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Letters to a Young Artist
Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind
Written by Anna Deavere Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3238-9 (1-4000-3238-5)

From Anna Deavere Smith here is brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes, in the tradition of Rilke's classic Letters to a Young Poet.

Hailed as a pioneering force in American theater for her signature documentary style of performance, Anna Deavere Smith here looks back on lessons from thirty years of... Read more >
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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: $15.00
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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Uncle Tom's Cabin
or, Life among the Lowly
Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Introduction by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75693-1 (0-375-75693-0)

When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment... Read more >
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The Gettin Place

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48659-0 (0-385-48659-6)

Susan Straight’s most powerful novel yet is framed by two race riots: the little known Tulsa riots of the 1920s, in which white Tulsa burned down the town’s black enclave; and the notorious L.A. riots of the 1990s.

Straight’s brilliant story of the effects of violence in America on three generations of... Read more >

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A Million Nightingales

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9559-9 (1-4000-9559-X)

From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.

Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from... Read more >
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Grand Central Winter
Stories from the Street
Written by Lee Stringer
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-918-7 (1-58322-918-3)

Whether Lee Stringer is describing “God’s corner” as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and “past due tourist” whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and... Read more >
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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 >
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The Dying Ground
A Maceo Redfield Novel
Written by Nichelle D. Tramble


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75653-5 (0-375-75653-1)

Billy: dead. Felicia: missing.

None of the words made sense together, but the doom I'd expected announced itself. I felt iron in my mouth, like I'd gargled with pennies, a taste like blood, a bitter taste that always followed bad news.

The setting is Oakland, 1989; the crack epidemic is at its height... Read more >
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An Eighth of August
A Novel
Written by Dawn Turner Trice


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72147-9 (0-385-72147-1)

From the author of the highly acclaimed Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven, a new novel about the strong ties and haunting memories that bind family and friends in a small town.

Narrated by a chorus of voices, An Eighth of August tells the story of a Midwestern community that celebrates... Read more >

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Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth
New Poems
Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7105-7 (0-8129-7105-1)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple gives us her first new collection of poetry in more than a decade, poems that reaffirm her as “one of the best American writers of today” (The Washington Post).

The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in... Read more >
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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart

Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40795-5 (0-345-40795-4)

Fictional stories based on the author’s own life, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is a wise and moving treasure of a book about love and life by the author of The Color Purple and By the Light of My Father’s Smile. 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 >
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Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds
Stories by and about Black Women
Edited by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26015-2 (0-385-26015-6)

Combining two critically acclaimed short story collections, this volume contains 21 short stories, all published after 1960, by and about black women. Includes such authors as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, Ntozake Shange and Gayl Jones.


Table of Contents

Re(Visions): Black Women Writers—Their Texts, Their Readers, Their Critics

Jean Wheeler Smith
Frankie Mae

Paulette... Read more >

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Invented Lives
Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960
Written by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1988
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24842-6 (0-385-24842-3)

A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
“The Darkened Eye Restored": Notes Toward... Read more >

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Memory of Kin
Stories About Family by Black Writers
Edited by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1990
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24783-2 (0-385-24783-4)

Critic, essayist, and anthologist Mary Helen Washington has chosen as the theme of her newest collection "the family as a living mystery." She selected nineteen stories and twelve poems by some of this century's leading black authors that oblige the reader to observe the complexities of the family in new and... Read more >
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Southern Selves
From Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons A Collection of Autobiographical Writing
Written by James Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78103-5 (0-679-78103-X)

In this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers--from Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, to Eudora Welty and Richard Wright--make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life.

In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or... Read more >
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Apex Hides the Hurt
A Novel
Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3126-9 (1-4000-3126-5)

The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town’s aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need... Read more >
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The Intuitionist
A Novel
Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49300-0 (0-385-49300-2)

Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. This marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.


"Ingenious and... Read more >
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Sag Harbor

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45516-1 (0-307-45516-5)

From the award-winning author of John Henry Days and The Intuitionist: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.

Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a... Read more >
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Zone One

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45517-8 (0-307-45517-3)

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is... Read more >
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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 >
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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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Ardency
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
Poems
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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