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Homelands and Waterways
The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926
Written by Adele Logan Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 18, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75871-6 (0-679-75871-2)

Homelands and Waterways traces the rise of a resolute African American family (the author's own) from privation to the middle class. In so doing, it explodes the stereotypes that have shaped and distorted our thinking about African Americans--both as slaves and in freedom. Adele Logan Alexander's account is the result of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Uncovering Race
A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention
Written by Amy Alexander


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6100-8 (0-8070-6100-X)

From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape.

Amy Alexander fell in love with journalism as a child in San Francisco during the tumultuous late 1960s. After landing her... 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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Hallelujah! The Welcome Table
A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7485-0 (0-8129-7485-9)

Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mom & Me & Mom

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6611-7 (1-4000-6611-5)

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter... Read more >

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Best Intentions
The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Written by Robert Sam Anson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75707-0 (0-394-75707-6)

Anson explores how Edmund Perry, a 17-year-old black honors student from Harlem, was killed soon after graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy by a young white plainclothes policeman in an alleged mugging attempt.

“Disquieting . . . often poignant” (Time), an “engrossing” (Newsweek) exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the... Read more >
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Grace
Quotes & Passages for Heart, Mind, and Soul
Written by B.C. Aronson


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Reference
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42607-0 (0-375-42607-8)

This treasury of quotes and passages on leading a centered, purposeful, and spiritual life offers the advice and observations of leaders from all walks of life. Included are Ghandi, Lao-Tzu, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and hundreds of other unique and inspiring voices on subjects like compassion, kindness... Read more >
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Days of Grace

Written by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-38681-6 (0-345-38681-7)

Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. 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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No Name in the Street

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $14.95
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 >
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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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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 >
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Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl?
The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women
Written by Jonetta Rose Barras


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43483-8 (0-345-43483-8)

Now In Paperback.

What happens to a little girl who grows up without a father? Can she ever feel truly loved and fully alive? Does she ever heal—or is she doomed to live a wounded, fragmented life and to pass her wounds down to her own children? Fatherlessness afflicts nearly half the... Read more >
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Legacy
Treasures of Black History
Edited by Thomas C. Battle and Donna Wells
Contribution by Moorland Spingarn Research Center


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0006-9 (1-4262-0006-4)

From its Introduction by the revered and distinguished John Hope Franklin to the bibliography and extensive index that complete it, Legacy represents a major new contribution to African-American history. The Black experience and its impact on our nation's culture and character come alive in twelve chapters that sweep from ancient Africa... Read more >

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Remember Me to Harlem
The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Written by Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Edited by Emily Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72707-8 (0-375-72707-8)

The Harlem Renaissance comes to vivid life in the spirited, 40-year-long correspondence between the black novelist and poet Langston Hughes and the music and dance critic Carl Van Vechten, a flamboyant white critic, writer and photographer.

Hughes was twenty-two and Van Vechten forty-four when they began a friendship that would last... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Face Is Black Is True
Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27705-3 (0-307-27705-4)

“My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest in dealing with my fellow man.”
~Callie House (1899)

In her groundbreaking new book, My Face Is Black Is True, historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861–1928), ex-slave, widowed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Power in Words
The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House
Written by Mary Frances Berry and Josh Gottheimer
Foreword by Theodore C. Sorensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0169-1 (0-8070-0169-4)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

The seminal speeches that helped catapult Barack Obama to the White House.

In Power in Words, distinguished historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry and former presidential speechwriter Josh Gottheimer introduce Barack Obama’s most memorable speeches... Read more >
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With Billie
A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day
Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70580-9 (0-375-70580-5)

From Julia Blackburn, an author whose ability to conjure lives from other times and places is so vivid that one suspects she sees ghosts, here is a portrait of a woman whose voice continues to haunt anyone who hears it.
Billie Holiday’s life is inseparable from an account of her troubles, her... Read more >
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Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams
The Story of Black Hollywood
Written by Donald Bogle


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 31, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45419-5 (0-345-45419-7)

In Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle tells–for the first time–the story of a place both mythic and real: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them.

Through interviews... 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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Autobiography of a People
Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It
Written by Herb Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 26, 2000
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49279-9 (0-385-49279-0)

Celebrating the spirituality, courage, and intellectual achievements of African Americans, Autobiography of a People is the first anthology to effectively trace the history of the African American experience—from the Middle Passage to Emancipation, from the Civil War to Vietnam, from the Little Rock Nine to the Million Man March—by telling the... Read more >
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One More River to Cross
Black & Gay in America
Written by Keith Boykin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47983-7 (0-385-47983-2)

One More River to Cross etches an insightful and provocative portrait of a largely invisible, often denied presence in American life-black gays and lesbians. Against the historical backdrop of civil rights and the black experience in America, Boykin interviews Baptist ministers, gay political leaders, and other blacks, gays, and lesbians on... Read more >

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Fraternity
In 1968, a visionary priest recruited 20 black men to the College of the Holy Cross and changed their lives and the course of history.
Written by Diane Brady


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52474-2 (0-385-52474-9)

The inspiring true story of a group of young men whose lives were changed by a visionary mentor

On April 4, 1968, the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., shocked the nation. Later that month, the Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of the Holy Cross who shared... Read more >
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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

Read more >
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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
Black Women Explore Midlife
Edited by Carleen Brice


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2823-0 (0-8070-2823-1)

Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes ‘midlife’ from a black woman’s point of view. Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women’s lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other... Read more >
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