Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs

247 Featured Titles

Sort: Author  Date  Format  Price  Title


Exam Copy
Don't the Moon Look Lonesome
A Novel in Blues and Swing
Written by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72447-3 (0-375-72447-8)

Stanley Crouch's gloriously bold first novel provides an intimate and epic portrait of America that breaks all the rules in crossing the boundaries of race, sex, and class.

Blonde Carla from South Dakota is a jazz singer who has been around the block. Almost suddenly, she finds herself fighting to hold... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Best of Emerge Magazine

Written by George Curry


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 29, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46228-2 (0-345-46228-9)

This collection of the best columns from Emerge magazine is also the best of American journalism. George Curry, who was editor-in-chief of Emerge from 1993 until its last issue in June 2000, has collected the finest articles from the publication that changed the face of African American news. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Breath, Eyes, Memory
A Novel
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70504-5 (0-375-70504-X)

Set in the villages of Haiti and in New York's community of Haitian exiles, Breath, Eyes, Memory is the story of Sophie Caco, who was conceived in an act of violence, abandoned by her mother and then, at the age of 12, is summoned to join in her in the United... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
Butterfly's Way
Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.50
ISBN: 978-1-56947-218-7 (1-56947-218-1)

In four sections–Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return–the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet’s description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec–a child slave–in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere’s account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Krik? Krak!

Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76657-5 (0-679-76657-X)

When Haitians tell a story, they say, "Krik?" and the eager listeners answer, "Krak!" In Krik? Krak! Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with nine stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. They tell of women who continue loving behind... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica

Edited by Miriam Decosta-Willis, Reginald Martin and Roseann P. Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1992
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42309-0 (0-385-42309-8)

A collective work of art whose time has come. Of lasting value for all lovers of literature and the erotic, this is a glorious, groundbreaking celebration of black sensuality, including works by Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, and many more. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Blake
or; The Huts of America
Written by Martin R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6419-1 (0-8070-6419-X)

Read more >

Exam Copy
Babel-17/Empire Star

Written by Samuel R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70669-1 (0-375-70669-0)

Author of the bestselling Dhalgren and winner of four Nebulas and one Hugo, Samuel R. Delany is one of the most acclaimed writers of speculative fiction.

Babel-17, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret... Read more >

Exam Copy
Train

Written by Pete Dexter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71409-2 (0-375-71409-X)

Train is a 18-year-old black caddy at an exclusive L.A. country club. He is a golf prodigy, but the year is 1953 and there is no such thing as a black golf prodigy. Nevertheless, Train draws the interest of Miller Packard, a gambler whose smiling, distracted air earned him the nickname... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
My Bondage and My Freedom

Written by Frederick Douglass
Introduction by John Stauffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7031-9 (0-8129-7031-4)

My Bondage and My Freedom,” writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, “[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.” As his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Quest of the Silver Fleece
A Novel
Written by W.E.B. Dubois


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1845-9 (0-7679-1845-2)

INTRODUCTION BY ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, cognizant dean for humanities at Stanford University.

The Quest of the Silver Fleece was the first novel to come from world-famous sociologist and civil-rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. A controversial title of its time, the novel chronicles the complex interactions between Northern financing and Southern politics as it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Sport of the Gods
and Other Essential Writings
Written by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin and David Bradley


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7279-5 (0-8129-7279-1)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872—1906) overcame racism and poverty to become one of the best-known authors in America, and the first African American to earn a living from his poetry, fiction, drama, journalism, and lectures. An author who achieved remarkable versatility, his work draws on language that is by turns folksy and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Gabriel's Story
A Novel
Written by David Anthony Durham


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72033-5 (0-385-72033-5)

When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Baltimore to a dirt-floor hovel on a homestead in Kansas, he is not pleased. He does not dislike his new stepfather, a former slave, but he has no desire to submit to a life of drudgery and toil... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Other Lands
The Acacia Trilogy, Book Two
Written by David Anthony Durham


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94714-7 (0-307-94714-9)

David Anthony Durham’s gripping Acacia Trilogy continues with an epic novel where loyalties are tested, new worlds are discovered, and battle lines are being drawn.

A few years have passed since Queen Corinn has usurped control of the Known World—and she now rules with an iron fist. With plans to expand her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

Exam Copy
Walk Through Darkness

Written by David Anthony Durham


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72036-6 (0-385-72036-X)

When he learns that his pregnant wife has been spirited off to a distant city, William responds as any man might—he drops everything to pursue her. But as a fugitive slave in Antebellum America, he must run a terrifying gauntlet, eluding the many who would re-enslave him while learning to trust... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Best African American Essays 2010

Written by Gerald Early and Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38537-3 (0-553-38537-2)

Here is the superb second edition of the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors—provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction.

The galvanizing election of Barack Obama was on the minds—and the pages—of authors everywhere. Best African... Read more >

Exam Copy
The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Saul Bellow
Edited by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 904 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6826-2 (0-8129-6826-3)

Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as “a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Flying Home
and Other Stories
Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77661-1 (0-679-77661-3)

"A welcome addition to Ellison's oeuvre. . . . These stories soar." --Time

"A shining installment . . . distinctive . . . gripping." --The New York Times Book Review Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Going to the Territory

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76001-6 (0-679-76001-6)

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzling and innovative novelists, but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of Faulkner... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Invisible Man

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73276-1 (0-679-73276-4)

Winner of the National Book Award

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that has changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of... Read more >

Exam Copy
Juneteenth
A Novel
Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Charles Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70754-4 (0-375-70754-9)

Edited by Ellison's literary executor, John Callahan--aided by Ellison's widow, Fanny--Juneteenth is the most complete section of his much larger forty year "work-in-progress."  It is the story of the relationship between the larger work's two central characters Bliss (a.k.a. the self-named "Sunraider"), a race baiting New England senator, and his one-time adoptive... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Exam Copy
Living with Music
Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings
Written by Ralph Ellison
Edited by Robert O'Meally


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76023-5 (0-375-76023-7)

Before Ralph Ellison became one of America’s greatest writers, he was a musician and a student of jazz, writing widely on his favorite music for more than fifty years. Now, jazz authority Robert O’Meally has collected the very best of Ellison’s inspired, exuberant jazz writings in this unique anthology.

“No Ellison fan... Read more >

Exam Copy
Shadow and Act

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76000-9 (0-679-76000-8)

With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man, Ellison examines his antecedents and in so doing, illuminates the literature, music, and culture of both black and white America. His range is virtuosic, encompassing Mark Twain and Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson and Charlie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70805-3 (0-375-70805-7)

The correspondence between Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
Written by Olaudah Equiano
Edited by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7 (0-375-76115-2)

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
View pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Page 4 of 10