Strange Fruit (1944) by Lillian Smith - A book about an interracial couple that was found to be obscene chiefly because it dealt with an illicit love affair. The love story was of a white man and a black woman - and illicit because marriage of such a couple was illegal. By the time it was banned it was already a best seller.
Beyond The Gates Of Splendor (2004) - 5 (out of 5) Stars - Profound look at love and forgiveness in the jungles of Ecuador: the story of Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, Christian missionaries that were murdered by the very natives they were trying to save; and how their families came behind them and did indeed save the natives, even to the point of the native that killed Nate Saint becoming the adopted grandfather to Steve Saint, his son.
Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women by Mia E. Bay; these essays uncover the work of unconventional intellectuals, and explore the broad community of ideas in which their work participated. The end result is a field-defining and innovative volume that addresses topics ranging from religion and slavery to the politicized and gendered reappraisal of the black female body in contemporary culture.