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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angel of Harlem
A Novel
Written by Kuwana Haulsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76133-1 (0-375-76133-0)

Inspired by the extraordinary events of Dr. May Chinn’s life, Angel of Harlem is a deeply affecting story of love and transcendence. Weaving seamlessly scenes from the battlefields of the Civil War, during which her father escaped from slavery, to the Harlem living rooms and kitchen tables where May is sometimes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Men and Depression
Saving our Lives, Healing our Families and Friends
Written by John Head


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1354-6 (0-7679-1354-X)

A first-of-its-kind exploration of black men and depression from an award-winning journalist

The first book to reveal the depths of black men’s buried mental and emotional pain, Standing in the Shadows weaves the author’s story of his twenty-five-year struggle with depression with a cultural analysis of how the illness is perceived in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fan Who Knew Too Much
Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
Written by Anthony Heilbut


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40080-3 (0-375-40080-X)

In The Fan Who Knew Too Much, Heilbut writes about art and obsession, from country blues singers and male sopranos to European intellectuals and the originators of radio soap opera–figures transfixed and transformed who helped to change the American cultural landscape.

Heilbut writes about Aretha Franklin, the longest-lasting female star of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sons of Mississippi
A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70425-3 (0-375-70425-6)

They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in Life magazine or that it will become an icon of its era. The... Read more >

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Reimagining Equality
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Written by Anita Hill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1443-1 (0-8070-1443-5)

Through the stories of remarkable African American women, including her own great-great-grandmother, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and Baltimore beauty-shop owner and housing-crisis survivor Anjanette Booker, Anita Hill demonstrates that the inclusive democracy our Constitution promises must be conceived with home in mind. From slavery to the Great Migration to the subprime mortgage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Reimagining Equality
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Written by Anita Hill


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1437-0 (0-8070-1437-0)

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill’s first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

On the 20th anniversary of the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, where she spoke out so courageously about workplace sexual harassment, Anita Hill... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Shining Thread of Hope

Written by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 5, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0111-6 (0-7679-0111-8)

A Shining Thread of Hope is the inspiring and largely unknown story of the black female experience in the United States, co-authored by a pioneer in African American and women's history and an award-winning writer on race and gender. Encompassing both the panoramic story of black women in America and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shades of Glory
The Negro Leagues & the Story of African-American Baseball
Written by Lawrence D. Hogan
Foreword by Jules Tygiel


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 31, 2006
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5306-8 (0-7922-5306-X)

Celebrating African America's contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and a unique statistical component, to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs and other evocative artifacts, it is an important contribution... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

Written by Billie Holiday and William Dufty
Foreword by David Ritz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2386-6 (0-7679-2386-3)

LADY SINGS THE BLUES is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Odyssey

Written by Nathan Irvin Huggins


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 1990
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72814-6 (0-679-72814-7)

With a new Introduction to the 1990 edition, this classic work tells the story of the self-creation of the African-American people.  It assesses the full impact of the Middle Passage and of North American slavery, both on the enslaved and on those who enslaved them.  It explores the way in which a nominally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Breakthrough
Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Written by Gwen Ifill


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 27, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2890-8 (0-7679-2890-3)

In The Breakthrough, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential victory and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Courthouse Lawn
Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Sherrilyn Ifill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0988-8 (0-8070-0988-1)

Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960. Over forty years later, Sherrilyn Ifill’s On the Courthouse Lawn examines the numerous ways that this racial trauma still resounds across the United States. While the lynchings and their immediate aftermath were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Becoming Mr. October

Written by Reggie Jackson and Kevin Baker


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53311-9 (0-385-53311-X)

A soul-baring, brutally candid, and richly eventful memoir of the two years—1977 and 1978—when Reggie Jackson went from outcast to Yankee legend

In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson should have been on top of the world. The best player of the Oakland A’s dynasty, which won three straight World Series, he... Read more >

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Beats Rhymes & Life
What We Love and Hate About Hip-Hop
Written by Ytasha Womack
Edited by Kenji Jasper
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1977-7 (0-7679-1977-7)

Our generation made hip-hop. But hip-hop also made us. Why are suburban kids referring to their subdivision as “block”? Why has the pimp become a figure of male power? Why has dodging the feds become an act of honor long after one has made millions as a legitimate artist? What happens... Read more >

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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On Michael Jackson

Written by Margo Jefferson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27765-7 (0-307-27765-8)

Margo Jefferson’s On Michael Jackson is a lucid and elegant cultural analysis of the rise and fall of the King of Pop.

An award-winning cultural critic, Jefferson brings an unexpected compassion as well as her sharp intellect and incomparable insight to Jackson’s 2005 trial for child molestation, startling us with her erudite... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Black Titan
A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire
Written by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45348-8 (0-345-45348-4)

The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A. G. Gaston died more than a century later with a fortune worth well over $130 million and a business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance. Gaston was, by any measure, a man whose wealth and influence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bulletproof Diva

Written by Lisa Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 19, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47123-7 (0-385-47123-8)

In Bulletproof Diva, Lisa Jones brings the wit and candor of her infamous Village Voice column, "Skin Trade," to a much larger audience. Chock full of the "fierce black girl humor" that has made her column so popular, this provocative collection of essays and observations on race, sex, identity, and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Freedom Dreams
The Black Radical Imagination
Written by Robin D.G. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0977-2 (0-8070-0977-6)

Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African Diaspora in the twentieth century. Focusing on the visions of activists from C. L. R. James to Aime Cesaire and Malcolm X, Kelley writes of the hope that Communism offered, the mindscapes of Surrealism, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yo' Mama's Disfunktional!
Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
Written by Robin D.G. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0941-3 (0-8070-0941-5)

In this vibrant, thought-provoking book, Kelley, “the pre-eminent historian of black popular culture writing today” (Cornel West) shows how the multicolored urban working class is the solution to the ills of American cities. He undermines widespread misunderstandings of black culture and shows how they have contributed to the failure of social... Read more >

Residence Georgian Plantation

Written by Frances Anne Kemble


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82967-2 (0-307-82967-7)

Fanny Kemble was one of the leading lights of the English theater in the nineteenth century. During a triumphant tour of America, she met and married a wealthy Philadelphian, Pierce Butler, part of whose fortune derived from his family’s vast cotton and rice plantation on the Sea Islands of Georgia. After... Read more >

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For Discrimination
Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90737-0 (0-307-90737-6)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’ s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Interracial Intimacies
Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70264-8 (0-375-70264-4)

“The best book written on the subject, an exhaustive source of deep, rich scholarship and surefooted brilliant analysis.” —Seattle Times

“We urgently need Kennedy, his courage and his convictions. . . . For some time [he] has been a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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