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Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds
Stories by and about Black Women
Edited by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26015-2 (0-385-26015-6)

Combining two critically acclaimed short story collections, this volume contains 21 short stories, all published after 1960, by and about black women. Includes such authors as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, Ntozake Shange and Gayl Jones.


Table of Contents

Re(Visions): Black Women Writers—Their Texts, Their Readers, Their Critics

Jean Wheeler Smith
Frankie Mae

Paulette... Read more >

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Invented Lives
Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960
Written by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1988
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24842-6 (0-385-24842-3)

A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
“The Darkened Eye Restored": Notes Toward... Read more >

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Memory of Kin
Stories About Family by Black Writers
Edited by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1990
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24783-2 (0-385-24783-4)

Critic, essayist, and anthologist Mary Helen Washington has chosen as the theme of her newest collection "the family as a living mystery." She selected nineteen stories and twelve poems by some of this century's leading black authors that oblige the reader to observe the complexities of the family in new and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Southern Selves
From Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons A Collection of Autobiographical Writing
Written by James Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78103-5 (0-679-78103-X)

In this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers--from Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, to Eudora Welty and Richard Wright--make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life.

In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or... Read more >
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Hip Hoptionary TM
The Dictionary of Hip Hop Terminology
Written by Alonzo Westbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0924-2 (0-7679-0924-0)

A comprehensive reference guide to the vocabulary and phraseology of Hip-Hop culture.

The inventive sounds of hip-hop (which became America’s number two music genre in 2001, outselling the country category) have echoed far from their Bronx beginnings of twenty years ago. Making its way from Compton sidewalks to suburban malls, garnering commentary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Come Up
A Novel, Based on a True Story
Written by Hannah Weyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80486-0 (0-345-80486-4)

An NAACP Image Award Finalist
An ALA/YALSA Alex Award Nominee

AnnMarie is growing up fast. After years of living in foster homes and homeless shelters, the twelve-year-old girl can take care of herself and her ailing mother. At thirteen, she's competing with other girls for the attention of older boys in the hip... Read more >
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Meant to Be
A Novel
Written by Rita Coburn Whack


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75809-6 (0-375-75809-7)

In a novel reminiscent of the work of Maya Angelou and Ntozake Shange, Rita Coburn Whack tells the story of how a young woman’s spiritual awakening leads her to maturity and self-fulfillment.

When Meant to Be opens, thirteen-year-old Patience Jan Campbell is called upon to read and interpret her favorite scripture... Read more >
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Apex Hides the Hurt
A Novel
Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3126-9 (1-4000-3126-5)

The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town’s aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need... Read more >
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The Intuitionist
A Novel
Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49300-0 (0-385-49300-2)

Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. This marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.


"Ingenious and... Read more >
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John Henry Days

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49820-3 (0-385-49820-9)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction

Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged... Read more >
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Sag Harbor

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45516-1 (0-307-45516-5)

From the award-winning author of John Henry Days and The Intuitionist: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.

Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Zone One

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45517-8 (0-307-45517-3)

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A Little Piece of Sky

Written by Nicole Bailey Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $10.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1216-7 (0-7679-1216-0)

Written in the tradition of The House on Mango Street this is a powerful novel of a young African-American girl's reckoning with a cruel and unforgiving world. Song Byrd struggles to fit in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood and, upon her mother's untimely death, is forced to move in with a father... Read more >
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Our Nig
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Written by Harriet E. Wilson
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47745-3 (0-307-47745-2)

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and... Read more >
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The Crisis Reader
Stories, Poetry, and Essays from the N.A.A.C.P.'s Crisis Magazine
Written by Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75231-5 (0-375-75231-5)

After its start in 1910, The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races magazine became the major outlet for works by African American writers and intellectuals. In 1920, Langston Hughes's poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis and W. E. B. Du Bois, the magazine's editor, wrote... Read more >

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Ardency
A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71161-9 (0-375-71161-9)

Now in paperback, a haunting chorus of voices that tells the story of the captivity, education, language, hopes, dreams, and fight for freedom, of the African Americans abducted in the Amistad rebellion.

Based on the 1840 mutiny on board the slave ship Amistad, Ardency begins with "Buzzard," a sequence of poems told... Read more >

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Blues Poems

Edited by Kevin Young


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41458-9 (0-375-41458-4)

Born in African American work songs, field hollers, and the powerful legacy of the spirituals, the blues traveled the country from the Mississippi delta to “Sweet Home Chicago,” forming the backbone of American music. In this anthology—the first devoted exclusively to blues poems—a wide array of poets pay tribute to the... Read more >

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Book of Hours
Poems
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27224-9 (0-307-27224-9)

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the... Read more >

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Dear Darkness
Poems
Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26442-8 (0-307-26442-4)

Las Vegas, Nashville, despair, the Midwest, “Bar-B-Q Heaven” and his family’s Louisiana home: these are the American places that Kevin Young visits in his powerful, heartfelt sixth book of poetry. Begun as a reflection on family and memory, Dear Darkness became a book of elegies after the sudden death of the... Read more >

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For the Confederate Dead

Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71141-1 (0-375-71141-4)

In this passionate new collection, Kevin Young takes up a range of African American griefs and passages. He opens with the beautiful “Elegy for Miss Brooks,” invoking Gwendolyn Brooks, who died in 2000, and who makes a perfect muse for the volume: “What the devil / are we without you?” he... Read more >

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Jazz Poems

Edited by Kevin Young


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4251-7 (1-4000-4251-8)

Ever since its first flowering in the 1920s, jazz has had a powerful influence on American poetry, and this scintillating anthology offers a treasury of poems as varied and vital as the music that inspired them.

From the Harlem Renaissance to the Beat Movement, from the poets of the New York... Read more >

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Jelly Roll

Written by Kevin Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 1, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70989-0 (0-375-70989-4)

In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory... Read more >
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