Table Talk book list

Here are the books by African American authors that we’ve discussed in the Douglass Branch Library’s Table Talk Book Club.


  • Something on the Side by Carl Weber
  • Them by Nathan McCall
  • You Gotta Sin to Get Saved by JD Mason
  • One in a Million Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Not Even If You Begged Francis Ray
  • Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey
  • Up Pops the Devil by Angela Benson
  • One in a Million by Barbara Keaton
  • Michelle: A Biography by Liza Mundy


  • After Hours by Rochelle Alers
  • Sin No More by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Seen It All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage
  • American Vertigo by Bernard-Henri Levy
  • Love & Lies by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Not Easily Broken by T.D. Jakes
  • The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell
  • Borrow Trouble by M. Monroe & V. McGlothin
  • What I Know for Sure by Tavis Smiley
  • After Hours by Rochelle Alers
  • Sin No More by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Seen It All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage
  • American Vertigo by Bernard-Henri Levy


  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Cheryl Faye
  • Genevieve by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
  • Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
  • Skyscraper: A Novel by Zane
  • The First Lady by Carl Weber
  • Rhythms by Donna Hill
  • Do You Take This Woman? by R.M. Johnson
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier


  • Seasons by Bonnie Hopkins
  • The Covenant with Black America by Tavis Smiley
  • So You Call Yourself a Man by Carl Weber
  • Sugar by Bernice McFadden
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
  • What's a Woman to Do by Victor McGlothin
  • The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  • Can't Get Enough by Connie Briscoe
  • The Pact by Davis Sampson


  • On the Up and Up: A Survival Guide for Women Living with Men on the Down Low by Brenda Stone Browder
  • The Wake of the Wind: A Novel by J. California Cooper
  • P. G. County by Connie Briscoe
  • Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • My Fine Lady by Yolanda Joe
  • The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
  • The Future has a Past by J. California Cooper
  • On the Down Low by J. L. King


  • Awakening Mercy by Angela Benson
  • Love by Toni Morrison
  • A Change is Gonna Come by Jacquelin Thomas
  • Taste of Reality by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster
  • Let that be the Reason by Vicki Stringer
  • Inner City Miracle by Judge Greg Mathis
  • What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell


  • Meeting of the Waters by Kim McLarin
  • Promises Beyond Jordan by Vanessa Davis Griggs
  • God Don't Like Ugly by Mary Monroe
  • Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy
  • Ten Things You Can't Say in America by Larry Elder
  • Discretion by Elizabeth Nunez
  • Child of God by Lolita Files
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  • Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories by Juliette Harris


  • Any Way the Wind Blows by E. Lynn Harris
  • Plain Brown Wrapper by Karen Grigsby Bates
  • Unafraid of the Dark by Rosemary Bray
  • Fisher King by Paule Marshall
  • It's a Thin Line by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Ever After by Edwardo Jackson
  • Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class by Lawrence Graham
  • Three Deep by Patricia Kimille