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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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Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

Written by Bebe Moore Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 10, 1993
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-38395-2 (0-345-38395-8)

Winner of the 1993 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction

Bebe Moore Campbell has been praised by Maya Angelou as "a writer who fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love."  In Your Blues Ain't Like Mine a 1950's Mississippi town is torn apart when a racist beating turns into... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6912-7 (0-8070-6912-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades–more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
The Apollo Theater and American Entertainment
Edited by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Foreword by Smokey Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-269-0 (1-58834-269-7)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment celebrates the seventy-five year history of the Apollo Theater, Harlem’s landmark performing arts space and the iconic showplace for the best in jazz, blues, dance, comedy, gospel, R & B... Read more >

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Uncle Tom or New Negro?
African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and UP FROM SLAVERY 100 Years Later
Written by Rebecca Carroll


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1955-5 (0-7679-1955-6)

Includes Washington’s classic memoir Up from Slavery

On the ninetieth anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery.

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Freedom In My Heart
Voices From The United States National Slavery Museum
Edited by Cynthia Jacobs Carter
Contribution by Bill Cosby
Epilogue by John Hope Franklin
Foreword by L. Douglas Wilder


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0127-1 (1-4262-0127-3)

Unlike any other book on the market today, this richly illustrated companion volume uses the remarkable artifacts, images, and documents of the United States National Slavery Museum to trace the entire history of slavery in North America, from the societies of ancient Africa to the repercussions still faced by Americans today—and... Read more >

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The Emperor of Ocean Park

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71292-0 (0-375-71292-5)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the Eastern seabord—families who summer... Read more >

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Jericho's Fall

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47447-6 (0-307-47447-X)

A riveting spy thriller, Jericho's Fall is the spellbinding story of a young woman running for her life from shadowy government forces.

In a secluded mountain retreat, Jericho Ainsley, former CIA director and former secretary of defense, is dying of cancer. To his bedside he has called Rebecca DeForde, a young, single... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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New England White

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71291-3 (0-375-71291-7)

The eagerly awaited, electrifying new novel from the author of The Emperor of Ocean Park (“Among the most remarkable fiction debuts in recent years . . . A rip-roaring entertainment”—The Boston Globe).

When The Emperor of Ocean Park was published, Time Out declared: “Carter does for members of the contemporary black upper... Read more >

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Palace Council

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38596-3 (0-307-38596-5)

Bestselling author Stephen L. Carter delivers a gripping political thriller set against the backdrop of Watergate, Vietnam, and the Nixon White House.

Philmont Castle is a man who has it all: wealth, respect, and connections. He's the last person you'd expect to fall prey to a murderer, but then his body is... Read more >

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Such Sweet Thunder
A Novel
Written by Vincent O. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58195-217-9 (1-58195-217-1)

This unique and compelling novel deserves a place of prominence in American literature. Completed in 1963, read and widely admired in manuscript by a network of expatriate American artists strung across Europe, it was never published during Vincent Carter’s lifetime. In 2003, Steerforth Press published the text in its entirety, knowing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pride
A Novel
Written by Lorene Cary


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 19, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48183-0 (0-385-48183-7)

Four women, lifelong friends, are turning 40—and what a year it is.

Roz, the perfectly controlled (and controlling) politician's wife, is trying to keep her family together as she recovers from breast cancer and her husband runs for the biggest election of his career. Though he has strayed from her in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Passing Through

Written by Colin Channer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45334-1 (0-345-45334-4)

From the national bestselling author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul comes a sexy, witty collection of connected stories set on San Carlos, a tiny island with an old volcano in the Caribbean Sea.

Spanning the early 1900s up to modern times, the stories trace the intersecting lives of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hottentot Venus
A Novel
Written by Barbara Chase-Riboud


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3208-2 (1-4000-3208-3)

In this extraordinary novel based on a true story, Chase-Riboud recounts the tragic life of Sarah Baartman, a South African herdswoman exhibited as a “scientific curiosity” in the capitals of nineteenth-century Europe. She re-creates in vivid, shocking detail the racism and sexism at the heart of European imperialism. In an unforgettable... 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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Open City
A Novel
Written by Teju Cole


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8009-7 (0-8129-8009-3)

Winner, 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. It is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Family

Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41172-1 (0-385-41172-3)

In this wise, beguiling, beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, an award-winning playwright and author paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always, born a slave, and four generations of her African-American family.

Family is an account by a plantation slave—both during and after her life—of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life Is Short But Wide

Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7569-0 (1-4000-7569-6)

Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans with big hearts. Among them are newlyweds Irene and Val, who graciously allow their neighbors, Bertha and Joseph, to build a house on their land. Together the couples have... Read more >

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A Piece of Mine
Stories
Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42087-7 (0-385-42087-0)

Back in print after more than five years, this is the extraordinary first short story collection by the author of Family.

"In its strong folk flavor, Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston...It is a delight to read."
--Alice Walker

"The label 'short' story is a woefully inadequate description... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime
Stories
Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46788-9 (0-385-46788-5)

This fifth collection of stories from J. California Cooper revolves around themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle, and faith. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Some People, Some Other Place

Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49683-4 (0-385-49683-4)

For generations Eula Too’s family has been making a journey North, year after year, step by painful step; and she’s determined to be the one to make it all the way to Chicago. In and out of school, taking care of her fourteen brothers and sisters, she can see no way... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns

Written by J. California Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7568-3 (1-4000-7568-8)

J. California Cooper’s irresistible collection of new stories explores the universal themes of romance, family, and the hopes that propel people’s dreams.

In “As Time Goes By” a young woman singlemindedly pursues material wealth, only to suffer from an empty heart. “Catch a Falling Heart” tells of a slyly arranged marriage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Always in Pursuit
Fresh American Perspectives
Written by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70168-9 (0-375-70168-0)

Here is a brilliant new collection of essays on the sublime and the ridiculous in contemporary American culture and society, by one of the most important and compelling social commentators at work today.

"Fearless and engaging, a virtuoso at bringing the drive of natural speech into social criticism, Stanley Crouch transcends our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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.
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