Reading America (the Project)

stories of life in the USA as told by Black Women

On October 28, 2019, my friend and co-worker Andrea completed a six-year project that began with the goal of reading 153 books- 3 from each of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia. It was an ambitious goal, but Andrea managed to surpass it by reading 270+ books. Inspired by her posts, I’m going to attempt her Reads America project but with the caveat of focusing on books written by Black Women. As I find books that fit my criteria, I will add them to the table below. Once read, I will add the date I completed the book. Also, I’m not setting a due date or the project.

Key:

  • R = Read
  • Rr = Re-read
  • * = favorite/highly recommended

StateBook 1Book 2Book 3
AlabamaTranscendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi
The Salt Eaters
by Toni Cade Bambara
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Washington DC
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
IllinoisMaud Martha
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
LouisianaQueen Sugar: A Novel
by Natalie Baszile
Maine
Maryland
MassachusettsSweat by Lynn Nottage
Michigan
MinnesotaThe Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
MississippiSalvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New YorkThe Street by Ann PetryEva’s Man by Gayl Jones
North CarolinaNo one is Coming to Save us by Stephanie Powell Watts
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
PennsylvaniaThere Is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

You can download a PDF of the book log here.

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