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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 >

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No Higher Honor
A Memoir of My Years in Washington
Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98678-8 (0-307-98678-0)

From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes... Read more >

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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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A Black Way of Seeing
From Liberty to Freedom
Written by Paul Robeson, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 3, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-767-1 (1-58322-767-9)

In the tradition of James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son, Robeson’s A Black Way of Seeing melds history and analysis in a sweeping panorama of the present moment as we know it to be–scathing in its understanding of why Black empowerment has failed and prescient in its articulation of what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Hearts and Hands, Second Edition
Creating Community in Violent Times
Written by Luis J. Rodriguez


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-553-1 (1-60980-553-4)

Hearts and Hands focuses on healing through community building. Empowered by thirty years of experience with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yes, Chef
A Memoir
Written by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34261-2 (0-385-34261-6)

Winner, James Beard Foundation Book Award (Writing and Literature)

“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Dr. Rice in the House

Edited by Amy Scholder


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-761-9 (1-58322-761-X)

We have been bombarded by images of the U.S. Secretary of State as the Great Diplomat, walking onto the tarmac of a foreign country as if she were a rock star, an intellectual giant, and the embodiment of the American dream all rolled into one. Meanwhile, she has spoken out against... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life and Def
Sex, Drugs, Money, + God
Written by Russell Simmons


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80715-6 (0-609-80715-3)

Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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Keeping the Faith
Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America
Written by Tavis Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72169-1 (0-385-72169-2)

In Keeping the Faith, Tavis Smiley, commentator, advocate, and the author of several acclaimed books, brings together a collection of almost one hundred original accounts drawn from the lives of ordinary African Americans.

Written by African Americans from all walks of life, with a sprinkling of more famous individuals (Cornel West, Iyanla... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twilight
Los Angeles, 1992
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47376-7 (0-385-47376-1)

Stanford professor Anna Deavere Smith has performed her hard-hitting, sociologically probing "documentary theater" stage pieces Fires in the Mirror and Twilight on campuses and in theaters nationwide, receiving critical praise and accolades from every quarter. Available here in book form with complete text and photographs, the productions document changes in racial... Read more >

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Are We Born Racist?
New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
Written by Jeremy A. Smith, Jason Marsh and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1157-7 (0-8070-1157-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice?

Scientists have explored these questions for years, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bare Witness
Photographs by Gordon Parks
Written by Maren Stange


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $36.95
ISBN: 978-88-7624-802-3 (88-7624-802-1)

Novelist, memoirist, poet, film director, choreographer, and musician, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was renowned as a man of many talents. He is best known as a photographer, a career he took up in the 1930s. Starting with fashion and portraiture, he honed his skill and his passion for documenting social ills working... Read more >

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Men We Cherish

Written by Brooke Stephens


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48532-6 (0-385-48532-8)

One evening in 1994, writer Brooke Stephens was listening to the news while working on a tribute to her grandfather for an upcoming family reunion. The evening's newscast began with three negative reports about black men--as rapists, muggers and murderers. The contrast between the black men on the news and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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A Hope in the Unseen
An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
Written by Ron Suskind


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0126-0 (0-7679-0126-6)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Babson College
Carleton College
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida State University
Kent State University
Marquette University
Maryland State-wide Read
Marymount University
Sacred Heart University
St. Bonaventure University
Texas Tech University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of North Dakota
University of Texas at San Antonio
Utah State University


Ron Suskind tells the story of Cedric... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slave and Citizen
The Classic Comparative Study of Race Relations in the Americas
Written by Frank Tannenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 10, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0913-0 (0-8070-0913-X)

Originally published in 1947, Slave and Citizen is a classic in the field of comparative slave history and race relations.

“A significant historiographic milestone in the study of American slave systems. It has been a point of departure for most studies done on slavery and race relations since World War II.’ -Franklin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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IndiVisible
African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Edited by Gabrielle Tayac


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 26, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-271-3 (1-58834-271-9)

Throughout American history, people of combined African and Native American descent have often struggled for acceptance, not only from dominant cultures but also from their own communities. In this collection of twenty-seven groundbreaking essays, authors from across the Americas explore the complex personal histories and contemporary lives of people with a... Read more >

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5047-7 (0-8070-5047-4)

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Death of Innocence
The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
Written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7047-0 (0-8129-7047-0)

In Death of Innocence, Mamie Till-Mobley tells the tragic story of her son, Emmett Till -- an innocent, fourteen-year-old African-American boy who was murdered -- and of her subsequent actions which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on American racial consciousness.

Mamie Carthan was an ordinary... Read more >
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