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Black Ice
Black Ice
Written by Lorene Cary
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ISBN: 9780307778475
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Black Ice

Written by Lorene Cary


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a scholarship student in a "boot camp" for future American leaders.  Like any good student, she was determined to succeed.  But Cary... Read more >
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My American Journey
My American Journey
Written by Colin L. Powell and Joseph E. Persico
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ISBN: 9780307763686
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My American Journey

Written by Colin L. Powell and Joseph E. Persico


Format: eBook, 656 pages
On Sale: December 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

"A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY . . . AN ENDEARING AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK."
--The New York Times Book Review
Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at... Read more >
Decoded
Decoded
Written by Jay-Z
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068920
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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 13, 2010
Price: $14.00

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 President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for... Read more >
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Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Written by Condoleezza Rice
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ISBN: 9780307719607
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Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $11.99

Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist.  Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman...

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
Fist Stick Knife Gun
Written by Geoffrey Canada
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ISBN: 9780807044612
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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00

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Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for... Read more >
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The Grace of Silence
The Grace of Silence
Written by Michele Norris, Read by Michele Norris
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780307748928
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The Grace of Silence
A Memoir
Written by Michele Norris
Read by Michele Norris


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $17.50

In the wake of talk of a “postracial” America upon Barack Obama’s ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about “the hidden conversation” on race that is unfolding nationwide. She... Read more >
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The Grace of Silence
The Grace of Silence
Written by Michele Norris
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ISBN: 9780307379467
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The Grace of Silence
A Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: eBook, 304 pages
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $11.99

In the wake of talk of a “postracial” America upon Barack Obama’s ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about “the hidden conversation” on race that is unfolding nationwide. She... Read more >
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Unforgivable Blackness
Unforgivable Blackness
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward
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ISBN: 9780307492371
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Unforgivable Blackness
The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: August 4, 2010
Price: $13.99

In this vivid biography Geoffrey C. Ward brings back to life the most celebrated — and the most reviled — African American of his age.

Jack Johnson battled his way out of obscurity and poverty in the Jim Crow South to win the title of heavyweight champion of the world. At... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
A Mighty Long Way
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page, Foreword by Bill Clinton
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ISBN: 9780345511010
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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
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00

When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an... Read more >
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Stepin Fetchit
Stepin Fetchit
Written by Mel Watkins
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ISBN: 9780307547507
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Stepin Fetchit
The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry
Written by Mel Watkins


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: July 14, 2010
Price: $11.99

In the late 1920s and '30s Lincoln Perry, aka Stepin Fetchit, was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era’s most popular comic stereotype–the lazy, shiftless Negro. Perry was hailed by critic Robert Benchley as “the best actor that the talking movies have produced,” and Mel Watkins’s meticulously... Read more >
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Autobiography of a People
Autobiography of a People
Written by Herb Boyd
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307754936
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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: eBook, 576 pages
On Sale: June 30, 2010
Price: $17.99

Autobiography of a People is an insightfully assembled anthology of eyewitness accounts that traces the history of the African American experience.  From the Middle Passage to the Million Man March, editor Herb Boyd has culled a diverse range of voices, both famous and ordinary, to creat a unique and compelling historical... Read more >
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Trading Twelves
Trading Twelves
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, Preface by Albert Murray, Edited by John Callahan, Introduction by John Callahan
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ISBN: 9780307560742
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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $11.99

This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man... Read more >
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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
Written by Maya Angelou
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ISBN: 9780307434784
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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: February 24, 2010
Price: $11.99

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 Walking Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an... Read more >
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Racing While Black
Racing While Black
Written by Leonard T. Miller, Contribution by Andrew Simon, Foreword by Kenneth L. Shropshire
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ISBN: 9781583228968
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Racing While Black
How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR
Written by Leonard T. Miller
Contribution by Andrew Simon
Foreword by Kenneth L. Shropshire


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $24.95

Starting a NASCAR team is hard work. Starting a NASCAR team as an African American is even harder. These are just a few of the lessons learned by Leonard T. Miller during his decade and a half of running an auto racing program. Fueled by more than the desire to win... Read more >
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A Shining Thread of Hope
A Shining Thread of Hope
Written by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson
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ISBN: 9780307568229
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A Shining Thread of Hope

Written by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 14, 2009
Price: $11.99

At the greatest moments and in the cruelest times, black women have been a crucial part of America's history.  Now, the inspiring history of black women in America is explored in vivid detail by two leaders in the fields of African American and women's history.

A Shining Thread of Hope chronicles the lives... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
A Mighty Long Way
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page, Foreword by Bill Clinton
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780345511003
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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
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00

When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
A Mighty Long Way
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page, Foreword by Bill Clinton
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ISBN: 9780345517241
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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: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $11.99

BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide.

When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they... Read more >
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My Face Is Black Is True
My Face Is Black Is True
Written by Mary Frances Berry
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ISBN: 9780307538710
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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: eBook
On Sale: July 16, 2009
Price: $11.99

“My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest dealing with my fellow man.” –Callie House (1899)In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian Dr. Mary Frances Berry resurrects the remarkable story of ex-slave Callie House (1861-1928) who, seventy years before the civil-rights... Read more >
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Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint Louverture
Written by Madison Smartt Bell
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ISBN: 9780307548191
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Toussaint Louverture

Written by Madison Smartt Bell


Format: eBook, 352 pages
On Sale: June 10, 2009
Price: $11.99

At the end of the 1700s, French Saint Domingue was the richest and most brutal colony in the Western Hemisphere. A mere twelve years later, however, Haitian rebels had defeated the Spanish, British, and French and declared independence after the first—and only—successful slave revolt in history. Much of the success of... Read more >
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Hard Driving
Hard Driving
Written by Brian Donovan
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ISBN: 9781586421601
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Hard Driving
The Wendell Scott Story
Written by Brian Donovan


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.99

Hard Driving is the dramatic story of one man’s dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport.Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became nascar’s version of Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s. Some... Read more >
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Gather Together in My Name
Gather Together in My Name
Written by Maya Angelou
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781588369239
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Gather Together in My Name

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: eBook
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $11.99

In this incredible second book in a series of autobiographies, the poet, still in her teens, gives birth to a son, tries to keep a job, falls in love, dances, falls out of love, chases after her kidnapped baby, and goes to work in a house of prostitution thinking she is... Read more >
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Gather Together in My Name
Gather Together in My Name
Written by Maya Angelou
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ISBN: 9780812980301
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Gather Together in My Name

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00

Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But... Read more >
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The Heart of a Woman
The Heart of a Woman
Written by Maya Angelou
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ISBN: 9780812980325
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The Heart of a Woman

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $15.00

In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for... Read more >
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The Heart of a Woman
The Heart of a Woman
Written by Dr. Maya Angelou
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ISBN: 9781588369246
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The Heart of a Woman

Written by Dr. Maya Angelou


Format: eBook
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $11.99

Maya Angelou has fascinated, moved, and inspired  countless readers with the first three volumes of  her autobiography, one of the most remarkable  personal narratives of our age. Now, in her fourth  volume, The Heart of a Woman, her  turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the  singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous  New York City. There, at... Read more >
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