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The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes
Edited by Arnold Rampersad


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76408-3 (0-679-76408-9)

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time... Read more >

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The Panther & the Lash

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73659-2 (0-679-73659-X)

In The Panther and the Lash, his last collection of verse, Hughes's voice is more pointed than ever as he explicitly addresses the racial politics of the sixties in such pieces as "Prime," "Motto," "Dream Deferred," "Frederick Douglass: 1817-1895," and "Daybreak in Alabama," and many other moving poems. Sometimes ironic, sometimes... Read more >

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72818-4 (0-679-72818-X)

The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tambourines to Glory
A Novel
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2327-9 (0-7679-2327-8)

For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on... Read more >
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Vintage Hughes

Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3402-4 (1-4000-3402-7)

“Langston Hughes is a titanic figure in 20th-century American literature…a powerful interpreter of the American experience.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Langston Hughes’s mastery of the African American vernacular and his passionate vision of the world resonate in this generous selection of his poems including “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, Too,” “The Weary... Read more >

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The Ways of White Folks
Stories
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72817-7 (0-679-72817-1)

Like his most famous poems, Langston Hughes’s stories are messages from that “other” America, sharply etched vignettes of its daily life, cruelly accurate portrayals of black people colliding—sometimes humorously, more often tragically—with whites. Filled with mordant wit and human detail, whether his character is a poor black musician or wealthy whites... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The River Where Blood Is Born

Written by Sandra Jackson-Opoku


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 18, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42476-1 (0-345-42476-X)

Winner of the 1998 American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award for Best Fiction of the Year

The River Where Blood is Born takes the reader on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course for its women across two centuries and three continents, from the eighteenth century... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man

Written by James Weldon Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72753-8 (0-679-72753-1)

With a new Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

First published anonymously in 1912, this resolutely unsentimental novel gave many white readers their first glimpse of the double standard--and double consciousness--that ruled the lives of black people in modern America. Republished at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, with an introduction by... Read more >

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Right State

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2944-3 (1-4012-2944-1)

A riveting political thriller from the author of Incognegro (“Don't miss it!”-Cornell West) and Dark Rain (“Masterful” — Miami Herald)

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist militia group is plotting to assassinate America’s second African American President. The best chance to... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Right State

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2943-6 (1-4012-2943-3)

Just in time for the fall election, this race-against-time political thriller follows an ex Special Forces commando who goes undercover with a militia group that’s plotting to assassinate the second African-American President of the U.S.

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Corregidora

Written by Gayl Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6315-6 (0-8070-6315-0)

Here is Gayl Jones’s classic novel, the tale of blues singer Ursa, consumed by her hatred of the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her grandmother and mother.

Corregidora is the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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soulscript
A Collection of Classic African American Poetry
Written by June Jordan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1846-6 (0-7679-1846-0)

Black poets from the early twentieth century and onward come together for a moving anthology, edited and organized by the late, revered poet June Jordan.

First published in 1970, soulscript is a poignant, panoramic collection of poetry from some of the most eloquent voices in the art. Selected for their literary... Read more >

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Zora Neale Hurston
A Life in Letters
Written by Carla Kaplan, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49036-8 (0-385-49036-4)

“ I mean to live and die by my own mind,” Zora Neale Hurston told the writer Countee Cullen. Arriving in Harlem in 1925 with little more than a dollar to her name, Hurston rose to become one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, only to die in obscurity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Different Drummer

Written by William M. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41390-9 (0-385-41390-4)

Nearly three decades after its first publication, A Different Drummer remains one of the most trenchant, imaginative, and hard-hitting works of fiction to come out of the bitter struggle for African-American civil rights. This is the story of Tucker Caliban, a black Southerner who one day salts his fields, burns down... Read more >

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Walking on Water
Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Written by Randall Kenan


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 2000
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73788-9 (0-679-73788-X)

In a hypnotic blend of oral history and travel writing, Randall Kenan sets out to answer a question that has has long fascinated him: What does it mean to be black in America today? To find the answers, Kenan traveled America--from Alaska to Louisiana, from Maine to Las Vegas--over the course... Read more >

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The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen
Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories
Written by Nella Larsen
Edited by Charles Larson
Foreword by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72100-4 (0-385-72100-5)

Nella Larsen's subject is the struggle of sensitive, spirited heroines to find a place for themselves in a hostile world. Passing is the story of a light-skinned beauty who, after spending years passing for white, finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. In Quicksand, a restless young mulatto... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Passing

Written by Nella Larsen
Foreword by Mae Henderson
Introduction by Ntozake Shange


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75813-3 (0-375-75813-5)

First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Modern Library is proud to present Passing—an electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York—together with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ecstatic

Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71331-6 (0-375-71331-X)

Victor LaValle has already established himself as “one of the most eloquent voices of the approaching century” (Kirkus Reviews), a writer of darkly humorous tales full of haunting beauty, astonishing leaps of imagination, and language that “crackles and hums” (Chicago Tribune). The Ecstatic is LaValle’s debut novel, a startling tale of... Read more >

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Slapboxing with Jesus

Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70590-8 (0-375-70590-2)

Twelve original and interconnected stories in the traditions of Junot Díaz and Sherman Alexie. Victor D. LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets.

In "ancient history," two best friends... Read more >
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Sap Rising

Written by Christine Lincoln


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72777-1 (0-375-72777-9)

In this spare and mesmerizing debut, Christine Lincoln takes us inside the hearts and minds of African Americans whose lives unfold against a vividly evoked rural community. As they navigate between old and new, between youth and responsibility, they find themselves choosing between the comforts of what they trust without question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sister Outsider
Essays and Speeches
Written by Audre Lorde
Foreword by Cheryl Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: August 1, 2007
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58091-186-3 (1-58091-186-2)

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
A Biomythography
Written by Geraldine Audre Lorde


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-89594-122-0 (0-89594-122-8)

“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of... Read more >
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Bayou Vol. 2

Written by Jeremy Love


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Zuda
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2584-1 (1-4012-2584-5)

South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate. Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is... Read more >
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