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Native Sons

Written by James Baldwin and Sol Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 26, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46936-6 (0-345-46936-4)

James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son, established his reputation in 1955. No one was more pleased by the book’s reception than Baldwin’s high school friend Sol Stein. A rising New... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0623-8 (0-8070-0623-8)

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 African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. This new edition, published for the 25th... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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One Day When I Was Lost

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27594-3 (0-307-27594-9)

Based on Alex Haley’s bestselling classic The Autobiography of Malcolm X comes a rare, lucidly composed screenplay from one of America’s great masters of letters.

Son of a Baptist minister; New York City hustler; honor student; convicted criminal; powerful minister in the Nation of Islam; father and husband: Malcolm X transformed himself... Read more >
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Gorilla, My Love

Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73898-5 (0-679-73898-3)

In these fifteen stories, written in a style at once ineffable and immediately recognizable, Toni Cade Bambara gives us compelling portraits of a wide range of unforgettable characters, from sassy children to cunning old men, in scenes shifting between uptown New York and rural North Carolina. A young girl suffers her... Read more >
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The Salt Eaters

Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74076-6 (0-679-74076-7)

Set in Claybourne, a town somewhere in the South, The Salt Eaters is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt, who witness an event that will change their lives forever. From the men who live off welfare-women to the mud mothers who carry... Read more >
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Those Bones Are Not My Child
A Novel
Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2000
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77408-2 (0-679-77408-4)

In a suspenseful novel of uncommon depth and intensity, Toni Cade Bambara renders a harrowing portrait of a city under siege. Having elected its first black mayor in 1980, Atlanta projected an image of political progressiveness and prosperity. But between September 1979 and June 1981, more than forty black children were... Read more >
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Beloved Harlem
A Literary Tribute to Black America's Most Famous Neighborhood, From the Classics to The Contemporary
Written by William H. Banks, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1478-9 (0-7679-1478-3)

A passionate ode to an American mecca, Beloved Harlem is a literary look into the vibrant African-American haven, edited by one of its celebrated native sons. William H. Banks, Jr., award-winning writer and Executive Director of the esteemed Harlem Writers Guild, combines the classics with the contemporary as he showcases some... Read more >
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The Seventh Child

Written by Freddie Mae Baxter and Gloria Bley Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70593-9 (0-375-70593-7)

Told with the irrepressible warmth and humor of a natural-born storyteller, The Seventh Child is the chronicle of a remarkable woman's life, and of three generations of an African-American family.

The seventh of eight children, Freddie Mae Baxter was born in 1923 in rural South Carolina. When her father left the family... Read more >

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Tuff
A Novel
Written by Paul Beatty


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72111-0 (0-385-72111-0)

As fast-paced and hard-edged as the Harlem streets it portrays, Tuff shows off all of the amazing skill that Paul Beatty showed off in his first novel, The White Boy Shuffle.

Weighing in at 320 pounds, Winston “Tuffy” Foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams... Read more >
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My Song
A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance
Written by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47342-4 (0-307-47342-2)

An eloquently told personal account of an era of enormous cultural and political change, which reveals Harry Belafonte as not only one of America’s greatest entertainers, but also one of our most profoundly influential activists.

Harry Belafonte spent his childhood in both Harlem and Jamaica, where the toughness of the city and... Read more >

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The Haunting of Hip Hop
A Novel
Written by Bertice Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1212-9 (0-7679-1212-8)

Now In Paperback.

In ancient West Africa, the drum was more than a musical instrument, it was a vehicle of communication–it conveyed information, told stories, and passed on the wisdom of generations. The magic of the drum remains alive today, and with her memsmerizing second novel, Berry brings those powerful beats to... Read more >
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Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams
The Story of Black Hollywood
Written by Donald Bogle


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 31, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45419-5 (0-345-45419-7)

In Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle tells–for the first time–the story of a place both mythic and real: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them.

Through interviews... Read more >
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Black Thunder
Gabriel's Revolt: Virginia, 1800
Edited by Anna Bontemps


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1992
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6337-8 (0-8070-6337-1)

“Written in 1936 and based on an actual slave revolt, this critically acclaimed novel celebrates slave Gabriel Prossier’s struggle to end racial oppression.” — Publishers Weekly

“Gabriel Prosser’s 1800 slave revolt allowed Bontemps to warn of the rebellion that would come of poverty and racial oppression. This metaphor of revolution is at... Read more >

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The Harlem Reader
A Celebration of New York's Most Famous Neighborhood, from the Renaissance Years to the 21st Century
Written by Herb Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4681-2 (1-4000-4681-5)

From its humble beginnings as a farming district and country retreat for the rich, Harlem rapidly developed and grew to achieve international prominence as the mecca of black art and culture. Then, due to various socio-economic changes and cultural changes, it became a city symbolizing urban decay.

However,during all of its... Read more >
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Unafraid of the Dark
A Memoir
Written by Rosemary Bray


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49475-5 (0-385-49475-0)

In her deeply affecting, vividly written memoir, Rosemary L. Bray describes with remarkable frankness growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s, and her childhood shaped by welfare, the Roman Catholic Church, and the civil rights movement. Bray writes poignantly of her lasting dread of the cold and the dark that... Read more >

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Big Girls Don't Cry

Written by Connie Briscoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 1, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41362-8 (0-345-41362-8)

The New York Times Bestseller

The 1997 Blackboard African American Bestseller's Book of the Year

Born into a comfortable Washington, D.C. home, Naomi Jefferson leads a life that is only occasionally marred by racism.  But all that changes when her older brother Joshua--who seems destined for greatness--is killed in a tragic car accident on... Read more >

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The Harlem Hellfighters

Written by Max Brooks
Illustrated by Caanan White


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-46497-2 (0-307-46497-0)

Teachers/Professors: To request an Advance Reader's Copy, email rhacademic@randomhouse.com with your full school shipping address.

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina... Read more >

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Team Seven
A Novel
Written by Marcus Burke


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53779-7 (0-385-53779-4)

Wildly popular films from the crime dramas Menace II Society and New Jack City to the comedies Friday and Barbershop have portrayed the realities of black inner-city life with honesty, empathy, and strong plotting. So why are there so few parallel examples to be found in contemporary American fiction? Into that... Read more >
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Neecey's Lullaby
A novel
Written by Cris Burks


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1983-8 (0-7679-1983-1)

The story of a girl tempered in a crucible of abuse and neglect, Neecey’s Lullaby is a superbly crafted narrative in the spirit of the bestselling novels Push and Bastard Out of Carolina.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Neecey once felt that her world was perfect. She was loved... Read more >
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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8310-9 (0-8070-8310-0)

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 >
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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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Fledgling
A Novel
Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-690-2 (1-58322-690-7)

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she... Read more >

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72 Hour Hold

Written by Bebe Moore Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3361-4 (1-4000-3361-6)

In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her eighteen-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. Acclaimed author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots to create her finest work to... Read more >
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