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February is designated as Black History month, which means that all Americans should take a bit of time to reflect on our African American citizens, those that are famous and those that aren't. Reading fiction seems to me quite a reasonable way to gain a broader understanding.

As such, here are some books that we've reviewed and suggest for this month - click on title to read our review:

A Mercy by Tony Morrison

Scottboro by Ellen Feldman

Secret Daughter by June Cross

Strivers Row by Kevin Baker

Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick

In a Temple of Trees by Suzanne Hudson

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas

Dancing in the Dark by Caryl Phillips

Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due

Cotton by Christopher Wilson

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Cinnamon's Kiss by Walter Mosley

Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley

The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund

In the Dark of the Moon by Suzanne Hudson

The Nature of Blood by Caryl Phillips

Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker

Sapphire's Grave by Hilda Gurley-Highgate

Train by Pete Dexter

Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The Man in the Basement by Walter Mosley

Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos

Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter

Futureland by Walter Mosley

Left for Dead by Paul Engleman

Clay's Ark by Octavia Butler

Leaving by Richard Dry

Cotton by Christopher Wilson

Dating Games by RM Johnson

Four to Midnight by Scott Flander

Captains Outrageous by Joe R. Lansale

The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter

A Conversation with the Mann by John Ridley

The Portable Promised Land by Touré



The Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle

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