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African American Folktales
Stories from Black Traditions in the New World
Written by Roger Abrahams


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 9, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70539-7 (0-375-70539-2)

From the canefields of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" --Choice.Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from wiley tricksters to the creation of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil's Stocking

Written by Nelson Algren
Foreword by Herbert Mitgang


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-699-5 (1-58322-699-0)

The Devil’s Stocking is the story of Ruby Calhoun, a boxer accused of murder in a shadowy world of low-purse fighters, cops, con artists, and bar girls. Chronicling a battle for truth and human dignity which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions, literary grandmaster Nelson Algren’s... Read more >

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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73404-8 (0-679-73404-X)

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of “Revolutionist Returnees” inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an... Read more >
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The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 1184 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64325-8 (0-679-64325-7)

Here, for the first time ever, a one-volume edition of all of Maya Angelou's celebrated and bestselling autobiographies.

Includes:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together in My Name
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
The Heart of a Woman
All God's Children Need Travelling... Read more >
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Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37972-3 (0-553-37972-0)

Available in paperback, Maya Angelou's most recent book Even the Stars Look Lonesome is a continuation of her celebrated Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. In this new book, Angelou shares more vital lessons gleaned from intimate personal experiences and reveals insights into a wide variety of subjects. She tells... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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I Shall Not Be Moved

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35458-4 (0-553-35458-2)

The best selling author presents a new collection of poems. This volume of poetry captures the pain and triumph of being black and speaks out about history, heartbreak and love. Here are three volumes of classic Maya Angelou -- including her first poetry collection, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37985-3 (0-553-37985-2)

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. Includes the full texts of... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25576-8 (0-553-25576-2)

In this moving volume of poetry, Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as she has discovered it in poems such as “Just Give a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Diiie,” “Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well,” “Still I Rise, Shaker,” and “Why Don’t You Sing.”... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50747-2 (0-375-50747-7)

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work... Read more >

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38203-7 (0-553-38203-9)

A Song Flung Up To Heaven is the powerful conclusion to the autobiographical journey that began more than thirty years ago with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angelou picks up her story in 1964, when she returned from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X—only to learn... Read more >

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Early African-American Classics

Edited by Anthony Appiah


Format: Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21379-9 (0-553-21379-2)

An essential collection of some of the most influential and significant writings by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this volume includes Frederick Douglass's Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845) and excerpts from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls Of Black Folk (1903), Harriet A... Read more >
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God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man
A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia
Written by Cornelia Walker Baily and Christena Bledsoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49377-2 (0-385-49377-0)

Cornelia Walker Bailey models herself after the African griot, the tribal storytellers who keep the history of their people. Bailey’s people are the Geechee, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. In this rich account, Bailey... Read more >

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The Amen Corner
A Play
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70188-7 (0-375-70188-5)

Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. To his first work for the theater, James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood, along with an... Read more >
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Blues for Mister Charlie
A Play
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76178-5 (0-679-76178-0)

Noted by The New York Times as, "A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat," James Baldwin's drama takes us into a small Southern town where a white man murders a black man, then throws his body... Read more >
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The Cross of Redemption
Uncollected Writings
Written by James Baldwin
Edited by Randall Kenan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27596-7 (0-307-27596-5)

The Cross of Redemption is a revelation by an American literary master: a gathering of essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews that have never before appeared in book form.

James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century, renowned for his fierce engagement with issues... Read more >
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The Fire Next Time

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74472-6 (0-679-74472-X)

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is... Read more >
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70187-0 (0-375-70187-7)

"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2013
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80654-3 (0-345-80654-9)

"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Going to Meet the Man
Stories
Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76179-2 (0-679-76179-9)

"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women of eight short stories grasp the aforesaid truth on an elemental level, and their tales, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27593-6 (0-307-27593-0)

In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

Written by James Baldwin
Introduction by Nikky Finney


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8486-1 (0-8070-8486-7)

During his lifetime, James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, many of which were published to widespread praise. Baldwin’s novels and essays brought him respect as a public intellectual and admiration as a writer.  However, Baldwin’s earliest writing was in poetic form, and some argue... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Native Sons

Written by James Baldwin and Sol Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 26, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46936-6 (0-345-46936-4)

James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son, established his reputation in 1955. No one was more pleased by the book’s reception than Baldwin’s high school friend Sol Stein. A rising New... Read more >
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No Name in the Street

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27592-9 (0-307-27592-2)

This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin’s fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works. In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain—the murders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0611-5 (0-8070-0611-4)

A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin’s death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer

Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0623-8 (0-8070-0623-8)

Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. This new edition, published for the 25th... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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