These are popular fiction and nonfiction books by African American authors. These books are now bestsellers in their categories. Additionally, this list only features books published by African American authors.

The books listed below have hundreds of positive reviews with mostly positive feedback.

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting In Real Life is a like a dramatic comedy in written form as she talks about her frustrating childhood to her current adulting hardships. This black book covers her funny sexual encounters, evolving friendships, and her expectancy of unavoidable truths. Overall this will be a fun read as Irby is definitely one of the best African American writers out there providing us with comedy and literature.

This Is Just My Face

Gabourey Sidibe has always been a favorite of mines, ever since she shared the big screen with Monique in that sad movie years ago. Gabourey’s This Is Just My Face is another one of those great black books, Gabourey talks about growing up in Harlem with her gifted mom and polygamous dad. This book starts with her first job as a phone sex operator all the way to the start of her international fame. She may not be on the best African American writers list yet… but if she keeps it up she will make the cut. Ever since the movie Precious, Gabourey has been a favorite of ours so we can’t wait for her next book.

The Awkward Thoughts on W. Kamau Bell

We had to get W. Kamau Bell on this list filled with African American writers. This book is great for everyone especially new dads. Mr. Bell talks about many serious issues in his Awkward Thoughts book. He goes has opinions on the joys of fatherhood, law enforcement, and politics. The lighter side of this book discusses comedians, superheroes, and his interracial marriage. This read will be a great look from a black nerd.

The Color of Law

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein talks housing policy history of the American metropolis. This book discusses prejudices, income differences and the rise of the private institutions. The Color of Law makes it clear that segregation is influenced by the law.

My Soul Looks Back

My Soul Looks Back is a memoir from Jessica B. Harris fascinating life of growing up in Manhattan in the 70s. She talks about being part of a creative circle with James Baldwin to traveling to many countries to being called a bitch by Nina Simone. This book was recommended by a friend on Facebook.

An American Marriage

African American writers that make it to Oprah’s Book Club list usually sell out within hours. Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage tackles racial injustice, death, failure, and expectations. Based on the reviews, this book will have you begging for a follow-up book as well as a TV series.

I’ve only read three of these books from these great African American writers. The other three books are highly rated black books that I’ve seen trending online for some time. Most readers will enjoy these great books from black authors. Also check out the post, Good Books for Black Women.

Best Books from African American Authors