10 Books That Stuck With Me

  1. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor. Wonderfully magical modern-day love story.
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. More relevant now in this post-9/11 era.
  3. Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright. Inspired me to reach into my pinbox.
  4. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. One of the best first-hand accounts of the ‘peculiar institution.’
  5. Blue Light by Walter Mosley. Masterful sci-fi from a master storyteller.
  6. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson. Required reading for an understanding of the how the modern nation-state came into being.
  7. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. “God is change.”
  8. The Music of Africa by J. H. Kwabena Nketia. My first exposure to the richness of African music.
  9. Soul Survivors: An African American Spirituality by Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III. Required reading for anyone who wants an understanding of African American culture.
  10. Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature edited by Abraham Chapman. Got this book back in 1970 when I was twelve, and a book like this was hard to find. Was honored to lend it to my son for a school assignment.

Honorable mention:

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus. It all starts when one person ignores something. How it ends…

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