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African American Folktales
Stories from Black Traditions in the New World
Written by Roger Abrahams


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 9, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70539-7 (0-375-70539-2)

From the canefields of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" --Choice.Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from wiley tricksters to the creation of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37972-3 (0-553-37972-0)

Available in paperback, Maya Angelou's most recent book Even the Stars Look Lonesome is a continuation of her celebrated Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. In this new book, Angelou shares more vital lessons gleaned from intimate personal experiences and reveals insights into a wide variety of subjects. She tells... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gather Together in My Name

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8030-1 (0-8129-8030-1)

Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Heart of a Woman

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8032-5 (0-8129-8032-8)

In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8002-8 (0-8129-8002-6)

Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in... Read more >

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-51440-0 (0-345-51440-8)

Selected for Common Reading at Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her... Read more >

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I Shall Not Be Moved

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35458-4 (0-553-35458-2)

The best selling author presents a new collection of poems. This volume of poetry captures the pain and triumph of being black and speaks out about history, heartbreak and love. Here are three volumes of classic Maya Angelou -- including her first poetry collection, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37985-3 (0-553-37985-2)

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. Includes the full texts of... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25576-8 (0-553-25576-2)

In this moving volume of poetry, Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as she has discovered it in poems such as “Just Give a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Diiie,” “Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well,” “Still I Rise, Shaker,” and “Why Don’t You Sing.”... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8031-8 (0-8129-8031-X)

In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world. Maya struggles to support herself and her son through a series of odd jobs and weathers a failed marriage to a white man before landing a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50747-2 (0-375-50747-7)

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work... Read more >

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38203-7 (0-553-38203-9)

A Song Flung Up To Heaven is the powerful conclusion to the autobiographical journey that began more than thirty years ago with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angelou picks up her story in 1964, when she returned from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X—only to learn... Read more >

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Concrete Candy
Stories
Written by Apollo


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47780-2 (0-385-47780-5)

Six incendiary stories that reflect the rage and frustration—and the determination to survive—of America's disenfranchised inner-city youth

Concrete Candy marks the debut of an astonishing new writer -- notable both for the authenticity and immediacy of his voice and for his age: fifteen. Three years ago, Apollo, a child of the inner... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Amen Corner
A Play
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70188-7 (0-375-70188-5)

Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. To his first work for the theater, James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood, along with an... Read more >
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Blues for Mister Charlie
A Play
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76178-5 (0-679-76178-0)

Noted by The New York Times as, "A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat," James Baldwin's drama takes us into a small Southern town where a white man murders a black man, then throws his body... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cross of Redemption
Uncollected Writings
Written by James Baldwin
Edited by Randall Kenan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27596-7 (0-307-27596-5)

The Cross of Redemption is a revelation by an American literary master: a gathering of essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews that have never before appeared in book form.

James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century, renowned for his fierce engagement with issues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil Finds Work

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27595-0 (0-307-27595-7)

Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also a probing appraisal of American racial politics. Offering an incisive look at racism in American movies and a vision of America’s self-delusions and deceptions, Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as In the Heat of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fire Next Time

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74472-6 (0-679-74472-X)

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Giovanni's Room

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80656-7 (0-345-80656-5)

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2013
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80654-3 (0-345-80654-9)

"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70187-0 (0-375-70187-7)

"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Going to Meet the Man
Stories
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76179-2 (0-679-76179-9)

"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women of eight short stories grasp the aforesaid truth on an elemental level, and their tales, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27593-6 (0-307-27593-0)

In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

Written by James Baldwin
Introduction by Nikky Finney


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8486-1 (0-8070-8486-7)

During his lifetime, James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, many of which were published to widespread praise. Baldwin’s novels and essays brought him respect as a public intellectual and admiration as a writer.  However, Baldwin’s earliest writing was in poetic form, and some argue... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Just Above My Head

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33456-3 (0-385-33456-7)

Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to a church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It On the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that enflames his nonfiction work.
“A work of passion... Glimpses of family... Read more >
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