- Mama Day by Gloria Naylor. Wonderfully magical modern-day love story.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. More relevant now in this post-9/11 era.
- Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright. Inspired me to reach into my pinbox.
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. One of the best first-hand accounts of the ‘peculiar institution.’
- Blue Light by Walter Mosley. Masterful sci-fi from a master storyteller.
- Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson. Required reading for an understanding of the how the modern nation-state came into being.
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. “God is change.”
- The Music of Africa by J. H. Kwabena Nketia. My first exposure to the richness of African music.
- Soul Survivors: An African American Spirituality by Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III. Required reading for anyone who wants an understanding of African American culture.
- 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.
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus. It all starts when one person ignores something. How it ends…