Living Spiritually

PoC Book List

This list was created from suggestions from the people. It has not been altered to reflect any personal preferences. The authors will be ordered by last name. Please feel free to explore other works by the authors listed and/or suggest other authors and their works.


Chinua Achebe

There Was a Country

Things Fall Apart

Arrow of God


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Half of a Yellow Sun

The Thing Around Your Neck

Purple Hibiscus

We Should All Be Feminists


Dr. Llaila Afrika

African Holistic Health

Nutricide: The Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race


Queen Afua

Sacred Woman


Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow


James Allen

As a Man Thinketh


Ra Un Nefer Amen

Metu Neter


Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Heart of a Woman


Gloria Anzaldua


Christin Armstrong

Wash Day

Cut Day


M.K. Asante


Machado de Assis

Dom Casmurro


James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Fire Next Time

The Devil’s Work

Native Son

Another Country

Go Tell it on the Mountain


Key Ballah


Rodolfo Benavides

Dramatic Prophecies of the Great Pyramid


Brit Bennett

The Mothers





Baba Kali Bhujangi

Haile Selassie and the Concept of Enlightenment


Charles Blow

Fire Shut Up in My Bones


Carleen Brice

Orange Mint



Gwendolyn Brooks


Cupcake Brown

A Piece of Cake


Octavia Butler

Kindred Spirits


Parable of the Sower

Xenogenesis Series



Lilith’s Brood Series


Bebe Moore Campbell

Your Blues Ain't Like Mine


Ernessa T. Carter

32 Candles

The Awesome Girls Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men


Kim Cash Tate


Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street


Upile Chisala

Soft Magic


Deepak Chopra

How to Know God

Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


Pearl Cleage

What Crazy Looks Like on an Ordinary Day


Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

The Beautiful Struggle


Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist


Patricia Hall Collins

Black Feminist Thought

Black Sexual Politics


J California Cooper

Family or Real Anything


Edwidge Danticat

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Krik Krak


Angela Davis

Autobiography of Angela Davis

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement


Joy DeGruy

Post Traumatic Slave Disorder


Achak Deng

What is the What


Junot Diaz

This is How You Lose Her


Eric Jerome Dickey

Sleeping with Strangers

Waking with Enemies

Milk in My Coffee

The Other Woman

Drive Me Crazy


Rita Dove


Frederick Douglass


Sharon Draper

Copper Sun

Tears of a Tiger


W.E.B. Dubois

The Souls of Black Folk


Tananarive Due

African Immortals



Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man


Frantz Fanon

Wretched of the Earth


Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life


Antoine Fischer

Finding Fish


Lauren Francis-Sharma

Till the Well Runs Dry


Obba Funmilayo

Obba in her Daughter’s Words: A Journey of Healing, Forgiveness and Love


Roxana Gay


  1. Gibson

Flowering Woman

Yaa Gyasi



Nikki Giovani


Malcolm Gladwell


The Tipping Point


Donald Goines

Kaffir Boy


Sam Greenlee

The Spook Who Sat by the Door


Alex Haley



Hill Harper

Letter to a Young Boy


Bell Hooks

All About Love

Sisters of the Yam


Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

A Thousand Splendid Suns


John Howard Griffin

Black Like Me


Tamara Winfrey Harris

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America


Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America


Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Moses, Man of the Mountain


George Jackson

Soledad Brother


George G.M. James

Stolen Legacy


C.L.R. James

Black Jacobins


Marlon James

The Book of Night Women


N.K. Jemison

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Inheritance Trilogy


Ben Jochanan

Africans in Origin

Major Western Religions


Umar Johnson

Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys


Imani Josey

The Blazing Star


Rupi Kaur

Milk & Honey


Jamaica Kincaid

Annie John


Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches



Nelson Mandela

A Long Walk to Freedom


  1. D. Mason

One Day I Saw a Black King: A Novel


Ebony McAllister

Words Don’t Teach: Affirmations to Stimulate Your Consciousness

Angels Everywhere

Perfectly Flawed: 7 Secrets to Healing From the Inside


Nathan McCall

Makes Me Wanna Holler


Bernice McFadden



Diane McKinney-Whitestone



Terry McMillan


Disappearing Acts


Tracye McQuirter

By Any Greens Necessary


Zakes Mda

Black Diamond


Mary Monroe

Mama Ruby


Monique W. Morris

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools


Tony Morrison


The Bluest Eye

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination


Song of Solomon



Walter Mosley

Always Outnumbered

Devil In a Blue Dress


Elijah Muhammad

Message to the Blackman in America


Credo Mutwa

Indaba My Children


V.S. Naipaul

Miguel Street


Gloria Naylor

Mama Day


Pamela Newkirk



Huey P. Newton

Revolutionary Suicide


Lisa Nichols

Abundance Now


Flora Nwampa


Girls at War


Davis Olusoga

Black and British: A Forgotten History


Gordon Parks

A Hungry Heart: A Memoir


C.P. Patrick

The Truth About Awiti

Dear Ancestors


Phyllis Perry



Delores Phillips

The Darkest Child


Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man


Issa Rae

The Misadventure of an Awkward Black Girl


Claudia Rankine



Jason Reynolds


Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes


Jewel Parker Rhodes

Douglass’ Women


Toure Roberts

Purpose Awakening


Cedric Robinson

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition


Walter Rodney

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa


Don Miguel Ruiz

The Mastery of Love

The Four Agreements


Charles R Saunders



George Schuyler

Black No More


Ivan Van Sertima

They Came Before Columbus


Assata Shakur

Assata: An Autobiography


Ntozake Shange





Warsan Shire


Iceberg Slim

Trick Baby


Robert C. Smith

We Have No Leaders

Zadie Smith

White Teeth


Patrice Malidoma Some

Of Water and the Spirit


Sista Soulja

The Coldest Winter Ever


No Disrespect


Zoe Spencer

Murda Misogyny Mayhem


Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy


Keeganga-Yamahta Taylor

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation


Ula Taylor

The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey


Bryant Terry


The Hood Health Handbook Vol. 1 & 2

Vegan Soul Kitchen


Latham Thomas

Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy


Trisha R Thomas

Nappily Series


Baratunde Thurston

How to be Black


Omar Tyree


Fly Girl


Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Questions for Ada


Iyanla Vanzant

Peace from Broken Pieces


Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Temple of My Familiar


  1. Wakefield & S. Shakespeare



Jesmyn Ward

The Fire This Time

Salvage the Bones

Men We Reaped


Alice Walker

Possessing the Secret


Rebecca Walker



Dr. Francis Cress Welsing

The Isis Papers


Cornell West

Race Matters


Isabel Wilkerson

Warmth of Other Suns


Chancellor Williams

The Destruction of Black Civilization


Tia Williams

The Perfect Find


Carter G. Woodson

The Miseducation of the Negro


Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming

Another Brooklyn

Show Way


Richard Wright

Black Boy


Malcolm X

Autobiography of Malcolm X