Top Ten Hidden Gems By African-American Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s topic revolves around hidden gems or underrated books in any genre.

I selected ten underrated fictional works by African-American authors, classics and modern. To learn about perspectives, we must give time to the marginalized as their stories offer fresh air to an often stagnated industry that ignores them. If you find an asterisk (∗) next to the book, I added it to my TBR and anxiously await reading the tale.

Jubilee    Jubilee

Passing   Passing

Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral  Plum Bun: A Novel

The Street  The Street∗

The Wedding   The Wedding

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963  The Watsons Go to Birmingham ∗

The Vast Fields of Ordinary The Vast Fields of Ordinary∗

Third Girl from the Left  Third Girl From The Left

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Alex Awards (Awards))  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere∗

   Queen Sugar∗

Give these books a shot as they are well worth your time, energy, and funds. The better and more open our libraries, the better we become as readers.

Happy Reading!







Author: Crafty Scribbles

Lover of Words. Mother. Teacher. Traveler. Writer. Bionic woman against ignorance. Finding the balance between words and reality. M.Ed. built to school you.

9 thoughts

  1. Great idea for a TTT list! I haven’t heard of most of these. Shame on me. I’m definitely going to add a bunch of them to my TBR list.

    My youngest is adopted and bi-racial — I’m always looking for books by and about people of color for her. She gets so excited when she sees girls with brown skin and braids on book covers or in movies/t.v. shows. She’s only 8, so she isn’t reading a ton yet, but I’m always happy to hand her awesome books, especially ones featuring someone who “looks like me”! So, thanks for the recs and if you have more in the children’s/MG area, I’d love to have them.

    Happy TTT!



    1. You’re welcome!

      Let’s see:

      1. Full Cicada Moon’s a good book, though it’s MG, but a fifth grader can handle it.

      2. Here’s a good list to check out:

      3. …and another

      Happy to help. Feel free to contact me at, if you need anything.


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