Black History Month gives us the opportunity to honor and revisit the works of some of our county’s finest writers. If you’re looking to read more books by black authors or about the black experience, here’s a list of the best ebook deals available this month.
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Loving Her, by Ann Allen Shockley, $1.99
Two women from vastly different backgrounds, one black, one white, find solace in each others arms.
I Left My Back Door Open, by April Sinclair, $1.99
“A Bridget Jones’s Diary for black women” —New York Review of Books
South Street, David Bradley, $1.99
A poet in search of reality finds a world of hookers, street preachers, blue-collar workers, and small-time hoods that changes him and his outlook.
The Chaneysville Incident, by David Bradley, $1.99
Based in part on actual events, this extraordinary novel was described by the Los Angeles Times as “perhaps the most significant work by a new black male author since James Baldwin.”
To Sir, With Love, by E. R. Braithwaite, $1.99
This classic schoolroom drama of a black teacher in London’s tough East End who triumphs over bigotry and ignorance to change the lives of his students was made into the Oscar winning film starring Sidney Poitier.
Mumbo Jumbo, by Ishmael Reed, $1.99
Ishmael Reed’s inspired fable of the ragtime era draws from the Harlem Renaissance, the Back to Africa movement, and America’s occupation of Haiti.
!Click Song, by John A. Williams, $1.99
John A. Williams’s enthralling chronicle captures a black writer’s lifelong struggle to matter is a blistering tale of art, industry, family, and race.
Night Song, by John A. Williams, $1.99
Inspired by the life of Charlie “Bird” Parker, this poignant, provocative, and stylistically brilliant tale paints a vivid picture of the New York City jazz scene.
Sissie, by John A. Williams, $1.99
The powerful story of a vibrant African American family torn apart by inner turmoil and the injustices perpetrated by a racist society.
The Angry Ones, by John A. Williams, $1.99
The powerful and prophetic story of a talented young African American and his struggles to overcome deep-rooted racism and intolerance in post–World War II America.
I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, by Susan Straight, $1.99
A novel of a young woman who is forced to grow up quickly, and whose life—as well as those of her twin sons—changes with the current of the times.
The Man Who Cried I Am, by Walter Mosley and John A. Williams, $1.99
A black expat writer uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the American civil rights movement in this powerful novel, with an introduction by bestselling author Walter Mosley.
County Woman, by Joan Williams, $1.99
A precisely observed portrait of the civil rights era and the gripping story of one woman’s unexpected awakening.
Her First American, by Lore Segal, $1.99
A passionate love story of a refugee from Hitler’s Europe and a witty, hard-drinking black intellectual.
Soldier’s Joy, by Madison Smartt Bell, $1.99
Two Southern soldiers, recently back from Vietnam, struggle to resume their lives amid dangerous and deep-rooted prejudice.
Clifford’s Blues, by John A. Williams, $1.99
A black, gay musician arrested by Nazis in 1930s Germany endures the horrors of the Dachau death camp in this harrowing novel based on historical fact.
Captain Blackman, by John A. Williams, $1.99
A black soldier gravely wounded in Vietnam finds himself transported to the battlefields of every war in America’s history in this unique and mesmerizing novel.
Biography and Memoir
Bearing the Cross, by David J. Garrow, $1.99
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: The definitive biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Honorary White, by E. R. Braithwaite, $1.99
E. R. Braithwaite chronicles the brutality, oppression, and courage he witnessed as a black man granted “Honorary White” status during a six-week visit to apartheid South Africa.
Paid Servant, by E. R. Braithwaite, $1.99
E. R. Braithwaite poignantly recounts his time as a social worker dedicated to London’s abandoned minority children.
Reluctant Neighbors, by E. R. Braithwaite, $1.99
Braithwaite recalls his lifelong struggle against ignorance and racism while sharing a train ride with a bigoted white neighbor.
A Kind of Homecoming, by E. R. Braithwaite, $1.99
The moving personal memoir of a westernized black man who journeys to Africa in search of his roots and discovers a vibrant and extraordinary society on the verge of monumental change.
Flashbacks, by John A. Williams, $1.99
A brilliant and thought-provoking collection of articles, profiles, and opinions from one of the twentieth century’s most acclaimed African American writers.
Paul Robeson, by Martin Duberman, $1.99
The remarkable life of Paul Robeson, quintessential Harlem Renaissance man: scholar, all-American, actor, activist, and firebrand.
Muhammad Ali, by Thomas Hauser, $1.99
The definitive biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all time.
The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr., by David J. Garrow, $1.99
An exposé of the government’s massive surveillance campaign against the civil rights leader.
MLK: An American Legacy, $4.99
Three meticulously researched works—including Pulitzer Prize winner Bearing the Cross—spanning the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Mystery and Thriller
Rhode Island Red, by Charlotte Carter (The Nanette Hayes Mysteries 1), $1.99
“Sharp, funny and beautifully underscored with jazzy prose riffs.” —Good Housekeeping
Coq au Vin, by Charlotte Carter (The Nanette Hayes Mysteries 2), $1.99
Will hard-boiled New York street musician Nanette Hayes find love and music in the city of lights—or only heartbreak and murder?
Drumsticks, by Charlotte Carter (The Nanette Hayes Mysteries 3), $1.99
Can voodoo magic turn Nanette Hayes’s luck around—or will a tragic murder curse her life forever?
Marc Olden’s Black Samurai Series follows Robert Sand, a martial arts expert who becomes the first non-Japanese student of a samurai master.
Black Samurai, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 1), $1.99
When terrorists butcher his sensei, a samurai takes vengeance in blood.
The Golden Kill, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 2), $1.99
Alone and outgunned, Sand has two weeks to stop the largest gold heist in history.
Killer Warrior, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 3), $1.99
Sand must stop an arms dealer from expanding his business from murder to genocide.
The Deadly Pearl, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 4), $1.99
Sand attacks the empire of New York’s deadliest pimp.
The Inquisition, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 5), $1.99
Kidnappers have the ex-president’s daughter, and only Sand can save her.
The Warlock, Marc Olden (Black Samurai 6), $1.99
When a voodoo priest bewitches Sand’s beloved, the samurai goes on the warpath.
Sword of Allah, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 7), $1.99
Insane with grief, Sand vows to destroy a terrorist cabal.
The Katana, by Marc Olden (Black Samurai 8), $1.99
For the sake of his master’s memory, Sand will kill to recover a magnificent sword.
Crossing Jordan, by Adrian Fogelin, $1.99
A young white girl runs up against small town racism and prejudice when she befriends the black girl who moves in next door.
Tituba of Salem Village, by Ann Petry, $1.99
A West Indies slave becomes entangled in the infamous witch trials of 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts.
Sugar Hill, by Carole B. Weatherford, $1.99
This picture book helps readers take a walk through Harlem’s Sugar Hill and meet legendary figures like writer Zora Neale Hurston and civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois.
Gordon Parks, by Carole B. Weatherford, $1.99
This picture book biography of famous photographer Gordon Parks tells the tale of his rise from a poor man with a camera to acclaimed director.
The Minstrel’s Melody, by Eleanora E. Tate (Mysteries through History), $1.99
A twelve-year-old aspiring performer follows her dream in a novel that culminates at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
Circle of Fire, by Evelyn Coleman (Mysteries through History), $1.99
In 1958, a girl risks everything to put a stop to a deadly Ku Klux Klan plot to bomb her Tennessee school.
Mystery of the Dark Tower, by Evelyn Coleman (Mysteries through History), $1.99
A young girl’s life changes forever when she investigates a mystery with the help of writers, artists, and musicians in 1920s Harlem.
Mama Hattie’s Girl, by Lois Lenski, $1.99
A young African American girl moves from the South to the North and finds that family is the same wherever you go.
Second Daughter, by Mildred Walter, $1.99
Set during the American Revolution and based on a true story, Elizabeth Freeman, a young slave, sues for her freedom—and wins.
Night on Fire, by Ronald Kidd, $1.99
A young girl in Alabama must take a stand when the Freedom Riders come through her small down and are confronted with violent racism.
The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton, $1.99
In Virginia Hamilton’s Edgar Award–winning novel, 13 year-old Thomas Small and his family must uncover the haunting historical legacy of their Civil War–era house.
The Mystery of Drear House, by Virginia Hamilton, $1.99
Thomas must keep the treasure of Dies Dear from landing in the wrong hands, but there are many secrets beneath Drear House, and not everyone can be trusted!
Coffee Will Make You Black, by April Sinclair, $1.99
The witty and fresh coming of age story of Jean “Stevie” Stevenson, a young black teen girl growing up on Chicago’s South side.
Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, by April Sinclair, $1.99
Continue Stevie Stevenson’s story as she graduates college and explores her race, gender, and sexuality in the absurdity and liberality of hippy 70’s California.
Because We Are, by Mildred Walter, $1.99
Emma’s dreams of popularity and academic success go up in smoke when she’s transferred to a high school in her less privileged neighborhood.
The Girl on the Outside, by Mildred Walter, $1.99
Based on the 1957 Little Rock school integration, two teenage girls—one white, one black—are swept up in the fear and prejudice of their divided southern town.
The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox and Christopher Curtis, $1.99
Newbery Medal Winner: A young Louisiana boy faces the horrors of slavery when he is kidnapped and forced to work on the crew of a slave ship in this iconic novel.