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My Jim
A Novel
Written by Nancy Rawles


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5401-5 (1-4000-5401-X)

To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Free Within Ourselves
Fiction Lessons For Black Authors
Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Main Street Books
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49175-4 (0-385-49175-1)

Novelist and creative writing program director Rhodes presents the first fiction-writer's guide specifically tailored to aspiring African American writers. The guide includes instruction on character development, point of view, dialogue, and revision, plus exercises, example stories, prose analyses of well-known pieces of fiction, and exemplary short stories by black authors. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Extraordinary, Ordinary People
A Memoir of Family
Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88847-1 (0-307-88847-9)

"Former secretary of state Rice only briefly treats her tenure during the second Bush administration in favor of a straightforward, reverential chronicle of her upbringing under two teachers in the segregated Deep South. Rice acknowledges upfront the complicated, intertwined history of blacks and whites in America, which lent a lightening of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Here I Stand

Written by Paul Robeson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6445-0 (0-8070-6445-9)

Robeson’s international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bluelight Corner
Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love
Written by Rosemarie Robotham


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 22, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80354-7 (0-609-80354-9)

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women's romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and... Read more >

All God's Dangers

Written by Theodore Rosengarten


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83191-0 (0-307-83191-4)

Nate Shaw's father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to... Read more >

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Does Your House Have Lions?

Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 28, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6831-1 (0-8070-6831-4)

Nominated for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Recommended Reading from Emerge

An epic poem on kin estranged, the death of a brother from AIDS, and the possibility of reconciliation and love in the face of loss.

“One of our more overlooked older poets, Sanchez writes concise, wounded poems that work... Read more >

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Morning Haiku

Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0131-8 (0-8070-0131-7)

From a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement, poems of commemoration and loss for readers of all ages

A collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism.

“Sonia Sanchez is a... Read more >
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Shake Loose My Skin
New and Selected Poems
Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 7, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6853-3 (0-8070-6853-5)

An extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of work, Shake Loose My Skin is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.

“This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: more livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Push
A Novel
Written by Sapphire


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76675-9 (0-679-76675-8)

Winner of the Critic's Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association
Winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award

In this electrifying novel, a black street girl, sixteen years old and pregnant—again—with her father’s child, speaks. In a voice that shakes us by its language, its story... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever
Written by Leslie Savan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70242-6 (0-375-70242-3)

A marvelously original and informative book about the ever-changing American language that offers surprising insights into why we talk the way we talk.

With dazzling wit and acuity, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan dissects contemporary language to discover what our most popular idioms reveal about America today. She traces the... 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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House Arrest and Piano
Two Plays
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3357-7 (1-4000-3357-8)

From the award-winning actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, two teeming, pungent cross-sections of the American experience.

In the provocative and at times bitterly funny play House Arrest, Smith examines the relationships between a succession of American presidents and their observers in and out of the press. Arcing from Clinton and Monica... Read more >

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Letters to a Young Artist
Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3238-9 (1-4000-3238-5)

From Anna Deavere Smith here is brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes, in the tradition of Rilke's classic Letters to a Young Poet.

Hailed as a pioneering force in American theater for her signature documentary style of performance, Anna Deavere Smith here looks back on lessons from thirty years of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Talk to Me
Travels in Media and Politics
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72174-5 (0-385-72174-9)

Believing that character and language are inextricably bound, Smith sets out to discern the essence of America by listening to its people and trying to capture its politics. To that end she travels to some of America's most conspicuous places, like the presidential conventions of 1996, and some of its darkest... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Gettin Place

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48659-0 (0-385-48659-6)

Susan Straight’s most powerful novel yet is framed by two race riots: the little known Tulsa riots of the 1920s, in which white Tulsa burned down the town’s black enclave; and the notorious L.A. riots of the 1990s.

Straight’s brilliant story of the effects of violence in America on three generations of... Read more >

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A Million Nightingales

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9559-9 (1-4000-9559-X)

From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.

Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from... 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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Sleepaway School
Stories from a Boy's Life: A Memoir
Written by Lee Stringer
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-701-5 (1-58322-701-6)

Like his brother before him, Stringer was surrendered to foster care, shortly after birth, by his unwed and underemployed mother–a common practice for unmarried women in mid-century America. Less common was that she returned six years later to reclaim her children. Rather than leading to a happy ending, though, this is... Read more >
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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An Eighth of August
A Novel
Written by Dawn Turner Trice


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72147-9 (0-385-72147-1)

From the author of the highly acclaimed Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven, a new novel about the strong ties and haunting memories that bind family and friends in a small town.

Narrated by a chorus of voices, An Eighth of August tells the story of a Midwestern community that celebrates... Read more >

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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth
New Poems
Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7105-7 (0-8129-7105-1)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple gives us her first new collection of poetry in more than a decade, poems that reaffirm her as “one of the best American writers of today” (The Washington Post).

The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart

Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40795-5 (0-345-40795-4)

Fictional stories based on the author’s own life, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is a wise and moving treasure of a book about love and life by the author of The Color Purple and By the Light of My Father’s Smile. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sweeping Up Glass

Written by Carolyn Wall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34303-9 (0-385-34303-5)

Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.

Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44551-7 (0-679-44551-X)

Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.  Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music.

Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.
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