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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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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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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... 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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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Simone Gane


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2160-7 (1-4012-2160-2)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men travel to a devastated New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them... Read more >

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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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Walking on Water
Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Written by Randall Kenan


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 2000
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73788-9 (0-679-73788-X)

In a hypnotic blend of oral history and travel writing, Randall Kenan sets out to answer a question that has has long fascinated him: What does it mean to be black in America today? To find the answers, Kenan traveled America--from Alaska to Louisiana, from Maine to Las Vegas--over the course... Read more >

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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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Nigger
The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71371-2 (0-375-71371-9)

It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Race, Crime, and the Law

Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70184-9 (0-375-70184-2)

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals; engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection; analyzes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sellout
The Politics of Racial Betrayal
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38842-1 (0-307-38842-5)

In the wake of his controversial national best-seller, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Randall Kennedy grapples brilliantly and judiciously with another stigma of our racial discourse: "selling out," or racial betrayal, which is a subject of much anxiety and acrimony in Black America. He atomizes the vicissitudes of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at... Read more >

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Hate Crime
The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
Written by Joyce King


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72195-0 (0-385-72195-1)

On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was walking home from a party when three white men in a pickup truck offered him a ride. They drove Byrd out to a lonely country road, tied him to a logging chain, and dragged him three miles to his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0073-1 (0-8070-0073-6)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0069-4 (0-8070-0069-8)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trumpet of Conscience

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0071-7 (0-8070-0071-X)

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Massey Lecture Series. The collection was immediately released as a book under the title Conscience for Change, but after King’s assassination in 1968, it was republished as The Trumpet of Conscience.

The collection sums up his lasting creed... Read more >
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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0076-2 (0-8070-0076-0)

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and... Read more >
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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0067-0 (0-8070-0067-1)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Why We Can't Wait

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0112-7 (0-8070-0112-0)

Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others demonstrated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Other Side of the River
A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma
Written by Alex Kotlowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 19, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47721-5 (0-385-47721-X)

"A riveting portrait of a racially troubled America in the 1990's"—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"A vivid American microcosm, a telling tableau of the way we are."—The New York Times

From the author of There Are No Children Here, this is the true story of two towns in southern Michigan separated by a river-and the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Written by Alex Kotlowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 5, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26556-0 (0-385-26556-5)

A New York Public Library “Book of the Century.” An essential introductory sociology source, There Are No Children Here traces two years in the lives of ten-year-old Lafeyette and seven-year-old Pharoah Rivers as they struggle to beat the odds and grow up in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Kotlowitz avoids... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3566-0 (0-7704-3566-1)

The author of Savage Inequalities, a New York Times best-seller, and Rachel and Her Children, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, tells the stories of a handful of children who have--through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders--not yet lost their battle with the perils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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