Summer 2017 Reading List: African American Fiction

Selected by Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian – Northwestern University Libraries


Alers, Rochelle. The Inheritance. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Benjamin, J M. Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler. Farmingdale, NY: Urban Books, 2017.

Billingsley, ReShonda and Victoria C. Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. NY: Gallery Bks, 2017.

Brown, Tracy. Boss. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

Childress, Alice, Roxane Gay, and Trudier Harris. Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 2017.

Clovis, Donna. Six Doors Down: A Journey Through Synchronicity. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press, 2017.

Cole, Alyssa. An Extraordinary Union. New York: Kensington Books, 2017.

Coleman, JaQuavis. The Streets Have No King. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

Collins, Kathleen, and Elizabeth Alexander. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories. London: Granta, 2017.

Diamond, De’nesha. Conspiracy. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Delany, Martin R, and Jerome J. McGann. Blake Or, the Huts of America: A Corrected Edition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Finding Gideon. New York: Dutton, 2017.

Ellis, Shelly. Lust & Loyalty: A Chesterton Scandal Novel. NY: Dafina Books, 2017.

Golden, Marita. The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel. NY: Arcade Publishing, 2017.

Greenidge, Kaitlyn. We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.

Hampton, Brenda. Black President: The World Will Never Be the Same. Farmingdale, NY: Urban Books, 2017.

Hernandez, Treasure. Return to Flint. Farmingdale, NY: Urban Books, 2017.

Jackson, Brenda. Forged in Desire. Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: HQN Books, 2017.

Jackson, K M. To Me I Wed. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Jenkins, Beverly. Breathless. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.

Johnson, Sadeqa. And Then There Was Me: A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2017.

Joseph, Fabiola. Niya: Rainbow Dreams. Farmingdale, NY: Urban Renaissance, 2017.

McKay, Claude, Jean-Christophe Cloutier, and Brent H. Edwards. Amiable with Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem. New York: Penguin Books, 2017.

McMillan, Terry. I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel. NY: Broadway Books, 2017.

Monroe, Mary. Never Trust a Stranger. New York: Kensington Pub. Corp., 2017.

Moore, Edward K. The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

Murray, Victoria Christopher. Lust. New York: Touchstone, 2017.

Pope, Jamie. Hope Blooms. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Purnell, Brontez. Since I Laid My Burden Down. New York: Feminist Press, 2017.

Rax, Cydney. Revenge of the Mistress. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Roby, Kimberla Lawson. Copycat. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2017.

Ryan, Reese. Playing with Desire. Ontario, Canada: Harleqin Kimani, 2017.

Swinson, Kiki. The Mark. New York: Kensington Pub. Corp., 2017.

Turner, Nikki. The Banks Sisters 3. Famingdale, NY: Urban Books, 2017.

Warren, Tiffany L. Her Secret Life. New York: Dafina Books, 2017.

Watts, Stephanie Powell. No One Is Coming to save Us: A Novel. NY: Ecco, 2017.

Weber, Carl. Man on the Run. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2017.

Whitfield, Shereé. Wives, Fiancees, and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta. NY: Dafina Books, 2017.


Currently serving on the Council, the governing body of the American Library Association, Ms. Kathleen E. Bethel is active with the African American Studies Librarianship Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Black Caucus of ALA, and involved in library leadership, diversity, recruitment, and research activities. Ms. Bethel also serves on the Board for the Project on the History of Black Writing.