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100 of the best books by Black Americans

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The Black Panther star released Sulwe in late 2019, using her own childhood struggle as inspiration to tackle the issue of acceptance among kids of colour.

Stacker has compiled a list of 100 of the best books written by Black Americans. The list includes writing across all genres and time periods.

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Rickie Lee Jones cuts right to the chase on the first page of the introduction to "Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour," her well-crafted and intensely candid new memoir. Its second paragraph reads: "When I was twenty-three years old I drove around L.A. with Tom Waits. We'd cruise along Highway 1 in his new 1963 Thunderbird. With my blonde hair flying out the window and ...

"Beeswing" by Richard Thompson, written with Scott Timberg; Algonquin Books (304 pages, $27.95) ——— Musician Richard Thompson mentions a lot of names in his new memoir, but you never get the feeling that he's name dropping. It's just that he's been around for a long time and he's worked with just about everyone. "Beeswing" (Algonquin Books, 304 pages, $27.95, written with Scott Timberg) is a ...

"The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock" by Edward White; W.W. Norton (384 pages, $28.95) ——— The cubist approach to writing biographies is here to stay. Like Craig Brown's breathtaking "Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret," "The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock" views its subject from various angles. Instead of a standard approach, both books (and Brown's "One, Two, Three, Four" about the ...

“Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Search for Freedom and Identity in New York’s Greenwich Village,” by Jan Jarboe Russell; Scribner (240 pages, $28) ——— Eleanor Roosevelt’s greatest invention was herself. Born into a society family at the height of the Victorian age, she was expected to be polite, subservient, and silent. Initially, she was. Until she decided to be blunt, ...

Amanda Gorman says her speech impediment is anything but. The Los Angeles-born poet, who became an overnight sensation after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration in January, spoke about her journey with Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of “The Oprah Conversation.” “I was born early, along with my twin. And a lot of times, for infants, that can lead to ...

Richard Thompson’s combination of skills as a songwriter and guitarist is unmatched. The musician’s career — from his rise with British folk-rock inventors Fairport Convention to his 1970s partnership with his wife Linda Thompson to three decades as a solo artist — stretches over 50 years. But Thompson’s new memoir, which was written with Scott Timberg, zeroes in on only the first eight. It’s ...

When Carribean Fragoza was a child, she ate dirt. "Like I ate dirt a lot," she said in a recent video interview. And her tías in Guadalajara, Mexico, really liked eating clay pots. They'd break off little pieces and hand them to her "like they were chocolate." During one of her first prenatal appointments decades later, the obstetrician, concerned about lead in her body, asked Fragoza if she ...

Need some fresh fiction (or semifictionalized memoir) for spring? Here are six good bets, newly out in paperback. Happy reading! "Becoming Duchess Goldblatt" by Anonymous (HMH Books, $15.99). Quite possibly the greatest book ever to be born from a pseudonymous Twitter account, this nonfiction gem is written by a reclusive real-life writer who created a wise, enchanting online persona for ...