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One Day When I Was Lost

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27594-3 (0-307-27594-9)

Based on Alex Haley’s bestselling classic The Autobiography of Malcolm X comes a rare, lucidly composed screenplay from one of America’s great masters of letters.

Son of a Baptist minister; New York City hustler; honor student; convicted criminal; powerful minister in the Nation of Islam; father and husband: Malcolm X transformed himself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gorilla, My Love

Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73898-5 (0-679-73898-3)

In these fifteen stories, written in a style at once ineffable and immediately recognizable, Toni Cade Bambara gives us compelling portraits of a wide range of unforgettable characters, from sassy children to cunning old men, in scenes shifting between uptown New York and rural North Carolina. A young girl suffers her... Read more >
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The Salt Eaters

Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74076-6 (0-679-74076-7)

Set in Claybourne, a town somewhere in the South, The Salt Eaters is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt, who witness an event that will change their lives forever. From the men who live off welfare-women to the mud mothers who carry... Read more >
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Beloved Harlem
A Literary Tribute to Black America's Most Famous Neighborhood, From the Classics to The Contemporary
Written by William H. Banks, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1478-9 (0-7679-1478-3)

A passionate ode to an American mecca, Beloved Harlem is a literary look into the vibrant African-American haven, edited by one of its celebrated native sons. William H. Banks, Jr., award-winning writer and Executive Director of the esteemed Harlem Writers Guild, combines the classics with the contemporary as he showcases some... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Thunder
Gabriel's Revolt: Virginia, 1800
Edited by Anna Bontemps


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1992
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6337-8 (0-8070-6337-1)

“Written in 1936 and based on an actual slave revolt, this critically acclaimed novel celebrates slave Gabriel Prossier’s struggle to end racial oppression.” — Publishers Weekly

“Gabriel Prosser’s 1800 slave revolt allowed Bontemps to warn of the rebellion that would come of poverty and racial oppression. This metaphor of revolution is at... Read more >

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The Harlem Reader
A Celebration of New York's Most Famous Neighborhood, from the Renaissance Years to the 21st Century
Written by Herb Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4681-2 (1-4000-4681-5)

From its humble beginnings as a farming district and country retreat for the rich, Harlem rapidly developed and grew to achieve international prominence as the mecca of black art and culture. Then, due to various socio-economic changes and cultural changes, it became a city symbolizing urban decay.

However,during all of its... Read more >
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Big Girls Don't Cry

Written by Connie Briscoe


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 1, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41362-8 (0-345-41362-8)

The New York Times Bestseller

The 1997 Blackboard African American Bestseller's Book of the Year

Born into a comfortable Washington, D.C. home, Naomi Jefferson leads a life that is only occasionally marred by racism.  But all that changes when her older brother Joshua--who seems destined for greatness--is killed in a tragic car accident on... Read more >

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The Harlem Hellfighters

Written by Max Brooks
Illustrated by Caanan White


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-46497-2 (0-307-46497-0)

Teachers/Professors: To request an Advance Reader's Copy, email rhacademic@randomhouse.com with your full school shipping address.

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina... Read more >

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Clotel
or, The President's Daughter
Written by William W. Brown
Introduction by Hilton Als


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78323-7 (0-679-78323-7)

The first novel published by an African American, Clotel takes up the story, in circulation at the time, that Thomas Jefferson fathered an illegitimate mulatto daughter who was sold into slavery. Powerfully reimagining this story, and weaving together a variety of contemporary source materials, Brown fills the novel with daring escapes... Read more >
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Neecey's Lullaby
A novel
Written by Cris Burks


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1983-8 (0-7679-1983-1)

The story of a girl tempered in a crucible of abuse and neglect, Neecey’s Lullaby is a superbly crafted narrative in the spirit of the bestselling novels Push and Bastard Out of Carolina.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Neecey once felt that her world was perfect. She was loved... Read more >
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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8310-9 (0-8070-8310-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8369-7 (0-8070-8369-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-698-8 (1-58322-698-2)

A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and “Speech Sounds,” winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, “Amnesty” is a story of a woman... Read more >

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Fledgling
A Novel
Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-690-2 (1-58322-690-7)

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she... Read more >

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Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

Written by Bebe Moore Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 10, 1993
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-38395-2 (0-345-38395-8)

Winner of the 1993 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction

Bebe Moore Campbell has been praised by Maya Angelou as "a writer who fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love."  In Your Blues Ain't Like Mine a 1950's Mississippi town is torn apart when a racist beating turns into... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6912-7 (0-8070-6912-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades–more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Back Channel
A novel
Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34960-4 (0-385-34960-2)

October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Emperor of Ocean Park

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71292-0 (0-375-71292-5)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the Eastern seabord—families who summer... Read more >

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Jericho's Fall

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47447-6 (0-307-47447-X)

A riveting spy thriller, Jericho's Fall is the spellbinding story of a young woman running for her life from shadowy government forces.

In a secluded mountain retreat, Jericho Ainsley, former CIA director and former secretary of defense, is dying of cancer. To his bedside he has called Rebecca DeForde, a young, single... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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New England White

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71291-3 (0-375-71291-7)

The eagerly awaited, electrifying new novel from the author of The Emperor of Ocean Park (“Among the most remarkable fiction debuts in recent years . . . A rip-roaring entertainment”—The Boston Globe).

When The Emperor of Ocean Park was published, Time Out declared: “Carter does for members of the contemporary black upper... Read more >

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Palace Council

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38596-3 (0-307-38596-5)

Bestselling author Stephen L. Carter delivers a gripping political thriller set against the backdrop of Watergate, Vietnam, and the Nixon White House.

Philmont Castle is a man who has it all: wealth, respect, and connections. He's the last person you'd expect to fall prey to a murderer, but then his body is... Read more >

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Pride
A Novel
Written by Lorene Cary


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 19, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48183-0 (0-385-48183-7)

Four women, lifelong friends, are turning 40—and what a year it is.

Roz, the perfectly controlled (and controlling) politician's wife, is trying to keep her family together as she recovers from breast cancer and her husband runs for the biggest election of his career. Though he has strayed from her in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hottentot Venus
A Novel
Written by Barbara Chase-Riboud


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3208-2 (1-4000-3208-3)

In this extraordinary novel based on a true story, Chase-Riboud recounts the tragic life of Sarah Baartman, a South African herdswoman exhibited as a “scientific curiosity” in the capitals of nineteenth-century Europe. She re-creates in vivid, shocking detail the racism and sexism at the heart of European imperialism. In an unforgettable... Read more >
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The House Behind the Cedars

Written by Charles Chesnutt
Introduction by Judith Jackson Fossett


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 9, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6616-9 (0-8129-6616-3)

One of the most significant novels of racial boundaries in American literature, The House Behind the Cedars tells of John and Lena Walden, mulatto siblings who pass for white in the postbellum American South. The drama that unfolds as they travel between black and white worlds constitutes a riveting portrait of... Read more >
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