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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >

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How to Make Black America Better
Leading African Americans Speak Out
Compiled by Tavis Smiley

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72087-8 (0-385-72087-4)

In this constructive and convincing call to action, Tavis Smiley assembles a cast of prominent African Americans to offer their visions for shaping a new Black America.

Beginning with his own “top ten” challenges to his readers, Smiley gathers the opinions of prominent Black politicians, artists, and intellectuals. Leading figures from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fires in the Mirror

Written by Anna Deavere Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47014-8 (0-385-47014-2)

In monologues based on interviews with 26 subjects ranging from The Reverend Al Sharpton and Professor Leonard Jeffries, to Rabbi Joseph Speilman and Norman Rosenbaum (Yankel Rosenbaum's brother) to several men-and-women-on-the-street, Smith exposes and explores the black-Jewish tensions that erupted into outrage in the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991... Read more >

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Los Angeles, 1992
Written by Anna Deavere Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47376-7 (0-385-47376-1)

Stanford professor Anna Deavere Smith has performed her hard-hitting, sociologically probing "documentary theater" stage pieces Fires in the Mirror and Twilight on campuses and in theaters nationwide, receiving critical praise and accolades from every quarter. Available here in book form with complete text and photographs, the productions document changes in racial... Read more >

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No Disrespect

Written by Sister Souljah

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76708-4 (0-679-76708-8)

With No Disrespect, Sister Souljah the rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel delivers a fiercely candid autobiography. Each chapter of No Disrespect is devoted to someone who made a difference in Sister Souljah's life--from the mother who raised her to the men who educated (and mis-educated) her about love--and each bares a... Read more >

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Outcasts United
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Written by Warren St. John

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52204-5 (0-385-52204-5)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Agnes Scott College
Andrew College
Baker University
Baldwin Wallace College
Bismarck State College
Butler University
Castleton State College
Central Ohio Technical College
Columbus State University
Ellington High School
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hollins University
Holy Cross High School, Burlington, NJ
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Kennesaw State University
La Jolla Country Day School
McMurry University
Middle... Read more >

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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Written by Bryan Stevenson

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9452-0 (0-8129-9452-3)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Read more >

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No Secrets No Lies
How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse
Written by Robin Stone

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1345-4 (0-7679-1345-0)

With a foreword by Joycelyn Elders, M.D., No Secrets, No Lies is a valuable resource guide for students seeking to understand, to prevent, and to help overcome childhood sexual abuse and its devastating impact on adult survivors.

An estimated one in four women and one in six men is abused by age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grand Central Winter
Stories from the Street
Written by Lee Stringer
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-918-7 (1-58322-918-3)

Whether Lee Stringer is describing “God’s corner” as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and “past due tourist” whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Hope in the Unseen
An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
Written by Ron Suskind

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0126-0 (0-7679-0126-6)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Babson College
Carleton College
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida State University
Kent State University
Marquette University
Maryland State-wide Read
Marymount University
Sacred Heart University
St. Bonaventure University
Texas Tech University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of North Dakota
University of Texas at San Antonio
Utah State University

Ron Suskind tells the story of Cedric... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Everything But the Burden
What White People Are Taking from Black Culture
Written by Greg Tate

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1497-0 (0-7679-1497-X)

Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer’s controversial essay “The White Negro,” Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Can We Talk about Race?
And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Written by Beverly Tatum
Afterword by Theresa Perry

Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3285-5 (0-8070-3285-9)

In Can We Talk About Race? psychologist and educator Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of our leading commentators on race and schools, analyzes some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations.

“What Tatum seeks to do above all is trigger sometimes challenging discussions about race, and infuse those discussions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Edited by Gabrielle Tayac

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 26, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-271-3 (1-58834-271-9)

Throughout American history, people of combined African and Native American descent have often struggled for acceptance, not only from dominant cultures but also from their own communities. In this collection of twenty-seven groundbreaking essays, authors from across the Americas explore the complex personal histories and contemporary lives of people with a... Read more >

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Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History
Written by Wallace Terry

Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-31197-9 (0-345-31197-3)

This is Terry's acclaimed chronicle of the unique experience of African American soldiers fighting in Indochina.  

"An invaluable addition to the expanding legion of histories about the Vietnam War...a graphically illuminating but disquieting collection of 20 personal accounts reflecting the black military experience in Vietnam...Through their recollections of war, we see America's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $17.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the...
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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Dying Ground
A Maceo Redfield Novel
Written by Nichelle D. Tramble

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75653-5 (0-375-75653-1)

Billy: dead. Felicia: missing.

None of the words made sense together, but the doom I'd expected announced itself. I felt iron in my mouth, like I'd gargled with pennies, a taste like blood, a bitter taste that always followed bad news.

The setting is Oakland, 1989; the crack epidemic is at its height... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blood Done Sign My Name
A True Story
Written by Timothy B. Tyson

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8311-4 (1-4000-8311-7)

A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Winner, Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007

On December 1, 2006, Timothy B. Tyson received the Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007 from officials at the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, his... Read more >

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Convicted in the Womb

Written by Carl Upchurch

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37520-6 (0-553-37520-2)

Convicted in the Womb is an explosive look at racial injustice in America. Carl Upchurch, executive director of the Council for Urban Peace and Justice, organizer of the landmark Gang Summit — former felon, tells of how he overcame a youth that epitomized the tragedy of inner-city America to become a... Read more >

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They Came Before Columbus
The African Presence in Ancient America
Written by Ivan Van Sertima

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6817-0 (0-8129-6817-4)

This is the first anthropological study to place African explorers in the New World centuries before Columbus. Ivan Van Sertima, professor of Afro-American studies at Rutgers University, reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Americans in Ancient America.

Examining navigation and shipbuilding, cultural analogies... Read more >

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An American Journey
Written by Anthony Walton

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77741-0 (0-679-77741-5)

Raised in suburban Illinois in the 60s, a gifted student and athlete, Anthony Walton went on to Notre Dame and Brown, and into a career in journalism--all the while convinced that racism, insofar as it still existed, was on the way out.  Covering the racial flash points in New York in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Medical Apartheid
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Written by Harriet A. Washington

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1547-2 (0-7679-1547-X)

Winner, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
Pen Oakland-Josephine Miles 17th Annual National Literary Award
Honor Book, Black Caucus of The American Library Association
2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

Medical Apartheid
is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hip Hop Matters
Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement
Written by S. Craig Watkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0986-4 (0-8070-0986-5)

Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the “hip hop generation,” Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Harlem Renaissance
Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930
Written by Steven Watson

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 13, 1996
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75889-1 (0-679-75889-5)

While still the unofficial capital of Black America, Harlem reigned as the unrivaled center of African-American culture during the decade between the end of World War I and the Great Depression.  The Harlem Renaissance was more than just a flowering of African-American arts and letters; it had a far-reaching effect on American... Read more >

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Black Prophetic Fire

Written by Cornel West and Christa Buschendorf

Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0352-7 (0-8070-0352-2)

In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. In dialogue with Buschendorf, West examines the impact of these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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