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The Persistence of the Color Line
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45555-0 (0-307-45555-6)

Renowned for his insightful, common-sense critiques of racial politics, Randall Kennedy gives us a shrewd and penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency.

Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama; whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at... Read more >

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On the Down Low
A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep With Men
Written by J.L. King and Karen Hunter
Foreword by E. Lynn Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1399-7 (0-7679-1399-X)

"This is a revealing look at an important social and health issue."
--Booklist (American Library Association)

In the August 3, 2003 issue of The New York Times Magazine, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis gave a brief overview of the secretive phenemonon known as "Living on the Down Low", or the DL. The article explored the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3566-0 (0-7704-3566-1)

The author of Savage Inequalities, a New York Times best-seller, and Rachel and Her Children, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, tells the stories of a handful of children who have--through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders--not yet lost their battle with the perils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Ashes
Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5247-9 (1-4000-5247-5)

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Fire in the Ashes
Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5246-2 (1-4000-5246-7)

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ordinary Resurrections
Children in the Years of Hope
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3567-7 (0-7704-3567-X)

In a stirring departure from his earlier work, Jonathan Kozol has written his most personal and hopeful book to date, an energized and unexpected answer to the bleakness of Death at an Early Age, the prize-winning classic that he published more than 30 years ago.

Like his most recent book, Amazing Grace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savage Inequalities
Children in America's Schools
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3568-4 (0-7704-3568-8)

A searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, cities and suburbs and the question of equal opportunity in the American educational system.
In 1988, Jonathan Kozol set off to spend time with children in the American publication education system. For two years, he visited schools and spoke with children... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5 (1-4000-5245-9)

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Coming White Minority
California, Multiculturalism, and America's Future
Written by Dale Maharidge


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75008-6 (0-679-75008-8)

Some time after 2050, the population of the United States will be less than half white. California, however, has already experienced this seismic demographic shift. The current debate in California—often dominated by the extremists of both the right and the left—and its outcome are harbingers of the nation's future. How the... Read more >

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Up Ghost River
A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History
Written by Edmund Metatawabin and Alexandra Shimo


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf Canada
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39987-8 (0-307-39987-7)

In the 1950s, 7-year-old Edmund Metatawabin was separated from his family and placed in one of Canada’s worst residential schools. St. Anne’s, in north­ern Ontario, is an institution now notorious for the range of punishments that staff and teachers inflicted on students. Even as Metatawabin built the trappings of a successful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coming of Age in Mississippi

Written by Anne Moody


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33781-6 (0-385-33781-7)

A widely hailed and adopted social and historical commentary, this contemporary classic is the autobiography of a young black girl growing up in the Deep South. Moody details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of the black girl who had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52819-1 (0-385-52819-1)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)


Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to... Read more >

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Coming Apart
The State of White America, 1960-2010
Written by Charles Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45343-3 (0-307-45343-X)

From the bestselling co-author of The Bell Curve, author and political scientist Charles Murray offers a thought-provoking commentary on class in contemporary America. He presents extensive research and statistical data to illustrate that the U.S. today is divided into upper and lower classes that differ so drastically in values and habits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hunting Season
Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
Written by Mirta Ojito


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0181-3 (0-8070-0181-3)

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Sammy Wong, All-American

Written by Charley Rosen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-545-6 (1-60980-545-3)

Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball—among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blaming the Victim

Written by William Ryan


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1976
Price: $11.20
ISBN: 978-0-394-72226-9 (0-394-72226-4)

A revised, updated edition of Ryan's classic study of how and why we prefer to put the blame for poverty on its victims rather than on the inequalities of American society. Blaming the Victim, originally published in 1970, was the first book to identify these truisms as part of the system... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
Written by Doug Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95117-5 (0-307-95117-0)

From the author of prize-winning Arrival City, a controversial and long-overdue rejoinder to the excessive fears of an Islamic threat that have spread throughout America and Europe and threaten our basic values.

Since September 11, 2001, a growing chorus has warned that Western society and values are at risk of being... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >
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