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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 >

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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 >

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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 the University of Illinois, 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 in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since... 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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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4456-8 (0-8070-4456-3)

Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Promised Land
The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America
Written by Nicholas Lemann


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73347-8 (0-679-73347-7)

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for History

The Promised Land is an examination of the profound social, political, and economic effects upon the United States after the 20th century migration of five million blacks from the rural South to the urban North.  Lemann traces the lives of a number... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Women in White America
A Documentary History
Edited by Gerda Lerner


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 1992
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74314-9 (0-679-74314-6)

Recipient of the 2002 Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Historical Writing

In this "stunning collection of documents" (Washington Post Book World), African-American women speak of themselves, their lives, ambitions, and struggles from the colonial period to the present day. Theirs are stories of oppression and survival, of family and community... Read more >

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The Secret Epidemic
The Story of AIDS and Black America
Written by Jacob Levenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72234-6 (0-385-72234-6)

As we enter the twenty-first century, AIDS in America has become primarily a black disease. African Americans now constitute 50 percent of all new HIV cases, and AIDS is one of the top causes of death in young black men and women. The story of how this came to pass reaches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Autobiography of Malcolm X

Written by Malcolm X


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 15, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-37671-8 (0-345-37671-4)

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His Autobiography is now an established classic of modern American literature, a book that expresses like no other, the crucial truth about race and racism... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a paperback.

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Autobiography of Malcolm X

Written by Malcolm X


Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-35068-8 (0-345-35068-5)

Now an established classic of modern American literature, a book that expresses like none other the issues of race and racism in our time. This is the story of an activist whose voice and philosophy resonate from every page and whose experiences and intelligence continue to speak to millions about the... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Angry Black White Boy
A Novel
Written by Adam Mansbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5487-9 (1-4000-5487-7)

**Currently taught in courses at over thirty colleges and universities nationwide**

From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.

Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond Glory
Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Written by David Margolick


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72619-4 (0-375-72619-5)

Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling—bouts that symbolized and galvanized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war.

David Margolick takes us into the careers of both... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Makes Me Wanna Holler
A Young Black Man in America
Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74070-4 (0-679-74070-8)

In this autobiography Washington Post reporter McCall looks back on his journey from troubled youth to professional journalist and shows that the easy answers to why kids go wrong--poverty, terrible home life, lack of education--do not always apply. "The problems among us," he writes of acquaintances who ended up addicted, imprisoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What's Going On

Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70150-4 (0-375-70150-8)

In What's Going On, McCall firmly establishes himself as a commentator for our times, drawing on personal experience and current events to deconstruct the social, cultural, and political tensions that, in clearly seen and not so obvious ways, affect us every day. With his trademark blend of honesty, originality, and insight... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands

Written by Susan Carol McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38103-0 (0-553-38103-2)

Awards & Honors:
*2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award
*2003 San Diego Magazine's Book Award for Fiction
*2002 Deadly Pleasures' Best U.S. First Novel

Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands Common Reads List
ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY READS:

•Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Finlandia University, Hancock, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Montcalm... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Driving While Black
Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxi Cabs, Sidewalks: How to Fight Back if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
Written by Kenneth Meeks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0549-7 (0-7679-0549-0)

An exposè on one of the most controversial, and relevant, topics in race relations within American society today. Driving While Black examines racial profiling in all situations, from the police officer who pulls over black drivers to a store clerk who suspiciously eyes his black patrons. The book not only delves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Protest Psychosis
How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Written by Jonathan M. Metzl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0127-1 (0-8070-0127-9)

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Free Ride
From the Mean Streets to the Mainstream
Written by Kweisi Mfume and Ronald Stodghill, II


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 6, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41364-2 (0-345-41364-4)

Kweisi Mfume's story is a classic  American saga. Thrust upon the gritty streets of Baltimore, he once seemed destined to become another statistic of black urban pathology. After a life-altering moment of revelation, Mfume embarked on a journey that led from a night GED course to college and eventually to public office... Read more >

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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
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-896-8 (1-58322-896-9)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beneath the Underdog
His World as Composed by Mingus
Written by Charles Mingus


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73761-2 (0-679-73761-8)

Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the Underdog, his celebrated, wild, funny, demonic, anguished, shocking, and profoundly moving memoir, is the greatest autobiography ever written by a jazz musician. It tells of his God-haunted childhood... Read more >

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The Birth of African-American Culture
An Anthropological Perspective
Written by Sidney Wilfred Mintz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0917-8 (0-8070-0917-2)

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

“A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like.” -Albert J. Raboteau 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)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
Cabrini College... 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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