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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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Dear Darkness
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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