The Greatest American "Atlanta" Books of All Time

Click to learn how this list is calculated.

This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

Filter by: Genres Dates Countries
Follow on:



Add additional genre filters



Add additional country filters

Date Range


Reading Statistics

Click the button below to see how many of these books you've read!


If you're interested in downloading this list as a CSV file for use in a spreadsheet application, you can easily do so by clicking the button below. Please note that to ensure a manageable file size and faster download, the CSV will include details for only the first 500 books.

  1. 1. What Is the What by Dave Eggers

    The novel is a fictionalized account of a real-life Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng, who was forced to flee from his village during the Second Sudanese Civil War. The story follows his harrowing journey as a child through Ethiopia and Kenya, his life in various refugee camps, and his eventual resettlement in the United States. The book explores themes of survival, identity, and the power of storytelling, while shedding light on the tragic history and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

    The 1923rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

    The book is a profound exploration of love, loyalty, and justice, centered on a young African American couple whose lives are shattered when the husband is wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit. The narrative delves into the emotional turmoil that ensues, as the wife struggles with her obligations to her husband and her own desires for happiness. Through a series of letters exchanged between the couple during the husband's incarceration, and the perspectives of those entangled in their plight, the story examines the complexities of marriage, the impact of racial injustice on personal relationships, and the resilience required to overcome profound adversity.

    The 4166th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Those Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara

    Set in Atlanta during the early 1980s, this novel explores the devastating impact of the Atlanta Child Murders on the African American community. Focusing on the lives of various characters, including parents, activists, and law enforcement, the story delves into the complex web of fear, grief, and resilience that arises in the face of a serial killer targeting black children. As the investigation unfolds, secrets are revealed, relationships tested, and the community's determination to find justice is put to the ultimate test.

    The 6122nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. A Man In Full (A Novel) by Tom Wolfe

    The novel is a sprawling tale of power, ambition, and the American dream, set in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta, Georgia. It follows the intertwined lives of several characters, including a self-made real estate mogul whose empire is teetering on the brink of collapse, a young man incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit, and an ambitious lawyer caught between corporate politics and his own conscience. Through a vivid tapestry of society's upper echelons and the struggles of those on the lower rungs, the narrative delves into themes of racial tension, personal integrity, and the relentless pursuit of status, painting a panoramic portrait of a city and its inhabitants striving to maintain their footing in a world in full flux.

    The 6598th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Ttyl by Lauren Myracle

    This novel unfolds entirely through instant messages among three high school friends, chronicling their personal dramas as they navigate their sophomore year. The trio faces a range of teenage challenges, from boy troubles and friendship conflicts to more serious issues like peer pressure and inappropriate advances from a teacher. The format captures the authentic voice and dynamic interactions of adolescents, providing a snapshot of the early 2000s teen experience as the friends support each other through the ups and downs of adolescence.

    The 7073rd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King

    This book is a comprehensive collection of the significant writings and speeches of a renowned civil rights leader. It includes his most influential and inspirational works, such as the "I Have a Dream" speech and the "Letter from Birmingham Jail", among many others. The book provides a deep insight into his thoughts, philosophies, and strategies for nonviolent protests, and his passionate advocacy for equality, justice, and dignity for all. It serves as a testament to his enduring hope for a more inclusive and equitable society.

    The 8103rd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. W. E. B. Du Bois by David Levering Lewis

    This biography provides a comprehensive exploration of the life and work of W. E. B. Du Bois, a pivotal figure in American history and a leading voice in the civil rights movement. The book delves into Du Bois's intellectual and political journey, highlighting his role as a founder of the NAACP, his advocacy for Pan-Africanism, and his enduring contributions to the discourse on race, social justice, and black empowerment. Through meticulous research and detailed analysis, the author captures the complexities of Du Bois's philosophy and the challenges he faced in his quest to shape a more equitable society.

    The 8384th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

    The book centers around a high school junior named Simon who is not openly gay and prefers to save his drama for the school musical. However, when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now, Simon is being blackmailed, and he must step out of his comfort zone before he's outed against his will or worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised. As he navigates through friendship, blackmail, and the prospect of love, Simon must find a way to be true to himself while also trying to decode the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen for online.

    The 8546th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

    The book follows the story of a bright African American teen who, after experiencing a traumatic encounter with racial profiling and police brutality, seeks guidance through a series of journal entries addressed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As he navigates the complexities of contemporary race relations, he attempts to understand what it means to live as a black man in today's America, striving to hold onto Dr. King's teachings amidst the pressures and prejudices of modern society. His journey is one of self-discovery, social critique, and the search for identity within a world still grappling with the deep-seated issues of racial inequality.

    The 9029th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

    In this gripping thriller, an abduction sets off a chilling chain of events in a case that tests the boundaries of forensic investigation and criminal psychology. A scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is kidnapped in broad daylight, leading to a desperate search by local law enforcement. Amidst the chaos, a series of catastrophic events unfolds, revealing a dark plot that threatens the heart of the city. A pair of investigators, one a medical examiner and the other a special agent, are drawn into the vortex of a sinister conspiracy. As they unravel the mystery, they must confront their own personal demons while racing against time to prevent a potential disaster of national significance.

    The 9803rd Greatest Book of All Time

Reading Statistics

Click the button below to see how many of these books you've read!


If you're interested in downloading this list as a CSV file for use in a spreadsheet application, you can easily do so by clicking the button below. Please note that to ensure a manageable file size and faster download, the CSV will include details for only the first 500 books.