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Satchel
The Life and Times of an American Legend
Written by Larry Tye


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7797-4 (0-8129-7797-1)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Convicted in the Womb

Written by Carl Upchurch


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37520-6 (0-553-37520-2)

Convicted in the Womb is an explosive look at racial injustice in America. Carl Upchurch, executive director of the Council for Urban Peace and Justice, organizer of the landmark Gang Summit — former felon, tells of how he overcame a youth that epitomized the tragedy of inner-city America to become a... Read more >

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Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Written by Gayle Wald


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7 (0-8070-0985-7)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age... Read more >

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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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Race Matters

Written by Cornel West


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 25, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0972-7 (0-8070-0972-5)

The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line. --from the new Preface

First... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Restoring Hope
Conversations on the Future of Black America
Written by Cornel West


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 27, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0943-7 (0-8070-0943-1)

“Cornel West is one of the most authentic, brilliant, prophetic, and healing voices in America today” - Marian Wright Edelman

Nine of America’s most influential artists, scholars, and public figures-Maya Angelou, Bill Bradley, Harry Belafonte, Patricia Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, James Washington, James Forbes, and Haki Madhubuti-talk with Cornel West about... Read more >

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Harnessing Anger
The Inner Discipline of Athletic Excellence
Written by Peter Westbrook
Contribution by Tej Hazarika


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-888363-67-8 (1-888363-67-3)

To Peter Westbrook, “harnessing anger” means controlling one’s fury and channeling it in a positive direction. Westbrook’s success in what he once called “that strange white sport” is really just one expression of the self-discipline that has led him to beat the odds, again and again.

In Harnessing Anger, Westbrook tells... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Let Your Motto Be Resistance
African American Portraits
Edited by Deborah Willis


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 1, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-246-1 (1-58834-246-8)

This stunning collection of photographic portraits traces US history through the lives of well-known abolitionists, artists, scientists, writers, statesman, entertainers, and sports figures. Drawing on the photographic collections of the National Portrait Gallery, author Deborah Willis explores how these images–many by famous photographers–reveal the nation’s history through an African American lens... Read more >
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