2 HALEY 

Pictorial History of African-Americans from 1619 to the Present by Langston Hughes
973.0496 HUGHES

Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground
Railroad by Betty Deramus
973.7115 DERAM

Politics & Society
New Black Man by Mark Anthony Neal
305.38896 NEAL

Race Matters by Cornel West
305.800973 WEST

The Covenant with Black America by Tavis Smiley
305.896 COVEN

Democracy Matters by Cornel West
321.8 WEST

Enough: the Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—And What We Can Do About It by Juan Williams
973.0496 WILLI

Self-Help,  Spirituality and Relationships

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America by Tavis Smiley
158.089 SMILE

In the Meantime—Finding Yourself and the Love That You Want by Iyanla Vanzant
158.2 VANZA

Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth by Derrick Bell
170.44 BELL

Patti’s Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously by Patti Labelle
170.44 LABEL

He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle by T.D. Jakes
248.842 JAKES

The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord by T.D. Jakes
248.843 JAKES

Promises From God For Single Women by T.D. Jakes
248.843 JAKES

The Princess Within: Restoring the Soul of a Woman by Serita Jakes
248.843 JAKES

Ten Commandments Of Working in a Hostile Environment by T.D. Jakes
248.88 JAKES

One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth by Iyanla Vanzant
291.44 VANZA

On the Up and Up: a Survival Guide for Women Living With Men on the Down Low by Brenda Browder
305.3889 BROWD

Coming Up From the Down Low: by J.L. King
305.3889 KING

Shine! : A Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Journey to Finding Love by Star Jones
305.42 JONES

The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy by Toby Thompkins
305.8 THOMP

Black and Single: Meeting and Choosing a Partner Who’s Right For You by Larry Davis
306.7 DAVIS

Stripped Bare: The 12 Truths That Will Help You Land the Very Best Black Man by Ladawn Black
306.73089 BLACK

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