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African American Resources

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United States of African American Fiction

  • Note:  Each book primarily takes place in its associated state.  
  • NHCPL does not currently own books by African American authors set in the following states: Idaho, Iowa, North Dakota, and Utah.

Title and Author

Alabama Train Whistle Guitar by Albert Murray
Alaska Perfect Fit by Brenda Jackson
Arizona Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
Arkansas Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden
California Parable of the Sower by Octavia L. Butler
Colorado Trail of Kisses by Michelle Monkou
Connecticut Good Fences by Erika Ellis
Delaware West of Rehoboth by Alexs Pate
Florida Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Georgia Three Fifty-Seven: Timing is Everything by Kendra Norman-Bellamy
Hawaii To Tame a Wilde by Kimberly Kaye Terry
Illinois One Dead Preacher by Tony Lindsay
Indiana The Lie by Oscar H. Bennett
Kansas Gabriel's Story by David Anthony Durham
Kentucky The Quarry by Charles W. Chesnutt
Louisiana Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Maine Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely
Maryland P.G. County by Connie Briscoe
Massachusetts Jump at the Sun by Kim McLarin
Michigan Cookie Cutter by Anthony Sterling
Minnesota Sweet Sensation by Gwyneth Bolton
Mississippi The Sacred Place by Daniel Black
Missouri Chyna Black by Keisha Ervin
Nebraska Dirty Bird Blues by Clarence Major
Nevada Stray Dogs by John Ridley
New Hampshire The Blackbird Papers by Ian Smith
New Jersey A Man Most Worthy by Marcus Major
New Mexico Assumption by Percival L. Everett
New York Chocolate Sangria by Tracy Price-Thompson
North Carolina Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate
Ohio Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Oklahoma Life is Short but Wide by J. California Cooper
Oregon Say It With Roses by Devon Vaughn Archer
Pennsylvania Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Rhode Island Who Does She Think She Is by Benilde Little
South Carolina The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith
South Dakota The Conquest by Oscar Micheaux
Tennessee The Sweetest Thing by Deborah Fletcher Mello
Texas Exposed by Naomi Chase
Vermont The Autobiography of God by Julius Lester
Virginia Can't Stand the Heat by Shelly Ellis
Washington One Dark Body by Charlotte Watson Sherman
Washington, D.C. When Washington Was in Vogue: A Love Story by Edward Christopher Williams
West Virginia John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead
Wisconsin Katrina by Africa Fine
Wyoming Astride a Pink Horse by Robert O. Greer

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