Booklists 2018-07-05T11:41:53+00:00

Adult Book Lists

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Current Fiction

Adair, Cherry – Blush
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah
Barnett, LaShonda K – Jam on the Vine
Baszile, Natalie – Queen Sugar
Beatty, Paul – The Sellout
Collins, Katheleen – Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
Dennis-Benn, Nicole – Here Comes the Sun
Dickey, Eric Jerome – The Blackbirds
Flournoy, Angela – The Turner House
Greenidge, Kaitlyn – We Love You Charlie Freeman
Gyasi, Yaa – Homegoing
Hall, Rachel Howzell – Trail of Echoes
Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Johnson, Mat – Loving Day
McBride, James – Five-Carat Soul
McKinney, Diane – Whetstone
McMillian, Terry – I Almost Forgot About You
Morrison, Toni – God Help the Child
Mosley, Walter – Charcoal Joe
Natasha Déon – Grace
Okorafor, Nnedi – Binti
Oyeyemi, Helen – Boy, Snow, Bird
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen – Balm
Roby, Kimberla – Copycat
Senna, Danzy – New People
Smith, Zadie – NW
Ward, Jesmyn – Sing, Unburied, Sing
Whitehead, Colson – The Underground Railroad
Woodson, Jacqueline – Another Brooklyn

Short Stories

Benz, Chanelle – The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead
Evans, Danielle – Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Gay, Roxane – Difficult Women
Hughes, Langston – Short stories [of] Langston Hughes
Oyeyemi, Helen – What is Not Yours is Not Yours


Angelou, Maya – The Complete Poetry
Dove, Rita – Selected Poems
Giovanni, Nikki – A Good Cry
Hughes, Langston – The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Jess, Tyehimba – Olio
May, Jamaal – Big Book of Exit Strategies
Smith, Danez – Don’t Call Us Dead

The Adventures of Augie March* – Saul Bellow
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
The Awakening* – Kate Chopin
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya
The Bridge of San Luis Rey* – Thornton Wilder
Call of the Wild* – Jack London
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
Death Comes for the Archbishop* – Willa Cather
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
Go Tell It On the Mountain – James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Grendel – John Gardner
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
In the Time of the Butterflies – Juila Alverez
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammet
Native Son* – Richard Wright
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
A Prayer for Own Meany – John Irving
The Postman Always Rings Twice* – James M. Cain
The Scarlet Letter* – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Slaughterhouse Five* – Kurt Vonnegut
The Sound and the Fury* – William Faulkner
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

*Some titles are found in collections or omnibus books. Please visit the information desk if you need help.