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Uncovering Race
A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention
Written by Amy Alexander


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6100-8 (0-8070-6100-X)

From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape.

Amy Alexander fell in love with journalism as a child in San Francisco during the tumultuous late 1960s. After landing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Best Intentions
The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Written by Robert Sam Anson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75707-0 (0-394-75707-6)

Anson explores how Edmund Perry, a 17-year-old black honors student from Harlem, was killed soon after graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy by a young white plainclothes policeman in an alleged mugging attempt.

“Disquieting . . . often poignant” (Time), an “engrossing” (Newsweek) exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Days of Grace

Written by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-38681-6 (0-345-38681-7)

Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. 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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No Name in the Street

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27592-9 (0-307-27592-2)

This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin’s fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works. In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain—the murders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0611-5 (0-8070-0611-4)

A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin’s death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer

Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl?
The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women
Written by Jonetta Rose Barras


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43483-8 (0-345-43483-8)

Now In Paperback.

What happens to a little girl who grows up without a father? Can she ever feel truly loved and fully alive? Does she ever heal—or is she doomed to live a wounded, fragmented life and to pass her wounds down to her own children? Fatherlessness afflicts nearly half the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
Black Women Explore Midlife
Edited by Carleen Brice


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2823-0 (0-8070-2823-1)

Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes ‘midlife’ from a black woman’s point of view. Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women’s lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other... Read more >

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Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department?
The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities
Written by Cecil Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-573-7 (1-55643-573-8)

Blacks have been vanishing from college campuses in the United States and reappearing in prisons, videos, and movies. Cecil Brown tackles this unwitting "disappearing act" head-on, paying special attention to the situation at UC Berkeley and the University of California system generally. Brown contends that educators have ignored the importance of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Taste of Power
A Black Woman's Story
Written by Elaine Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47107-7 (0-385-47107-6)

This is Elaine Brown's account of her life at the highest levels of the Black Panther hierarchy. More than a recollection of the pain of sexism and the struggle against racism, it is a turbulent story of self-discovery and a black woman's battle to define herself. Includes photographs. Read more >

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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8369-7 (0-8070-8369-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Saint on Death Row
How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2646-1 (0-7679-2646-3)

Bestselling author Thomas Cahill tells the absorbing, heartbreaking tale of the hard life and tragic death of Dominique Green—wrongly accused, then executed in Huntsville, Texas—and shines a light on our racist and deeply flawed criminal justice system.

Green, an extraordinary young man from the urban ghettos of Houston, was utterly failed by... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reaching Up for Manhood
Transforming the Lives of Boys in America
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 10, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2317-4 (0-8070-2317-5)

From a troubled youth navigating the mean streets of the South Bronx to an inspiring educational activist who evokes praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, Geoffrey Canada has made a remarkable personal journey that cemented his dedication to underserved youth. His award-winning work was featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Our Town
A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Written by Cynthia Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34188-4 (0-307-34188-7)

The brutal lynching of two young black men in Marion, Indiana, on August 7, 1930, cast a shadow over the town that still lingers; but is only one event in the long and complicated history of race relations in Marion, a history much ignored and considered by many to be best... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Place, Not Race
A New Vision of Opportunity in America
Written by Sheryll Cashin


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8614-8 (0-8070-8614-2)

 Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward Connerly kickstarted a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the mid-1990s, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Devil's Night
And Other True Tales of Detroit
Written by Ze'ev Chafets


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7140-3 (0-8041-7140-8)

A New York Times Notable Book

On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the “Murder Capital of America” often seems lit by those same fires. But as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Having It All?
Black Women and Success
Written by Veronica Chambers


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 13, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1239-6 (0-7679-1239-X)

In a single generation, black women have made extraordinary strides academically, professionally, and financially. They’ve entered the workplace at a far greater rate than white women; increased their enrollment in law schools and graduate programs by 120 percent; and many are now running top companies, or in some cases, the country.

With... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Waking from the Dream
The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by David L. Chappell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6546-2 (1-4000-6546-1)

The author of A Stone of Hope, called “one of the three or four most important books on the civil rights movement” by The Atlantic Monthly, turns his attention to the years after Martin Luther King’s assassination—and provides a sweeping history of the struggle to keep the civil rights movement alive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Like One of the Family
Conversations from a Domestic's Life
Written by Alice Childress
Introduction by Trudier Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 31, 1986
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0903-1 (0-8070-0903-2)

*Suggested Fiction Reading for Fans of The Help - Association of Black Women Historians

Like One of the Family
, which provides historical context for Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, is comprised of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge. They create a vibrant picture of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine
Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup
Written by David Chura


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0123-3 (0-8070-0123-6)

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

A veteran teacher gives an “inside” view of the lives of juveniles sentenced as adults

David Chura taught high school in a New York county penitentiary for ten years—five days a week, seven hours a day. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living In, Living Out
African American Domestics in Washington, D.C., 1910-1940
Written by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-286-7 (1-58834-286-7)

This oral history portrays the lives of African American women who migrated from the rural South to work as domestic servants in Washington, DC in the early decades of the twentieth century. In Living In, Living Out, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis narrates the personal experiences of eighty-one women who worked for wealthy white... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Soul on Ice

Written by Eldridge Cleaver


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33379-5 (0-385-33379-X)

Originally published in 1968, Soul on Ice shocked, outraged, and ultimately challenged the way America saw the Civil Rights movement and the Black experience. Today this book remains a testament to Eldridge Cleaver's intelligence, insightfulness, and place in American history. Written while the former Black Panther Minister of Information was in... Read more >
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