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Click for more detail about The Stiletto Agreement by JaQuavis Coleman The Stiletto Agreement

by JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 25, 2022)
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One wife. One mistress. One deadly game of sex, deception, and betrayal…Both wife and mistress are attached to the same man, a man heir to the throne of a powerful business. The same man that had led them on for years and kept secrets from them both. But now he’s thousands of miles away, duct-taped and bound to a chair in a basement in Detroit, Michigan.As the intricate plan concocted between the two women unfolds, more and more layers of secrets are exposed. What starts out as a quest for ransom money turns into a ruthless game of cat and mouse. Within 72 hours, sex, manipulation, lies, and altered plans will all explode into unpredictable consequences that will change their three lives forever…


Click for more detail about Praying Like Crazy by Michele Andrea Bowen Praying Like Crazy

by Michele Andrea Bowen
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 01, 2022)
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In Praying Like Crazy (Pastor’s Aid Club) by Michele Andrea Bowen, Veronica Washington gets fired from her high-profile PR job before she even has a chance to step in the building—frantic, upset, she believes she has fallen as low as ‘she can get’. But when her moment of hardship leads her directly to Charles Robinson, the sharp-dressed and undeniably fine owner of Rumpshakers Hip-Hop Gentlemen’s Club, her problems only compound. Veronica cannot deny that, despite his occupation, Charles is a true gentleman and is willing to spend as much time as it takes to help her get back on her feet. What Veronica doesn’t know is the true reason behind Charles’ 21st Century brand of chivalry.
Despite being surrounded constantly by gorgeous women, Charles is drawn to Veronica. Beautiful as any magazine-cover-worthy celebrity, and smart as a whip, she’s the kind of companion Charles can never have—she’s a saved woman, and the difference between her life and Charles’s is just too great. But bigger issues are on the horizon for them. Veronica getting fired only scratches the surface of a much more sinister plot involving a host of shady characters. As immoral men, just barely on the right side of the law, and a former Mafia man move in on Charles, it’s going to take a whole lot more than his bank account to keep his enemies at bay. What he’ll need most of all is a good woman by his side, and enough faith to pray like crazy.


Click for more detail about Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Apr 22, 2022)
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A timely and inspiring nonfiction guide for middle grade readers about the history of our fight against climate change, and how young people today are rising to action.

Inspired by Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth: A Recent History, the acclaimed book that grew out of an August 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine solely dedicated to it, Saving Earth tells the human story of the climate change conversation from the recent past into the present day. It wrestles with the long shadow of our failures, what might be ahead for today’s generation, and crucial questions of how we understand the world we live in—and how we can work together to change the outlook for the better. Enlivened with illustrations from Tim Foley, and filled with the voices of climate activists from the past and present, this book is both a call to action and a riveting dramatic history.


Click for more detail about Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi Goliath

by Tochi Onyebuchi
Tordotcom (Jan 25, 2022)
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"Onyebuchi sets fire to the boundary between fiction and reality, and brings a crumbling city and an all too plausible future to vibrant life. Riveting, disturbing, and rendered in masterful detail."—Leigh Bardugo

In his adult novel debut, Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and NAACP Image Award finalist and Alex and New England Book Award winner Tochi Onyebuchi brings us a sweeping sci-fi epic in the vein of Samuel R. Delany and Station Eleven

Goliath explores the city of New Haven as a primal biblical epic flung into the future. What happens to the people who get pushed out?

A David and Jonathan story that throws readers into the history and sins of the Connecticut metropolis, this ambitious, sprawling novel weaves together disparate narratives—a space-dweller looking at New Haven as a chance to reconnect with his spiraling lover; a group of civil servants attempting to renew the promises of Earth’s crumbling cities; a journalist attempting to capture the violence of the streets—into a richly urgent mosaic about race, class, gentrification, and who is allowed to be the hero of any history.


Click for more detail about The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale by Charly Palmer The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale

by Charly Palmer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 04, 2022)
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Have you ever heard of Gravity? No, not gravity, the centrifugal force pulling us to the Earth. I’m talking about Gravity—the greatest ball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

Gravity is the new kid on the Hillside Projects basketball team, the Eagles. He once jumped so high that his teammates went out for ice cream before he came back down. With Gravity on their side, the Eagles feel unstoppable. They’re ready to win "The Best of the Best," Milwaukee’s biggest and baddest pick-up basketball tournament. But when they face-off with the Flyers in the final round, the winningest team in the whole city, they realize that it may take a little more than Gravity to bring them to victory.

Here is a clever, energetic story about the unsung superstars walking among us, complete with vivid art and heartfelt themes of teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and fun.


Click for more detail about The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

by Anna Malaika Tubbs
Flatiron Books (Dec 28, 2021)
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From Gates Scholar and First Lady of Stockton, CA, Anna Malaika Tubbs, comes The Three Mothers, the first book to celebrate the three great women who raised and shaped America’s most pivotal heroes: MLK, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Much has been written about the Berdis Baldwin’s son James, about Alberta King’s son Martin, and Louise Little’s son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who themselves were all born within six years of each other, all contending with the very specific prejudices faced by Black women during Jim Crow.

Berdis, Alberta, and Louise all possessed an unrelenting belief in education—from Louise asking her children to read to her from the dictionary, to Berdis’s faith and encouragement in her son’s preternaturally gifted writing, to Alberta’s unwavering dedication to Martin’s higher education. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their sons toward greatness, all with a conviction that all human beings deserve dignity and respect despite the rampant racism of the 20th century.

These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of black Americans to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America’s racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families’ safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers.

These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of black motherhood long overdue.


Click for more detail about Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement by Hanif Abdurraqib Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement

by Hanif Abdurraqib
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Dec 28, 2021)
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A young Aretha Franklin captivates her community with the song “Respect” during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, in this striking picture book biography that will embolden today’s young readers to sing their own truth.

When Aretha Franklin sang, she didn’t just sing…she sparked a movement. As a performer and a civil rights activist, the Queen of Soul used her voice to uplift freedom fighters and the Black community during the height of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Her song “Respect” was an anthem of identity, survival, and joy. It gave hope to people trying to make change. And when Aretha sang, the world sang along.

With Hanif Abdurraqib’s poetic voice and Ashley Evans’s dynamic illustrations, Sing, Aretha, Sing! demonstrates how one brave voice can give new power to a nation, and how the legacy of Aretha Franklin lives on in a world still fighting for freedom.


Click for more detail about African Proverbs for All Ages by Johnnetta Betsch Cole African Proverbs for All Ages

by Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Roaring Brook Press (Nov 30, 2021)
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An Oprah Book about the power of proverbs, how they evolve over time, and the wisdom of various cultures in Africa.
It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Whether you are young or old, proverbs can open your mind to a whole new way of seeing the world. We underestimate children when we assume they are incapable of understanding metaphor and deeper meaning. There are multiple ways that children learn, but for each method by which they learn, they need their imagination engaged and their visual sensibilities ignited. And as adults, we underestimate ourselves when we allow our lives to be about practical matters only. Proverbs can stir our soul and spark our imagination. —Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D. President Emerita of Spelman and Bennett Colleges

In African Proverbs for All Ages, noted anthropologist and educator Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole and award-winning illustrator Nelda La Teef invite children and adults to explore and reflect on complex notions about relationships, identity, society, and the human condition.


Click for more detail about Rosie’s Curl and Weave by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Felicia Mason, and Francis Ray Rosie’s Curl and Weave

by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Felicia Mason, and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 16, 2021)
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A reissue of the popular anthology by four bestselling authors at one great price, Rosie’s Curl and Weave: Four Novellas.

STEP INSIDE FOR A DAY OF BEAUTY, LAUGHTER…AND LOVE.

Whether you want a cut, weave or braid; a facial, manicure, or massage; there’s always a helping hand-and a sympathetic ear-at Rosie’s Curl and Weave on 125th Street in Harlem. And sometimes, when you least expect it, love walks in the door. So sit back, relax, put your feet up, and enjoy, as four talented writers render four magical stories about the love of beauty and the beauty of love.

Rochelle Alers gets the sparks flying, as a high-maintenance banker finds herself falling, against her better judgement, for a handsome delivery man who walks into Rosie’s…

Donna Hill puts the assistant manager of Rosie’s in the path of a fine-looking contractor, whose hypnotic honey-brown eyes could be her undoing…

Felicia Mason helps the owner of Rosie’s discover that you don’t have to be young-just young at heart-to fall in love…

Francis Ray turns a timid, dowdy duckling into a confident, sexy swan-and sends her into the arms of a handsome artist-with the help of Rosie’s Curl and Weave…


Click for more detail about The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home by Michael Tubbs The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home

by Michael Tubbs
Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book (Nov 16, 2021)
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The making of a visionary political leader—and a blueprint for a more equitable country

"Don’t tell nobody our business," Michael Tubbs’s mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don’t tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being Black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don’t tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for 25 years to life. Don’t tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid with the newest Jordans. And also don’t tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three "moms"—a Nana who never let him miss church, an Auntie who’d take him to the library any time, and a mother, "She-Daddy", who schooled him in the wisdom of hip-hop and taught him never to take no for an answer.

So for a long time Michael didn’t tell anyone his story, but as he went on to a scholarship at Stanford and an internship in the Obama White House, he began to realize the power of his experience, the need for his perspective in the halls of power. By the time he returned to Stockton to become, in 2016 at age 26, its first Black mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city, he knew his story meant something.

The Deeper the Roots is a memoir astonishing in its candor, voice, and clarity of vision. Tubbs shares with us the city that raised him, his family of badass women, his life-changing encounters with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, the challenges of governing in the 21st century and everything in between—en route to unveiling his compelling vision for America rooted in his experiences in his hometown.


Click for more detail about Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America by Michael Eric Dyson Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 02, 2021)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop

Entertaining Race is a splendid way to spend quality time reading one of the most remarkable thinkers in America today. —Speaker Nancy Pelosi

To read Entertaining Race is to encounter the life-long vocation of a teacher who preaches, a preacher who teaches and an activist who cannot rest until all are set free.—Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock

For more than thirty years, Michael Eric Dyson has played a prominent role in the nation as a public intellectual, university professor, cultural critic, social activist and ordained Baptist minister. He has presented a rich and resourceful set of ideas about American history and culture. Now for the first time he brings together the various components of his multihued identity and eclectic pursuits.

Entertaining Race is a testament to Dyson’s consistent celebration of the outsized impact of African American culture and politics on this country. Black people were forced to entertain white people in slavery, have been forced to entertain the idea of race from the start, and must find entertaining ways to make race an object of national conversation. Dyson’s career embodies these and other ways of performing Blackness, and in these pages, ranging from 1991 to the present, he entertains race with his pen, voice and body, and occasionally, alongside luminaries like Cornel West, David Blight, Ibram X. Kendi, Master P, MC Lyte, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alicia Garza, John McWhorter, and Jordan Peterson.

Most of this work will be new to readers, a fresh light for many of his long-time fans and an inspiring introduction for newcomers. Entertaining Race offers a compelling vision from the mind and heart of one of America’s most important and enduring voices.


Click for more detail about Why?: A Conversation about Race by Taye Diggs Why?: A Conversation about Race

by Taye Diggs
Feiwel & Friends (Oct 19, 2021)
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A conversation about race.

Daddy?
Yes, my sweet boy.

Why are those people shouting?

Our people are shouting because we need to be heard. We need to be heard.


Why? is a question asked by children daily, and in this stirking and timely story, it begins a straightforwardand challenging conversation between children of color and the adults in their lives.

Why are the buildings burning? Why are people marching? Why are they crying? Taye Diggs has written a beautiful, powerful, and poignant story that peers through the eyes of a child as they struggle to understand why these events are happening.

Why? distills the conversations many children and adults are having about race, injustice, and anger in communities throughout our country, and gives them context that young readers can connect with. Heartfelt and deeply piercing illustrations from Shane W. Evans will leave a lasting impact on readers of any age. One that will hopefully lead to more conversations, change, and peace within our own communities and the world.


Click for more detail about The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon The Days of Afrekete

by Asali Solomon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct 19, 2021)
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Inspired by Mrs. Dalloway and Sula, The Days of Afrekete is a tender, surprising novel of two women at midlife who rediscover themselves—and perhaps each other.

Liselle Belmont is having a dinner party. It seems a strange occasion—her husband, Winn, has lost his bid for the state legislature and they’re having the key supporters over to thank them for their work. Liselle was never sure about Winn becoming a politician, never sure about the limelight, about the life of fundraising and stump speeches. Now that it’s over she is facing new questions: Who are they to each other, after all this? How much of herself has she lost on the way—and was it worth it? Just before the night begins, she hears from an FBI agent, who claims that Winn is corrupt. Is it possible? How will she make it through this dinner party?

Across town, Selena is making her way through the same day, the same way she always does—one foot in front of the other, keeping quiet and focused, trying not to see the terrors all around her. Homelessness, starving children, the very living horrors of history that made America possible: these and other thoughts have made it difficult for her to live a normal life. The only time she was ever really happy was with Liselle back in college. But they’ve lost touch, so much so that when they run into each other at a drugstore just after Obama is elected president, they barely speak. But as the day wears on, Selena’s memories of Liselle begin to shift her path.

Asali Solomon’s The Days of Afrekete is a deft, expertly layered, naturally funny, and deeply human examination of two women coming back to themselves at midlife. It is a celebration of our choices and where they take us, the people who change us, and how we can reimagine ourselves even when our lives seem set.


Click for more detail about Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn Flowers for the Sea

by Zin E. Rocklyn
Tordotcom (Oct 19, 2021)
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A Library Journal Editor’s Pick!

Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary’s Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler

We are a people who do not forget.

Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp.

Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.

Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.


Click for more detail about You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Donna Hill and Francis Ray You Make It Feel Like Christmas

by Donna Hill and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 12, 2021)
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You Make It Feel Like Christmas is a 2-in-1 bindup of two novellas filled with holiday magic by Francis Ray and Donna Hill…


Click for more detail about My Monticello: Fiction by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson My Monticello: Fiction

by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Henry Holt & Company  (Oct 05, 2021)
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A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.

Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravelling within the nation.

In “Control Negro,” hailed by Roxane Gay as “one hell of story,” a university professor devotes himself to the study of racism and the development of ACMs (average American Caucasian males) by clinically observing his own son from birth in order to “painstakingly mark the route of this Black child too, one whom I could prove was so strikingly decent and true that America could not find fault in him unless we as a nation had projected it there.” Johnson’s characters all seek out home as a place and an internal state, whether in the form of a Nigerian widower who immigrates to a meager existence in the city of Alexandria, finding himself adrift; a young mixed-race woman who adopts a new tongue and name to escape the landscapes of rural Virginia and her family; or a single mother who seeks salvation through “Buying a House Ahead of the Apocalypse.”

United by these characters’ relentless struggles against reality and fate, My Monticello is a formidable book that bears witness to this country’s legacies and announces the arrival of a wildly original new voice in American fiction.


Click for more detail about Misfits: A Personal Manifesto by Michaela Coel Misfits: A Personal Manifesto

by Michaela Coel
Henry Holt & Company  (Sep 07, 2021)
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From Emmy Award-winner Michaela Coel, creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum, comes a passionate and inspired declaration against fitting in.

Building on her celebrated MacTaggart Lecture, Misfits immerses readers in Coel’s revelations on race, class, and gender through powerful allegory and deeply personal anecdotes—from her coming of age in London public housing to her discovery of theater and her love for storytelling. She tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity, and radical honesty. Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. Championing “misfits” everywhere, this timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

Reviews:
“By turns wryly comic and devastating … [Misfits] codifies her efforts to achieve transparency in her work and in her life.”
—Dave Itzkoff, New York Times

“Coel covers everything … with her signature wit and wisdom, making it clear that her narrative power transcends the small screen. Coel’s is a voice that jumps off the page, and it’s one we’re lucky to have applied to whichever story she chooses to tell.”
—Vogue.com

“Written with the same perfect balance of sentiment, insight and wit that made viewers fall in love with her on the screen. . . . It’s an impassioned and rousing defense of staying true to yourself and supporting others to do the same.”
Time


Click for more detail about Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby Razorblade Tears

by S. A. Cosby
Flatiron Books (Jul 06, 2021)
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A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.

The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.

Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.

Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

Provocative and fast-paced, S. A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears is a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change - and maybe even redemption.


Click for more detail about Blacktop Wasteland (paperback) by S. A. Cosby Blacktop Wasteland (paperback)

by S. A. Cosby
Flatiron Books (Jun 01, 2021)
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A New York Times Notable Books of 2020

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

"Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended." —Lee Child

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard "Bug" Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

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Click for more detail about Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Ace of Spades

by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Feiwel & Friends (Jun 01, 2021)
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Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is … I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. —Aces

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.

Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?

With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.


Click for more detail about Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir

by Ashley C. Ford
Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book (Jun 01, 2021)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This is a book people will be talking about forever." Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

"Ford’s wrenchingly brilliant memoir is truly a classic in the making. The writing is so richly observed and so suffused with love and yearning that I kept forgetting to breathe while reading it." —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author

One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated father.

Through poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley C. Ford wishes she could turn to her father for hope and encouragement. There are just a few problems: he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know what he did to end up there. She doesn’t know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates. When the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley desperately searches for meaning in the chaos. Then, her grandmother reveals the truth about her father’s incarceration … and Ashley’s entire world is turned upside down.

Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.


Click for more detail about The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

by Tim Madigan
Henry Holt & Company  (May 11, 2021)
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One of the worst acts of racial violence in American history took place in 1921, when a White mob numbering in the thousands decimated the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Burning recreates Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explores the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its Black residents and Tulsa’s White population, narrates events leading up to and including Greenwood’s devastation, and documents the subsequent silence that surrounded this tragedy. Delving into history that’s long been pushed aside, this is the true story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre, with updates that connect the historical significance of the massacre to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America.


Click for more detail about A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark A Master of Djinn

by P. Djèlí Clark
Tordotcom (May 11, 2021)
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Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner Clark goes full-length for the first time in his dazzling debut novel

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city—or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…

Novellas by P. Dj�l� Clark
The Black God’s Drums
The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Ring Shout

The Dead Djinn Universe contains stories set primarily in Clark’s fantasy alternate Cairo, and can be enjoyed in any order.


Click for more detail about Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy

by Emmanuel Acho
Roaring Brook Press (May 04, 2021)
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Adapted from Emmanuel Acho’s New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, comes an essential young readers edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation.

Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers.

Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism—from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams—to insightful lessons in black history and black culture.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young readers can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities.


Click for more detail about Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon Sorrowland

by Rivers Solomon
MCD (May 04, 2021)
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A triumphant, genre-bending breakout novel from one of the boldest new voices in contemporary fiction

Vern—seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised—flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world.

But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes.

To understand her metamorphosis and to protect her small family, Vern has to face the past, and more troublingly, the future—outside the woods. Finding the truth will mean uncovering the secrets of the compound she fled but also the violent history in America that produced it.

Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland is a genre-bending work of Gothic fiction. Here, monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire nations. It is a searing, seminal book that marks the arrival of a bold, unignorable voice in American fiction.


Click for more detail about What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry
Flatiron Books (Apr 27, 2021)
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Where Hope Lives:

What we experience in childhood shapes us forever—and that is especially true for young victims of trauma. It’s a lesson Oprah learned as a child being raised by an abusive grandmother. She developed ’a keen sense of when trouble was brewing’—when she would be subjected to ’whuppings’ at times so brutal, the welts left behind would bleed through her clothing.

As a result of this and other abuse she suffered, Oprah has had a lifelong interest in understanding and overcoming the profound effects of early trauma—and helping others do the same. Now, she’s teamed up with neuroscientist and child trauma expert Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, on this essential book. Revealing, intimate, and educational, it’s a testament to the authors’ wish for readers to come to grips with, and let go of, the past—and to move forward into ’post-traumatic wisdom.’

—Leigh Haber, O Magazine


Click for more detail about Popisho by Leone Ross Popisho

by Leone Ross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 20, 2021)
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Bold, iridescent… Dazzling and shocking… Ross’s lyrical, rhythmic writing is something to be savored… [Her] voice sings out loud and pure.
—Eowyn Ivey, The New York Times Book Review

An uproarious, sensual novel, Leone Ross’s Popisho conjures a world where magic is everywhere, food is fate, politics are broken, and love awaits.

Everyone in Popisho was born with a little something-something, boy, a little something extra. The local name was cors. Magic, but more than magic. A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing so inexpressibly your own.

Somewhere far away—or maybe right nearby—lies an archipelago called Popisho. A place of stunning beauty and incorrigible mischief, destiny and mystery, it is also a place in need of change.

Xavier Redchoose is the macaenus of his generation, anointed by the gods to make each resident one perfect meal when the time is right. Anise, his long-lost love, is on a march toward reckoning with her healing powers. The governor’s daughter, Sonteine, still hasn’t come into her cors, but her corrupt father is demanding the macaenus make a feast for her wedding. Meanwhile, graffiti messages from an unknown source are asking hard questions. A storm is brewing. Before it comes, before the end of the day, this wildly imaginative narrative will take us across the islands, through their history, and into the lives of unforgettable characters.

Leone Ross’s Popisho is a masterful delight: a playful love story, a portrait of community, a boldly sensual meditation on desire and addiction, and a critique of the legacies of corruption and colonialism. Inspired by the author’s Jamaican homeland, inflected with rhythms and textures of an amalgam of languages, it is a dazzling, major work of fiction.


Click for more detail about A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney A Dream So Dark

by L.L. McKinney
Square Fish (Apr 13, 2021)
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The fantasy series I’ve been waiting for my whole life.
—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give

In L.L. McKinney’s A Dream So Dark, the thrilling sequel to A Blade So Black, Alice goes deeper into a dark version of Wonderland.

Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates high school), Alice must cross the Veil to rescue her friends and stop the Black Knight once and for all. But the further she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wit’s end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.

There’s a new player on the board; someone capable of using Nightmare creatures to not only influence the living but raise the dead.

Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope, Alice must confront the worst in herself—and in the people she loves—and face the very nature of fear.

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by L.L. McKinney
Imprint (Apr 13, 2021)
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In A Crown So Cursed, the third book in L.L. McKinney’s Nightmare-Verse series, Alice is called to save Wonderland from itself.

Alice is doing her best to recover from her last boss battle, but members of her crew start having these… dreams. And they’re all the same dream: visions of a dark past—and an even darker future. It seems the evil in Wonderland may not be as defeated as they’d hoped.

When word spreads of an encroaching army of Nightmares unlike any ever seen, Alice finds she may have to step between the coming darkness and the mortal world once more. But this time is different. This time, the monsters aren’t waiting for her on the other side of the Veil.

They’re in her own back yard.

An Imprint Book


Click for more detail about Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn Sharks in the Time of Saviors

by Kawai Strong Washburn
Picador (Mar 02, 2021)
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WINNER OF THE 2020 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL.

One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020. A finalist for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by the New York Times (#30), the Guardian, the Boston Globe, Amazon, Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, BBC Culture, Good Housekeeping, LitHub, Spectrum Culture, Third Place Books, Powell’s Books, and Barnes and Noble.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

“Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious debut.” —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Named one of the most anticipated novels for 2020 by the Guardian and Paste Magazine. One of Book Riot’s Best Books to Give as Gifts in 2020.

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods—a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.
When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i—with tragic consequences—they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.


Click for more detail about Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story by Talib Kweli Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story

by Talib Kweli
MCD (Feb 16, 2021)
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From one of the most lyrically gifted, socially conscious rappers of the past twenty years, Vibrate Higher is a firsthand account of hip-hop as a political force

Before Talib Kweli became a world-renowned hip hop artist, he was a Brooklyn kid who liked to cut class, spit rhymes, and wander the streets of Greenwich Village with a motley crew of artists, rappers, and DJs who found hip hop more inspiring than their textbooks (much to the chagrin of the educator parents who had given their son an Afrocentric name in hope of securing for him a more traditional sense of pride and purpose). Kweli’s was the first generation to grow up with hip hop as established culture—a genre of music that has expanded to include its own pantheon of heroes, rich history and politics, and distinct worldview.

Eventually, childhood friendships turned into collaborations and Kweli gained notoriety as a rapper in his own right. From collaborating with some of hip hop’s greatest—including Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar—to selling books out of the oldest African-American bookstore in Brooklyn, and ultimately leaving his record label and taking control of his own recording career, Kweli tells the winding, always compelling story of the people and events that shaped his own life as well as the culture of hip hop which informs American culture at large.

Vibrate Higher illuminates Talib Kweli’s upbringing and artistic success, but so too does it give life to hip hop as a political force—one that galvanized the Movement for Black Lives, and serves a continual channel for resistance against the rising tide of white nationalism.


Click for more detail about The Three Mothers (Hardcover) by Anna Malaika Tubbs The Three Mothers (Hardcover)

by Anna Malaika Tubbs
Flatiron Books (Feb 02, 2021)
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Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin’s son James, about Alberta King’s son Martin Luther, and Louise Little’s son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them.

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes.

One of Fortune Magazine’s 21 Books to Look Foward to in 2021

Badass Women’s Bookclub pick for Badass Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2021!

Berdis Baldwin, Alberta King, and Louise Little were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. These three extraordinary women passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning—from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced.

These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America’s racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families’ safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers.

These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue.


Click for more detail about Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor Remote Control

by Nnedi Okorafor
Tordotcom (Jan 19, 2021)
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An alien artifact turns a young girl into Death’s adopted daughter in Remote Control, a thrilling sci-fi tale of community and female empowerment from Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Nnedi Okorafor

"She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own."

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa—-a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks—alone, except for her fox companion—searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award (audiobook version).


Click for more detail about Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink Angel of Greenwood

by Randi Pink
Feiwel & Friends (Jan 12, 2021)
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A piercing, unforgettable love story set in Greenwood, Oklahoma, also known as the "Black Wall Street," and against the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

Isaiah Wilson is, on the surface, a town troublemaker, but is hiding that he is an avid reader and secret poet, never leaving home without his journal. Angel Hill is a loner, mostly disregarded by her peers as a goody-goody. Her father is dying, and her family’s financial situation is in turmoil.

Though they’ve attended the same schools, Isaiah never noticed Angel as anything but a dorky, Bible toting church girl. Then their English teacher offers them a job on her mobile library, a three-wheel, two-seater bike. Angel can’t turn down the money and Isaiah is soon eager to be in such close quarters with Angel every afternoon.

But life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the Black community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are.


Click for more detail about My Friend! by Taye Diggs My Friend!

by Taye Diggs
Feiwel & Friends (Jan 05, 2021)
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A picture book about what it means to be a friend from Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans, the writer/artist team that brought us Chocolate Me! and Mixed Me.

Friends lend a hand when they can
They help blend and mend
it doesn’t depend on whether you’re doing wrong or right.
A friend can send or lend a shining light to a situation.
Add some bright to any frustration.
On pretty much any occasion.

Two best friends do almost everything together. They have each other’s backs. But when one friend sees the other treating someone unkindly, he steps in to show that everyone wants to be treated as they would treat others.

From the popular picture book team—longtime friends themselves—comes a real and rhythmic look at friendship that any child will relate to in My Friend!


Click for more detail about The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson The Awakening of Malcolm X

by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jan 05, 2021)
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The Awakening of Malcolm X is a powerful narrative account of the activist’s adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz along with 2019 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe award-winning author, Tiffany D. Jackson.

No one can be at peace until he has his freedom.

In Charlestown Prison, Malcolm Little struggles with the weight of his past. Plagued by nightmares, Malcolm drifts through days, unsure of his future. Slowly, he befriends other prisoners and writes to his family. He reads all the books in the prison library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam. Malcolm grapples with race, politics, religion, and justice in the 1940s. And as his time in jail comes to an end, he begins to awaken — emerging from prison more than just Malcolm Little: Now, he is Malcolm X.

Here is an intimate look at Malcolm X’s young adult years. While this book chronologically follows X: A Novel, it can be read as a stand-alone historical novel that invites larger discussions on black power, prison reform, and civil rights.


Click for more detail about Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree by Katie McCabe and Jabari Asim Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree

by Katie McCabe and Jabari Asim
Roaring Brook Press (Dec 15, 2020)
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A young reader’s adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe.

Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the heart of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break the racial and gender barriers in the US Army when women were barely allowed to serve; a fierce attorney in the segregated courtrooms of Washington, DC; and a minister in Black churches, where women had never before had the chance to speak. In 1955, Roundtree won a landmark bus desegregation case that eventually helped end "separate but equal" and destroy insidious Jim Crow laws across the South.

There are many key figures of the civil rights movement whose names don’t often appear in history books, those who fought hard for equality behind the scenes. Developed with the full support of the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Educational Trust and adapted by Jabari Asim from her memoir, this book brings her inspiring, important story and voice to life.

Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an attorney and minister who was of the first women to be commissioned an Army officer and who helped win a landmark case banning segregation in interstate bus travel. She died in 2018 at the age of 104.

Katie McCabe is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washingtonian Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and Reader’s Digest, among others. Her National Magazine Award-winning article on black medical legend Vivien Thomas was the basis for the HBO film Something the Lord Made, winner of three Emmys and a 2005 Peabody award.

Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children’s books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an NAACP Image Award Nominee, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice, School Library Journal Editor’s Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.


Click for more detail about Butterfly 3 by Ashley Antoinette Butterfly 3

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 01, 2020)
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Marvis Johnson is an entrepreneur, artist manager, director, and author. Formally trained in Film and Television Arts at Howard University’s School of Communications, Marvis earned his Bachelor’s Degree there before continuing his education at Showtime Networks under the tutelage of Jay Larkin and David Dinkins, Jr. Upon leaving Showtime Networks, Marvis made the leap into the competitive New York City film and music scene, where he gained the respect of some of the biggest talents in the respective industries, working with Grammy nominated musicians and award-winning filmmakers and A-list actors alike. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.


Click for more detail about Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (signed) by Michael Eric Dyson Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (signed)

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Press (Dec 01, 2020)
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A first edition hand signed book by Michael Eric Dyson is a special for book collectors. In a year that put a halt to in-person events book is a rare gem.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption.

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history and the sort of social unrest we have not seen since the sixties. While Floyd’s death was certainly the catalyst, (heightened by the fact that it occurred during a pandemic whose victims were disproportionately of color) it was in truth the fuse that lit an ever-filling powder keg.

Long Time Coming grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters—each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney—Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life—and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption. Long Time Coming is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race.


Click for more detail about Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

by Emmanuel Acho
Flatiron Books (Nov 10, 2020)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
"Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man"

"You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have." So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. "There is a fix," Acho says. "But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations."

In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and "reverse racism." In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity—but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.


Click for more detail about Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark Ring Shout

by P. Djèlí Clark
Tordotcom (Oct 13, 2020)
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ebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror

“A fantastical, brutal and thrilling triumph of the imagination…Clark’s combination of historical and political reimagining is cathartic, exhilarating and fresh.” —The New York Times

  • A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!
  • A 2021 Nebula Award Finalist!
  • A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!
  • A 2021 Ignyte Award Finalist!
  • A 2021 AAMBC Literary Award Finalist!
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick!
  • A Booklist Editor’s Choice Pick!
  • A 2020 SIBA Award Finalist!
  • Featured on the 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Shortlist!

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | Library Journal | Book Riot | LitReactor | Bustle | Polygon | Washington Post

IN AMERICA, DEMONS WEAR WHITE HOODS.

In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan’s ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. But something awful’s brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?


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by Lenny Kravitz
Henry Holt & Company  (Oct 06, 2020)
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"Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor. ’My life is all about opposites, ’ he writes. ’Black and white. Jewish and Christian. The Jackson 5 and Led Zeppelin. I accepted my Gemini soul. I owned it. I adored it. Yins and yangs mingled in various parts of my heart and mind, giving me balance and fueling my curiosity and comfort’"—Dust jacket flap.


Click for more detail about And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall And Now She’s Gone

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (Sep 22, 2020)
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Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, Rachel Howzell Hall's And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.

Praise for And Now She’s Gone:

"Smart, razor-sharp....Full of wry, dark humor, this nuanced tale of two extraordinary women is un-put-downable." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Smart, packed with dialogue that sings on the page, Hall’s novel turns the tables on our expectations at every turn, bringing us closer to truth than if it were forced on us in school." —Walter Mosley

"A fierce PI running from her own dark past chases a missing woman around buzzy LA. Breathlessly suspenseful, as glamorous as the city itself, And Now She’s Gone should be at the top of your must-read list."
—Michele Campbell, bestselling author of A Stranger on the Beach.

"One of crime fiction’s leading writers at her very best. The final twist that will make you want to immediately turn back to page one and read it all over again. And Now She’s Gone is a perfect blend of PI novel and psychological suspense that will have readers wanting more." —Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award-winning author of Hollywood Homicide and Hollywood Ending

"Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!" —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

"Hall once again proves to be an accomplished maestro who has composed a symphony of increasing tension and near unbearable suspense. Rachel brilliantly reveals the bone and soul of our shared humanity and the struggle to contain the nightmares of human faults and failings. I am a fan, pure and simple." —Stephen Mack Jones, award-winning author of the August Snow thrillers

"Heartfelt and gripping... I’m a perennial member of the Rachel Howzell Hall fan club, and her latest is a winning display of her wit and compassion and mastery of suspense." —Steph Cha, award-winning author of Your House Will Pay

"An entertainingly twisty plot, a rich and layered sense of place, and most of all a main character who pops off the page. Gray Sykes is hugely engaging and deeply complex, a descendant of Philip Marlowe and Easy Rawlings who is also definitely, absolutely her own woman." —Lou Berney, award-winning author of November Road

"A deeply human protagonist, an intricate and twisty plot, and sentences that make me swoon with jealousy...Rachel Howzell Hall will flip every expectation you have—this is a magic trick of a book." —Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse

"And Now She’s Gone has all the mystery of a classic whodunnit, with an undeniably fresh and clever voice. Hall exemplifies the best of the modern PI novel." —Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Rachel Howzell Hall:

"A fresh voice in crime fiction." —Lee Child

"Devilishly clever. . . Hall’s writing sizzles and pops." —Meg Gardiner

"Hall slips from funny to darkly frightening with elegant ease." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for They All Fall Down:

"A riotous and wild ride." —Attica Locke

"Dramatic, thrilling and even compulsive." —James Patterson

"An intense, feverish novel with riveting plot twists." —Sara Paretsky

"Hall is beyond able and ready to take her place among the ranks of contemporary crime fiction’s best and brightest." —Strand Magazine


Click for more detail about All That I Desire: A Grayson Friends Novel by Francis Ray All That I Desire: A Grayson Friends Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 15, 2020)
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Francis Ray (1944-2013) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grayson novels, the Falcon books, the Taggart Brothers, and Twice the Temptation, among many other books. Her novel Incognito was made into a movie aired on BET. A native Texan, she was a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and had a degree in nursing. Besides a writer, she was a school nurse practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. She lived in Dallas. Francis Ray is, without a doubt, one of the Queens of Romance. —Romance Review


Click for more detail about Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston Master of Poisons

by Andrea Hairston
Tordotcom (Sep 08, 2020)
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“This is a prayer hymn, a battle cry, a lovesong, a legendary call and response bonfire talisman tale. This is medicine for a broken world." —Daniel José Older

Award-winning author Andrea Hairston weaves together African folktales and postcolonial literature into unforgettable fantasy in Master of Poisons

The world is changing. Poison desert eats good farmland. Once-sweet water turns foul. The wind blows sand and sadness across the Empire. To get caught in a storm is death. To live and do nothing is death. There is magic in the world, but good conjure is hard to find.

Djola, righthand man and spymaster of the lord of the Arkhysian Empire, is desperately trying to save his adopted homeland, even in exile.

Awa, a young woman training to be a powerful griot, tests the limits of her knowledge and comes into her own in a world of sorcery, floating cities, kindly beasts, and uncertain men.

Awash in the rhythms of folklore and storytelling and rich with Hairston’s characteristic lush prose, Master of Poisons is epic fantasy that will bleed your mind with its turns of phrase and leave you aching for the world it burns into being.


Click for more detail about Money Devils 1: A Cartel Novel by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman Money Devils 1: A Cartel Novel

by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 18, 2020)
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Cartel series comes a new chapter in a world that only Ashley and JaQuavis know how to bring to life.

The LaCroixs are four beautiful Haitian American women bound by money and blood. On the surface, the LaCroix Group is a venture capitalist company, but underneath, it’s so much more. The four sisters run long cons, targeting wealthy, prominent business figures. They have a system: Find the perfect mark, create the problem, then present the solution. For a cost…

Sutton "Sutty" LaCroix, the eldest sister and an accomplished business maven, sits on the family throne as the CEO of the LaCroix Group and is the face of their operation. No one is as good as Sutton when it comes to finding new prey.

However, when Sutton meets West, a young, black oil tycoon—a man who represents a life she and her sisters vowed never to live—she breaks all the rules. The LaCroix sisters have a pact: to never settle down and leave roots in one place. But Sutton falls in love with West’s good looks, charm, and old money. This means that West is a problem. When he inducts her into a high society of opulence, power, and generational wealth, Sutton finds herself torn between the love of her life and the love of her family.


Click for more detail about The Unicorn Came to Dinner by Lauren DeStefano The Unicorn Came to Dinner

by Lauren DeStefano
Roaring Brook Press (Aug 11, 2020)
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A sweet and charming picture book about fear, anxiety, and unicorns.

The unicorn smells nice, but she is very rude. She never waits for an invitation to come over—she walks right in and tracks heart-shaped hoof-prints across the carpet. She sits in Elizabeth’s chair and makes a complete mess of the house. She even sleeps in Elizabeth’s bed.

But the unicorn is no ordinary unicorn …

In The Unicorn Came to Dinner, author Lauren DeStefano and illustrator Gaia Cornwall invite parents and their kids to talk about feelings—especially worries and anxiety—and ultimately about how to be yourself.


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by Raven Leilani
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Aug 04, 2020)
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Sharp, comic, disruptive, tender, Raven Leilani’s debut novel, Luster, sees a young black woman fall into art and someone else’s open marriage

Edie is stumbling her way through her twentiessharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She’s also, secretly, haltingly figuring her way into life as an artist. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriagewith rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren’t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and falling into Eric’s family life, his home. She becomes hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie is the only black woman young Akila may know.

Razor sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make her sense of her life in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.


Click for more detail about A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

by Zetta Elliott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jul 21, 2020)
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  • Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Book
  • Evanston Public Library’s Top 100 Great Book for Kids
  • Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture Book

In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author Zetta Elliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.

There is a place inside of me
a space deep down inside of me
where all my feelings hide.

Summertime is filled with joy—skateboarding and playing basketball —until his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace.

In her stunning debut, illustrator Noa Denmon articulates the depth and nuances of a child’s experiences following a police shooting—through grief and protests, healing and community—with washes of color as vibrant as his words.

Here is a groundbreaking narrative that can help all readers—children and adults alike—talk about the feelings hiding deep inside each of us.


Click for more detail about Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson Trouble the Saints

by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Tor Books (Jul 21, 2020)
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“Juju assassins, alternate history, a gritty New York crime story…in a word: Awesome.” —N.K. Jemisin, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Season

The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s timely and unsettling novel, set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City, where an assassin falls in love and tries to fight her fate at the dawn of World War II.

Amid the whir of city life, a young woman from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan, where she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear among its most dangerous denizens.

Ten years later, Phyllis LeBlanc has given up everything—not just her own past, and Dev, the man she loved, but even her own dreams.

Still, the ghosts from her past are always by her side—and history has appeared on her doorstep to threaten the people she keeps in her heart. And so Phyllis will have to make a harrowing choice, before it’s too late—is there ever enough blood in the world to wash clean generations of injustice?

Trouble the Saints is a dazzling, daring novel—a magical love story, a compelling exposure of racial fault lines—and an altogether brilliant and deeply American saga.


Click for more detail about Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby Blacktop Wasteland

by S. A. Cosby
Flatiron Books (Jul 14, 2020)
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A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” —Lee Child

Beauregard “BugRdquo; Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

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Click for more detail about The Sunday Soul Singles Club by Michele Andrea Bowen The Sunday Soul Singles Club

by Michele Andrea Bowen
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 07, 2020)
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Questions will be answered about the future of Charles and Veronica Washington, along with Charles’ employee, Bay Bowser (Pastor’s Aid Club).


Click for more detail about A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team by Arshay Cooper A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team

by Arshay Cooper
Flatiron Books (Jun 30, 2020)
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Now a documentary narrated by Common, produced by Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, and 9th Wonder, from filmmaker Mary Mazzio

The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who form the first all-black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives.

Growing up on Chicago’s Westside in the 90’s, Arshay Cooper knows the harder side of life. The street corners are full of gangs, the hallways of his apartment complex are haunted by drug addicts he calls “zombies” with strung out arms, clutching at him as he passes by. His mother is a recovering addict, and his three siblings all sleep in a one room apartment, a small infantry against the war zone on the street below.

Arshay keeps to himself, preferring to write poetry about the girl he has a crush on, and spends his school days in the home-ec kitchen dreaming of becoming a chef. And then one day as he’s walking out of school he notices a boat in the school lunchroom, and a poster that reads "Join the Crew Team".

Having no idea what the sport of crew is, Arshay decides to take a chance. This decision to join is one that will forever change his life, and those of his fellow teammates. As Arshay and his teammates begin to come together to learn how to row—many never having been in water before—the sport takes them from the mean streets of Chicago, to the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. But Arshay and his teammates face adversity at every turn, from racism, gang violence, and a sport that has never seen anyone like them before.

A Most Beautiful Thing is the inspiring true story about the most unlikely band of brothers that form a family, and forever change a sport and their lives for the better.


Click for more detail about Slow Burn by Brenda Jackson Slow Burn

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 16, 2020)
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Madaris Family Novels (Volume 14)


Click for more detail about Taste of Passion by Brenda Jackson Taste of Passion

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 16, 2020)
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Madaris Family Novels (Volume 15)


Click for more detail about Our Time Is Now by Stacey Abrams Our Time Is Now

by Stacey Abrams
Henry Holt & Company  (Jun 09, 2020)
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Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

“This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It’s a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It’s a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win. —Stacey Abrams

With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter. —Kerry Washington

Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn’t win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.

Our Time Is Now draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others’ who have fought throughout our country’s history for the power to be heard. The stakes could not be higher. Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are—now.


Click for more detail about A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow A Song Below Water

by Bethany C. Morrow
Tor Teen (Jun 02, 2020)
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Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today’s racism and sexism.

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.

Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.

Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.

"An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones." — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles


Click for more detail about Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles

by Michelle Meadows
Henry Holt & Company  (May 26, 2020)
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A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.

Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard.

When she was six years old, Simone’s family took shape in a different way. Her grandparents Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her sister Adria. Ron and Nellie became their parents. Simone was also introduced to gymnastics that same year, launching a lifelong passion fueled by remarkable talent, sacrifice, and the undying support of her family.

From her athletic early childhood to the height of her success as an Olympic champion, Flying High is the story of the world’s greatest gymnast from author Michelle Meadows and illustrator Ebony Glenn.


Click for more detail about The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—And Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—And Why It Failed

by Brad Meltzer
Flatiron Books (May 05, 2020)
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Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, the bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on the sixteenth president in The Lincoln Conspiracy.

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration.

The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn’t want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America.

Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.


Click for more detail about All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

by George M. Johnson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Apr 28, 2020)
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In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.


Click for more detail about The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

by Deirdre Mask
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 14, 2020)
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Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

"An entertaining quest to trace the origins and implications of the names of the roads on which we reside." —Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review

When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class.

In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Deirdre Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, and how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we also see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata and on the streets of London. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t—and why.

"An exuberant work of popular history: the story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power. When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. Addresses arose out of a grand Enlightenment project to name and number the streets, but they are also a way for people to be identified and tracked by those in power. As Deirdre Mask explains, the practice of numbering houses was popularized in eighteenth-century Vienna by Maria Theresa, leader of the Hapsburg Empire, to tax her subjects and draft them into her military. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class, causing them to be a shorthand for snobbery or discrimination. In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany, and why numbered streets dominate in America but not in Europe. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata, on the streets of London, or in post-earthquake Haiti. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t-and why"

Table of Contents:
Introduction: West Virginia: Why Should We Care About Street Addresses?

DEVELOPMENT
1. Kolkata: Could Addresses Revolutionize the Slums?
2. Haiti: Could Street Addresses Stop a Plague?

ORIGINS
3. Rome: How Did The Ancient Romans Find Their Way Around?
4. London: Where Do Our Street Names Come From?
5. Vienna: Did House Numbering Change the World?
6. Philadelphia: Why Do Americans Love Numbered Streets?
7. Korea and Japan: Does Language Explain Japan’s Lack of Street Names?

POLITICS
8. Iran: Why Do Street Names Follow Revolutions?
9. Berlin: What Do Nazi Street Names Tell Us About Vergangenheitsbewältigung?

RACE
10. Hollywood, Florida: Are Confederate Names Really About History?
11. St. Louis: What Can Martin Luther King Streets Tell Us About Race in America Today?
12. South Africa: What Should Happen to Apartheid Streets?

CLASS AND STATUS
13. Manhattan: How Much Is a Street Name Worth?
14. Homelessness: How Do You Live Without an Address?
15. Chicago: Does Everyone Deserve an Address?
Conclusion: The Future: Are Street Addresses Doomed?

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
INDEX


Click for more detail about Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice

by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood
Roaring Brook Press (Mar 10, 2020)
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Mahogany L. Browne is a California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, organizer, mentor, and curator. She has published several books of poetry and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is an Agnes Gund, Cave Canem, AIR Serenbe, Poets House, Rauschenberg fellow, and the current artistic director of Urban Word NYC. Her previous books for young readers include Woke Baby and Black Girl Magic.

Theodore Taylor III is an artist and designer. He is the winner of the John Steptoe New Talent Award for his work in When the Beat Was Born, and is the illustrator of Woke Baby. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and their very own woke baby.

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning novel, The Poet X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, DC with her partner.

Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. She is a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam. Olivia has been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC, and she has performed internationally at over two-hundred schools and universities. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Olivia’s poetry books include Woke, Life of the Party, and New American Best Friend.


Click for more detail about Un-Nappily in Love by Trisha R. Thomas Un-Nappily in Love

by Trisha R. Thomas
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 10, 2020)
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Venus is ecstatic about her husband’s new career as a movie star thanks to a role in a searing romantic drama with co-star Sirena Lassiter. Jake and Sirena’s relationship, Venus quickly learns, goes back further than Jake wants to admit. Venus isn’t happy when the new "it" team’s hectic promotion schedule takes them to exotic locations while Venus must stay behind with a business to run and a daughter to raise. However, it’s not long before Venus senses danger. When she receives advice from her one time arch enemy, Trevelle Doval the queen of late night evangelical TV, Venus, in her trademark style, decides to save her marriage by any means necessary. But when the paparazzi get involved, all hell breaks loose. Will Venus be able to keep her man or has she lost Jake forever?


Click for more detail about Nappily in Bloom by Trisha R. Thomas Nappily in Bloom

by Trisha R. Thomas
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 10, 2020)
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The final novel in the Nappily trilogy! Nappily Every After now a NETFLIX ORIGINAL movie starring Sanaa Lathan.

Airic and his famous televangelist wife, Trevelle Doval, make the evening news when Airic is accused of domestic battery and his life is suddenly turned upside down. But when Venus and Jake try to suspend Airic’s visitation rights with Mya, they discover that Airic isn’t willing to go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, Jake’s best friend, Legend, turns up on his doorstep with trouble not far behind. The past is back with a vengeance, including blackmail, murder and enemies who are looking for payback. But everything takes a dangerous new turn when Venus goes missing. For Jake it’s now a race against time to save the woman he loves.


Click for more detail about Pale Colors in a Tall Field: Poems by Carl Phillips Pale Colors in a Tall Field: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 03, 2020)
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A powerful, inventive collection from one of America’s most critically acclaimed poets.

What is a self? What is a memory?

In Pale Colors in a Tall Field, Carl Phillips argues for trust, tenderness, and an attentiveness to the intimacies of thought and body as their own quiet but no less powerful forms of resistance to a world of increasing distraction, noise, and skepticism. Against a canvas of remembering and forgetting, Phillips here treats point of view kaleidoscopically—to embody the self’s multiplicity and to enact the self’s constant shifting as the contexts of a life, in turn, shift. This is perhaps Phillips’s most powerful, meditative, and startling sequence of poems yet.


Click for more detail about Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls and Veronica Chambers Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchen

by Alexander Smalls and Veronica Chambers
Flatiron Books (Feb 25, 2020)
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"Alexander Smalls has owned, conceptualized, and helmed some of New York’s most iconic African American restaurants. Now, he follows up the James Beard award-winning Between Harlem and Heaven with Meals, Music, and Muses, a look at his world glimpsed through the lenses of music, food, culture, and history. It is a must-read journey through a life well lived and in recipe and reminiscence details the musical forms learned, the friends and family who instructed, and the foods shared along the way."

Jessica B. Harris


"If wine is bottled poetry, and jazz is brown sugar sprinkled in your ear, then Meals, Music, and Muses is a smorgasbord of fine words and sounds, a delicious symphony of haute cuisine that’ll make you wanna kiss your momma, then thank the ancestors for making a way out of no way—for Hoppin’ John Cakes and Grits and Sage Sausage Gravy and Frogmore Stew and all the recipes Alexander Smalls has reimagined so elegantly."

Kwame Alexander


"I had the great honor of being a guest at one of Alexander’s famous Sunday brunches in his beautiful brownstone in Harlem. The food was unbelievably delicious! It was a magical afternoon that I will never forget."

Tina Knowles-Lawson


"In Meals, Music, and Muses, Alexander creates a lyrical culinary anthology of our lives. A symphonic composition full of stories, contemporary southern recipes that celebrates the food and musical genres that influenced the history of America… He sets the table in a unique way from jazz to blues to divas on a plate…This is not your mother’s cookbook…"

Dee Dee Bridgewater


Click for more detail about Twisted by Tracy Brown Twisted

by Tracy Brown
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 11, 2020)
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Tracy Brown is the Essence bestselling author of Aftermath, Snapped, Twisted, White Lines and Criminal Minded. Writing has always been her passion, and she finds it an honor to depict for her readers the things she’s seen and heard. She is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Staten Island.


Click for more detail about Remembrance by Rita Woods Remembrance

by Rita Woods
Forge (Jan 21, 2020)
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Remembrance by Rita Woods is a breakout historical debut with modern resonance, perfect for the many fans of The Underground Railroad and Orphan Train.

Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

Ohio, present day. An elderly woman who is more than she seems warns against rising racism as a young woman grapples with her life.

Haiti, 1791, on the brink of revolution. When the slave Abigail is forced from her children to take her mistress to safety, she discovers New Orleans has its own powers.

1857 New Orleansa city of unrest: Following tragedy, house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom. Desperate, she escapes and chases a whisper… Remembrance.


Click for more detail about Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi Riot Baby

by Tochi Onyebuchi
Tor Books (Jan 21, 2020)
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"Riot Baby bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power that in the end it turns what we call a narrative into something different altogether."—Marlon James

Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

Ella and Kev are both shockingly human and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.

"[Tochi] Onyebuchi has woven a story as uplifting as it is heartbreaking, an epic ode to the future and past, tiny acts of resistance, love, and the wild unstoppable sweep of revolution."—Daniel Jos� Older


Click for more detail about Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard

by Echo Brown
Henry Holt & Company  (Jan 14, 2020)
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Recipient of a 2021 William C. Morris Honor for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age story for fans of Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together and Ibi Zoboi’s American Street.

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.

Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Christy Ottaviano Books


Click for more detail about Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy Black Is a Rainbow Color

by Angela Joy
Roaring Brook Press (Jan 14, 2020)
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A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black …
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.

From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall’s back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.


Click for more detail about Nobody But You: A Grayson Friends Novel by Francis Ray Nobody But You: A Grayson Friends Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 14, 2020)
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Nobody But You is the second book in the popular erotic romance Grayson Friends series by New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray.

NASCAR star Cameron Dunlap is poised to win this year’s Sprint Cup. But being a successful race-car driver comes with a price: His own life. Cameron knows that his profession puts him at high risk. Thankfully, his latest visit to the hospital left him intact. That is, until he bumps into Caitlin Lawrence…and is thrust back into his painful past.

The one-time love of his life who left him at the altar, Caitlin could never accept Cameron’s fast and furious existence. The threat of losing him on the racetrack was just too much for Caitlin—and the young son Cameron never knew he had. Now that this chance meeting has changed their lives forever, will Caitlin and Cameron find a way to recapture what might have been?


Click for more detail about The Way You Love Me: A Grayson Friends Novel by Francis Ray The Way You Love Me: A Grayson Friends Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 14, 2020)
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A reissue of The Way You Love Me, the first book in the popular erotic romance Grayson Friends series by New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray.

Nothing gets to Shane Elliott. A former Army Ranger, now head of security for a wealthy real estate tycoon, Shane can handle whatever life throws at him—until he meets the beautiful, kindhearted Paige Albright. She’s about to inherit a fortune, and Paige’s mother has asked Shane to investigate her boyfriend. It should have been a simple, standard assignment for Shane…if only Paige’s seductive mix of strength and vulnerability didn’t leave him wanting her for himself.

All her life, Paige has put others’ needs before her own, even going so far as choosing a man to please her father. Now her mother’s mysterious houseguest is tempting her to go after what she truly wants…even if it’s the cool, assertive, irresistible Shane himself. But is he who he appears to be? And how can Paige know whether to trust her own judgment—and their red-hot attraction?


Click for more detail about Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown Brown Baby Lullaby

by Tameka Fryer Brown
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jan 14, 2020)
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With Spanish words sprinkled throughout and featuring warm art by New York Times-bestselling and NAACP-Award-winning illustrator AG Ford, Tameka Fryer Brown’s Brown Baby Lullaby is the perfect new baby or baby shower gift.

From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.


Click for more detail about The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (Young Reader’s) by Brad Meltzer The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (Young Reader’s)

by Brad Meltzer
Roaring Brook Press (Jan 07, 2020)
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot helped create the CIA and the FBI in this young reader’s adaptation for younger audiences.

1776.
The early days of the Revolutionary War.

It supposedly began with Thomas Hickey, a private in the Continental Army, and New York governor William Tryon. In an astonishing power grab, they plotted to kill Hickey’s boss: a man by the name of George Washington.

In the end, Hickey was caught, brought to trial, and found guilty. It would seem he became the first person in the new nation to be executed for treason.

But to this day, nobody knows for sure if this story is true. In The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer sheds light on the close-kept secrets and compelling details surrounding this story and exposes the history of how the assassination plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI.

This page-turning investigation offers young readers an in-depth look at the facts and remaining questions that surround this contested historical event.


Click for more detail about Butterfly by Ashley Antoinette Butterfly

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 07, 2020)
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The first novel in an all new series by New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette!


Click for more detail about The Midnight Hour: A Madaris Novel by Brenda Jackson The Midnight Hour: A Madaris Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 10, 2019)
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Sexy, dangerous, unforgettable. . .the Madaris family and their unlikely band of friends captured readers’ hearts and souls. Now, in The Midnight Hour, bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings us another breathtaking novel featuring the Madaris family and friends.

One, CIA agent Sir Drake Warren gave his heart to a woman—-a fellow Marine whose death in an explosion left him aching for justice. Drake vowed he would never love again. But his devotion to his former lover is tested when he meets his mysterious new partner, Agent Victoria Green. With golden-brown eyes and skin like melted chocolate, Victoria leaves Drake yearning for the love he lost—-and flirting closely with the white-hot passion he once knew, he’s sure he’ll get burned. . .

Few people know that Victoria was once a Marine named Sandy Carroll. . .and that she was embroiled in a fervent love affair with Drake until an explosion nearly killed her. Her life-saving surgery gave her a new face and identity—-that of CIA operative Victoria Green. Now, Victoria is bound by duty to keep her true identity a secret, especially from Drake.

Paired on a deadly mission, Victoria’s senses are awakened by Drake’s every move. But just as the passion she’s denied for so long threatens to boil over, Drake begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle. And when he does, will Victoria lose him forever?


Click for more detail about Unfinished Business: A Madaris Novel by Brenda Jackson Unfinished Business: A Madaris Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 10, 2019)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Jackson lives in the city where she was born, Jacksonville, Florida. She is a graduate of William M. Raines High School, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

Brenda is a retiree who worked thirty-seven years in management for a major insurance company. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America and Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Sorority. Brenda married her childhood sweetheart, Gerald, forty-seven years ago and they have two sons. She has over 125 novels in print and many of her books have been adapted to movies. She is currently at work on her next novel.


Click for more detail about Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi Children of Virtue and Vengeance

by Tomi Adeyemi
Henry Holt & Company  (Dec 03, 2019)
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"Meet Tomi Adeyemi—the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good)." —Entertainment Weekly

After battling the impossible, Z�lie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Or�sha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Z�lie struggles to unite the maji in an Or�sha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Or�sha, Z�lie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Z�lie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Or�sha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times-bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in the Legacy of Or�sha trilogy.

Praise for Children of Blood and Bone

"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society." -The New York Times

"The next big thing in literature and film." Ebony

"A fast-paced, excellently crafted hero’s journey…populated with compelling and nuanced black characters." -NPR

"A debut novel that is nearly impossible to put down."-USA Today


Click for more detail about Jay-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson Jay-Z: Made in America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 26, 2019)
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“My Brooklyn Homeboy JAY-Z is one of the most prolific and gifted rappers of all time. My man Michael Eric Dyson is uniquely qualified to interpret JAY-Z’s art and cultural meaning, and this dope book is all the proof we need.” —Spike Lee

JAY-Z is America at its scrappy, brash, irreverent, soulful, ingenious best: as transcendent a cultural icon as Frank Sinatra, as adventurous a self-made billionaire as Mark Zuckerberg, as gifted a poet as Walt Whitman. As he reaches the half-century mark, logs thirty years as a recording artist, becomes the genre’s first billionaire, reigns as an elder statesman in a field teeming with artists half his age, and continues to make relevant rap records that chart―and that chart an artistic and political response to revived racism and renewed hostility to blackness―it is an auspicious time to examine JAY-Z’s ideas, gifts and impact, to take measure of his stride as a cultural colossus. And there is no one better suited to the task than Michael Eric Dyson, who has investigated and championed hip hop, and the work of JAY-Z, as a critical American art form, for decades.


Click for more detail about Busted in New York and Other Essays by Darryl Pinckney Busted in New York and Other Essays

by Darryl Pinckney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Nov 12, 2019)
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Darryl Pinckney, a long time contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of novels, Black Deutschland and High Cotton, and the works of nonfiction, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature.


Click for more detail about Nappily Married by Trisha R. Thomas Nappily Married

by Trisha R. Thomas
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 12, 2019)
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The sequel to Nappily Ever After, which is now a NETFLIX ORIGINAL movie starring Sanaa Lathan.
Venus Johnston debuted with brazen personality and spirited humor in Nappily Ever After as she searched for the holy grail of marriage. Blessed with a beautiful baby daughter and a husband who is a former rap star with his own multi-million-dollar clothing company, her long journey to find love has finally come to fruition. But life as a stay-at-home wife and mother is hardly the end of the rainbow. In fact she’s ready to do anything to jump start the career she’s put on the back burner for the last two years.

Against her good sense and her husband’s wishes, she applies for a high profile PR job to help save a struggling city hospital manned by none other than her former boyfriend, Dr. Clint Fairchild, the very one and same who dumped her and married long-silky haired bombshell, Kandi Treboe. Venus soon finds out the two women are vying for the same job. This time competition between she and her old nemesis turns into a battle Venus is determined to win by any means necessary.

With an unhappy hubby at home, a nanny who’s becoming mommy in her child’s eyes, while forming an uncomfortably close relationship with her husband, and a deviant at work sabotaging the hospital, Venus may have taken on much more than she can handle.


Click for more detail about Nappily Faithful by Trisha R. Thomas Nappily Faithful

by Trisha R. Thomas
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 12, 2019)
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Hoping to get away from emotional baggage in Los Angeles, Venus and Jake move to Atlanta. Yet the constant cloud of the past follows them: a difficult pregnancy and Jake being charged for the murder of his accountant. Though Jake never spent one night in jail, he fears the case will be reopened and he’ll once again have to fight for his freedom.

And the timing couldn’t be worse since Airic, the biological father of Venus’ daughter Mya, suddenly demands parental rights with the child he hasn’t seen since her birth. A nasty custody battle ensues. Airic’s new wife, Trevelle Doval, a famous TV evangelist—may be behind his sudden interest. Venus is in for the biggest fight of her life.


Click for more detail about I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown
Henry Holt & Company  (Nov 05, 2019)
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I Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown--featuring illustrations by Anoosha Syed.

In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.


Click for more detail about Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

by Kevin Noble Maillard
Roaring Brook Press (Oct 22, 2019)
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★ 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal Award
★ 2020 AIYLA Picture Book Honor
★ 2020 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
★ 2020 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award – Recommended Book

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.


Click for more detail about Light It Up by Kekla Magoon Light It Up

by Kekla Magoon
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Oct 22, 2019)
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Click for more detail about A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney A Blade So Black

by L.L. McKinney
Square Fish (Sep 24, 2019)
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Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer… a delectable urban twist on beloved fantasy tales. —Entertainment Weekly

This really is Lewis Carroll by way of Buffy, and it makes for a fun, gritty urban fantasy. —NPR

With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, A Blade So Black is the fantasy book I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified.
—Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give

I loved the ’our world’ framing and the ’other world’ adventure so deeply. They were at such odds, but the overall effect was just chefkiss.gif perfect.
—E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and A Thousand Nights

Wholly original and absolutely thrilling—A Blade So Black kicks so much (looking gl)ass.
—Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere

A dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kickass heroine. —Bustle

Retold fairy tales have been a popular trend… but you’ve never read one quite like A Blade So Black. —Nerdist

A brash, refreshing, vitally diverse retelling of a classic… You need this book. —Tor.com

A Blade So Black is a novel that roars mightily in the face of all those Wonderland tales that have come before. L.L. McKinney is on her way to someplace special with this debut; get onboard now. —Locus magazine

This isn’t a retelling, this is Alice in Wonderland 2.0. —BlackSci-Fi.com

An epic about Black Girl Magic. —We Need Diverse Books blog

An explosive, kickass debut… The Alice in Wonderland retelling the world has always needed. —Booklist, starred review

Relentless action, spiraling stakes, and a fierce heroine… A heartbreaking cliffhanger will leave fans clamoring for a sequel. —Publishers Weekly

A thrilling, timely novel that ensures readers will be curious for a sequel. —Kirkus Reviews

With a modern flair, a rich backstory, and just enough emotional heft, this particular looking glass will have readers eagerly falling through it. —The Bulletin

Teens will root for Alice as a strong, multidimensional black girl usually unseen in YA fiction… A must-purchase. —School Library Journal

A Blade So Black is a modernized version of a well-known story that retains enough of the original to be lauded by both fans of the classic and readers wholly new to Wonderland. —Shelf Awareness


Click for more detail about We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

by Jonathan Safran Foer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 17, 2019)
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Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming due to human activities. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe in it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act, to make sacrifices now to prevent calamity in the future. How are we, ordinary civilians, supposed to do anything about a crisis for which we can barely sustain concern, of which our understanding is so incomplete, and from which we cannot imagine an escape? Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of climate change and those who said they accepted the science but didn’t act?

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central dilemma of our time in a surprising, creative, and urgent new way. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing meat, and the consequences are catastrophic. With the future of our home at stake, the time has come to consider how our descendants will judge our actions at this crucial moment. Collective action is needed. We might be able to pull it off—and it all starts with what we eat, and don’t eat, for breakfast and lunch.


Click for more detail about A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

by Barry Wittenstein
Neal Porter Books (Aug 27, 2019)
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"Barry Wittenstein’s poetic text provides the cadences and repetition of a preacher, while Pinkney’s detailed, kinetic pencil and watercolor art incorporates bits of torn maps and sheet music and blurry period photos of marchers."—The New York Times

★ "Wittenstein’s free-verse narrative perfectly captures the tension leading up to the speech as each adviser urged his own ideas while remaining a supportive community. Pinkney’s trademark illustrations dramatize this and the speech, adding power and further illuminating the sense of historical importance. Gives readers a fresh and thrilling sense of what it took to make history." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "The urgency of the text, underscored by boldface type marking the relentless passing of the hours, is complemented beautifully by Pinkney’s more contemplative art. . . . This is essential American history, distilled into one of the most powerful picture books of the year." —The Horn Book, Starred Review

★ "Wittenstein’s free verse, beautifully subdued, flows crisp and clear, leaving room for Pinkney to shine. Collage artwork gives the impression of torn fabric—a striking metaphor—with holes being patched by old photographs of hymnals, maps, marchers, and flags, adding texture and tension to the expressive pencil and watercolor renderings."—Booklist, Starred Review

★ "Wittenstein’s riveting story shows that historical moments—and movements—are not inevitable; they’re shaped and changed by many hands and voices. In emphatic phrases and art alternatingly warm and tense, the creators’ moving portrait of the civil rights leader in consultation with others is an invaluable addition to the shelf of King biographies." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "an evocative study in King’s speechwriting process. A work that takes a familiar topic and shapes it into a moving portrait of -undeterred determination and conviction."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"a vivid snapshot of a moment of creative, collaborative, persuasive energy that takes the topic far beyond ’didja know’-style trivia about a historic event and focuses on the subtle elements that can change a speech forever. Pinkney’s familiar watercolor portraiture takes on a new level here from the addition of graphite and colored-pencil textures and collage notes; captions to identify inspirations and attending luminaries float softly like benedictions, while sign lettering, both segregationist and protest, cuts sharply through cloudy backgrounds."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"[The] book, illustrated with enormous heart and rich textures by Jerry Pinkney, presents Dr. King’s inspiring words as part of an outsize pageant, featuring King, the crowds and others on the stage, including Mahalia Jackson, who urged King, ’Tell them about the dream!’"—The Washington Post


Click for more detail about When the Plums Are Ripe by Patrice Nganang When the Plums Are Ripe

by Patrice Nganang
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Aug 13, 2019)
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"Nganang’s second novel (after 2016’s Mount Pleasant) in a trilogy about Cameroon takes place as the nation is forced into World War II and caught between Vichy and the Free French. The plot and action are matched by the author’s powerful take on the damage colonialism inflicts for generations." —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post

"What happens to a colony when its colonizer becomes colonized itself? That’s the questioned underlying [When the Plums Are Ripe] . . . [A] richly detailed novel . . . A brilliant, beguiling story." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Nganang is a political force whose experiences in Cameroon inform every page of this novel . . . For those who appreciate how fiction illuminates history, [When the Plums Are Ripe] will be an eye-opener." Library Journal

"Nganang continues his rich, complex saga of WWII-era Cameroon with this second volume in a trilogy . . . [When the Plums Are Ripe] confronts the horrible history of French colonialism: the French’s use of ’black soldiers for cannon fodder’ in fighting the Axis powers . . . With a narrative structure reminiscent of African oral traditions, an unknown narrator heralds . . . the young men who shed their blood for a Western country and the young women left behind . . . With lyrical, soaring prose, Nganang sings their song, challenging the Euro-written history of colonialism and replacing it with a much-needed African one." —Publishers Weekly


Click for more detail about For Black Girls Like Me by Torrey Maldonado For Black Girls Like Me

by Torrey Maldonado
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jul 30, 2019)
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In this lyrical coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white family.

I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark.

Makeda June Kirkland is eleven years old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda’s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena— the only other adopted black girl she knows— for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Makeda’s sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can’t seem to find one real friend.

Through it all, Makeda can’t help but wonder: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me?

Through singing, dreaming, and writing secret messages back and forth with Lena, Makeda might just carve a small place for herself in the world.

For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves: How do you figure out where you are going if you don’t know where you came from?


Click for more detail about Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton Secret Soldiers

by Keely Hutton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jun 11, 2019)
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Over a quarter million underage British boys fought on the Allied front lines of the Great War, but not all of them fought on the battlefield?some fought beneath it.
This gripping middle grade military adventure follows the journey of Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner, who lies about his age to join the Claykickers, a specialized crew of soldiers known as “tunnelers,” in hopes of finding his missing older brother. Thomas works in the tunnels of the Western Front alongside three other soldier boys whose constant bickering and inexperience in mining may prove more lethal than the enemy digging toward them. But as they burrow deeper beneath the battlefield, the boys discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood. Secret Soldiers is another stunning story of strength, perseverance, and love from Keely Hutton.


Click for more detail about They All Fall Down: A Thriller by Rachel Howzell Hall They All Fall Down: A Thriller

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (Apr 09, 2019)
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"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise…Elouise Norton is the best new character you’ll meet this year."—Lee Child

"Hall deserves to be compared to Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, and it will not be long before she is recognized as every bit as big a crime writing star."—Daily Mail (UK)

Los Angeles Homicide Detective Elouise Norton encounters her toughest case yet in City of Saviors, the fourth installment in the critically acclaimed mystery series from author Rachel Howzell Hall.

After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable—heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.

But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church.

Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews—and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wolf in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.

"Hall has created a strong and likable African American detective who rivals Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in grit, intelligence, and tenacity."—Library Journal (starred review)


Click for more detail about Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change

by Stacey Abrams
Picador (Mar 26, 2019)
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Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.


Click for more detail about The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose

by Oprah Winfrey
Flatiron Books (Mar 26, 2019)
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Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” That journey starts right here.In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us. Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.Paired with over 100 awe-inspiring photographs to help illuminate the wisdom of these messages, The Path Made Clear provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.


Click for more detail about Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson Tito the Bonecrusher

by Melissa Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Mar 05, 2019)
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In Melissa Thomson’s first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice. Oliver "Spaghetti-O" Jones’s dad is about to be jailed for a crime he didn’t commit, and Oliver believes the only way to save him is with the help of his favorite lucha-libre wrestler turned action star, Tito the Bonecrusher. Together with his best friend, Brianna (a.k.a. "Brain"), and their new ally Paul "Popcorn" Robards, Oliver devises a madcap plan to spring his dad from a Florida correctional facility. Heartwarming and hilarious, this book looks at what it takes to be a hero . . . and what happens when you realize that saving the day might not always be possible.


Click for more detail about My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat My Mommy Medicine

by Edwidge Danticat
Roaring Brook Press (Feb 26, 2019)
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My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn’t feeling well, from renowned author Edwidge Danticat.Whenever I am sick,
Or just feel kind of gloomy or sad,
I can always count on my Mommy Medicine.When a child wakes up feeling sick, she is treated to a good dose of Mommy Medicine. Her remedy includes a yummy cup of hot chocolate; a cozy, bubble-filled bath time; and unlimited snuggles and cuddles. Mommy Medicine can heal all woes and make any day the BEST day!Award-winning memoirist Edwidge Danticat’s rich and lyrical text envelops the reader in the security of a mother’s love, and debut artist Shannon Wright’s vibrant art infuses the story with even more warmth.


Click for more detail about The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark The Haunting of Tram Car 015

by P. Djèlí Clark
Tordotcom (Feb 19, 2019)
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Clark returns to the historical fantasy universe of A Dead Djinn in Cairo, with the otherworldly adventure novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015.

Finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award
Finalist for the 2020 Nebula Award
Finalist for the 2020 Locus Award

Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities — handling a possessed tram car.

Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.


Click for more detail about Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

by Veronica Chambers
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 15, 2019)
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Click for more detail about Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

by Michelle Meadows
Henry Holt & Company  (Jan 08, 2019)
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A lyrical picture book biography of Janet Collins, the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused. She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, Brave Ballerina is the story of a remarkable pioneer as told by Michelle Meadows, with fantastic illustrations from Ebony Glenn.


Click for more detail about The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

by Brad Meltzer
Flatiron Books (Jan 08, 2019)
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Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.

This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.

In this historical page-turner, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer teams up with American history writer and documentary television producer, Josh Mensch to unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch capture in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.


Praise for The First Conspiracy

"This is American history at its finest, a gripping story of spies, killers, counterfeiters, traitors?and a mysterious prostitute who may or may not have even existed. Anyone with an interest in American history will love this book." —Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God

"A wonderful book about leadership?and it shows why George Washington and his moral lessons are just as vital today. What a book. You’ll love it." —President George H.W. Bush

"This is an important book: a fascinating largely unknown chapter of our hazardous beginning, a reminder of why counterintelligence matters, and a great read." —President Bill Clinton


Click for more detail about Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne Woke Baby

by Mahogany L. Browne
Roaring Brook Press (Dec 31, 2018)
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For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. With bright playful art, Woke Baby is an anthem of hope in a world where the only limit to a skyscrapper is more blue.


Click for more detail about Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

by Phillip Hoose
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Oct 23, 2018)
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"Hoose does a brilliant job of portraying the surrounding historical context, exploring the migration of black families from the South to Indiana, showing how Jim Crow practices were just as present in the North as in the South, and describing the deep groundswell of support for basketball in Indiana. . ..Attucks! doesn’t pretend that we’ve outlived the racism of the American past, all the while showing readers how being grounded in one’s self-worth and committed to the pursuit of excellence can have a lasting impact on a community. A powerful, awe-inspiring basketball-driven history." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Excessively readable, this should appeal to sports fans and those looking for a good book about the civil rights era. Exemplary notes and sources will push readers—adults included—to learn even more." —Booklist, starred review

"The evolving fast-break style of play, the local rivalries, and the sheer prowess of individual players guarantee a compelling read, but the story of how a mini dynasty of high school players turned the tables on segregationists extends interest beyond sports fans. . .When kids think they’ve reached the end of their civil rights era education, hand them this." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

"Hoose balances this expos� of basketball’s racist history with thrilling game accounts, character insight, and great sympathy." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With sharp insight and an engaging writing style, the author relates how high school basketball engulfed the way of life in different Indiana communities and was instrumental in dismantling parts of segregation. Numerous black-and-white photos and newspaper articles supplement this exceedingly engaging work. . .A great purchase for YA nonfiction collections." —School Library Journal

"Hoose demonstrates how young people can affect history. . .[A] thought-provoking volume." —The Horn Book

"A fresh, revelatory look at a familiar story that is central to understanding Indianapolis." —The Indianapolis Star

"I’d always been a fan of Oscar Robertson, arguably the best basketball player of the twentieth century, but until I read Attucks!—the thrilling, moving, enlightening story of his roots in deeply segregated Indianapolis—I had no idea of how important a life he had led." —Robert Lipsyte, author of SportsWorld: An American Dreamland


Click for more detail about The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

by Kobe Bryant
MCD (Oct 23, 2018)
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The first book from the basketball superstar Kobe Bryant?a lavish, deep dive inside the mind of one of the most revered athletes of all timeIn the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.For the first time, and in his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They’ll also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.Bryant’s detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016?and hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make The Mamba Mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.


Click for more detail about Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster

by Stephen L. Carter
Henry Holt & Company  (Oct 09, 2018)
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She was brilliant, ambitious, and unafraid to break barriers. As the only member of a squad of twenty high-powered lawyers who was not a white male, she devised the strategy that in the 1930s sent Mafia chieftain Lucky Luciano to prison. She achieved so much—but what could she have accomplished if not for barriers of race and gender?

Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was the daughter of a distinguished African American couple and the granddaughter of slaves. A graduate of Smith College and Fordham Law School, she became a key member of the legal team charged with breaking up organized crime in New York City. By the 1940s, she was one of the most famous black women in America. But at every turn, Eunice encountered prejudice, and her triumphs were shadowed by tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who—together with his friend Dashiell Hammett—went to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed: constantly reinventing herself, she somehow found a way forward.

Moving, haunting, and written with dazzling power, Invisible tells the story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of the age. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable book she is once again visible.


Click for more detail about We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

by Jabari Asim
Picador (Oct 02, 2018)
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A Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

Insightful and searing essays that celebrate the vibrancy and strength of black history and culture in America by critically acclaimed writer Jabari Asim

“A fantastic essay collection...Blending personal reflection with historical analysis and cultural and literary criticism, these essays are a sharp, illuminating response to the nation’s continuing racial conflicts.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

In We Can’t Breathe, Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the “Master Narrative” and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn’t depend on a narrative steeped in oppression but rather reveals black voices telling their own stories.


Click for more detail about So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom

by Gary D. Schmidt
Roaring Brook Press (Sep 25, 2018)
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From celebrated author Gary D. Schmidt comes a picture book biography of a giant in the struggle for civil rights, perfectly pitched for readers today.

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.


Click for more detail about Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution by Youssef Daoudi Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

by Youssef Daoudi
First Second (Sep 25, 2018)
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"Read this invigorating graphic narrative, then?quickly, before the spell breaks!?play one of Monk’s records." ?Saul Williams She is Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a free-spirited baroness of the Rothschild family. He is Thelonious Sphere Monk, a musical genius fighting against the whims of his troubled mind. Their enduring friendship begins in 1954 and ends only with Monk’s death in 1982.Set against the backdrop of New York during the heyday of jazz, Monk! explores the rare alchemy between two brilliant beings separated by an ocean of social status, race, and culture, but united by an infinite love of music. This breathtaking graphic novel by Youssef Daoudi beautifully captures the life of the “the high priest of bop” in spontaneous, evocative pen and ink that seems to make visible jazz itself.


Click for more detail about I Love You More Than… by Taye Diggs I Love You More Than…

by Taye Diggs
Feiwel & Friends (Sep 18, 2018)
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My child. I am not always with you
as much as I’d like. But you are always in my mind
and my heart. Some families look different than others. A father who doesn’t live full-time with his son tells him all the ways he misses and loves him. Perfect for families who are separated, whatever the circumstances, this message of love underscores the bond between parent and child in ways that little ones will understand.


Click for more detail about The Woman Trapped in the Dark by J.D. Mason The Woman Trapped in the Dark

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 18, 2018)
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Click for more detail about The Ancient Nine: A Novel by Ian K. Smith The Ancient Nine: A Novel

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 18, 2018)
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"Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith’s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988

Spenser Collins
An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed. Calls his mother?who raised him on her own in Chicago?every week.

Dalton Winthrop
A white-shoe legacy at Harvard, he’s just the most recent in a string of moneyed, privileged Winthrop men in Cambridge. He’s got the ease?and the deep knowledge?that come from belonging.

These two find enough common ground to become friends, cementing their bond when Spenser is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive of Harvard’s famous all-male final clubs. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Delphic has had titans of industry, Hollywood legends, heads of state, and power brokers among its members.Dalton Winthrop knows firsthand that the Delphic doesn’t offer memberships to just anyone. His great-uncle is one of their oldest living members, and Dalton grew up on stories of the club’s rituals. But why is his uncle so cryptic about the Ancient Nine, a shadowy group of alums whose identities are unknown and whose power is absolute? They protect the Delphic’s darkest and oldest secrets?including what happened to a student who sneaked into the club’s stately brick mansion in 1927 and was never seen again.Dalton steers Spenser into deeper and deeper recesses of the club, and beyond, to try to make sense of what they think they may be seeing. But with each scrap of information they get from an octogenarian Crimson graduate, a crumbling newspaper in the library’s archives, or one of Harvard’s most famous and heavily guarded historical books, a fresh complication trips them up. The more the friends investigate, the more questions they unearth, tangling the story of the club, the disappearance, and the Ancient Nine, until they realize their own lives are in danger.


Click for more detail about Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World by Gary Golio Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

by Gary Golio
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 04, 2018)
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Discover the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio’s Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover.

Carlos Santana grew up surrounded by music. His father, a beloved mariachi performer, teaches his son how to play the violin when he is only six years old. But when Carlos discovers American blues, he is captivated by the raw honesty of the music. Unable to think of anything else, he loses all interest in the violin. When Carlos finally receives his first guitar, his whole life begins to change.From his early exposure to mariachi to his successful fusing of rock, blues, jazz, and Latin influences, here is the childhood story of a legendary musician. Christy Ottaviano Books


Click for more detail about Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 04, 2018)
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The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the first woman to ever serve in the US Army “Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it.” Missouri, 1864 Powerful, epic, and compelling, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen shines light on a nearly forgotten figure in history. Cathy Williams was born and lived a slave until the Union army comes and destroys the only world she’s known. Separated from her family, she makes the impossible decision, to fight in the army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers. With courage and wit, Cathy must not only fight for her survival and freedom in the ultimate man’s world, but never give up on her mission to find her family, and the man she loves. Beautiful, strong, and impactful, Cathy’s story is one that illustrates the force of hidden history come to light, the strength of women, and the power of love


Click for more detail about Housegirl: A Novel by Michael Donkor Housegirl: A Novel

by Michael Donkor
Picador (Aug 28, 2018)
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Nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award • One of The Observer’s "New Faces of Fiction" • One of The Millions’ "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" • One of The Guardian’s "Best Summer Books" (Selected by Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Dunthorne) • One of Library Journal’s "Most Anticipated Fall Debuts" • One of the New York Post’s "Best Books of the Week"

"Immensely readable…A refreshing story about coming of age in spite of conflicting ideas of what ’growing up’ means."?Buzzfeed (The Best Books of Fall)

A moving and unexpectedly funny exploration of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness, Michael Donkor’s debut novel follows three adolescent girls grappling with a shared experience: the joys and sorrows of growing up. Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learned the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years-old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A student at her exclusive London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents?until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda is the shining example Amma needs.So Belinda must leave Mary behind as she is summoned from Ghana to London, where she tries to impose order on her unsettling new world. As summer turns to autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover common ground. But when the cracks in their defenses open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.


Click for more detail about Mirage by Somaiya Daud Mirage

by Somaiya Daud
Flatiron Books (Aug 28, 2018)
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"A refreshing and unique coming-of-age story…a beautiful and necessary meditation on finding strength in one’s culture." Entertainment Weekly, Top Pick of the Month

"A YA marvel that will shock breath into your lungs. If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone, Mirage will captivate you."The Christian Science Monitor

"This debut fantasy has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy." SLJ, starred review

"Immersive, captivating." ALA Booklist, starred review

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fianc?, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.


Click for more detail about The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark The Black God’s Drums

by P. Djèlí Clark
Tordotcom (Aug 21, 2018)
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Rising science fiction and fantasy star P. Djl Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God’s Drums.

Alex Award Winner!

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air—in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Maries trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black Gods Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black Gods Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.


Click for more detail about Black Klansman: A Memoir by Ron Stallworth
Black Klansman: A Memoir

by Ron Stallworth
Flatiron Books (Jun 05, 2018)
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The New York Times Bestseller!

The extraordinary true story and basis for the major motion picture BlacKkKlansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.

When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. He figures he’ll receive a few brochures in the mail, maybe even a magazine, and learn more about a growing terrorist threat in his community. A few weeks later the office phone rings, and the caller asks Ron a question he thought he’d never have to answer, “Would you like to join our cause?” This is 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. Its Grand Wizard, David Duke, has made a name for himself, appearing on talk shows, and major magazine interviews preaching a “kinder” Klan that wants nothing more than to preserve a heritage, and to restore a nation to its former glory.Ron answers the caller’s question that night with a yes, launching what is surely one of the most audacious, and incredible undercover investigations in history. Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the "white" Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself conducts all subsequent phone conversations. During the months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even befriends David Duke himself. Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.


Click for more detail about What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 05, 2018)
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A stunning follow up to New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop, a timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politicsPresident Barack Obama: "Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: “What in your heart has changed that’s going to change the direction of this country?” “I don’t believe you just change hearts,” she protested. “I believe you change laws.”The fraught conflict between conscience and politics – between morality and power – in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith’s relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence.Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry – that the black folk assembled didn’t understand politics, and that they weren’t as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy’s anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. “I guess if I were in his shoes…I might feel differently about this country.” Kennedy set about changing policy – the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he’d never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys’ efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy – versus the racial experience of Baldwin – is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists. And we grapple still with the responsibility of black intellectuals and artists to bring about social change.What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy – of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance.


Click for more detail about Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love and Success by Charreah K. Jackson Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love and Success

by Charreah K. Jackson
St. Martin’s Press (Jun 05, 2018)
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In our society, women earn the majority of degrees and are increasingly bringing home the bacon - and frying it, with 40% of American households having female breadwinners. ESSENCE Senior Editor and author Charreah K. Jackson interviewed and researched more than 150 professional women including everyday powerhouses and famous faces for strategies to thrive in our personal and professional lives.  This juicy and honest read includes insight from more than 1,000 years of marriage and career success by accomplished women and shares the little-discussed realities at the intersection of work and love, and how women can avoid a collision. We are a generation of women with the most professional opportunities and accomplishments of any women before us - which can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. This book is a bridge to create a love life and career that fulfills you: it’s time to Go Hard AND Go Home.



What This Book Breaks Down:
*           The Boss Bride Bill of Rights: You r8 Inalienable Rights
*           Why your husband is the biggest decision of your career
*           How to date like a pro - and meet men worthy of you
*           The 6 common love personalities
*           Why an engagement ring can rock your career
*           Fertility, pregnancy and birth control for busy women
*           How to Go Hard AND Go Home
*           6 steps to finance your romance(YES, you should have a prenup)
*           How powerful women merge work &family
*           The Female Breadwinners Survival Guide
*           What to consider before changing your last name
*           How to restart your life or relationships at any moment


Click for more detail about The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

by Anthony Ray Hinton
St. Martin’s Press (Jun 05, 2018)
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Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

The Instant New York Times Bestseller

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

"An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.


Click for more detail about Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

by Jaron Lanier
Henry Holt & Company  (May 29, 2018)
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A timely call-to-arms from a Silicon Valley pioneer.You might have trouble imagining life without your social media accounts, but virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier insists that we’re better off without them. In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms.Lanier’s reasons for freeing ourselves from social media’s poisonous grip include its tendency to bring out the worst in us, to make politics terrifying, to trick us with illusions of popularity and success, to twist our relationship with the truth, to disconnect us from other people even as we are more “connected” than ever, to rob us of our free will with relentless targeted ads. How can we remain autonomous in a world where we are under continual surveillance and are constantly being prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations in history that have no way of making money other than being paid to manipulate our behavior? How could the benefits of social media possibly outweigh the catastrophic losses to our personal dignity, happiness, and freedom? Lanier remains a tech optimist, so while demonstrating the evil that rules social media business models today, he also envisions a humanistic setting for social networking that can direct us toward a richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.


Click for more detail about Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One

by L. Penelope
St. Martin’s Press (May 01, 2018)
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"Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic. I can’t wait to see what L. Penelope will do next."—Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive—an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

"Prepare to be hooked. SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE is brimming with captivating lore, unique magic, and plot-turns you never saw coming. L. Penelope has written your next fantasy obsession." —Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of The Loom Saga


Click for more detail about Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change

by Stacey Abrams
Henry Holt & Company  (Apr 24, 2018)
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A personal and empowering blueprint?from one of America’s rising Democratic stars?for outsiders who seek to become the ones in chargeLeadership is hard. Convincing others?and often yourself?that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Minority Leader is the handbook for outsiders, written with the awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power?women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference.In Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams argues that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. From launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action. Stacey uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies.Stacey includes exercises to help you hone your skills and realize your aspirations. She discusses candidly what she has learned over the course of her impressive career: that differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. With direction and dedication, being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and make real change.


Click for more detail about The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation by Ian K. Smith The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 10, 2018)
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New York Times bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of SHRED and Blast the Sugar Out, the ultimate guide to clean eating!What is clean eating? In his newest diet book, Dr. Ian K. Smith teaches readers the benefits of clean eating and how to implement it in their own lives. He tells readers how to easily reduce unhealthy processed foods in their diets, a key to weight loss, disease prevention, and overall health. The Clean 20 focuses on twenty clean foods—from avocado to whole wheat pasta and everything in between—that readers can easily find, prepare, and incorporate into their diets. The Clean 20 includes a complete clean eating program with a daily meal plan, 60 recipes and substitutions, as well as 20 minute easy-to-work-in workouts.Dr. Ian knows what works: it’s not eliminating food groups, but choosing foods within each group wisely to satisfy the palate and the body’s nutritional demands. The Clean 20 isn’t just vegetables. Grains are in. And so is fruit, fat, meat and fish. When palate and nutrition are in sync, weight loss not only follows, it sticks. The Clean 20 is a life and body changer.


Click for more detail about Pregnancy, Omg!: The First Ever Photographic Guide for Modern Mamas-To-Be by Nancy Redd Pregnancy, Omg!: The First Ever Photographic Guide for Modern Mamas-To-Be

by Nancy Redd
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 03, 2018)
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Pregnancy, OMG! by Nancy Redd is an unflinching look at pregnancy issues not often talked about, including depression, varicose veins — and even lactating third boobs. —People.com

"In her new book, Pregnancy, OMG!, best-selling author Nancy Redd provides a detailed and medically-researched account of all of the things that can happen when you’re creating life. It’s the ultimate baker’s how-to for anyone who’s got a bun in the oven." —OK Magazine

"Can I go back and be pregnant again just so I can have the information in this book to guide me? Maybe I can convince my husband to have #7…Pregnancy, OMG! is equal parts informative, beautiful, and everything every mother must know." —Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Falling into You

"Pregnancy, OMG! is the new must-have book for expecting parents. With a photographic guide to pregnancy, Nancy Redd’s just-released book isn’t afraid to go there." —Grok Nation


More praise for Nancy Redd and Body Drama:

"Body Drama should be center stage in every young woman’s life. It will make you love every little thing about your body: your sags, your tags, your lumps, your bumps. It’s a book of liberation and it’s fun." —Eve Ensler

"Demystifies female bodies and shows them as they really look: curvy, sometimes pimply and never perfect." —Glamour

"For girls and women facing the mixed messages, double standards, and perfection pressures of our culture, there is no better corrective than Diet Drama, and no better person to write it than Nancy Redd. With humor, authenticity, and compassion, Nancy deftly manages to balance the messages of body acceptance and getting healthier, without the self-hatred and the unrealistic expectations. She’s been there, and her warmth, enthusiasm, and smarts jump off every page." —Irin Carmon of Jezebel

"Body Drama…should be on the shelf of every family, school, and doctor in America." —Nancy Brown, PhD, Professor of Adolescent Sexuality at Stanford University, senior research associate at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Research Institute


Click for more detail about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Mar 06, 2018)
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The first book in a trilogu, In Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha) Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir..

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.


Click for more detail about Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy

by Coretta Scott King
Picador (Feb 20, 2018)
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The True Story of Coretta Scott King Told Fully for the First TimeNamed a Washington Post Book to Read • A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A USA Today “New and Noteworthy” Pick • A Read It Forward Favorite Read • A Parade Magazine Pick • A Publishers Weekly "Notable African-American Titles"[Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy] "reveals never-before-told aspects of Mrs. King’s life….We learn of the brilliant mind and courageous spirit behind the enigmatic figure” (Essence).Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But, in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard-bearer, and so much more. As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop the King Center as a citadel for world peace; lobbied for fifteen years for a U.S. national holiday in honor of her husband; championed women’s, workers’, and gay rights; and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity."Distinctly…particularly absorbing" (Patricia J. Williams, The New York Times Book Review), Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America?a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.


Click for more detail about Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

by Brittney Cooper
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 20, 2018)
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With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates the power of rage.Melissa Harris Perry says: “I was waiting for an author who wouldn’t forget, ignore, or erase us black girls as they told their own story…I was waiting and she has come?in Brittney Cooper.” Michael Eric Dyson says: “Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today. Her critique is sharp, her love of Black people and Black culture is deep, and she will make you laugh out loud.” Rebecca Traister says: "Brittney Cooper is a national treasure."Mychal Denzel Smith says: "Brittney Cooper is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need." So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother’s eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.


Click for more detail about Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson, with Veronica Chambers Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day

by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson, with Veronica Chambers
Flatiron Books (Feb 06, 2018)
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WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD AWARD: BEST AMERICAN COOKBOOK

"Between Harlem and Heaven presents a captivatingly original cuisine. Afro-Asian-American cooking is packed with unique and delicious layers of flavor. These stories and recipes lay praise to the immense influence the African Diaspora has had on global cuisine."
— Sean Brock

"This is more than just a cookbook. Alexander and JJ take us on a culinary journey through space and time that started more than 400 years ago, on the shores of West Africa. Through inspiring recipes that have survived the Middle Passage to seamlessly embrace Asian influences, this book is a testimony to the fact that food transcends borders. Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson have elevated the cuisines of West Africa and its diaspora without losing any of its essence. Afro-Asian cuisine is a new concept and it works beautifully!"
— Chef Pierre Thiam

"Between Harlem and Heaven is a celebration of food, culture, and the historic legacy of proud people unsung. This is the story of resilience and reverence, of people farming and cooking from one continent to the other, making delicious flavors in every pot. Alexander’s culinary vision captures the essence, contribution, and influence of the African Diaspora, and is the result of his passionate, life-long adventure. There’s no better place than the cradle of African American culture itself, between heaven and Harlem. This book is one good time of great dishes and interesting stories." — Cicely Tyson


Click for more detail about Poised for Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond by Karima Mariama-Arthur Poised for Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond

by Karima Mariama-Arthur
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 29, 2018)
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This book is an exceptional resource for leaders at every level across industries. An insightful guidebook comprised of 40 illuminating principles showcasing the fundamental competencies that impact performance in theboardroom and beyond, each chapter includes the following core components: 1) a robust, but succinct discussion introducing each principle; 2) key strategies providing straightforward guidance on how to master each principle; 3) a selection of thoughtful journal questions that allow for meaningful introspection, and finally, 4) a leadership challenge—a stretch goal—that brings each principle into immediate, scalable focus.

Whether a seasoned or emerging leader, each reader will discover useful perspectives contained within each chapter designed to firmly orient their thinking and behavior towards leadership excellence. An enduring resource for circumstances in which every leader will inevitably find him or herself confronting, it will also serve as the "go to" professional development resource for elevating leadership brands and facilitating the necessary trench work required to develop competent and confident leaders regardless of industry or expertise.

Different from traditional books that provide a one-dimensional view of what leadership is and do little more than categorize existing traits, Poised for Excellence breaks the mold. It creates the context for understanding leadership development as a holistic process: By focusing on the mastery of fundamental principles structured to develop the whole person through service to self and others, it ignites an evolutionary process that cultivates 360 degrees of effective leadership. It directs readers to stake a bold claim to their success and transform the way they show up in the boardroom and beyond.


Click for more detail about Wild Is the Wind: Poems by Carl Phillips Wild Is the Wind: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 23, 2018)
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A powerful, inventive collection from one of America’s most critically admired poets.

“What has restlessness been for?” In Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips reflects on love as depicted in the jazz standard for which the book is named — love at once restless, reckless, and yet desired for its potential to bring stability. In the process, he pitches estrangement against communion, examines the past as history versus the past as memory, and reflects on the past’s capacity both to teach and to mislead us — also to make us hesitate in the face of love, given the loss and damage that are, often enough, love’s fallout. How “to say no to despair?” How to take perhaps that greatest risk, the risk of believing in what offers no guarantee? These poems that, in their wedding of the philosophical, meditative, and lyric modes, mark a new stage in Phillips’s remarkable work, stand as further proof that “if Carl Phillips had not come onto the scene, we would have needed to invent him. His idiosyncratic style, his innovative method, and his unique voice are essential steps in the evolution of the craft” —Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review).


Click for more detail about Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor Binti: The Night Masquerade

by Nnedi Okorafor
Forge (Jan 16, 2018)
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The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Binti. Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene — though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives — and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all. Don’t miss this essential concluding volume in the Binti trilogy.The Binti Series;


Click for more detail about When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 16, 2018)
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The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.
"This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

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Click for more detail about Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Browne Black Girl Magic: A Poem

by Mahogany L. Browne
Roaring Brook Press (Jan 02, 2018)
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Black Girl, they say you ain’t ’posed to be hereMuch of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: Don’t wear this; don’t smile at that. Don’t have an opinion; don’t dream big. And most of all, don’t love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls. She has travelled the world sharing her vision of Black Girl Magic, and now in collaboration with artist Jess X. Snow, presents her acclaimed tribute in a visual form. Black Girl Magic is a journey from girlhood to womanhood and an invitation to readers to find magic in themselves.


Click for more detail about Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Shabazz
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jan 02, 2018)
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In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.Inspired by Betty’s real life—but expanded upon and fictionalized through collaboration with novelist Renée Watson—Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.Backmatter included.


Click for more detail about Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

by Jaron Lanier
Henry Holt & Company  (Nov 21, 2017)
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Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, & VoxThe father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technologyBridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility. Through a fascinating look back over his life in technology, Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist and father of the term “virtual reality,” exposes VR’s ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species, and gives readers a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy and advice, this book tells the wild story of his personal and professional life as a scientist, from his childhood in the UFO territory of New Mexico, to the loss of his mother, the founding of the first start-up, and finally becoming a world-renowned technological guru.Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates it to be a humanistic setting for technology. While his previous books offered a more critical view of social media and other manifestations of technology, in this book he argues that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.


Click for more detail about The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo The Yearning

by Mohale Mashigo
Pan Macmillan SA (Nov 19, 2017)
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“A bewitching addition to the current South African literary boom. Mohale Mashigo tells her story with charming lucidity, disarming characterisation, subversive wisdom and subtle humour.”Zakes Mda

How long does it take for scars to heal? How long does it take for a scarred memory to fester and rise to the surface? For Marubini, the question is whether scars ever heal when you forget they are there to begin with.

Marubini is a young woman who has an enviable life in Cape Town, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends…until her past starts spilling into her present. Something dark has been lurking in the shadows of Marubini’s life from as far back as she can remember. It’s only a matter of time before it reaches out and grabs at her.

The Yearning is a memorable exploration of the ripple effects of the past, of personal strength and courage, and of the shadowy intersections of traditional and modern worlds.


Click for more detail about Snow Scene by Richard Jackson Snow Scene

by Richard Jackson
Roaring Brook Press (Nov 07, 2017)
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Click for more detail about Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon Pelé: The King of Soccer

by Eddy Simon
First Second (Oct 24, 2017)
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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Known by his fans as “O Rei” (The King), Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he's more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pelé is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed “the beautiful game”—a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality.

In the graphic novel Pelé: The King of Soccer, Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia beautifully depict Pele's rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.


Click for more detail about The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

by Oprah Winfrey
Flatiron Books (Oct 17, 2017)
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Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. “I see it as an offering,” she explains. “If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to.”Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply-affecting book. Organized into ten chapters?each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself?the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders. Visionaries like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes share their lessons in finding purpose through mindfulness and intention. World renowned authors and teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer, explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection; and award-winning and bestselling writers like Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser explore the beauty of forgiveness and spirituality. Paired with beautiful photographs, including many from Oprah’s private property in California where each episode of Super Soul Sunday is filmed, The Wisdom of Sundays promises to be a timeless keepsake that will help readers awaken to life’s wondrous possibilities and discover a deeper connection to the natural world around them.


Click for more detail about Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

by Kathryn Erskine
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Oct 10, 2017)
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Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award–winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid?a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and before the United Nations. Set defiantly in the present tense, this biography offers readers an intimate view of Makeba’s fight for equality. Kathryn Erskine’s call-and-response style text and Charly Palmer’s bold illustrations come together in a raw, riveting duet of protest song and praise poem. A testament to how a single voice helped to shake up the world?and can continue to do so.


Click for more detail about City of Saviors: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel by Rachel Howzell Hall City of Saviors: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (Aug 08, 2017)
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"Lou … is a formidable fighter—someone you want on your side."—New York Times Book Review

"Hall has created a strong and likable African American detective who rivals Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in grit, intelligence, and tenacity."—Library Journal, starred review on Trail of Echoes

"A fresh voice in crime fiction."—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"A much needed breath of fresh air … Quite simply, in this series, Hall is hitting all the right notes."—The Root


Click for more detail about Seducing Abby Rhodes by J.D. Mason Seducing Abby Rhodes

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 18, 2017)
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When Abigail Rhodes bought that old house she fell in love with in Blink, Texas, she got more than she bargained for. After being told by the local psychic that it is filled with a passionate energy from the previous owners, who died years ago, Abby decides to fix up her beloved house and reluctantly moves in. But ever since then, strange things have been happening in her newly renovated home, and Abby has been plagued with dreams that wake her up and leave her breathless.After a tumultuous life these last few years, Jordan Gatewood is following what amounts to a trail of breadcrumbs in an effort to find a renewed sense of purpose. Searching for the truth about the man his adoptive-father really was, Jordan makes his way to the old house where his father was murdered, in Blink?and right to the petite, understated beauty that answers the door. It’s not long before Jordan realizes, quite unexpectedly, that Abby is the perfect woman for him. Jordan doesn’t believe in ghosts or fate, but he does know that the powerful connection he feels for this woman started the day he met her in that house and he is determined to make her his.Robin is a successful Corporate Attorney, and was proud to be the lover of the most sought after bachelor in the state of Texas—until he abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving her confused, heartbroken and bitter. When she discovers that he’s left her for another woman, a woman she considers beneath her, Robin is determined to teach him a brutal lesson.
A man like Jordan has too many secrets, secrets that, if found out, could not only destroy his relationship with this other woman, but that could also cost him the biggest business deal of his life, and possibly, his freedom. Robin is the last person he wants to go up against, and she will stop at nothing to get him back or to make him pay for his betrayal, even if that means unleashing those secrets. The question is, will Jordan let her? Or will his all-consuming obsession with Abby win out, in Seducing Abby Rhodes by J.D. Mason.


Click for more detail about Twelve Days by Steven Barnes Twelve Days

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Jun 27, 2017)
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Click for more detail about The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel by Edward Kelsey Moore The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel

by Edward Kelsey Moore
Henry Holt & Company  (Jun 20, 2017)
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From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness.

When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club’s parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he’d sworn — and for good reason — he’d never set foot in again.

But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he’s always loved. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as “The Supremes” Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.

Edward Kelsey Moore’s lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love.


Click for more detail about Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton Soldier Boy

by Keely Hutton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jun 13, 2017)
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An unforgettable novel based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight as a soldier in the guerrilla army of notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony’s rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa’s longest running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape. The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again. Samuel is representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans. Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.This title has Common Core connections.


Click for more detail about My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Fathers by Hope Anita Smith My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Fathers

by Hope Anita Smith
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (May 16, 2017)
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Click for more detail about For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017) by Tressie McMillan Cottom For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017)

by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Palgrave Macmillan (May 02, 2017)
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This edited volume proposes that the phenomenon of private sector, financialized higher education expansion in the United States benefits from a range of theoretical and methodological treatments. Social scientists, policy analysts, researchers, and for-profit sector leaders discuss how and to what ends for-profit colleges are a functional social good. The chapters include discussions of inequality, stratification, and legitimacy, differing greatly from other work on for-profit colleges in three ways: First, this volume moves beyond rational choice explanations of for-profit expansion to include critical theoretical work. Second, it deals with the nuances of race, class, and gender in ways absent from other research. Finally, the book’s interdisciplinary focus is uniquely equipped to deal with the complexity of high-cost, low-status, for-profit credentialism at a scale never before seen.


Click for more detail about Blast the Sugar Out!: Lower Blood Sugar, Lose Weight, Live Better by Ian K. Smith Blast the Sugar Out!: Lower Blood Sugar, Lose Weight, Live Better

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 25, 2017)
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Do you want to lose weight?
In BLAST the Sugar Out!, Ian K. Smith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shred Power Cleanse, will guide you to eat well?and frequently?while controlling carbohydrates and dropping pounds to get to goal. You will lose weight on this diet?and start losing fast.Has your doctor suggested you get your blood sugar numbers down?This 5-week plan comprised of simple, affordable, accessible food as well as more than 50 sugar swaps will immediately lower your blood sugar levels painlessly and easily. Do you need a plan that will decrease your fat and increase your lean muscle?The BLAST the Sugar Out! five-week program is structured and clear about what you must eat at meals and for snacks every day to keep on track. There’s no meal skipping, plenty of food, and short bursts of exercise to super-charge your results.You won’t be hungry on BLAST the Sugar Out! You’ll eat, drink, and learn to really taste good food again.
Features more than 45 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and smoothies to satisfy every craving.


Click for more detail about Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

by James Forman Jr.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 18, 2017)
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Long-listed for the National Book Award
One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2017
Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why. Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness?and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas?from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.


Click for more detail about Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette Prada Plan 5

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 16, 2017)
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ASHLEY ANTOINETTE is one of the most successful female writers of her time. The feminine half of the popular married duo, Ashley and JaQuavis, she has co-written over 40 novels. Several of her titles have hit The New York Times bestsellers list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy saga The Prada Plan. Born in Flint, MI, she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as motivation in her crime filled writings.


Click for more detail about Mount Pleasant by Patrice Nganang Mount Pleasant

by Patrice Nganang
Picador (Apr 11, 2017)
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"Patrice Nganang’s dazzling novel [stands] in a league of its own, so different from the great majority of novels by African writers in the past fifty or sixty years." —Charles R. Larson, Counterpunch

"Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country’s colonial era . . . An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they’ll be glad to have visited." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Click for more detail about And Then There Was Me: A Novel by Sadeqa Johnson And Then There Was Me: A Novel

by Sadeqa Johnson
Thomas Dunne Books (Apr 11, 2017)
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Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.

Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.

Sadeqa Johnson’s And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.


Click for more detail about Boss by Tracy Brown Boss

by Tracy Brown
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 04, 2017)
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Empire meets Scandal meets Romeo and Juliet with an edgy twist in Boss, a new standalone novel from bestselling author Tracy Brown.

Crystal Scott has the world at her fingertips. At the height of her career at a wildly popular magazine and on the rise in an enviable social circle, she’s beginning to think that maybe she can have it all. But her entire life, body, and soul is threatened when Troy Mitchell steps on the scene. Crystal has never felt the insatiable passion she feels for Troy… and it was certainly not part of her plan.

Troy pursues her full throttle, making it impossible for her to resist. Crystal can’t help but fall for the handsome, powerful, enigmatic man. But the families of both lovers will not stand for their love, and a raging inferno of bitterness and revenge threatens to consume them both as tensions ignite. With deadly twists and turns, Crystal and Troy must choose each other and give in to love, or they will not escape the ties that bind them…


Click for more detail about Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

by Tiffany Dufu
Flatiron Books (Feb 14, 2017)
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A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others?freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only eighteen per cent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others?only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.


Click for more detail about High Cotton: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney High Cotton: A Novel

by Darryl Pinckney
Picador (Feb 07, 2017)
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This novel evokes a world that has not often been examined - the world of upper-middle-class blacks, obsessed with light skin and good hair. The story follows the progress of one man from childhood in conservative Indianapolis to integration and adolescent Anglophilia, to a tour of Harlem.


Click for more detail about Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor Binti: Home

by Nnedi Okorafor
Forge (Jan 31, 2017)
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The thrilling sequel to the Hugo and Nebula-winning Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?


Click for more detail about My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King My Life, My Love, My Legacy

by Coretta Scott King
Henry Holt & Company  (Jan 17, 2017)
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The Washington Post’s Books to Read in 2017
The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
USA Today, “New and Noteworthy”
Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017
A Parade Magazine Pick"This book is distinctly Coretta’s story . . . particularly absorbing. . . generous, in a manner that is unfashionable in our culture."?New York Times Book Review“Eloquent . . . inspirational"?USA Today The life story of Coretta Scott King?wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist?as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women’s, workers’ and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity. Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.


Click for more detail about Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

by Michael Eric Dyson
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 17, 2017)
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“Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish.”Toni Morrison
**One of The Washington Post’s "Books to Read in 2017"**
**One of Bustle’s 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017**
**One of Men’s Journal’s 7 Best Books of January**

“Here’s a sermon that’s as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you’re black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. If you’re black, you’ll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph.

If you’re white, Dyson tells you what you need to know—what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen.”—Stephen King

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man’s voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece “Death in Black and White,” Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it “an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain” and “crushingly powerful.”

Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. Short, emotional, literary, powerful—this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

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Click for more detail about Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Jan 10, 2017)
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Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly?yes, germs!
There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses?
Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful and harmful germs, exploring their discovery; the breakout of historic diseases; the invention of pasteurization, vaccination, and penicillin; and other fascinating details about the world of microscopic organisms. A Christy Ottaviano Book


Click for more detail about The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

by Veronica Chambers
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 10, 2017)
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“Whenever I think about Michelle Obama, I think, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like her. I want to be that intelligent, confident, and comfortable in my own skin’.” —Roxane Gay

“Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact that he goes home to a tight-knit, loving family headed by a Black woman is soul-stirring. That woman is Michelle. Michelle. That name now carries a whole world of meaning.…” —From the Preface by Ava DuVernay

Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.

While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today.

Contributors include: Ava DuVernay, Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Ford, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Karen Hill Anton, Rebecca Carroll, Phillipa Soo, and Roxane Gay

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Click for more detail about Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life by Oprah Winfrey Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

by Oprah Winfrey
An Oprah Book (Jan 03, 2017)
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Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight. In Food, Health, and Happiness, Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her. With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world. Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family. From simple pleasures like Unfried Chicken and Turkey Chili, to such celebrations of freshness as Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad and Pasta Primavera, this is food as it should be: a taste of happiness, a ritual to be shared, a toast to life.


Click for more detail about The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

by Andrew Harding
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 29, 2016)
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In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamoud “Tarzan” Nur - an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in north London.But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country’s revival.The Mayor of Mogadishu is a rare an insider’s account of Somalia’s unraveling, and an intimate portrayal of one family’s extraordinary journey.


Click for more detail about Diamonds and Pearl by K’wan Diamonds and Pearl

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2016)
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They say that good girls like bad boys, and this was especially true for Pearl Stone. A child born of privilege to a drug baron and reputed killer known in the streets as Big Stone. Although the flashy, fast-paced nature of the streets calls to Pearl, she’s been brought up to look but not touch. But when a young hustler named Diamonds crawls up from the swamps of Louisiana and sets up shop in New York City, everything Pearl was taught flies out the window.Raised in the wild and schooled on the mean streets of New Orleans, Diamonds is no stranger to hard times and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay above the poverty line, including kill. When a robbery turned mass murder goes wrong, Diamonds is forced to flee New Orleans and lands in New York where he meets Pearl, and for the first time finds something he craves more than wealth and power…love.
As the stakes get higher, Diamonds has to push away his past if he’s to grab hold of his future?but by doing so, will he show Pearl that all that glitters isn’t gold?


Click for more detail about In Plain Sight: A Game by Richard Jackson In Plain Sight: A Game

by Richard Jackson
Roaring Brook Press (Sep 20, 2016)
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Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it’s Grandpa whom Sophie runs to."Here I am, Grandpa!"
"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he’s "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations in this sweet, playful picture book from Richard Jackson, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.


Click for more detail about House of Lords and Commons: Poems by Ishion Hutchinson House of Lords and Commons: Poems

by Ishion Hutchinson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 20, 2016)
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A stunning collection that traverses the borders of culture and time, from the 2011 winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil AwardIn House of Lords and Commons, the revelatory and vital new collection of poems from the winner of the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award in poetry, Ishion Hutchinson returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape with remarkable lyric precision. Here, the poet holds his world in full focus but at an astonishing angle: from the violence of the seventeenth-century English Civil War as refracted through a mythic sea wanderer, right down to the dark interior of love.These poems arrange the contemporary continuum of home and abroad into a wonderment of cracked narrative sequences and tumultuous personae. With ears tuned to the vernacular, the collection vividly binds us to what is terrifying about happiness, loss, and the lure of the sea. House of Lords and Commons testifies to the particular courage it takes to wade unsettled, uncertain, and unfettered in the wake of our shared human experience.


Click for more detail about We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

by Jeff Chang
Picador (Sep 13, 2016)
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In these provocative, powerful essays acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Who We Be) takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity.


Click for more detail about I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

by Luvvie Ajayi
Holt Paperbacks (Sep 13, 2016)
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Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the masses in this hilarious book of essaysWith over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives―from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook.With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I’m Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some ""act right"" into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual.


Click for more detail about Words on the Move: Why English Won’t - and Can’t - Sit Still (Like, Literally) by John McWhorter Words on the Move: Why English Won’t - and Can’t - Sit Still (Like, Literally)

by John McWhorter
Henry Holt & Company  (Sep 06, 2016)
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A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes — and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight itLanguage is always changing — but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way. Whether it’s the use of literally to mean figuratively rather than by the letter, or the way young people use LOL and like, or business jargon like What’s the ask? — it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye-opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today. Drawing examples from everyday life and employing a generous helping of humor, he shows that these shifts are a natural process common to all languages, and that we should embrace and appreciate these changes, not condemn them. Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant blessed? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn? McWhorter encourages us to marvel at the dynamism and resilience of the English language, and his book offers a lively journey through which we discover that words are ever on the move and our lives are all the richer for it.


Click for more detail about Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine

by Damon Tweedy
Picador (Sep 06, 2016)
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“In this fascinating, heartbreaking memoir, Tweedy documents his experiences as an African American doctor in a medical system that can be 'just as sick as its patients.'” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Tweedy reveals all you need to know about the Byzantine health care system, wide-ranging disparities that persist and, more important, how we can take control of our well-being...Black Man in a White Coat is certain to garner incredible attention during the literary awards season. It's a book that deserves a very long shelf life.” —Essence

“In ways wholly individual but similarly intricate, Margo Jefferson, Dr. Damon Tweedy and TaNehisi Coates examine the impact of race on our expectations and experiences. And in doing so, they challenge us to as well.” —Time

"One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans

When Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than whites."

Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care"


Click for more detail about Luxe 2: A LaLa Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette Luxe 2: A LaLa Land Addiction

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 06, 2016)
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Bleu is addicted…addicted to the luxe life and it has led her down a road of self-destruction. She knows what it feels like to be turned out by the game. With a crack cocaine addiction that she can’t seem to escape, she is desperate for a savior. Her problem is she has two great loves that want to come to her rescue. When her best friend, Noah comes searching for her she is faced with a dilemma. Will she let him save her? Or will she stick with the kingpin, Iman, who has loved her since their first encounter? Or will both men lose her to a love she can’t get rid of…one that abuses her…and one that will be the death of her…the love of the high.


Click for more detail about Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America by C. Nicole Mason Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America

by C. Nicole Mason
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 16, 2016)
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“Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life”

So begins C. Nicole Mason’s compelling memoir, Born Bright, which takes us on a rare insider’s journey deep into the lives of the women, men and families that make up the American Poor. Born in the late 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a scrappy 16-year old single mother who dropped out of high school. Mason spent her childhood wondering where her next meal would come and learning the deadlines for college entrance exams by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino high school. She describes in vivid detail the chaos, failing systems, isolation and violence that make the American Dream out of reach for so many.

While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason exposes the uncomfortable presumption harbored by many—that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves. In truth, however, the convoluted, bureaucratic lattice of societal rules that govern everything from education to criminal justice is structurally impenetrable by the poor. With first-hand experience learning these rules for herself, Mason illuminates the sheer fortitude that it takes to navigate systems designed only for the success of the few.


Click for more detail about Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks

by Ronin Ro
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 02, 2016)
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With a brand-new introduction and chapter that cover the last five years of Prince’s life and work and his untimely death in April 2016.In his three decades of recording, Prince had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince’s trajectory?from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?won him millions of adoring fans the world over. Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince’s rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.


Click for more detail about The Cartel 6: The Demise by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman The Cartel 6: The Demise

by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 26, 2016)
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The Cartel series is back…and more deadly than ever.Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. TheCartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail…or fall victim to the city’s black cloud? And if there’s one rule in the town of Vegas, it’s that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner, in The Carte 6: The Demise, by New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.


Click for more detail about Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall Trail of Echoes

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (May 31, 2016)
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Trail of Echoes: the latest Elouise Norton mystery novel from critically acclaimed writer Rachel Howzell Hall.

On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of thirteen-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered. When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita’s mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building she grew up in.

Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a black girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional African-American girls—dancers, artists, honors scholars-gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago.

Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it’s only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself.

"Gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


Click for more detail about The Real Mrs. Price by J.D. Mason The Real Mrs. Price

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 24, 2016)
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Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn’t be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she’d better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his “wife”, Marlowe Price.Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those "hoodoo women," who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again.Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned…except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down…


Click for more detail about Solemn by Kalisha Buckhanon Solemn

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Press (May 03, 2016)
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Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father’s mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed.

As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother’s wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby’s doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father’s next mistake - a robbery - lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of.


Click for more detail about Skies of Ash: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel by Rachel Howzell Hall Skies of Ash: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (Apr 19, 2016)
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"Lou … is a formidable fighter—someone you want on your side." —New York Times Book Review

"A fresh voice in crime fiction." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"Hall..has a true gift."—Crimespree Magazine

"Another smart LA procedural…this determined African American protagonist makes a wonderful addition to the genre."—Booklist on Trail of Echoes

"Hall outdoes her stellar debut in an exploration of vile secrets that pays homage to that earlier master of complex California homicide, Raymond Chandler."—Kirkus Reviews on Skies of Ash

"Rachel Howzell has written another riveting thriller starring her favorite (and mine!) female sleuth, the fabulous when furious and even better when behaving Lou Norton…one of the summer’s best."—Huffington Post on Skies of Ash

"A racially explosive Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this exceptional crime novel…Dead-on dialogue and atmospheric details help propel a tale full of tormenting moral issues. Lou, a brave lady in a brave book, does the best she can." —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Land of Shadows


Click for more detail about The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

by Natalie Y. Moore
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 22, 2016)
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While mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted Chicago as a “world-class city,” it remains one of the most segregated cities in America. And while it would be easy to think of a city with a billion-dollar park, Michelin-rated restaurants, waterfront views, world-class shopping, and a thriving theater scene as a model for other metropolitan areas, underneath the shiny façade lurks the horrible reality of deeply-rooted and destructive racial segregation.

Throughout The South Side, Moore shows that race—not class—determines the policies that perpetuate the city’s injustices. Shining a bright light on Chicago’s housing policies, its segregated schools (and lack of political will to integrate Chicago Public Schools), institutionalized practices that leave predominantly black neighborhoods vulnerable to crime and bad banking policies, Moore takes readers inside a system that keeps a segment of the city’s population from having a chance at the American Dream.

In The South Side, Moore uses her skills as a conscientious reporter to showcase the lives of these those living in these underserved communities. Through intimate stories and investigative research, The South Side highlights the impact of Chicago’s historic segregation – and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.

For any interest in receiving a copy for review or excerpt consideration, or if you’d like to set up an author Q&A, please let me know. We are also happy to provide copies to giveaway on social media, should that be of interest to you!


Click for more detail about The Sellout by Paul Beatty The Sellout

by Paul Beatty
Picador (Mar 01, 2016)
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The Sellout, won the Man Booker Prize on October 25, 2016. Paul Beatty is the first American to win the award.

The Sellout is also:

  • Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
  • Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles--the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: “I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake.&rdquo Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident—the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins--he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.


Click for more detail about Stormy Knight: A Blink, Texas, Story by J.D. Mason Stormy Knight: A Blink, Texas, Story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2016)
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J. D. Mason’s Hot Blink, Texas series reached the boiling point…Omar Reid is about to make the biggest leap in his career. As the City Planner for the town of Blink, Texas, he is spearheading the building of a megastore in place of an old strip mall will have the cash flowing like water downhill. There’s just one problem-Lola Knight won’t have it. A fiery woman with big dreams, she’s worked hard to own her own business and pursue her dreams, and without her piece of the property, the megastore goes nowhere. As their heated arguments lead to steamy encounters, Omar and Lola both know that, despite being opposites, their attraction is off the charts. But some key players aren’t willing to to see the deal fall apart, and will stop at nothing to keep the wheels in motion, leaving Omar and Lola to fight for what’s right and fight for each other.


Click for more detail about Listen to the Lambs: A Novel by Daniel Black Listen to the Lambs: A Novel

by Daniel Black
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Feb 16, 2016)
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In Listen to the Lambs by Daniel Black, nothing can convince Lazarus Love III to return to the lifestyle of affluence and social status he once knew. Longing for a freedom of the soul that the world of capitalism cannot provide, Lazarus leaves all that he knows—including his wife and children—to achieve the ultimate level of peace and silence living as a possession-less man. When his quest causes him to cross paths with four other
wanderers, all of whom later call themselves "the family," a shocking, brutal act leaves Lazarus in a dire position and his newfound family must struggle to save him. By doing so, both families—past and present—are redeemed and consequently learn the beauty of sacrificial love.


Click for more detail about The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor Lavalle
Forge (Feb 16, 2016)
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People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

“LaValle’s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do.” —Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

“[LaValle] reinvents outmoded literary conventions, particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction.” —Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand, author of Radiant Days


Click for more detail about Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson Second House from the Corner

by Sadeqa Johnson
Thomas Dunne Books (Feb 09, 2016)
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Second House from the Corner centers on the story of Felicia Lyons, a stay-at-home mother of three drowning in the drudgeries of play dates, lost pacifiers and potty training who occasionally wonders what it would be like to escape the demands of motherhood. But when an unexpected phone call threatens to destroy her life, Felicia is forced to return to her childhood home where she must wrestle with an ex-lover and long buried secrets to save the family and home she loves despite the daily challenges.

Felicia Lyons is a character who mothers can identify with and laugh along with. You can't help but cheer for her in Johnson's engaging and well-written novel.


Click for more detail about Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana’s Story

by Marissa Meyer
Square Fish (Feb 02, 2016)
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Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told… until now.

New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.


Click for more detail about Black Deutschland: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney Black Deutschland: A Novel

by Darryl Pinckney
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 02, 2016)
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Jed—young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago—flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he’s chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America.But history, both personal and political, can’t be avoided with time or distance. Whether it’s the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband’s bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits. And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back.An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe’s brightest and darkest city.


Click for more detail about The Book of Memory: A Novel by Petina Gappah The Book of Memory: A Novel

by Petina Gappah
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 02, 2016)
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The story that you have asked me to tell you does not begin with the pitiful ugliness of Lloyd’s death. It begins on a long-ago day in August when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man.Memory, the narrator of Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory, is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, after being sentenced for murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers?Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between past and present, the 2009 Guardian First Book Award–winning writer Petina Gappah weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of memory.


Click for more detail about Stone Cole: A Blink, Texas Story by J.D. Mason Stone Cole: A Blink, Texas Story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 02, 2016)
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The hotter-than-Texas e-serial continues!Ellis Brewer is a free man and is, surprisingly, the darling in the international art world. After seven long years in prison, he found refuge in his paintings and in the old farm house his late grandfather left to him in his will. No longer the hot-headed trouble maker he’d once was, Ellis is a loner and prefers to keep it that way. But when an old friend calls in a favor and asks Ellis to agree to an interview with a beautiful freelance reporter, Ellis throws caution to the wind and finds a love he never felt he deserved.Christina Cole prides herself on her insightful and thorough reporting skills. When she gets an opportunity to interview the recluse and rising star Ellis Brewer-devastatingly good-looking and charming down to every last one of his ex-con fingertips-she soon realizes that she’s getting way more than she bargained for. Cristina came to Blink, Texas with every intention of uncovering all of his demons, but it’s not long before Ellis turns the tables, and begins to unravel her deepest, darkest secrets, exposing the most vulnerable part of her heart and proving to him that she needs him, body and soul.


Click for more detail about Clemente! by Willie Perdomo Clemente!

by Willie Perdomo
Square Fish (Jan 19, 2016)
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A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente, in this joyful picture book biography. Born in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente was the first Latin American player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only player for whom the five-year initiation period was waived. Known not only for his exceptional baseball skills but also for his extensive charity work in Latin America, Clemente was well-loved during his 18 years playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in a plane crash while bringing aid supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Willie Perdomo’s rhythmic text and Bryan Collier’s energetic art combine to tell the story of one of baseball’s greats.


Click for more detail about We March by Shane W. Evans We March

by Shane W. Evans
Square Fish (Jan 12, 2016)
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On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place—more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane W. Evans. When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.

We March was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2012, and is an important story about the African American civil rights movement.


Click for more detail about Hart Breaker: A Blink, Texas story by J.D. Mason Hart Breaker: A Blink, Texas story

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 05, 2016)
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The only thing hotter than Texas is the romance in J. D. Mason’s brand-new e-series!Farrah Hart has made her escape. Running from a violent ex, she finds her way home to Blink, TX. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Farrah hopes to lay low at her abandoned childhood home until she can get back on her feet. But when an eviction notice comes in the most dangerously handsome of packages, Farrah might just need someone to lean on after all…Jackson Burris can’t believe Farrah is in his house. The last thing he ever expected to see was the gorgeous girl all the Texas boys-including him-crushed on years ago, standing in the doorway. But she needs a place to stay that isn’t a run-down house, and his place is much cozier, much hotter. But as the nights grow darker with passion, demons from both their pasts close in, and Farrah and Jackson have to give in to love, in order to not break apart.


Click for more detail about White Lines III: All Falls Down: A Novel by Tracy Brown White Lines III: All Falls Down: A Novel

by Tracy Brown
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 17, 2015)
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The ultimate love story forged on the gritty streets of New York began with White Lines, and now, in this stunning conclusion, Jada and Born come full circle, but not without paying a hefty price in White Lines III: All Falls Down by Tracy Brown.

On the surface, Jada’s life is back on track. She’s battled her demons, her son is a permanent part
of her life-and yet, it still feels like she’s on shaky ground. What she really needs to settle her soul is to have Born back in her life-and in her arms-again.

Reuniting with the man she loves is proving to be the hardest thing she’s ever fought for. And when a brutal and shocking event tests the foundation of Jada and Born’s resolve, it will take every drop of willpower they possess to stay on top.


Click for more detail about Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black

by Chris Tomlinson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 17, 2015)
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A New York Times Best Seller!Tomlinson Hill is the stunning story of two families?one white, one black?who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name. Internationally recognized for his work as a fearless war correspondent, award-winning journalist Chris Tomlinson grew up hearing stories about his family’s abandoned cotton plantation in Falls County, Texas. Most of the tales lionized his white ancestors for pioneering along the Brazos River. His grandfather often said the family’s slaves loved them so much that they also took Tomlinson as their last name. LaDainian Tomlinson, football great and former running back for the San Diego Chargers, spent part of his childhood playing on the same land that his black ancestors had worked as slaves. As a child, LaDainian believed the Hill was named after his family. Not until he was old enough to read an historical plaque did he realize that the Hill was named for his ancestor’s slaveholders.A masterpiece of authentic American history, Tomlinson Hill traces the true and very revealing story of these two families. From the beginning in 1854? when the first Tomlinson, a white woman, arrived?to 2007, when the last Tomlinson, LaDainian’s father, left, the book unflinchingly explores the history of race and bigotry in Texas. Along the way it also manages to disclose a great many untruths that are latent in the unsettling and complex story of America.Tomlinson Hill is also the basis for a film and an interactive web project. The award-winning film, which airs on PBS, concentrates on present-day Marlin, Texas and how the community struggles with poverty and the legacy of race today, and is accompanied by an interactive web site called Voice of Marlin, which stores the oral histories collected along the way. Chris Tomlinson has used the reporting skills he honed as a highly respected reporter covering ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East to fashion a perfect microcosm of America’s own ethnic strife. The economic inequality, political shenanigans, cruelty and racism?both subtle and overt?that informs the history of Tomlinson Hill also live on in many ways to this very day in our country as a whole. The author has used his impressive credentials and honest humanity to create a classic work of American history that will take its place alongside the timeless work of our finest historians


Click for more detail about 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership by Kathey Porter and Andrea Hoffman 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership

by Kathey Porter and Andrea Hoffman
Palgrave Macmillan (Nov 05, 2015)
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For too long there have been few ‘blueprints’ for young women entrepreneurs - particularly African-American women entrepreneurs--to follow. While women are starting businesses in unprecedented numbers, many African-Americans are first-generation entrepreneurs, and there have been few role models for them to emulate and learn from. The impact of African-American women in business is undeniable. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN, while firms owned by women of color are smaller than non-minority women-owned businesses, their growth in numbers and economic clout is generally far outpacing that of other women-owned entities. Businesses owned by African-American women led that growth, up 296% from 1997 to 2014, generating nearly $50 billion in revenue. It is, in a sense, a second Black Renaissance, creating what we like to call the ‘50 Billion Dollar Boss.’

African-American women continue to excel and shape society across industries. This book highlights several African American women entrepreneurs and leaders, recognizes them for their business acumen,

examines how they creatively solved business challenges and identified opportunities to grow and sustain their businesses.


Click for more detail about Alex Haley: And The Books That Changed A Nation by Robert J. Norrell Alex Haley: And The Books That Changed A Nation

by Robert J. Norrell
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 01, 2015)
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It is difficult to think of two twentieth century books by one author that have had as much influence on American culture when they were published as Alex Haley's monumental bestsellers, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965), and Roots (1976). They changed the way white and black America viewed each other and the country's history. This first biography of Haley follows him from his childhood in relative privilege in deeply segregated small town Tennessee to fame and fortune in high powered New York City. It was in the Navy, that Haley discovered himself as a writer, which eventually led his rise as a star journalist in the heyday of magazine personality profiles. At Playboy Magazine, Haley profiled everyone from Martin Luther King and Miles Davis to Johnny Carson and Malcolm X, leading to their collaboration on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Roots was for Haley a deeper, more personal reach. The subsequent book and miniseries ignited an ongoing craze for family history, and made Haley one of the most famous writers in the country. Roots sold half a million copies in the first two months of publication, and the original television miniseries was viewed by 130 million people.

Haley died in 1992. This deeply researched and compelling book by Robert J. Norrell offers the perfect opportunity to revisit his authorship, his career as one of the first African American star journalists, as well as an especially dramatic time of change in American history.

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Click for more detail about Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

by Shane White
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 13, 2015)
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In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America’s first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt’s death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, "There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton." What Vanderbilt’s obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, was that Hamilton was African American. Hamilton, although his origins were lowly, possibly slave, was reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of two hundred and $50 million in today’s currency. In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger than life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn’t just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton’s life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.


Click for more detail about The Coming by Daniel Black The Coming

by Daniel Black
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Oct 06, 2015)
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Daniel Black is at the top of his literary game with The Coming, a novel that National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson (Middle Passage) calls “powerful and beautiful” and “a work to be proud of."" Lyrical, poetic, and hypnotizing, The Coming tells the story of a people’s capture and sojourn from their homeland across the Middle Passage—a traumatic trip that exposed the strength and resolve of the African spirit. Extreme conditions produce extraordinary insight, and only after being stripped of everything do they discover the unspeakable beauty they once took for granted. This powerful, haunting novel will shake readers to their very souls.”


Click for more detail about Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs Chocolate Me!

by Taye Diggs
Square Fish (Oct 06, 2015)
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The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.


Click for more detail about Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs Mixed Me!

by Taye Diggs
Feiwel & Friends (Oct 06, 2015)
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Mom and Dad say I’m a blend of dark and light:
“We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right.”

Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them.

Still, Mike has to answer LOTS of questions about being mixed. And he does, with LOTS of energy and joy in this charming story about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

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Click for more detail about The Emperor of Water Clocks: Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa The Emperor of Water Clocks: Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct 06, 2015)
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The wildly enchanting new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa

"If I am not Ulysses, I am / his dear, ruthless half-brother." So announces Yusef Komunyakaa early in his lush new collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks. But Ulysses (or his half brother) is but one of the beguiling guises Komunyakaa dons over the course of this densely lyrical book. Here his speaker observes a doomed court jester; here he is with Napoleon, as the emperor "tells the doctor to cut out his heart / & send it to the empress, Marie-Louise"; here he is at the circus, observing as "The strong man presses six hundred pounds, / his muscles flexed for the woman / whose T-shirt says, these guns are loaded"; and here is just a man, placing "a few red anemones / & a sheaf of wheat" on Mahmoud Darwish’s grave, reflecting on why "I’d rather die a poet / than a warrior."
Through these mutations and migrations and permutations and peregrinations there are constants: Komunyakaa’s jazz-inflected rhythms; his effortlessly surreal images; his celebration of natural beauty and of love. There is also his insistent inquiry into the structures and struggles of power: not only of, say, king against jester but of man against his own desire and of the present against the pernicious influence of the past.
Another brilliant collection from the man David Wojahn has called one of our "most significant and individual voices," The Emperor of Water Clocks delights, challenges, and satisfies.


Click for more detail about What’s Done in Darkness: A Novel by Kayla Perrin What’s Done in Darkness: A Novel

by Kayla Perrin
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 06, 2015)
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Jealousy is a strong motive. People kill for love every day…Jade Blackwin feels like she’s losing her mind. After burying both her parents-and being left by her boyfriend for her scheming best friend-she totally loses it. At college graduation, she confronts her man, slaps her BFF, then crashes her car. Now everyone thinks she’s crazy. Even her sister, who convinces Jade to take a job in beautiful, restful Key West. "Perrin weaves a compelling story…a great cliffhanger tale of suspense."
-New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham on We’ll Never TellAt first, Key West is everything Jade could hope for. The lime margaritas are heaven on earth. Her boss at the coffee shop, Katrina, is friendly as can be. And a gorgeous stranger named Brian is just the thing to help Jade forget her ex. But why is a crime writer asking so many questions? Why does Katrina explode into fits of rage? And why is a killer lurking in the shadows, ready to kill again? No one knows what’s done in darkness. But Jade knows she’s not crazy. She’s next…"One wild ride! Perrin is an author who belongs on your must read list."
-Romance Reader at Heart


Click for more detail about Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Roaring Brook Press (Sep 29, 2015)
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From award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world.Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family. He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from the neighborhood-like Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross-to sing for his new label. Meanwhile, the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performers from urban Detroit. From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown.


Click for more detail about Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Binti

by Nnedi Okorafor
Forge (Sep 22, 2015)
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Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself—but first she has to make it there, alive.

Binti is the first book in a trilogy


Click for more detail about Luxe: A Novel by Ashley Antoinette Luxe: A Novel

by Ashley Antoinette
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 08, 2015)
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From the New York Times bestseller Ashley Antoinette, author of the Prada Plan series comes a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic novel, Luxe.Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan, and when her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, Bleu knows she’s struck gold. But soon after arriving, all her beautiful, bright dreams begin to fall apart. Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze, drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up. When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in-and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from.


Click for more detail about Reconnaissance: Poems by Carl Phillips Reconnaissance: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 01, 2015)
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A powerful, inventive collection from one of America’s most respected poets There’s a trembling inside the both of us, there’s a trembling, inside us both. The territory of Reconnaissance is one where morals threaten to become merely ""what the light falls through,"" ""suffering [seems] in fact for nothing,"" and ""all we do is maybe all we can do."" In the face of this, Carl Phillips, reconsidering and unraveling what we think we know, maps out the contours of a world in revision, where truth lies captured at one moment and at the next goes free, transformed. These are poems of searing beauty, lit by hope and shadowed by it, from a poet whose work ""reinstates the possibility of finding meaning in a world that is forever ready to revoke the sources of meaning in our lives"" (Jonathan Farmer, Slate).


Click for more detail about We’ll Never Tell by Kayla Perrin We’ll Never Tell

by Kayla Perrin
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 01, 2015)
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I was thinking of some kind of initiation. Tailored just for her. The kind that will teach her a lesson not to mess with me.
Shandra James is a man stealer. It’s a sport to her-a game that she always wins. As a pledge of the exclusive Alpha Sigma Pi sorority, she should know her place…and know not to throw herself at a sister’s boyfriend. But she’s marked a new target: Henry Reid.
"Characters that pop off the page and a solid, well-paced plot will gratify Perrin’s many fans."-Publishers Weekly
Henry’s fiancée, Phoebe, and her sorority sisters Miranda and Camille, decide it’s time to teach Shandra a lesson. A lesson that involves humiliation but nothing more. But the lesson takes an unexpected, deadly turn-and soon the three women find themselves facing three new rules: Never mention what happened that night, protect one another, and tell no one. Yet when a murderer comes calling, they each discover that some rules are meant to be broken…
"Tense psychological suspense."-Midwest Book Review on Delta Sisters


Click for more detail about The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle by Ashish J. Thakkar The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle

by Ashish J. Thakkar
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 25, 2015)
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Three little known facts: Africa is now the world’s fastest growing continent, with average GDP growth of 5.5% the past 10 years. Malaria deaths have declined by 30% and HIV infections by 74%. Nigeria produces more movies than America does.The Lion Awakes is the true story of today’s Africa, one often overshadowed by the dire headlines. Traveling from his ancestral home in Uganda, East Africa, to the booming economy and (if chaotic) new democracies of West Africa, and down to the "Silicon Savannahs" of Kenya and Rwanda, Ashish J. Thakkar shows us an Africa that few Westerners are aware exists. Far from being a place in need of our pity and aid, we see a continent undergoing a remarkable transformation and economic development. We meet a new generation of ambitious, tech savvy young Africans who are developing everything from bamboo bicycles to iPhone Apps; we meet artists, film makers and architects thriving with newfound freedom and opportunity, and we are introduced to hyper-educated members of the Diaspora who have returned to Africa after years abroad to open companies and take up positions in government. They all tell the same story: 21st Century Africa offers them more opportunity than the First World. Drawing from his business experience, and his own family’s history in Africa, which include his parents’ expulsion from Uganda by Idi Amin in the 70s and his own survival of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Ashish shows us how much difference a decade can make.


Click for more detail about The Orchard of Lost Souls: A Novel by Nadifa Mohamed The Orchard of Lost Souls: A Novel

by Nadifa Mohamed
Picador (Jun 16, 2015)
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From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, a stunning novel illuminating Somalia’s tragic civil war

It is 1987 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds, but still the dictatorship remains secure.
Soon, through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.
Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp where she was born, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes.
Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station.
Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north.
As the country is unraveled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of these three women are twisted irrevocably together.
Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa and was exiled before the outbreak of war. In The Orchard of Lost Souls, she returns to Hargeisa in her imagination. Intimate, frank, brimming with beauty and fierce love, this novel is an unforgettable account of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times.Chosen as one of the 15 Best Works of Fiction by Black Authors in 2014 by The Root


Click for more detail about How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz by Jonah Winter How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz

by Jonah Winter
Roaring Brook Press (Jun 16, 2015)
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"This informational picture book covers self-proclaimed "Inventor of Jazz" Jelly Roll Morton’s contribution to the musical scene." Winter describes the atmosphere of the early 1900s in general terms and often uses rhyming verses to advance the story ("I thought I heard Mister Jelly Roll too/Sayin’ ’I invented jazz in 1902./It was me who invented jazz-’cause it sure wasn’t you.’/I thought I heard him too…"). The text is confusing in places, and readers may have to refer to the back matter to clarify certain statements. For instance, the author explains that Morton didn’t truly invent jazz but created his own, inimitable style. It’s Mallett’s attractive, painterly, oil-on-canvas illustrations that are the real draw here, with many spreads featuring dark silhouettes positioned on vibrant backgrounds of orange and yellows among a swirl of musical notes. VERDICT While this book isn’t one of Winter’s strongest works, there is a dearth of material on this star jazz musician, making it suitable supplemental material on the Jazz Age or a possibility for biography collections." —School Library Journal


Click for more detail about Heaven: Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips Heaven: Poems

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 16, 2015)
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Long-listed for the National Book Award in poetryA spectacularly vibrant and continually surprising collection from one of the poetry world’s rising young stars"Who the hell’s heaven is this?" Rowan Ricardo Phillips offers many answers, and none at all, in Heaven, the piercing and revelatory encore to his award-winning debut, The Ground. Swerving elegantly from humor to heartbreak, from Colorado to Florida, from Dante’s Paradise to Homer’s Iliad, from knowledge to ignorance to awe, Phillips turns his gaze upward and outward, probing and upending notions of the beyond.

"Feeling, real feeling / with all its faulty / Architecture, is / Beyond a god’s touch"?but it does not elude Phillips. Meditating on feverish boyhood, on two paintings by Chuck Close, on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, on a dead rooster by the side of the road in Ohio, on an elk grazing outside his window, his language remains eternally intoxicating, full of play, pathos, and surprise.

"The end," he writes, "like / All I’ve ever told you, is uncertain." Or, elsewhere: "The only way then to know a truth / Is to squint in its direction and poke." Phillips?who received a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award as well as the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award?may not be certain, but as he squints and pokes in the direction of truth, his power of perception and elegance of expression create a place where beauty and truth come together and drift apart like a planet orbiting its star. The result is a book whose lush and wounding beauty will leave its mark on readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

In the video below Rowan reads the following poem “The Once and Future King of Ohio” from his collection Heaven

Dawn. Two roosters stud the side of the road.
One of them is dead. The other stands there
Stiff in the car’s sudden breeze, staring out
Across the hilly Ohio highway,
Skyward towards that something slight of bright
Reds and pinks, a pallid rooster-feathered
Hue, as silent as the rooster standing
And as distant as the rooster on its side.
We drove by, my guide and I, too quickly
To know if one rooster was waiting for
The other, or which had been waiting–,
Or, if they’d planned to cross the road together
When suddenly something went terribly wrong
Either at the end of having crossed it
Or simply, as happens, during the wait.

The whole Ohio highway seemed to know, though,
Like the gate of Heaven you see at death
(As a light or a shining shunning darkness)
Knows Heaven without actually being
Heaven, being rather just a border,
Still part of our plausible world
Of parts, living and dead, male and female,
Color and color, belief and belief …
There’s really no reason to believe or
Not to believe what you see when you see it.
But when at speed I saw those two roosters
Trying to figure out what’s next for them
As the distances we travelled on the
661 swallowed them whole with wheat,
I looked from my passenger’s seat into
The car’s rearview mirror, and saw nothing
That was neither Heaven nor Ohio
As the horses stirred, and the steeples slept,
And the state flattened out like a mirror.
And am I not a mirror for that mirror?


Click for more detail about Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest by Ginger Adams Otis Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest

by Ginger Adams Otis
St. Martin’s Press (May 26, 2015)
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In 1919, when Wesley Williams became a New York City firefighter, he stepped into a world that was 100% white and predominantly Irish. As far as this city knew, black men in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) tended horses.Nearly a century later, many things in the FDNY had changed?but not the scarcity of blacks. New York had about 300 black firefighters?roughly 3 percent of the 11,000 New York firefighters in a city of two million African Americans. That made the FDNY a true aberration compared to all the other uniformed departments, like the NYPD. Decades earlier, women and blacks had sued over its hiring practices and won. But the FDNY never took permanent steps to eradicate the inequities, which led to a courtroom show-down between New York City’s billionaire Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, and a determined group of black activist firefighters. It was not until 2014 that the city settled the $98 million lawsuit.At the center of this book are stories of courage?about firefighters risking their lives in the line of duty but also risking their livelihood by battling an unjust system. Among them: FDNY Captain Paul Washington, a second generation black firefighter, who spent his multi-decade career fighting to get minorities on the job. He faced an insular culture made up of relatives who never saw their own inclusion as favoritism.Based on author Ginger Adams Otis’ years of on the ground reporting, Firefight is an exciting blend of the high-octane energy of firefighting and critical Civil Rights history.


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 3 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 3

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 19, 2015)
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Pulled into a world of sweet temptations and sexual fantasy, Ariel will hold tight to the one who has reawakened her body, and her heart, no matter what the cost in the final installment of Velvet’s smoking hot e-serial The Black Door.

Ariel, thrust into the heady, wild frenzy of The Black Door, refuses to give up her visits to the sensual playground—and vows to see the man who makes her burn with pleasure. As her dark life of sexual fantasy begins to blend into her real life, Ariel verges on losing control completely, in the shattering, sexy conclusion to The Black Door by Velvet.


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 2 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 2

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 12, 2015)
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When an underground world of dark fantasies and sexual pleasures lures Ariel in, her life is shattered as new hungers awaken in Part Two of Velvet’s explosive, exclusive e-serial The Black Door.

Desperate to sate the need that courses through her, Ariel believes she will find what she so deeply needs at The Black Door. But when one man’s touch opens her up completely, Ariel is ready to irrevocably surrender her body to pleasure…and her soul to desire…in Part Two of the seXXXy novel The Black Door.


Click for more detail about The Black Door: Part 1 by Velvet The Black Door: Part 1

by Velvet
St. Martin’s Press (May 05, 2015)
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"Welcome to the secretive, seductive world behind the Black Door. Once you go through it, you’ll never be the same…Dare to experience the first part of red-hot author Velvet’s The Black Door, now in an exclusive e-serial.

Ariel Vaughn aches for more. Dissatisfied with her hot and high-profile—but barely lukewarm in bed—boyfriend, she goes searching for the more enticing pleasures that life has to offer. When a hot young escort leads her to The Black Door, Ariel gives in to the desires that consume her…and the passions that dominate her…in Part 1 of the explosive novel THE BLACK DOOR."


Click for more detail about The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden The Wedding Gift

by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 31, 2015)
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In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah--her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden's The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th Century South that will leave readers breathless.


Click for more detail about The Lost Child: A Novel by Caryl Phillips The Lost Child: A Novel

by Caryl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 10, 2015)
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Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its center is Monica Johnson?cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner?and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Phillips intertwines her modern narrative with the childhood of one of literature’s most enigmatic lost boys, as he deftly conjures young Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights, and his ragged existence before Mr. Earnshaw brought him home to his family. The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte’s masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Caryl Phillips is "in a league with Toni Morrison and V. S. Naipaul" (Booklist) and "his novels have a way of growing on you, staying with you long after you’ve closed the book." (The New York Times Book Review) A true literary feat, The Lost Child recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.


Click for more detail about The Shred Diet Cookbook by Ian K. Smith The Shred Diet Cookbook

by Ian K. Smith
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 03, 2015)
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Can I eat that on SHRED?
Hundreds of thousands have lost extraordinary amounts of weight on Dr. Ian K. Smith’s SHRED programs, using his proven killer combo of diet confusion, meal spacing, meal replacement and strategic snacking. Now, in Dr. Ian’s first-ever cookbook, he’s deliciously answering the question so many of those dieters have asked: "Can I eat that on SHRED?" In THE SHRED DIET COOKBOOK, you’ll enjoy:
-Midday recipes: from Heavenly Cheeseburgers to Green Bean and Artichoke Stir Fry
-Protein-rich dinners that are quick to make and satisfying to eat: from Cheese-packed Chicken Breasts to Seared Mustard Pork Chops and Cider-braised Onions
-Side-dishes: from Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges with Ginger-Soy Glaze to Creamy Polenta
-Snack preparations so simple and so good you’ll want to plan a party around them
-Carb recipes that make them count, including pancakes, potatoes, and pastas
-Southern specialties and recipes from Dr. Ian’s family: from Dr. Ian’s Sweet Barbecue Steaks to Uncle Johnny’s Black-eyed Pea Salad to Ma’s Eggplant Parmesan
-Complete nutritional information and portioning for each recipe -Over 35 all-new recipes for meal—replacing smoothies and soups


Click for more detail about Disgruntled by Asali Solomon Disgruntled

by Asali Solomon
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 03, 2015)
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An elegant, vibrant, startling coming-of-age novel, for anyone who's ever felt the shame of being alive

Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she's different, even if she can't put her finger on how or why. It's not because she's black--most of the other students in the fourth-grade class at her West Philadelphia elementary school are too. Maybe it's because she celebrates Kwanzaa, or because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it's because she calls her father--a housepainter-slash-philosopher--"Baba" instead of "Daddy," or because her parents' friends gather to pour out libations "from the Creator, for the Martyrs" and discuss "the community."

Kenya does know that it's connected to what her Baba calls "the shame of being alive"--a shame that only grows deeper and more complex over the course of Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, effortlessly funny and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public school to private, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home.

A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we're given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own.


Click for more detail about Inside A Silver Box by Walter Mosley Inside A Silver Box

by Walter Mosley
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 27, 2015)
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Walter Mosley’s talent knows no bounds. Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality.In Inside a Silver Box, two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself.


Click for more detail about Whale Trails, Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome Whale Trails, Before and Now

by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Jan 20, 2015)
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"My father and I live for the sea. He is the captain of the Cuffee Whale Boat and today I am his First Mate."Whale-watching is a hugely popular pastime: at least 13 million people take whale-watching trips each year. But in the past, whaling ships hunted these animals to use their blubber for fuel and their bones for fishing hooks. As the whale population thinned, fortunately hunting ceased. Now, whale lovers go out on boats just to get a glimpse of these giant endangered creatures. Narrated by a little girl out on the waves with her father, this is a story of marine history and the differences between then and now.


Click for more detail about 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Roaring Brook Press (Jan 13, 2015)
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Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president.With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.


Click for more detail about George Padmore and Decolonization from Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire by Leslie James George Padmore and Decolonization from Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire

by Leslie James
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 01, 2015)
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This book argues that the rising tide of anti-colonialism after the 1930s should be considered a turning point not just in harnessing a new mood or feeling of unity, but primarily as one that viewed empire, racism, and economic degradation as part of a system that fundamentally required the application of strategy to their destruction.


Click for more detail about Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks, 20 Pounds, Lose It Faster! by Ian K. Smith Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks, 20 Pounds, Lose It Faster!

by Ian K. Smith
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 30, 2014)
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The diet that works faster and forever!

Using the same principles—meal spacing, snacking, meal replacement and diet confusion—that made his SHRED a major #1 bestseller—Dr. Ian Smith has developed what dieters told him they needed: a quick-acting plan that is safe and easy to follow at home, at work, or on the road.

It’s a program with four week-long cycles:

- Foundation, when you’ll eat four meals and three snacks a day, start shedding pounds and set yourself up for success

- Accelerate, when you’ll kick it up and speed up weight loss

- Shape, the toughest week in the program, and the one that will get your body back by keeping it guessing

- Tenacious, a final sprint that cements your improved eating habits and melts off those last stubborn pounds

The SHRED system never leaves you hungry. It’s a completely new way to lose weight, stay slender, and feel fantastic about your body, mind and spirit!

Includes more than 50 all-new recipes for meal replacing smoothies and soups!


Click for more detail about Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang Who We Be: The Colorization of America

by Jeff Chang
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 21, 2014)
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Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the U.S. has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope--another four-letter word--is still plunged into endless culture wars. How do Americans see race now? How has that changed--and not changed--over the half-century? After eras framed by words like "multicultural" and "post-racial," do we see each other any more clearly? Who We Be remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress. In this follow-up to the award-winning classic Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff Chang brings fresh energy, style, and sweep to the essential American story.

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Click for more detail about How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon How It Went Down

by Kekla Magoon
Henry Holt & Company  (Oct 14, 2014)
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When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth. Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.


Click for more detail about Crazy, Sexy, Revenge: A Novel by J.D. Mason Crazy, Sexy, Revenge: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 14, 2014)
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Jordan Gatewood’s life is falling apart. Murder, sex, betrayal, suicide?the women in his world are paying him back for all the terrible things he’s done, and they’re bringing on the drama in spades. And now with Desi Green bringing Jordan to the attention of the detective investigating his lover’s murder, his tenuous grip on control threatens to unravel completely.
Desi refuses to let anyone back her into a corner. For years, people have tried to set her back and destroy her, but now, she’s ready to take it to anyone who wants to put her down, including Jordan Gatewood. And when a message comes for her in the form of a brutal attack, Desi will have to fight with everything she has before she gets her revenge…in Crazy, Sexy, Revenge by J.D. Mason.


Click for more detail about What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey What I Know For Sure

by Oprah Winfrey
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 02, 2014)
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As a creative force, student of the human heart and soul, and champion of living the life you want, Oprah Winfrey stands alone. Over the years, she has made history with a legendary talk show - the highest-rated program of its kind, launched her own television network, become the nation’s only African-American billionaire, and been awarded both an honorary degree by Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons—which, for fourteen years, she’s shared in O, The Oprah Magazine’s widely popular “What I Know For Sure” column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation.

Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.


Click for more detail about Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

by Phillip Hoose
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Aug 05, 2014)
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”It’s my constitutional right!” screamed Claudette Colvin as she was dragged off a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat to a white woman. It was March 2, 1955―nine months before Rosa Parks took a similar stand. But instead of being celebrated as Parks was, Colvin was shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that did for transportation what Brown v. The Board of Education did for education. Called “unforgettable” by The Wall Street Journal, this outstanding, ground-breaking account of an almost forgotten civil rights pioneer garnered praise and accolades, including a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Robert F. Sibert Book. As The New York Times said in a glowing review, Hoose “finally gives [Colvin] the credit she deserves.”


Click for more detail about Pastor Needs a Boo by Michele Andrea Bowen Pastor Needs a Boo

by Michele Andrea Bowen
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 08, 2014)
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Michele Andrea Bowen made a name for herself years ago during the African-American inspirational fiction craze. Now, in Pastor Needs a Boo (Pastor’s Aid Club), she’s back with an amazing journey of faith, drama, and love.
It was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem?the lovely Marsha?would be much harder to solve. Denzelle didn’t even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah’s card and getting "booed" up with the poster girl for "church girls."
Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren’t Denzelle’s biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies?a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy?want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can’t fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a ‘boo’ who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle’s faith and love will be put to the ultimate test.


Click for more detail about Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall Land of Shadows

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Forge (Jun 10, 2014)
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"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise…Elouise Norton is the best new character you’ll meet this year." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"Spellbinding. Gritty. Original, complex, profound, and riveting. This is a voice you have never heard—and will be unable to forget. Prepare to be blown away." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

"A hard-hitting tale of a modern, complex Los Angeles. Well-written and deftly paced…a story that stays with you after the last page is read." —Gary Phillips, author of Warlord of Willow Ridge

"Intense, gritty and absolutely riveting, Land of Shadows took my breath away. The power of Rachel Howzell Hall’s prose and the sophistication of her plotting grabbed me immediately. Even so, her most dazzling accomplishment is bringing to life LAPD detective Lou Norton, whose passionate voice is still reverberating in my head. A phenomenal book I’m recommending far and wide. This better be the start of a series!" —Hilary Davidson


Click for more detail about The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires  by Dennis Kimbro The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires

by Dennis Kimbro
Palgrave Macmillan (Jun 03, 2014)
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It’s no secret that these hard times have been even harder for the Black community.

Approximately 35 percent of African Americans had no measurable assets in 2009, and 24 percent of these same households had only a motor vehicle. Dennis Kimbro, observing how the weight of the continuing housing and credit crises disproportionately impacts the African-American community, takes a sharp look at a carefully cultivated group of individuals who’ve scaled the heights of success and how others can emulate them. Based on a seven year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, The Wealth Choice offers a trove of sound and surprising advice about climbing the economic ladder, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Readers will learn about how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities like Bob Johnson, Spike Lee, L. A. Reid, Herman Cain, T. D. Jakes and Tyrese Gibson found their paths to wealth; what they did or didn’t learn about money early on; what they had to sacrifice to get to the top; and the role of discipline in managing their success. Through these stories, which include men and women at every stage of life and in every industry, Dennis Kimbro shows readers how to; develop a wealth-generating mindset and habits, commit to lifelong learning, craft goals that match your passion, make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain, and take calculated risks when opportunity presents itself

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Click for more detail about Til The Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma Til The Well Runs Dry

by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Palgrave Macmillan (Apr 22, 2014)
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A glorious and moving multi-generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960’s in Trinidad and the United States

Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman (so taken with Marcia that he elicits the help of a tea-brewing obeah woman to guarantee her ardor), the risks and rewards in Marcia’s life amplify forever.

On an island rich with laughter, Calypso, Carnival, cricket, beaches and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, the novel follows Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia’s secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them.

'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman’s love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children. For readers who cherish the previously untold stories of women’s lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.


Click for more detail about The Sun Is So Quiet by Nikki Giovanni The Sun Is So Quiet

by Nikki Giovanni
Square Fish (Mar 04, 2014)
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Quiet . . .
like a quilt on a feather bed . . .
and frost on the window . . .
we write our names knowing . . .
the sun will melt them offBut the sun is so quiet . . .
that we don’t care
we smile
—from Connie by Nikki GiovanniThe quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoeing through strawberry patches, licking chocolaty fingers, snuggling under covers, and many other wonderful childhood moments. Ashley Bryan’s warmest, most colorful illustrations make each page look like a bright, beaming smile.Together, they have created a collection that you can linger over like a peppermint candy cane or enjoy as quickly as a snowflake melts on your nose.


Click for more detail about The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press (Jan 21, 2014)
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An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin. On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America’s armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.


Click for more detail about Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith Keeping the Night Watch

by Hope Anita Smith
Square Fish (Jan 21, 2014)
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So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he’s not prepared to give that up. But C.J.’s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse.Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 by Derek Walcott The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 21, 2014)
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A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott’s celebrated, inimitable, essential career "‘He gives us more than himself or a world’; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language."" Alongside Joseph Brodsky’s words of praise one might mention the more concrete honors that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received: a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry; the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948–2013 draws from every stage of the poet’s storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like ""In My Eighteenth Year,"" published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like ""A Far Cry from Africa,"" which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one’s very blood; his mature work, like ""The Schooner Flight"" from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender ""Sixty Years After,"" from the 2010 collection White Egrets. Across sixty-five years, Walcott grapples with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life: the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St. Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love and the natural world; the Western canon, celebrated and problematic; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one’s own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott’s friend the English poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.


Click for more detail about When The Beat Was Born: Dj Kool Herc And The Creation Of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent) by Laban Carrick Hill When The Beat Was Born: Dj Kool Herc And The Creation Of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent)

by Laban Carrick Hill
Palgrave Macmillan (Aug 27, 2013)
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Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.

On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks--the musical interludes between verses--longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.


Click for more detail about Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, And Tragedy Inside The Johnson & Johnson Dynasty by Jerry Oppenheimer Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, And Tragedy Inside The Johnson & Johnson Dynasty

by Jerry Oppenheimer
Palgrave Macmillan (Aug 13, 2013)
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From the founders of the international health-care behemoth Johnson & Johnson in the late 1800s to the contemporary Johnsons of today, such as billionaire New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, all is revealed in this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer. Often compared to the Kennedy clan because of the tragedies and scandals that had befallen both wealthy and powerful families, Crazy Rich, based on scores of exclusive, candid, on-the-record interviews, reveals how the dynasty’s vast fortune was both intoxicating and toxic through the generations of a family that gave the world Band-Aids and Baby Oil. At the same time, they’ve been termed perhaps the most dysfunctional family in the fortune 500. Oppenheimer is the author of biographies of the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Hiltons and Martha Stewart, among other American icons.

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Click for more detail about The Ground: Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips The Ground: Poems

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 04, 2013)
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A masterful debut from a powerfully original poetic voiceA poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and grace, The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. With musicality and precision of thought, Phillips’s poems limn the troubadour’s journey in an increasingly surreal modern world ("I plugged my poem into a manhole cover / That flamed into the first guitar"). The origin of mankind, the origin of the self, the self’s development in the sensuous world, and––in both a literal and a figurative sense––the end of all things sing through Phillips’s supple and idiosyncratic poems. The poet’s subtle formal sophistication?somewhere between flair and restraint?and sense of lyric possibility bring together the hard glint of the contemporary world and the eroded permanence of the archaic one through remixes, underground sessions, Spenserian stanzas, myths, and revamped translations. These are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable music, and metaphysical splendor that concern themselves with lived life and the life of the imagination––both equally vivid and true––as they lay the framework for Phillips’s meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.


Click for more detail about The Autobiography Of My Mother: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid The Autobiography Of My Mother: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 07, 2013)
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From the recipient of the 2010 Clifton Fadiman Medal, an unforgettable novel of one woman’s courageous coming-of-agePowerful, disturbing, stirring, Jamaica Kincaid’s novel is the deeply charged story of a woman’s life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, the daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own.
Kincaid takes us from Xuela’s childhood in a home where she can hear the song of the sea to the tin-roofed room where she lives as a schoolgirl in the house of Jack LaBatte, who becomes her first lover. Xuela develops a passion for the stevedore Roland, who steals bolts of Irish linen for her from the ships he unloads, but she eventually marries an English doctor, Philip Bailey. Xuela’s is an intensely physical world, redolent of overripe fruit, gentian violet, sulfur, and rain on the road, and it seethes with her sorrow, her deep sympathy for those who share her history, her fear of her father, her desperate loneliness. But underlying all is "the black room of the world" that is Xuela’s barrenness and motherlessness.
The Autobiography of My Mother is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman’s inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.


Click for more detail about Stepping Stone and Love Machine: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley Stepping Stone and Love Machine: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

by Walter Mosley
Forge (Apr 02, 2013)
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Walter Mosley’s talent knows no bounds. Stepping Stone and Love Machine are but two of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life’s cosmic questions. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers?

Stepping Stone:Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by--and waiting for something he can’t quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see.Soon Truman’s quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever--and transform the nature of humanity?

Love Machine: The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an eccentric, possibly deranged scientist, the "Love Machine" can merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind that transcends race, gender, species . . . and even death itself. Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise?


Click for more detail about What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits Of Markets by Michael J. Sandel What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits Of Markets

by Michael J. Sandel
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 02, 2013)
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A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our society
Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons, auctioning admission to elite universities, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?
In his New York Times bestseller What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets?
In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.
In Justice, an international bestseller, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with clarity and verve, the hard moral questions we confront in our everyday lives. Now, in What Money Can’t Buy, he provokes a debate that’s been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy?

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Click for more detail about The Truth About Men: The Secret Side Of The Opposite Sex by Ian K. Smith The Truth About Men: The Secret Side Of The Opposite Sex

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 02, 2013)
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What do men really want? Wouldn’t you like to know?Anyone in a relationship with a man has spent time wondering what things "mean". Men can be confusing. What are they thinking about? Do they mean what they say? And what are they not saying? Is it good that he called instead of texting? What does it mean that he introduced me to his sister but not his mother or his best friend? Why hasn’t he said anything about my birthday yet when it’s two weeks from now?Finally, a man who understands has written a book to decode men for you. It lets you into a man’s brain and gives advice you can use today to make your relationship better tomorrow. Smith’s fascinating, sometimes surprising topics include:—The Subtle Art of Hooking Us (men really do want to be in committed relationships, even if they don’t always show it) —Beauty Matters (but beauty may not be exactly what you think it is)—Beware of Titles (why you shouldn’t label yourself his "girlfriend" until certain conditions are met) —Sex is More Powerful than an AK-47 (but it doesn’t always have to be a home run)—Mean What You Say (and why sex lies are always—always—a bad idea)Any man who picks up The Truth About Men will nod in agreement, and any woman who puts its insights into practice will have an instantly happier mate and a stronger, longer relationship.


Click for more detail about Project Chick Ii: What’s Done In The Dark by Nikki Turner Project Chick Ii: What’s Done In The Dark

by Nikki Turner
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 12, 2013)
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Tressa always thought that the best moment in her life was the day she gave birth to her twin boys, Khalil and Hadji, but even better was when she got the news that their abusive father, Lucky, was dead. His death gave the streets freedom and safety and gave Tressa an opportunity to start over. Thrilled the bad days were gone, it didn’t take long for her to realize that even though Lucky was dead, she would never be free of him.When the twins discover that Indie, the man who raised them, had a hand in killing their father, nothing can stop them from plotting their revenge. In Project Chick II: What’s Done in the Dark by Nikki Turner, Tressa’s life thrown into chaos and she is about to find out that nothing is what it seems.


Click for more detail about All I Ever Wanted: A Grayson Friends Novel by Francis Ray All I Ever Wanted: A Grayson Friends Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 26, 2013)
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"Ray pens a wonderfully sensitive story of an evil subject — spousal abuse. Though her heroine’s confidence is turned on its head, she still has enough spirit to be an inspirational character full of hope and rebirth. Naomi’s rocky journey to real, true romance deservedly draws the reader’s full support."—USA Today


Click for more detail about When The Night Whispers by Savanna Welles When The Night Whispers

by Savanna Welles
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 05, 2013)
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A riveting, modern-day gothic tale about a woman who succumbs and then must save herself from a dark loverThat night was the first time I tasted champagne?French he told me, and as I loved all things French I was enchanted. I barely remember what we said?only that I did most of the talking: about leaving the South, my dreams of becoming a writer, my thoughts of Harlem . . . and of you. He said very little, only this: "The moment I saw you I knew you would be mine forever. And even death, even that, could not part us."
Jocelyn’s life feels empty, devoid of passion and purpose. After she finds a journal written by her "doomed" great-grandmother, Caprice, she is spellbound by her story: the escape from a loveless marriage, her seduction by a nameless lover who is both "demon and savior." Then, as if stepping out of a dream, Jocelyn meets Asa, her mysterious next door neighbor.Asa is charming, handsome, and daring and, as if by magic, she is drawn into his hedonistic lifestyle. Yet there is something unsettling about Asa. Luna is suspicious of this man, and although Jocelyn is dismissive of Luna and amused by her friend’s warnings, she can’t completely ignore them. She begins to wonder if things with Asa aren’t quite what they seem.


Click for more detail about See Now Then: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid See Now Then: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 05, 2013)
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In See Now Then, the brilliant and evocative new novel from Jamaica Kincaid-her first in ten years-a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters-a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England-as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future: for, as she writes, "the present will be now then and the past is now then and the future will be a now then." Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. See Now Then is Kincaid’s attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle, and the end.
Since the publication of her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Kincaid has demonstrated a unique talent for seeing beyond and through the surface of things. In See Now Then, she envelops the reader in a world that is both familiar and startling-creating her most emotionally and thematically daring work yet.


Click for more detail about Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider

by Zakes Mda
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 08, 2013)
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Moving, funny… Here is a man looking back on his life and country with joy and sorrow."?John Freeman, The Boston Globe

The most acclaimed South African writer of his generation, Zakes Mda eight novels venture far beyond the conventional narratives of a people’s struggle against apartheid. In this memoir, he tells of a life that intersects with the politics of his country?a story that is, at its heart, the classic adventure of an artist, lover, and bon vivant. Living in exile with his father in Basutoland (now Lesotho) during the first pangs of his country’s independence, a series of brutal and poignant initiations ushered him toward the life of a writer?and that of a perpetual outsider. Through the indignity of Boer racism, the turmoil of the Soweto uprisings, not to mention three marriages and his eventual immigration to America, Mda struggled to remain his own man. With Sometimes There Is a Void, he shows that independence opened the way for the stories of individual South Africans in all their variety.


Click for more detail about Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

by Ian K. Smith
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 24, 2012)
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Dr. Ian K. Smith's Shred is the answer to every dieter's biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working? Here, Smith has created a program that uses all he knows about strategic dieting in one plan—like putting all the best players on the field at once to create a can't lose combination. Shred combines a low GI diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. Those who follow Shred will constantly be eating (every three and a half hours!), four meals or meal replacements (soups, smoothies, shakes) and 3 snacks a day, over a six week program. Shred also introduces Dr. Ian's concept of "Diet Confusion". Diet Confusion, like muscle confusion, tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism.

No matter how often or how unsuccessfully you've dieted before, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet will change your life. Shred has taken the internet by storm, and thousands have already joined Dr. Ian's Shredder Nation, losing an average of four inches, two sizes or twenty pounds in six weeks. Utilizing the detox from Fat Smash Diet, the intense cleanse of Extreme Fat Smash, and varying food of The 4 Day Diet, Shred is a six week plan to a new way of life!


Click for more detail about Race-Baiter: How The Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide A Nation by Eric Deggans Race-Baiter: How The Media Wields Dangerous Words To Divide A Nation

by Eric Deggans
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Oct 30, 2012)
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Gone is the era of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, when news programs fought to gain the trust and respect of a wide spectrum of American viewers.

Today, the fastest-growing news programs and media platforms are fighting hard for increasingly narrow segments of the public and playing on old prejudices and deep-rooted fears, coloring the conversation in the blogosphere and the cable news chatter to distract from the true issues at stake. Using the same tactics once used to mobilize political parties and committed voters, they send their fans coded messages and demonize opposing groups, in the process securing valuable audience share and website traffic.

Race-baiter is a term born out of this tumultuous climate, coined by the conservative media to describe a person who uses racial tensions to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic. Even as the election of the first black president forces us all to reevaluate how we think about race, gender, culture, and class lines, some areas of modern media are working hard to push the same old buttons of conflict and division for new purposes. In Race-Baiter, veteran journalist and media critic Eric Deggans dissects the powerful ways modern media feeds fears, prejudices, and hate, while also tracing the history of the word and its consequences, intended or otherwise.

 

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What can be learned from media coverage of 2012 election

By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
In Print: Monday, November 5, 2012

"It certainly brings about a feeling of exhaustion," said Dylan Byers, who covers media for POLITICO, noting the Internet-fueled 24/7 news cycle has increased the flow of stories and pushed journalists hard this election season. "Because of how fast the media moves now, there's greater demand for news coverage than there are stories. People are going to look back, and perhaps wish they had spent more time on bigger pieces with greater impact."

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  1.  Social media smartens up and dumbs down the coverage.

    "Do I think 'binders full of women' was the most substantive thing said during the debate? No, obviously not," Byers added. "Is it worthwhile to have a conversation about equality in the workplace? Absolutely."
  2. The political press has a tough time putting issues on the national news agenda if neither candidate wants to talk about them.

    Critics pointed out that the presidential campaigns and even the televised debates missed addressing a host of important issues, from the rise of poverty rates during the recession to questions on climate change, pollution and the environment.
  3. News consumers don't just want fact-checking, they want truth-checking.

    Facts can be easier to verify. But judging what a collection of facts means often requires making a judgment call...

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Click for more detail about Merge and Disciple: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley Merge and Disciple: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

by Walter Mosley
Forge (Oct 02, 2012)
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Walter Mosley’s talent knows no bounds. Merge and Disciple are but two of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life’s cosmic questions. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers? Merge

Raleigh Redman loved Nicci Charbon until she left him heartbroken. Then he hit the lotto for twenty-four million dollars, quit his minimum wage job and set his sights on one goal: reading the entire collection of lectures in the Popular Educator Library, the only thing his father left behind after he died. As Raleigh is trudging through the eighth volume, he notices something in his apartment that at first seems ordinary but quickly reveals itself to be from a world very different from our own. This entity shows Raleigh joy beyond the comforts of twenty-four million dollars and merges our world with those that live beyond.Disciple

Hogarth “Trent” Tryman is a forty-two-year-old man working a dead-end data entry job. Though he lives alone and has no real friends besides his mother, he’s grown quite content in his quiet life, burning away time with television, the internet, and video games. That all changes the night he receives a bizarre instant message on his computer from a man who calls himself Bron. At first he thinks it’s a joke, but in just a matter of days Hogarth Tryman goes from a data-entry clerk to the head of a corporation. His fate is now in very powerful hands as he realizes he has become a pawn in a much larger game with unimaginable stakes a battle that threatens the prime life force on Earth.


Click for more detail about You Should Really Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson You Should Really Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir

by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 21, 2012)
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Even if you don’t happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir — while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work.

If you’ve ever been told that “You should really write a book” and you’ve decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don’t happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves.

With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today’s vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a “good” idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too.

Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions — essential tools for maximizing memoir success.


Click for more detail about Moon-Child: A Play by Derek Walcott Moon-Child: A Play

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 05, 2012)
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In Moon-Child, the poet and playwright Derek Walcott returns to the island of St. Lucia for a lush and vivid tale of spirituality and the supernatural. In this lyrical new work, the crafty Planter (who may or may not be the Devil in disguise) schemes to take over the island for development. Between him and his goal lies the Bouton family, whose ailing matriarch strikes a bargain: if any of her three sons can get the Devil to feel anger and human weakness, the islanders will win the right to spend the rest of their days in wealth and peace.In a fable that reaches from St. Lucia’s verdant forests to an explosive ending amid its plantation homes, Walcott has crafted a masterwork rich in flowing language and colorful Creole patois. With roots in Caribbean folklore and an eye toward the island’s postcolonial legacy and complex racial identities, Moon-Child marks a remarkable new addition to the canon of one of the world’s most prolific Caribbean playwrights.


Click for more detail about When Morning Comes: A Family Affair Novel by Francis Ray When Morning Comes: A Family Affair Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 05, 2012)
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In her unforgettable new novel When Morning Comes, Francis Ray delivers an emotionally powerful tale about the families we build, the choices we make, and how we find love and family along the way.

Dr. Cade Mathis learned early that he was not the son of the man who raised him. His adoptive father, a cruel, bitter man, had always been quick to tell him that he was a bastard and an embarrassment to the rich society family whose daughter got pregnant with him. So when Cade received a full scholarship to college, he was only too happy to leave the only home he had ever known behind and never looked back. Now a successful doctor and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state, the only thing he still wants are answers about where he came from. What he doesn’t expect to find is Sabrina Thomas, the new patient advocate at his hospital, or how this woman will lead him to the family he has been searching for and a love he never expected to find.


Click for more detail about The Ground: Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips The Ground: Poems

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 22, 2012)
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A masterful debut from a powerfully

 original poetic voice A poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and lyric grace, The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. With musicality and precision of thought, Phillips’s poems limn the troubadour’s journey in an increasingly surreal modern world (“I plugged my poem into a manhole cover/That flamed into the first guitar”).

 The origin of mankind, the origin of the self, the self’s development in the sensuous world, and

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€“in both a literal and figurative sense the end of all things sing through Phillips’s supple and idiosyncratic poems. The poet’s subtle formal sophistication somewhere between flair and restraint and sense of lyric possibility bring together the hard glint of the contemporary world and the eroded permanence of the archaic one through remixes, underground sessions, Spenserian stanzas, myths and revamped translations. These are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable music and metaphysical splendor that concern themselves with lived life and the life of the imagination both equally vivid and true as they lay the framework for Phillips’s meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.


Click for more detail about The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

by Walter Mosley
Forge (May 08, 2012)
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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley delivers two speculative tales, in one volume, of everyday people exposed to life-altering truths. The Gift of Fire In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment for making man as powerful as gods, Prometheus was bound to a rock; every day his immortal body was devoured by a giant eagle. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of man walks from that immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles.

Joshua Winterland and Ana Fried are working at Jennings-Tremont Enterprises when they make the most important discovery in the history of this world or possibly the next. JTE is developing advanced animatronics editing techniques to create high-end movies indistinguishable from live-action. Long dead stars can now share the screen with today’s A-list. But one night Joshua and Ana discover something lingering in the rendered footage an entity that will lead them into a new age beyond the reality they have come to know.


Click for more detail about No More Playas (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson No More Playas (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 27, 2012)
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No More Playas Brenda JacksonIn the steamy sequel to the unforgettable The Playa’s Handbook, the biggest playa of them all is back. And he’s breaking the rules and raising hell.

Lance Montgomery, renowned relationship expert, has perfected the art of being a playa. His acclaimed workshops and bestselling books prove it. His most popular title, The Playa’s Handbook, caused a major uproar among black women and men, and shot to the top of the bestseller list. Then he met Dr. Asia Fowler, a colleague whose views on love are vastly different from his own. Intrigued and unable to forget her, Lance wanted her in his bed. Instead, she found her way into his heart. Fighting his feelings for her, Lance drives her into the arms of another man. Soon after, he realizes Dr. Asia Fowler is the first woman he has ever loved.Now he’s determined to get her back. No matter what.


Click for more detail about The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972 by Ibram H. Rogers The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972

by Ibram H. Rogers
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 13, 2012)
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Between 1965 and 1972, African American students at upwards of a thousand historically black and white American colleges and universities organized, demanded, and protested for Black Studies, progressive Black universities, new faces, new ideas--in short, a truly diverse system of higher education relevant to the Black community. Taking inspiration from the Black Power Movement, Black students drew support from many quarters--including White, Latino, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American students--and disrupted and challenged institutions in nearly every state. By the end, black students had thoroughly reshaped the face of the academy. The Black Campus Movement provides the first national study of this remarkable and inspiring struggle, illuminating the complex context for one of the most transformative educational movements in American history, and providing a groundbreaking prehistory of black student activism from abolition through the 1960s. The book synthesizes records from more than three hundred colleges and universities, including documents from 163 college archives, into one national story. This authoritative study is essential to understanding modern American higher education.

Introduction

  1. An "Island Within": Black Students and Black Higher Education Prior to 1965
  2. "God Speed the Breed": New Negro in the Long Black Student Movement
  3. "Strike While the Iron is Hot": Civil Rights in the Long Black Student Movement
  4. "March That Won't Turn Around": Formation and Development of the Black Campus Movement
  5. "Shuddering in a Paroxysm of Black Power": A Narrative Overview of the Black Campus Movement
  6. "A Fly in Buttermilk": Black Campus Movement Organizations, Demands, Protests, and Support
  7. "Black Jim Crow Studies": Opposition and Repression
  8. "Black Students Refuse to Pass the Buck": The Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education

Epilogue: Backlash and Forward Lashes of the Black Campus Movement


Click for more detail about The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk

by Edward St. Aubyn
Picador (Jan 31, 2012)
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For more than twenty years, acclaimed author Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the life of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing world of privilege. This single volume collects the first four novels--Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk, a Man Booker finalist--to coincide with the publication of At Last, the final installment of this unique novel cycle.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, these beautifully written novels dissect the English upper class as we follow Patrick Melrose's story from child abuse to heroin addiction and recovery. Never Mind, the first novel, unfolds over a day and an evening at the family's chateaux in the south of France, where the sadistic and terrifying figure of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his rich and unhappy American mother, Eleanor. From abuse to addiction, the second novel, Bad News opens as the twenty-two-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his father's ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And back in England, the third novel, Some Hope, offers a sober and clean Patrick the possibility of recovery. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mother's Milk, returns to the family chateau, where Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with child rearing, adultery, his mother's desire for assisted suicide, and the loss of the family home to a New Age foundation.

Edward St. Aubyn offers a window into a world of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty--welcome to the declining British aristocracy.


Click for more detail about Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope Of The Black Ballerina: A Biohistory Of American Performance by Brenda Dixon Gottschild Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope Of The Black Ballerina: A Biohistory Of American Performance

by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 15, 2011)
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Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown’s personal and professional histories reflect both the hardships and the accomplishments of African Americans in the artistic and social developments through the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Dixon Gottschild deftly uses Brown’s career as the fulcrum to leverage an exploration of the connection between performance, society, and race—beginning with Brown’s predecessors in the 1920s—and a concert dance tradition that has had no previous voice to tell its story from the inside out. Augmented by interviews with a score of dance professionals, including Billy Wilson, Gene Hill Sagan, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Ronald K. Brown, Joan Myers Brown’s background and richly contoured biography are object lessons in survival—a true American narrative.

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Click for more detail about Lost In Language & Sound: Or How I Found My Way To The Arts:Essays by Ntozake Shange Lost In Language & Sound: Or How I Found My Way To The Arts:Essays

by Ntozake Shange
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 06, 2011)
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A vibrant and vital collection that celebrates the three most important muses in the life and work of Ntozake Shange—language, music, and dance.

In this deeply personal book, the celebrated writer reflects on what it means to be an artist, a woman, and a woman of color through a beautiful combination of memoir and essay. She describes where her love for creative forces began—in her childhood home, a place where imagination reigned and boredom wasn’t allowed. The essays tell stories ranging from the poignant origin of her celebrated play "for colored girls" to why Shange needed to deconstruct the English language to make that production work, from the intensity of the female experience and the black experience as separate entities to the difficulty of living both lives simultaneously; from the intense love of jazz bestowed on her by her father to a similar obsession with dance, which came from her mother. With deep sincerity, attention, and her legendary candor, Shange’s collection progresses from the public arena to the private, gathering along the way the passions and insights of an author who writes with “such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message” (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).

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Click for more detail about Twelve Gates To The City by Daniel Black Twelve Gates To The City

by Daniel Black
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 06, 2011)
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A novel of self-discovery, family bonds and the healing of one small southern town

Twelve Gates to the City is the much-anticipated sequel to Black’s acclaimed debut, They Tell Me of a Home. In this novel, Sister assumes the voice of the narrator, speaking from the spirit realm, telling her brother TL things he could have never known about their family. She constructs the story as a series of spiritual revelations, exposing to readers both who she was in the years of TL’s absence and how every event in his life was an orchestration for his return.

TL in the meantime is back in Swamp Creek, to stay this time, but he’s still haunted by his sister’s death. His decision to become the Schoolmaster is the only thing he’s sure about, and his impact upon the students becomes palpable. But he still doesn’t know what happened to Sister. As he searches for ultimate truth, he discovers the secrets and beauty of Swamp Creek.

Twelve Gates to the City is a novel about spiritual revelation, and communal healing, ushered in by one who finally realizes that his gifts were bestowed upon him, not for his own glory, but for the transformation of his people.


Click for more detail about Perfect Peace: A Novel by Daniel Black Perfect Peace: A Novel

by Daniel Black
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 06, 2011)
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The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.


Click for more detail about Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

by Dee Brown
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Oct 25, 2011)
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This new adaptation of Dee Brown’s multi-million copy bestseller, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, is filled with photographs and maps to bring alive the tragic saga of Native Americans for middle grade readers. Focusing on the Sioux nation as representative of the entire Native American story, this meticulously researched account allows the great chiefs and warriors to speak for themselves about what happened to the Sioux from 1860 to the Massacre of Wounded Knee in 1891. This dramatic story is essential reading for every student of U.S. history.


Click for more detail about Liliane: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Liliane: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2011)
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Through the polyphonic voices of Liliane Lincoln’s childhood friends, lovers, and conversations with her psychoanalyst, Ntozake Shange weaves the life of a remarkable young woman. Liliane Lincoln is an artist who exposes what she knows of herself to the world through her bold and colorful artwork. Gradually, however, Liliane realizes that in order to survive, she must come to terms with what she has kept hidden even from herself. Liliane is extraordinary vision of a woman learning to be who she really is.


Click for more detail about Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2011)
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Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina’s coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America’s troubled, vibrant history?from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.


Click for more detail about Chocolate Me! (Hardcover) by Taye Diggs Chocolate Me! (Hardcover)

by Taye Diggs
Feiwel & Friends (Sep 27, 2011)
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The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.


Click for more detail about Eviction Notice: A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat Novels) by K’wan Eviction Notice: A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat Novels)

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 27, 2011)
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When three young friends, Porsha, Frankie and Sahara, decide to sublease an apartment from a mutual acquaintance, life becomes one big party for the girls. But the party comes to an abrupt end when they find out they’ve been fleeced for their money and an eviction notice is taped to their door. They have seventy-two hours to come up with the money or be tossed into the streets by the city marshals. Armed with various schemes, they set out to try and stop the eviction and find themselves caught in the crossfire of a bloody war between the Notorious Clark family and a new player in the game.Meanwhile the police are still searching for the killer known only as The Animal, while his former lover Gucci tries to put the pieces of her life back together. When all is said and done, all parties involved will discover something about Animal and his abduction that no one was prepared for. There goes the neighborhood, again!
One of Library Journal’s Best Street Lit Books of 2011


Click for more detail about In My Father’s House: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris In My Father’s House: A Novel

by E. Lynn Harris
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 02, 2011)
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For his final new series, New York Times mega-bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduces Bentley Dean, owner of the hottest modeling agency in Miami’s sexy South Beach.


Only the world’s most beautiful models make the roster of Picture Perfect Modeling agency and they only do shoots for the most elite photographers and magazines. They are fashionista royalty?and the owners, Bentley L. Dean and his beautiful partner Alexandra, know it. But even Picture Perfect isn’t immune from hard times, so when Sterling Sneed, a rich, celebrity party planner promises to pay a ludicrously high fee for some models, Bentley finds he can’t refuse. Even though the job is not exactly a photo shoot, Bentley agrees to supply fifteen gorgeous models as eye candy for an "A" list party?to look good, be charming and, well, entertain the guests. They don’t have to do anything they don’t want to, but… His models are pros and he figures they can handle the pressure, until one drops out and Bentley asks his protégé Jah, a beautiful kid who Bentley treats as if he were his own son, to substitute. Suddenly, the stakes are much higher, particularly when Jah falls in love with the hottest African American movie star in America. Seth Sinclair is very handsome, very famous, and very married?and his closeted gay life makes him very dangerous as well. Can Bentley’s fatherly guidance save Jah from making a fatal mistake?


Click for more detail about Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter
Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

by Cameron McWhirter
Henry Holt & Company  (Jul 19, 2011)
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A narrative history of America’s deadliest episode of race riots and lynchings

After World War I, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their participation in the fight to make the world safe for democracy finally earned them rights they had been promised since the close of the Civil War.

Instead, an unprecedented wave of anti-black riots and lynchings swept the country for eight months. From April to November of 1919, the racial unrest rolled across the South into the North and the Midwest, even to the nation’s capital. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity and determination never seen before.

"Red Summer" is the first narrative history written about this epic encounter. Focusing on the worst riots and lynchings — including those in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Charleston, Omaha and Knoxville — Cameron McWhirter chronicles the mayhem, while also exploring the first stirrings of a civil rights movement that would transform American society forty years later.

"Masterly examination of the widespread outbreak of racially motivated mob violence in the summer of 1919. In his debut, "Wall Street Journal" staff reporter McWhirter describes in gripping detail a wave of incidents of mob violence that erupted across America in the summer following the end of World War I. ... Throughout the book, the author writes with professional detachment, permitting his subjects’ words and deeds to speak eloquently for themselves, amplified by liberal quotation from the vibrant black press of the period. An unsettling reminder of the cruelty and hatred that can lie beneath the surface of a nation formally committed to equal justice for all, but also a monument to the suffering and perseverance of a people at last determined to demand rights promised but too long denied." — "Kirkus Reviews"


Click for more detail about Break Every Rule: A Falcon Novel by Francis Ray Break Every Rule: A Falcon Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 29, 2011)
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After falling for a charmer who was only after her money, socialite Dominique Falcon has made a vow to herself that her next lover will be higher up on the social ladder than she is herself. Then she meets rough-around-the-edges Trent Masters, a man from a life of hard knocks. Now, Dominique is about to be a woman burned by breaking the rules—unless the rules don’t count for two people in love.


Click for more detail about The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith The Way a Door Closes

by Hope Anita Smith
Square Fish (Mar 15, 2011)
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My best friend, Preacher, is being just that. His sermon today is on fathers and I am his congregation.
"Dads are light. They have no roots.
One strong wind, and they’re gone.
Out of here. History."With a click, a bang, a whisper—or no noise at all. There are so many ways that a door can close, but it’s not just the closing; it’s the knowing. And thirteen-year-old CJ knows too much—about losing his father, about his family’s pain, and especially about what it means to hold things together when times are the toughest. In this beautifully written and powerfully moving novel in poems, Hope Anita Smith tells the story of a young man’s struggle to accept a father who has walked out on his family. Here, in CJ’s words, is a portrait of hurt and healing, and finding the strength to open the door again.The Way a Door Closes is the winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award and the 2004 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award and is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about The Chameleon Couch: Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa The Chameleon Couch: Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 15, 2011)
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A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011

A new and intimate collection from one of America’s most important poetsThe latest collection from one of our preeminent poets, The Chameleon Couch is also one of Yusef Komunyakaa’s most personal to date. As in his breakthrough work, Copacetic, Komunyakaa writes again of music as muse—from a blues club in the East Village to the shakuhachi of Basho. Beginning with "Canticle," this varied new collection often returns to the idea of poem as hymn, ethereal and haunting, as Komunyakaa reveals glimpses of memory, myth, and violence. With contemplations that spring up along walks or memories conjured by the rhythms of New York, Komunyakaa pays tribute more than ever before to those who came before him. The book moves seamlessly across cultural and historical boundaries, evoking Komunyakaa’s capacity for cultural excavation, through artifact and place. The Chameleon Couch begins in and never fully leaves the present—an urban modernity framed, brilliantly, in pastoral-minded verse. The poems seek the cracks beneath the landscape, whether New York or Ghana or Poland, finding in each elements of wisdom or unexpected beauty. The collection is sensually, beautifully relaxed in rhetoric; in poems like "Cape Coast Castle," Komunyakaa reminds us of his gift for combining the personal with the universal, one moment addressing a lover, the next moving the focus outward, until both poet and reader are implicated in the book’s startling world.The Chameleon Couch is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry.


Click for more detail about Double Shadow: Poems (Los Angeles Times Book Award: Poetry) by Carl Phillips Double Shadow: Poems (Los Angeles Times Book Award: Poetry)

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 15, 2011)
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A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak LowComparing any human life to "a restless choir" of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: "now risk, and now / faintheartedness." In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which there’s only the questing forward—with no regrets and no looking back.Double Shadow is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for PoetryA Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011


Click for more detail about White Egrets: Poems by Derek Walcott White Egrets: Poems

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 15, 2011)
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A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of his career—the Caribbean’s complex colonial legacy, his love of the Western literary tradition, the wisdom that comes through the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural world—with an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening the possibilities of rhyme and meter, poetic form and language. White Egrets is a moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century—a celebration of the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and—perhaps most surprisingly—getting older.


Click for more detail about He Was My Man First by Nancey Flowers and Courtney Parker He Was My Man First

by Nancey Flowers and Courtney Parker
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2011)
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Valentine Daye is a product of the streets. Raised in the projects, she lost her father and her mother young. By fifteen, she was living the life with drug lord Colombo. But when Colombo and his crew are murdered, Richard Washington, one of Colombo’s many street runners, swoops in and wastes no time making Valentine his queen. Nine years later, Valentine and Rich are a happy couple who have weathered some "minor" problems. Valentine is well aware that Rich steps out on her. But doesn’t every man? He always finds his way home. Or at least he did before Vanessa Knight. Vanessa Knight is a woman who has everything . . . except Richard Washington. An heiress to a multimillion-dollar company, Vanessa is willing to forgive Rich’s flawed background. However, she wants him for herself, and tells him that he must decide what’s important to him—a flourishing career at clothier Jorge Jacobs, where she can make him a VP, or a life with his street past, Valentine?.When Daye meets Knight, each woman plots and schemes to steal Rich’s heart. Rich must make a decision. Does he gamble and start a new life with the beautiful and cunning Vanessa, or does he stay with his around-the-way girl Valentine, who has been with him through thick and thin?


Click for more detail about How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years Of Economic Folly--And The Stark Choices Ahead by Dambisa Moyo How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years Of Economic Folly--And The Stark Choices Ahead

by Dambisa Moyo
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 15, 2011)
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In How the West Was Lost, the New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo offers a bold account of the decline of the West’s economic supremacy. She examines how the West’s flawed financial decisions have resulted in an economic and geopolitical seesaw that is now poised to tip in favor of the emerging world, especially China. Amid the hype of China’s rise, however, the most important story of our generation is being pushed aside: America is not just in economic decline, but on course to become the biggest welfare state in the history of the West. The real danger is a thome, Moyo claims. While some countries – such as Germany and Sweden – have deliberately engineered and financed welfare states, the United States risks turning itself into a bloated welfare state not because of ideology or a larger vision of economic justice, but out of economic desperation and short-sighted policymaking. How the West Was Lost reveals not only the economic myopia of the West but also the radical solutions that it needs to adopt in order to assert itself as a global economic power once again.


Click for more detail about Somebody Pick Up My Pieces by J.D. Mason Somebody Pick Up My Pieces

by J.D. Mason
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 01, 2011)
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Six months ago her three daughters walked out and left Charlotte Rodgers to fend for herself. Charlotte is resentful and bitter towards her children, Clarice, Connie, and especially Camille, for leaving her to face the memories of her painful past. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that the past will soon catch up with her once again. Justin and Clarice Braxton are struggling to hold on to their marriage. Justin’s affair has taken its toll, and Clarice (Reesy) has to decide once and for all, if she can finally forgive him, and move forward, or if the lure of giving Justin a dose of his own medicine is too tempting to ignore. Camille Rodgers has lived her whole life under Charlotte’s critical eye, struggling to be the perfect daughter and giving in to Charlotte’s whims. When she steps out on her own for the first time, Camille quickly spirals out of control. Connie Rodgers has fallen in love with her new son and things are going strong with her son’s father, John King. Then John finds out that his father is on his death bed. Unwelcome blasts from the past resurface, putting their new family to the test.


Click for more detail about The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer The Dream of Perpetual Motion

by Dexter Palmer
Picador (Feb 01, 2011)
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A debut so magical… so extraordinary… it has to be read to be believed….

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.

The tale of Harold’s life is also one of an alternate reality, a lucid waking dream in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, where the realms of fairy tales can be built from scratch, where replicas of deserted islands exist within skyscrapers.. As Harold’s childhood infatuation with Miranda changes over twenty years to love and then to obsession, the visionary inventions of her father also change Harold’s entire world, transforming it from a place of music and miracles to one of machines and noise. And as Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.


Click for more detail about Underground: Finding The Light To Freedom by Shane W. Evans Underground: Finding The Light To Freedom

by Shane W. Evans
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 18, 2011)
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A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.


Click for more detail about Heart of the Falcon by Francis Ray Heart of the Falcon

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 30, 2010)
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Madelyn Taggart has shattered her share of glass ceilings. As a young engineer at a Houston oil company, she’s managed to make it in a mostly older, all-male, all-white industry. But her success has come at a high cost to her love life. So far this classic beauty has made zero headway in finding the man of her dreams…until she sees a photograph of one of her brother’s friends, and is determined to meet him.

Daniel Falcon is a bit of a Lone Star legend. He’s off-the-charts handsome and very, very rich. All the ladies entertain fantasies about being "the one..".and soon find out he’s not the type to settle down. Then Daniel meets his friend Matt’s little sister. This Madelyn clearly has eyes for him but there’s something about her that makes Daniel take a closer look. She’s clever beyond compare, and ambitious, and sexy as the day is long. Is she soul-mate material? For the first time Daniel can remember, he’s going to take his time to find out—beginning with one slow, passionate embrace…


Click for more detail about Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel by K’wan Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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After the deaths and arrests of his entire crew and an informant-fueled investigation into his past, the man known on the streets as Animal relocates to Texas and finds fame and stardom as the newest act signed to the notorious Big Dawg Entertainment. His girlfriend, Gucci, is thrilled when she gets the news that he’s coming back to New York on a promotional tour, but when she discovers the hidden agenda behind his homecoming nothing can prepare her for the life-altering consequences that will come of it.There goes the neighborhood . . . again.


Click for more detail about Betsey Brown: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Betsey Brown: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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Praised as "exuberantly engaging" by the Los Angeles Times and a "beautiful, beautiful piece of writing" by the Houston Post, acclaimed artist Ntozake Shange brings to life the story of a young girl’s awakening amidst her country’s seismic growing pains. Set in St. Louis in 1957, the year of the Little Rock Nine, Shange’s story reveals the prismatic effect of racism on an American child and her family. Seamlessly woven into this masterful portrait of an extended family is the story of Betsey’s adolescence, the rush of first romance, and the sobering responsibilities of approaching adulthood.


Click for more detail about Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 28, 2010)
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Ntozake Shange’s beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange’s rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (The New York Times).


Click for more detail about Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda Art of Disappearing

by Ivy Pochoda
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 28, 2010)
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Ivy Pochoda’s spellbinding and cinematic storytelling seamlessly fuses timeless magic to modern-day passion. Haunting and beautiful, The Art of Disappearing is an imaginative and captivating love story destined to enchant readers for years to come.

How do you know if love is real or just an illusion?

When Mel Snow meets Toby Warring in a dusty roadside bar, she is instantly drawn to the brilliant magician who can pull roses from thin air and conjure castles out of desert sands. They marry two days later, and begin a life together in the shadow of Las Vegas, where Toby hopes to make it big. Mel knows that magicians are a dime a dozen, but Toby is different—his magic is real.

But as Toby’s renown grows and Mel falls more and more in love with his wonderments, she starts to realize that Toby’s powers are as unstable as they are dazzling. She learns that he once made his assistant disappear completely, and couldn’t bring her back. And soon she begins to wonder if the love they share is genuine or merely a fantasy, conjured up by a lost magician looking to save himself from being alone.


Click for more detail about White House Diary by Jimmy Carter White House Diary

by Jimmy Carter
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 20, 2010)
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The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter—filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact on issues that still preoccupy America and the world

Each day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights, and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages. But this extraordinary document has never been made public—until now. By carefully selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries, Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, sustainable energy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Ted Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin. We get the inside story of his so-called "malaise speech," his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Remarkably, we also get Carter’s retrospective comments on these topics and more: thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons learned. Carter is now widely seen as one of the truly wise men of our time. Offering an unprecedented look at both the man and his tenure, this fascinating book will stand as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

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Click for more detail about Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 14, 2010)
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Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina’s coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America’s troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.


Click for more detail about Only Hers: The Taggart Brothers by Francis Ray Only Hers: The Taggart Brothers

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 03, 2010)
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When St. Louis nurse Shannon Johnson inherits a cabin in Texas, she hopes it will be the perfect getaway from her high-pressure job—and her low-energy love life. Unfortunately, the place is a rundown shack with no electricity…except for the sizzling sparks that fly when she meets Matt Taggart, the big strapping rancher next door.

One of the Lone Star State’s most desirable bachelors, Matt Taggart has seen more than his share of gold-diggers—including his ex-wife—and he’s sworn off love forever. He’s convinced Shannon only wants a piece of his ranch. But when he challenges her to help him work the land, Matt begins to see Shannon for who she really is. And soon those sparks are igniting a fire they can’t put out…


Click for more detail about Feminista by Erica Kennedy Feminista

by Erica Kennedy
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 06, 2010)
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Sydney Zamora is fiercely independent, aggressively opinionated and utterly self-made. Armed with feminist ideals and a fashionista’s sense of style, this self-proclaimed feminista has reshaped her body, staked out her own little piece of Man


Click for more detail about Bumrush by Relentless Aaron Bumrush

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 29, 2010)
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It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way for Miles. Once upon a time his future looked bright. He joined the Marine Corps looking to become a better man than the ones he knew growing up. That was before Miles and three of his buddies got jacked from the Marinesand had to find other ways to make something of themselves…Miles, Gus, Elvis, and Sonny have become the best bandits in the business. With more than their fair share of cash, cars, and girls, only the sky is the limit…until a jewelry heist goes from bad to worse. To worst. Now someone’s got to take the fallor else. Decisions will have to be madedeliberately, ruthlessly, and fast…before life as Miles knows it comes crashing down. For good.


Click for more detail about The Porn Star Guide To Great Sex by Mr. Marcus The Porn Star Guide To Great Sex

by Mr. Marcus
Palgrave Macmillan (Jun 22, 2010)
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A provocative bedside guide to some of the most captivating sexual advice from pro-lover porn star Mr. Marcus No one knows sex better than all time favorite, awardwinning porn star Mr. Marcus, so who else to turn to when you want to turn up the heat in your bedroom? Humorous, arousing and candid, Mr. Marcus offers a practical approach to achieving a great sex life, by showing you how to feel more confident about yourself, how to achieve greater intimacy with your partner, how to get creative in the bedroom, but also how to keep it creative—in and out of the bedroom. Each chapter contains insider anecdotes from Mr. Marcus’ own experiences (on and off screen) to further illuminate his lessons. Some of the chapters you’ll find inside are: • Someone for Everyone • What Men Want • What Women Want • The Joy of Oral Sex • The Freak Factor • Positions • Woodwork • and much more! Practical, playful and erotic, The Porn Star’s Guide to Great Sex is real advice for real people as Mr. Marcus shows you how to achieve greater sexual satisfaction and how to tap into your own potential for the great sex life that you deserve.

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Click for more detail about In My Father’s House: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris In My Father’s House: A Novel

by E. Lynn Harris
Palgrave Macmillan (Jun 22, 2010)
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For his final new series, New York Times mega-bestselling author E. Lynn Harris introduces Bentley L. Dean, owner of the hottest modeling agency in Miami’s sexy South Beach.Only the world’s most beautiful models make the roster of Picture Perfect Modeling agency and they only do shoots for the most elite photographers and magazines. They are fashionista royalty—and the owners, Bentley L. Dean and his beautiful partner Alexandra, know it. But even Picture Perfect isn’t immune from hard times, so when Sterling Sneed, a rich, celebrity party planner promises to pay a ludicrously high fee for some models, Bentley finds he can’t refuse. Even though the job is not exactly a photo shoot, Bentley agrees to supply fifteen gorgeous models as eye candy for an “A” list party—to look good, be charming and, well, entertain the guests. They don’t have to do anything they don’t want to, but… His models are pros and he figures they can handle the pressure, until one drops out and Bentley asks his protégé Jah, a beautiful kid who Bentley treats as if he were his own son, to substitute. Suddenly, the stakes are much higher, particularly when Jah falls in love with the hottest African American movie star in America. Seth Sinclair is very handsome, very famous, and very married—and his closeted gay life makes him very dangerous as well. Can Bentley’s fatherly guidance save Jah from making a fatal mistake?

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Click for more detail about The Presumption Of Guilt: The Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And Race, Class And Crime In America by Charles Ogletree The Presumption Of Guilt: The Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And Race, Class And Crime In America

by Charles Ogletree
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Jun 22, 2010)
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Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, was mistakenly arrested by Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley for attempting to break into his own home. The ensuing media firestorm ignited debate across the country. The Crowley-Gates incident was a clash of absolutes, underscoring the tension between black and white, police and civilians, and the privileged and less privileged in modern America. Charles Ogletree, one of the country’s foremost experts on civil rights, uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race, class, and crime, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all.
Working from years of research and based on his own classes and experiences with law enforcement, the author illuminates the steps needed to embark on the long journey toward racial and legal equality for all Americans.

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Click for more detail about Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Roaring Brook Press (Jun 22, 2010)
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A powerful telling of the first African-American heavyweight champion, this story portrays how a shy, fearful young man learned to fight back and become one of history’s more compelling personalities. Children will be awed and inspired by the boxer’s energy and drive which is duly reflected through the combination of rhythmic text and bold artwork.


Click for more detail about An Elegy for Easterly: Stories by Petina Gappah An Elegy for Easterly: Stories

by Petina Gappah
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 08, 2010)
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A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches; a politician’s widow stands quietly by at her husband’s funeral, watching his colleagues bury an empty casket. Petina Gappah’s characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, where wives can’t trust even their husbands for fear of AIDS, and where people know exactly what will be printed in the one and only daily newspaper because the news is always, always good.

In her spirited debut collection, the Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah brings us the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe’s regime. She takes us across the city of Harare, from the townships beset by power cuts to the manicured lawns of privilege and corruption, where wealthy husbands keep their first wives in the "big houses" while their unofficial second wives wait in the "small houses," hoping for a promotion.

Despite their circumstances, the characters in An Elegy for Easterly are more than victims—they are all too human, with as much capacity to inflict pain as to endure it. They struggle with the larger issues common to all people everywhere: failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life.


Click for more detail about Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes Dream Park

by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
Palgrave Macmillan (May 11, 2010)
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A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game." As in the early Role Playing Games, there are Dungeon Masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever storyline. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.All’s fun and games until a Park security guard is murdered, a valuable research property is stolen, and all evidence points to someone inside the game. The park’s head of security, Alex Griffin, joins the game to find the killer, but finds new meaning in the games he helps keep alive.


Click for more detail about Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life by Ian K. Smith Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life

by Ian K. Smith
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 27, 2010)
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Happiness isn’t the too-brief rush that comes from getting something you’ve wanted—it’s the lasting great feeling that comes from becoming someone you want to be….. And someone others want to be with, too.  No matter where you start, Happy can help you improve your life and permanently alter your happiness set point. Dr. Ian has inspired millions to lose weight. In counseling dieters, Smith learned that while achieving hard-fought and worthy goals can help make a person happy, even these real accomplishments aren’t what make happiness stick.  In Happy, Ian Smith presents a program that motivates readers to understand the behaviors and mind-sets that work and last, including: —How to be optimistic—Why optimism and realism are not opposites—How to get outside yourself—The importance of family and community—Why involvement leads to contentment—Shedding the treadmill mentality of getting and spending—Tapping the power of simple pleasures—Mastering modern life to live in the moment—What we can learn from the Danish people—How to be, not just to do Happy is a life-changing book from one of America’s most trusted voices.


Click for more detail about Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It by J.D. Mason Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It

by J.D. Mason
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 16, 2010)
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Thirty years ago, three high school friends were closer than sisters, but a dark, emotional secret tore them apart.  Now, back together at their high school reunion, each of them are tormented and haunted that their greatest fear will come to light. Renetta Jones’ childhood had been anything but happy.  After her mother walked out on them, Renetta was left to live with an unsympathetic father and her own insecurities.  She fell for the first man to come along after high school, and spent years in an abusive marriage with a man named Vincent, who used her secret to control and punish her. That is, until he suffered an untimely stroke, under questionable circumstances.   Phyllis Neville sacrificed everything for her career, including her marriage to a man she’ll love forever, and a positive relationship with her adult daughter.  But when she is passed over for the promotion of a lifetime, it’s just the first thing to go wrong in her once perfect life as the past rears its ugly head. Freddie Palmer is bored by the routine that her life has become.  Married thirty years to her husband, Don, the two of them have become empty-nesters and Freddie is anxious to start the next phase of her life.  After meeting successful author, Bianca Hightower, at a local bookstore signing, Freddie decides to take her passion for reading to the next level and signs up for writing classes being taught by her new author friend.  But Bianca sees potential in Freddie that transcends simply writing, and introduces her to the kinds of experiences a woman like Freddie never even knew existed. But when the past catches up to her, it becomes one more dark secret she’s not sure she’ll be able to keep. Tasha Darden has lived her life in foster care, and has finally gathered up the courage to try to find her birth mother. One of the three women holds the answers she seeks and she will stop at nothing until she gets them.

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Click for more detail about Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is A Better Way For Africa by Dambisa Moyo Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is A Better Way For Africa

by Dambisa Moyo
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 02, 2010)
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A national bestseller, Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Dambisa Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world’s poorest countries. Much debated in the United States and the United Kingdom on publication, Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.


Click for more detail about That Devil’s No Friend of Mine by J.D. Mason That Devil’s No Friend of Mine

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 02, 2010)
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When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds.  He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved.  His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . . His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free.  His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine.  His protégé, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about.  Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him.  And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged.  And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down. Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.


Click for more detail about The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men by Jimi Izrael The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find Good Black Men

by Jimi Izrael
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 16, 2010)
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"Sisters decry the shortage of good men and say there is no way she is settling for less than a good Black man. Not just a good one, but the BEST one: Denzel Washington. She, of course, has no idea what that means, what she wants or what a good Black man truly looks like." –from The Denzel Principle

The Denzel Principle is the belief that the perfect man—in the form of Denzel Washington—actually exists off screen and that all Black women can snag a Denzel of their very own.

So what does your very own Denzel look like? Well, he’s rich but earthy, handsome but not pretty, doting but not docile, tough but vulnerable, political but not radical, passionate but not hysterical, ambitious but not overbearing, well-read but not nerdy, manly but not macho, gentle but not feminine, Black but not militant, sexy but not solicitous, flirtatious but particular...and all that on cue and in proper measure.

Award winning reporter and cultural critic, jimi izrael offers to set the record straight – from a regular guy’s point of view. The Denzel Principle is straight talk on everything from "Ways Women Can Break the Hold of the Dizzle," "Ways to Attract Mr. Right," to "Ten Reasons to Love Ordinary Black Men" and so much more.

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Click for more detail about Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones
Square Fish (Jan 19, 2010)
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Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Living in the projects, Patrice is an easy target for everyone. Not only won’t she stand up for herself, she cares about her grades—unlike her classmates. But that draws the attention of Monty Freeman, another eighth grader who asks Patrice to tutor his little brother. When Monty becomes her guardian angel, Patrice begins to think something stronger than friendship might be growing between them. Still, nothing will stop her from applying for a scholarship at prestigious Dogwood Academy—except her mother.Standing Against the Wind is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year and the winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.


Click for more detail about Black Magic by Dinah Johnson Black Magic

by Dinah Johnson
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Jan 19, 2010)
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Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It’s the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a mother’s voice as her daughter falls asleep. In this celebration of the African American spirit, Dinah Johnson and R. Gregory Christie paint a picture of "black" that is vivid, varied, and proud.


Click for more detail about Jamaica: Caribbean Street Food by Kellie Magnus Jamaica: Caribbean Street Food

by Kellie Magnus
Macmillan Caribbean (Dec 30, 2009)
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There are no recipes in these books. Occasionally, in a fit of passion for a particular food, the author may foist upon the reader a version of how the thing might be prepared. This has not been encouraged in the writing of this series because, by consensus and common sense, street food is not - indeed, should not - be attempted at home.As with street food everywhere else, we move towards it because it’s usually fast, cheap and easy to eat on the go. Usually. In the Caribbean it’s not extraordinary to find a long, sluggish line or a seemingly impenetrable mob to get to your favourite vendor. But in so many ways, it’s worth it. Street food is some of the best food you can get in these islands. Most of the famous Caribbean foods are street foods. Even if you can get them at restaurants, the best ones are usually roadside. Doubles and roti in Trinidad; jerk and pepper shrimp in Jamaica; everything you could want of and from a fish in Barbados.Expect crowds, accept less than pristine surroundings, be intrepid and you’ll treat yourself to the best the Caribbean has to offer. The ambiance comes for free.


Click for more detail about Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power At The Local Level (Contemporary Black History) by Peniel E. Joseph Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power At The Local Level (Contemporary Black History)

by Peniel E. Joseph
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 15, 2009)
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This book examines the evolution of Black Power activism at the local level. Comprised of essays that examine Black Power’s impact at the grassroots level in cities in the North, South, Mid-West and West, this anthology expands on the profusion of new scholarship that is taking a second look at Black Power, connecting grassroots activism to national struggles for black self-determination and international African independence movements, and actively rewriting postwar African American history.


Click for more detail about Burning Desire by Relentless Aaron Burning Desire

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 08, 2009)
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Dante Garrett learned the handyman trade from watching his late grandfather and his father hard at work. Painting, carpentry, and plumbing were among his talents, to the point that he became one of the most wanted men in Park Chester?but not without ducking and dodging some of the horny housewives who were his clients. In fact, Dante goes to great lengths to keep from crossing the line that separates him from clients such as the wispy Ms. Thomas and the regal Mrs. Singletary. It’s when he falls head over heels for a client’s niece, Stacy, that Dante’s life begins to change.Stacy is single and recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, in search of opportunities that the big city has to offer. But there are skeletons in her closet that she dare not reveal. And while Dante stands by Stacy through thick and thin, he soon discovers that not all secrets can remain hidden.


Click for more detail about Flirt by Tracy Brown, K’wan and Angel Mitchell Flirt

by Tracy Brown, K’wan and Angel Mitchell
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 24, 2009)
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From the biggest names in urban fiction comes a collection of unforgettably hot short stories of urban love.Flirting with Disaster by Tracy BrownChloe Webster is an around-the-way girl pursuing her journalism degree at Hunter College. Then she meets Trey, a handsome and well dressed cat with hood swagger. When Trey tells Chloe that he is pursuing a degree in psychology, Chloe thinks she has finally met someone who has his head screwed on right. But as Chole’s flirtation with Trey intensifies, secrets are revealed and she finds that she’s playing with fire.Wild Cherry by K’wanGina is married to a man who more than takes good care of her, but her life of luxury comes with a price that she’s not sure she can pay anymore. Princess’ man doesn’t see her as any more than dollar signs?as long as she keeps using her body to bring in the stacks. When Gina and Princess meet and realize that they share a common problem, they sent into motion an unforgettable plot that will solve all their problems…Twice in a Lifetime by Angel MitchellBeautiful Marley Lucas, has had her heart broken before. Vowing to never experience that kind of pain again, until…love hits her when and where she least expects it. And this love turns out to be the most devastating of all.


Click for more detail about One Night With You (Grayson Friends) by Francis Ray One Night With You (Grayson Friends)

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Nov 03, 2009)
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Cougars, brush fires, snow storms?rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who’s come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he’d sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman…and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.The primitive drawings at Duncan’s ranch are Raven’s ticket to the tenured position she’s worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there’s no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she’s looking for…


Click for more detail about Warhorses: Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa Warhorses: Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct 13, 2009)
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This powerful collection of Yusef Komunyakaa’s poetry delves, with his characteristic allusiveness, intelligence, and intensity, into an age of war and conflict, both global and internal, racial and sexual. "Sweetheart, was I talking war in my sleep / again?" he asks, and the question is hardly moot: "Sometimes I hold you like Achilles’ / shield," and indeed all relationships, in this telling, are sites of violence and battle. His line is longer and looser than in Taboo or Talking Dirty to the Gods, and in long poems like "Autobiography of My Alter Ego" he sounds almost breathless, an exhausted but desperate prophet. With the leaps and improvisational flourishes of a jazz soloist, Komunyakaa imagines "the old masters of Shock & Awe" daydreaming of "lovely Penelope / like a trophy." Warhorses is the stunning work of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who never ceases to challenge and delight his readers.


Click for more detail about Step Out On Nothing: How Faith And Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges by Byron Pitts Step Out On Nothing: How Faith And Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges

by Byron Pitts
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 29, 2009)
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It was August 25, 2006, my first on-camera studio open for the CBS News broadcast 60 Minutes. Executive Producer Jeff Fager poked his head in the dressing room. "Good luck, Brotha! You’ve come a long way to get here. You’ve earned it."
 . . . If only he knew. My mind flashed back to elementary school, when a therapist had informed my mother, "I’m sorry, Mrs. Pitts, your son cannot read." In Step Out on Nothing, Byron Pitts chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron’s difficult youth—his parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet—he suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing secret: He was also functionally illiterate. For a kid from inner-city Baltimore, it was a recipe for failure.

Pitts turned struggle into strength and overcame both of his impediments. Along the way, a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to make a difference for him—from his mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her kids right and delivered ample amounts of tough love, to his college roommate, who helped Byron practice his vocabulary and speech. Pitts even learns from those who didn’t believe in him, like the college professor who labeled him a failure and told him to drop out of college. Through it all, he persevered, following his steadfast passion. After fifteen years in local television, he landed a job as a correspondent for CBS News in 1998, and went on to become an Emmy Award–winning journalist and a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes. Not bad for a kid who couldn’t read.

From a challenged youth to a reporting career that has covered 9/11 and Iraq, Pitts’s triumphant and uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has felt like giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardships.

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Click for more detail about Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel by K’wan Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 29, 2009)
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Since she was a little girl, Tionna’s on and off addicted mother taught her to get hers by any means necessary. Tionna’s heart is as cold as a December chill, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers. Duhan becomes her knight in shining armor until the government turns their dream into a nightmare. With Duhan behind bars and everything she loves seized she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood she swore she’d never come back to. With two kids, a man in prison and no back up plan, Tionna is once again living by her wits in order to maintain the lifestyle she’d become so accustomed to. Back in the thick of things with her best friends Gucci, Boots and Tracy, she finds herself rediscovering her old life and suddenly begins to wonder if she’s really cut out to be a prisoner’s wife.


Click for more detail about Topless by Relentless Aaron Topless

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 29, 2009)
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Welcome to Fool’s Paradise where the women are devious, the men are ruthless, and the raw, undeniable climate of smut dominates. This is Douglass Gilmore’s kingdom, a family business that grew to become one of New York City’s premier adult clubs. But money, power, and seduction makes for an explosive combinationand something dangerous is about to go down…The most famous stripper at Fool’s Paradise has been gunned down in the parking lot. Was it a lovers’ quarrel? A rivalry between jealous dancers? Or a deliberate attempt to destroy the man behind the curtain? Douglass has won plenty of enemies in the business. Now, with the cops, the FBI, and the mob at his door, everything is on the line…and Douglass has only once chance to defend the family empireor lose it all.


Click for more detail about It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation by MK Asante It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

by MK Asante
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2009)
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It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop takes a bold look at the rise of a generation that sees beyond the smoke and mirrors of corporate-manufactured rap and is building a movement that will change not only the face of pop culture, but the world.M. K. Asante, Jr., a passionate young poet, professor, filmmaker, and activist who represents this new movement, uses hip hop as a springboard for a larger discussion about the urgent social and political issues affecting the hip-hop and post-hip-hop generations.Through insightful anecdotes, scholarship, revolutionary rap lyrics, personal encounters, and conversations with youth across the globe as well as icons such as Chuck D and Maya Angelou, Asante illuminates a shift that can be felt in the crowded spoken-word joints in post-Katrina New Orleans, seen in the rise of youth-led organizations committed to social justice, and heard around the world chanting "It’s bigger than hip hop."


Click for more detail about Beowulf’s Children by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes Beowulf’s Children

by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes
Palgrave Macmillan (Aug 04, 2009)
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This powerhouse trio of science fiction greats united to further explore the island paradise of Camelot from their classic novel, Legacy of Herorot. A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out for the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters which dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart.


Click for more detail about And Mistress Makes Three by Francis Ray And Mistress Makes Three

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 23, 2009)
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Gina Rawlins is dealing with a cheating husband, a messy divorce, two unhappy children, and a floundering travel business when the very handsome new owner of the local B&B, Max Chaneau, enters her life. Not only does he make her heart pound, but it soon becomes clear that they need each other. Max needs to turn the B&B around and the first thing it needs is a woman’s touch. And not just any woman. He offers to redesign her website for a bit of interior design help. As they work closely together, Gina realizes that her ex-husband wasn’t her only chance at love, even if Max has some scars of his own. However, when her ex (and all his baggage) abruptly reenters the picture, Gina’s love life is turned upside down, while her daughter and son are ecstatic to have their father home again. However Gina is left wondering what she should do? Be with the man she loves or take back the father of her children for the sake of her family?


Click for more detail about Taste of Passion (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson Taste of Passion (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 02, 2009)
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SOME LONGINGS Attorney Mackenzie "Mac" Standfield swore off love when her heart was shattered into a million pieces. But there’s one man who has managed to tempt her beyond reason-rodeo star Luke Madaris. Although five years have passed, Mac discovers when she runs into Luke again that the sexual tension is just as charged as ever… BURN MOREWhen Luke gets injured in a rodeo, he knows the only place where he can recuperate-without being smothered by his worried family-is at Mac’s place. After all, like Mac, he has no interest in any romantic entanglements….until being in such close quarters with Mac forces Luke to confront a desire he can no longer fight…WITH TIMEWith each passing day, Mac and Luke come to realize that their smoldering attraction can be put out only if they surrender to it. But what Mac doesn’t realize is that once you give yourself to a Madaris man, there’s no turning back…"Romance that sizzles."-Lori Foster


Click for more detail about Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History by Danzy Senna Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History

by Danzy Senna
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2009)
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When Danzy Senna’s parents got married in 1968, they seemed poised to defy history. They were two brilliant young American writers from wildly divergent backgrounds—a white woman with a blue-blood Bostonian lineage and a black man, the son of a struggling single mother and an unknown father. They married in a year that seemed to separate the past from the present; together, these two would snub the histories that divided them and embrace a radical future. When their marriage disintegrated eight years later, it was, as one friend put it, “the ugliest divorce in Boston’s history”—a violent, traumatic war that felt all the more heartrending given the hopeful symbolism of their union.Decades later, Senna looks back not only at her parents’ divorce but beyond it, to the opposing American histories that her parents had tried so hard to overcome. On her mother’s side of the family she finds—in carefully preserved documents—the chronicle of a white America both illustrious and shameful. On her father’s she discovers, through fragments and shreds of evidence, a no less remarkable history. As she digs deeper into this unwritten half of the story, she reconstructs a longburied family mystery that illuminates her own childhood. In the process, she begins to understand her difficult father, the power and failure of her parents’ union, and, finally, the forces of history.Where Did You Sleep Last Night? is at once a potent statement of personal identity, a challenging look at the murky waters of American ancestry, and an exploration of narratives—the narratives we create and those we forget. Senna has given us an unforgettable testimony to the paradoxes—the pain and the pride—embedded in history, family, and race.


Click for more detail about Long Juju Man by Nnedi Okorafor Long Juju Man

by Nnedi Okorafor
Macmillan Education (May 05, 2009)
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Click for more detail about Some Like It Hot by Brenda Jackson Some Like It Hot

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 28, 2009)
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In this first ever short story collection, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson takes us on five steamy, sexy adventures. From a freelance writer whose interview with a ruthless, ambitious, and very handsome millionaire turns into something so much more to an attorney’s explosive encounter with a sexy club owner. From an event planner’s very steamy night with an old flame to a businesswoman who wants to get back the man she let slip away while climbing the ladder of success. Experience just how much Brenda Jackson can turn up the heat!


Click for more detail about Speak Low: Poems by Carl Phillips Speak Low: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 31, 2009)
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Speak Low is the tenth book from one of America’s most distinctive—and one of poetry’s most essential—contemporary voices. Phillips has long been hailed for work provocative in its candor, uncompromising in its inquiry, and at once rigorous and innovative in its attention to craft. Over the course of nine critically acclaimed collections, he has generated a sustained meditation on the restless and ever-shifting myth of human identity. Desire and loss, mastery and subjugation, belief and doubt, sex, animal instinct, human reason: these are among the lenses through which Phillips examines what it means to be that most bewildering, irresolvable conundrum, a human being in the world. These new poems are of a piece with Phillips’s previous work in their characteristic clarity and originality of thought, in their unsparing approach to morality and psychology, and in both the strength and startling flexibility of their line. Speak Low is the record of a powerful vision that, in its illumination of the human condition, has established itself as a necessary step toward our understanding of who we are in the twenty-first century.Speak Low is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.


Click for more detail about What’s Race Got to Do with It?: Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America by Larry Elder What’s Race Got to Do with It?: Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America

by Larry Elder
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 31, 2009)
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IS LIFE UNFAIR FOR BLACK AMERICANS?

In "What’s Race Got to Do with It?, "bestselling author Larry Elder takes on the touchiest topic in American life: Race. Some Americans think race is the biggest issue this country faces today. Elder says: "What? ?" What about the economy, what about war, what about the security of our borders and our citizens?

IS A HUGE GROUP OF CITIZENS BEING KEPT DOWN BY "THE MAN"?

Elder calls for an end to bitching, moaning and whining and the belief that somebody owes you a job, that self-esteem is given out for passing "go," that a black person in a position of authority is always a good thing, whether or not they have credentials and experience. He skewers the loudmouths—and the "mainscream" media—who point to racism as the root of all problems. Elder explains why Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it, but Barack Obama does—at least most of the time.

But "What’s Race Got to Do with It?" has a positive message, too: there are leaders and role models today who want to urge everyone to share in the hard work, smart thinking and optimism that make America great and strong.


Click for more detail about Undead On Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3) by Leslie Esdaile Banks Undead On Arrival (Crimson Moon, Book 3)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 31, 2009)
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Just one month ago, secret government operative Sasha Trudeau thought she’d tasted victory. Orchestrating détente between the warring factions of the supernatural world had nearly cost her life—but it also opened the door to a future with Max Hunter, her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf.Until now. A poisonous virus is wreaking havoc on Hunter’s immune system. And the passionate man who Sasha loves has become unpredictable, dangerous—and possibly deadly. When Hunter disappears the night a human is found ravaged, Sasha is thrust into a race against the clock to find the cure for her mate…and the traitor who’s determined to see them both dead.


Click for more detail about That Devil’s No Friend Of Mine by J.D. Mason That Devil’s No Friend Of Mine

by J.D. Mason
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 17, 2009)
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When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds.  He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved.  His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . . His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free.  His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine.  His protégé, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about.  Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him.  And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged.  And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down. Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.


Click for more detail about Nobody But You by Francis Ray Nobody But You

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 03, 2009)
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NASCAR star Cameron Dunlap is poised to win this year’s Sprint Cup. But being a successful race-car driver comes with a price: His own life. Cameron knows that his profession puts him at high risk. Thankfully, his latest visit to the hospital left him intact. That is, until he bumps into Caitlin Lawrence…and is thrust back into his painful past. The one-time love of his life who left him at the altar, Caitlin could never accept Cameron’s fast and furious existence. The threat of losing him on the racetrack was just too much for Caitlin—and the young son Cameron never knew he had. Now that this chance meeting has changed their lives forever, will Caitlin and Cameron find a way to recapture what might have been?


Click for more detail about Letters From Black America by Pamela Newkirk Letters From Black America

by Pamela Newkirk
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 03, 2009)
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Letters from Black America fills a literary and historical void by presenting the pantheon of African American experience in the most intimate way possible—through the heartfelt correspondence of the men and women who lived through monumental changes and pivotal events, from the 1700s to the twenty-first century, from slavery to the war in Iraq. The first-ever narrative history of African Americans told through their own letters, this book includes the thoughts of politicians, writers, and entertainers, as well as those of slaves, servicemen, and domestic workers. From a slave who writes to his wife on the eve of being sold to famous documents like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” these writings illuminate struggles and triumphs, hardships and glory, in the unforgettable words of the participants themselves. Letters from Black America is an indispensable addition to our country’s literary tradition, historical understanding, and self-knowledge.


Click for more detail about The Thin Black Line: True Stories by Black Law Enforcement Officers Policing America’s Meanest Streets by Hugh Holton The Thin Black Line: True Stories by Black Law Enforcement Officers Policing America’s Meanest Streets

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Jan 06, 2009)
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Meet the black men and women policing our meanest streets . .  . LaVerne Dunlap - She infiltrates drug gangs and testifies against them in court . . . only to have the drug lords come gunning for her.  Dep. County Sheriff Winroe Reed - He goes into America’s "Homicide Capital" alone to apprehend a 6’9" homicidal crack dealer . . . a man so dangerous no other cops would accompany him.  Robbie Robinson - A movie actor/martial arts star/probation officer, he takes down LA’s toughest gangs.  These are just a few of the courageous black heroes in Hugh Holton’s The Thin Black Line.


Click for more detail about Revenge (Larry Cole) by Hugh Holton Revenge (Larry Cole)

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Jan 06, 2009)
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A brutally-wronged girl now a woman grown - cold, clever, calculating - mistakenly presumed dead.  A macabre magician with a secret past, stalked by an exotic and enigmatic assassin.  A woman with breathtaking beauty and an insidious scheme that is as vicious as she herself is vindictive.  An ex-pro-lineman turned savage gangster . . . a threat to everyone with his all-consuming greed.  A young, ambitious cop drawn to a wealthy but willful woman . . . a woman as wily as she is wild.  His father, legendary Chicago cop, Larry Cole, must stop them all, particularly the deviously deadly femme fatale. Beautiful as she is bloody, relentlessly obsessed, bent on vile, violent . . . revenge.


Click for more detail about The Festival Of San Joaquin (Macmillan Caribbean Writers) by Zee Edgell The Festival Of San Joaquin (Macmillan Caribbean Writers)

by Zee Edgell
Macmillan Caribbean (Jan 02, 2009)
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Marina, cleared of a murder charge for taking the life of her brutal husband, is released from prison on a three-year probation. Determined to rebuild her life and gain custody of her children, she is sustained by mother love and faith in God as she fights against the poverty, guilt, vanity and vengeance which threaten to overwhelm her.In this novel, set in the Mestizo community in Belize, Zee Edgell explores with sensitivity and understanding the contradictory and secret territory that is domestic violence.


Click for more detail about Wicked Ways by Donna Hill Wicked Ways

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 09, 2008)
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Tess McDonald has a score to settle. It was she who set into motion a series of events that caused the murders of two adversaries. Tess even turned complete strangers, Kim Sheppard and Nikki Perez, into partners of a deadly crime. With life good now that their nemeses are out of the way, they celebrate. But not for long. On the night that the three women reunite, Tess receives a phone call that has the potential to ruin everything that she has put in place. Vincent, the one man that Tess would have changed her life for, has found her and her cohorts and he knows everything. She agrees to meet him with the intention of silencing him for good. But Tess is shocked when Vincent asks her to leave with him and put her criminal past behind her. However, Kim and Nikki aren’t about to let her go so easily.


Click for more detail about What We All Long For: A Novel by Dionne Brand What We All Long For: A Novel

by Dionne Brand
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 25, 2008)
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Dionne Brand powerfully delves into uncharted aspects of urban life, the bittersweetness of youth, and secrets families try to hide. Tuyen is an aspiring artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who’ve never recovered from losing one of their children while in the rush to flee Vietnam in the 1970s. She rejects her immigrant family’s hard-won lifestyle, and instead lives in a rundown apartment with friends?each of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache. In turns thrilling and heartbreaking, Tuyen’s lost brother?who has since become a criminal in the Thai underworld?journeys to Toronto to find his long-lost family. As Quy’s arrival nears, tensions build, friendships are tested, and an unexpected encounter will forever alter the lives of Tuyen and her friends.Gripping at times, heartrending at others, What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity, and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning, questioning youth.


Click for more detail about Until There Was You by Francis Ray Until There Was You

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 01, 2008)
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All he was looking for was some peace and quiet. Instead, what ex-FBI agent Luke Grayson finds in the secluded cabin in the woods is a gorgeous, smoky-eyed woman who just happens to be pointing a gun in his direction.

Dr. Catherine Stewart is relieved that the handsome stranger she encounters is not a dangerous intruder. But how is she supposed to relax in her woodsy hideaway with stubborn, intense, brooding Luke around? A woman could get into a lot of trouble with a man like that—and trouble is exactly what each of these two lost souls came here to avoid "


Click for more detail about Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship

by Nikki Giovanni
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 30, 2008)
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Our 16th president is known for many things: He delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one of the central figures in the American abolitionist movement. This book offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals and worked alongside each other for a common goal. The acclaimed team behind Rosa, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and a Caldecott Honor book, join forces once more to portray this historic friendship at a unique moment in time.


Click for more detail about Seems Like You’re Ready by Relentless Aaron Seems Like You’re Ready

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Sep 30, 2008)
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Sixteen-year-old Angel is a rising vocal star, blessed with a voice that can hold its own with the biggest names in the industry. With a surprise platinum single burning up the charts, Angel’s career is about to soar…even if her love life seems permanently grounded by her over-protective mother. A media mogul who built his entertainment empire from the ground up, Dougie never had a problem separating his work from play. But the minute he locks eyes with Angel, he knows he’s in trouble. But if there’s one thing Dougie’s learned from the music biz it’s this: If you see something good, you go for it…even if doing so could cost youand your careereverything.


Click for more detail about Gutter: A Novel by K’wan Gutter: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 02, 2008)
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The explosive sequel to GANGSTA has finally arrived!Blood answers for blood on the streets of Harlem. It’s been months since Lou-loc was brutally murdered on his way to freedom and the pain is still fresh. Gutter, Lou-loc’s best friend, finds himself on a path to self destruction, vowing to eradicate the entire Blood faction in New York City in the name of his fallen comrade. Sharell urges him to abandon the suicide mission, but his oath won’t allow it. Not even for the child they are expecting. But as Gutter slips further into madness, a shocking revelation brings Satin out. In the middle of all this is a man named Major Blood. He has been flown in from Cali with two very simple instructions. Shut down Harlem Crip, and execute El Diablo’s murderer. Walk back into the mouth of madness in the not-to-missed sequel to GANGSTA.


Click for more detail about The Darker Mask by Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers The Darker Mask

by Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers
Palgrave Macmillan (Aug 19, 2008)
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Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss’s Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R. R. Martin’s Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon’s McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring-do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save.  But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp.  This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust-belt of the city, or in another dimension.  The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic. Including stories by: Walter Mosley, L. A. Banks, Naomi Hirahara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, Mike Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ann Nocenti, Jerry Rodriguez, Reed Farrell Coleman, Doselle Young, Mat Johnson, Peter Spiegelman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Christopher Chambers, Gary Phillips, Victor LaValle, and Wayne Wilson.


Click for more detail about Leon’s Story by Leon Walter Tillage Leon’s Story

by Leon Walter Tillage
Square Fish (Aug 11, 2008)
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”Leon’s Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!” — Nikki Giovanni

I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn’t call you “black.” They didnt say “minority.” They called us “colored” or “nigger.”

Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignettes, this is his story about walking four miles to the school for black children, and watching a school bus full of white children go past. It’s about his being forced to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, hiding all night when the Klansmen came riding, and worse. Much worse. But it is also the story of a strong family and the love that bound them together. And, finally, it’s about working to change an oppressive existence by joining the civil rights movement. Edited from recorded interviews conducted by Susan L. Roth, Leon’s story will stay with readers long after they have finished his powerful account.


Click for more detail about A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone

by Ishmael Beah
Palgrave Macmillan (Aug 05, 2008)
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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.

"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?". "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool."

I smile a little.

"You should tell us about it sometime."

"Yes, sometime."

This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.


Click for more detail about Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever by Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever

by Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington
Thomas Dunne Books (Aug 05, 2008)
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When the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis chose the members of his quintet in 1955, he passed over well-known, respected saxophonists such as Sonny Rollins to pick out the young, still untested John Coltrane. What might have seemed like a minor decision at the time would instead set the course not just for each of their careers but for jazz itself.

Clawing at the Limits of Cool is the first book to focus on Davis and Coltrane’s musical interaction and its historical context, on the ways they influenced each other and the tremendous impact they’ve had on culture since then. It chronicles the drama of their collaboration, from their initial historic partnership to the interlude of their breakup, during which each man made tremendous progress toward his personal artistic goals. And it continues with the last leg of their journey together, a time when the Miles Davis group, featuring John Coltrane, forever changed the landscape of jazz.

Authors Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington examine the profound implications that the Davis/Coltrane collaboration would have for jazz and African American culture, drawing parallels to the changing standards of African American identity with their public personas and private difficulties. With vastly different personal and musical styles, the two men could not have been more different. One exemplified the tough, closemouthed cool of the fifties while the other made the transition during this time from unfocused junkie to a religious pilgrim who would inspire others to pursue spiritual enlightenment in the coming decade.

Their years together mark a watershed moment, and Clawing at the Limits of Cool draws on both cultural history and precise musical detail to illuminate the importance that their collaboration would have for jazz and American history as a whole.


Click for more detail about Sugar Daddy by Relentless Aaron Sugar Daddy

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 03, 2008)
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Toy grew into her name long before she grew upa plaything for men in a world dominated by fast money and endless greed. As a bartender, she was used to being hit on by players…and then along came Colin. He was smart and sensitive. He had goals. And he treated Toy with respect. Colin seemed like Mr. Right…until things went really, really wrong.Turns out Colin, like so many of the men Toy has known, is caught up in the money game. He works for counterfeiting kingpin Vince Reed, a heartless puppet-master who rules with an iron fist. Lucky for Colin, business is booming, and he’s enjoying unprecedented personal and professional success. But at what cost? It’s only a matter of time before he and Toy become pawns in Reed’s cruelest game ever. Now the only thing they have to lose is their lives….


Click for more detail about Bad Girlz 4 Life by Shannon Holmes Bad Girlz 4 Life

by Shannon Holmes
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 27, 2008)
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#1 bestselling author Shannon Holmes returns with the explosive sequel to his national bestseller, Bad Girlz. Tonya Morris a.k.a. "Tender" is back and this time the ride is wilder than ever.
Coming of age in the Badlands of north Philadelphia—one of the toughest and poorest communities in the country—Tonya Morris has had to make some desperate and, at times, ruthless moves in her bid to survive. When Tonya stepped into the unforgiving business of stripping, she found herself caught up in a world of sex-filled nights, dirty money, backstabbing cohorts, and murder.She left that world behind to become a hairstylist. However, after she is blacklisted from salons across Philadelphia and is evicted by her shady landlord, Tonya finds herself back in the stripping business. Except this time, she promises herself, things are going to end differently.Tonya teams up with her best friend, Na’eema, to organize underground sex parties, and it’s not long before they have a team of beautiful girls and are rubbing elbows with athletes, rappers, and celebrities.Then Tonya’s ex-lover and now music industry superstar, Q, steps onto the scene, and everything takes a dramatic new twist. Because it’s not just Q who is back in her life. His murderous baby mama, Niecey, is fresh out of jail and ready to raise hell. And she’s got Tonya in her sights. In the meantime, Tonya’s past has risen like a beast, threatening to tear away all her newfound success. But Tonya isn’t going down without a fight.


Click for more detail about Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines by Eddie B. Allen Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

by Eddie B. Allen
St. Martin’s Press (May 01, 2008)
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Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. He was also one of the most popular Black contemporary writers having published sixteen novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool. Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen, Jr. explores exactly how one man made the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and fictional tales.


Click for more detail about The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories

by Harold Courlander
Square Fish (Apr 29, 2008)
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"The stories of West Africa are about men and animals, about kings, warriors, and hunters. They tell about clever people and stupid people, about good ones and bad ones, about how things and animals got to be how they are. Sometimes they are just tall tales. There are stories about Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, Guinea Fowl, and all the other animals that West Africans know. Some of the stories make you think. Some make you laugh.
Here are some of the stories of the people of the forests, the seacoast, the hills, and the plains.
The people of West Africa give them to you."


Click for more detail about Before John Was A Jazz Giant: A Song Of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford Before John Was A Jazz Giant: A Song Of John Coltrane

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Henry Holt & Company  (Apr 01, 2008)
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Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John's own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.


Click for more detail about Her Little Black Book by Brenda Jackson Her Little Black Book

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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It’s less than a week before Sonya Morrison’s wedding when she decides to pass her legendary little black book on to her cousin Courtney Andrews along with all of her best wishes. Courtney, who’s fast approaching thirty, thinks every woman she knows has somehow met a man who is husband material except for her. So Sonya’s little black book seems to be just what she needs. That’s until Courtney discovers she and her cousin have completely different tastes when it comes to men. But just when she is about to give up and toss the infamous little black book into the garbage, she meets Lake Masters. Nearly ten years her senior, he’s a lot older than the men she’s normally attracted to, but he’s handsome, intelligent, wealthy, and a man who is determined to sweep her off her feet. But the road to love is never easy and Courtney may find that her little black book is more a curse than a blessing.


Click for more detail about Never As Good As the First Time by Mari Walker Never As Good As the First Time

by Mari Walker
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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For years Samai Collins has been a faithful Christian, devoted wife and loving mother. But suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a nasty divorce from her minister husband and struggling to find a job, with almost no work skills, in order to support her three children. As Samai tries to get back on her feet, loneliness and the deep longing for a man’s touch cause her to stumble in her spiritual beliefs. Then an old high school crush reappears and Samai’s life takes a wild new turn. She is seduced completely by Zane Blackmon’s passion and zest for life and soon finds herself being led down a dark path that she never knew existed. An underworld of drugs threatens her life and the lives of her three children. But is love…and just a little bit of faith enough to save them all?

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Click for more detail about Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott by Jill Scott Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

by Jill Scott
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2008)
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Jill Scott’s first-ever poetry collection delivers the same earthy, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is voice that fans have grown to know and love. Writing poems and keeping journals since 1991, she shares her personal poetry collection in "The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours." Praised for her honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott uncovers the beauty in healing, the comfort of family, and the stunning vitality of life.


Click for more detail about You Gotta Sin to Get Saved by J.D. Mason You Gotta Sin to Get Saved

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Press (Apr 01, 2008)
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Charlotte Rodgers has always wanted too much. Too much love, too much attention, and had too many big dreams. It was how she ended up abandoning her two daughters, Connie and Reesy to chase after a man and the promise of a dream life. But Charlotte never anticipated how her world would be irrevocably changed. Now, twenty-seven years later, her whole world shifts yet again with a letter from one of her daughters. And the past is about to bust wide open.

Reesy has always been obsessed with something. Obsessed with finding her birth mother. Obsessed with her sister’s life. Obsessed with her own adopted daughter never finding out that Reesy is really her aunt. With a neglected husband, who is unknowingly drifting further and further away, a sister who is trying to escape her well-meaning clutches, and a daughter becoming more and more curious about her true parentage, finding the mother she always dreamed about seems to be an answered prayer to Reesy. That is until Reesy is brought crashing back to earth to find that her perfect life is in tattered pieces.

Connie has always expected too little. Too little from the man she’s been living with for years. Too little from her modest jewelry business. And too little from her relationships, or lack thereof, with her daughter, mother and sister. And too little from herself. Until she discovers she is pregnant again and decides that this time she is keeping her baby, sending her life and her relationship into a tailspin. And rediscovering the mother who left them behind is the last thing she wants.

Thrown back together again, in a maelstrom of shocking truths, Charlotte, Reesy and Connie will discover on their journey to forgiveness and redemption that you just might have to sin first in order to be saved.


Click for more detail about Keeping The Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith Keeping The Night Watch

by Hope Anita Smith
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Mar 18, 2008)
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So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he’s not prepared to give that up. But C.J.’s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse.Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about Conception: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Conception: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 05, 2008)
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In the same vein of Kalisha Buckhanon’s critically-acclaimed debut novel Upstate, again she shares an emotionally beautiful story about today’s youth that magnifies the unforgettable power of hope and the human spirit. Buckhanon takes us to Chicago, 1992, and into the life of fifteen-year-old Shivana Montgomery, who believes all Black women wind up the same: single and raising children alone, like her mother.  Until the sudden visit of her beautiful and free-spirited Aunt Jewel, Shivana spends her days desperately struggling to understand life and the growing pains of her environment. When she accidentally becomes pregnant by an older man and must decide what to do, she begins a journey towards adulthood with only a mysterious voice inside to guide her. When she falls in love with Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, together they fight to rise above their circumstances and move toward a more positive future.  Through the voice of the unborn child and a narrative sweeping from slavery onward, Buckhanon narrates Shivana’s connection to a past history of Black women who found themselves at the mercy of tragic circumstances.


Click for more detail about Get Down: Stories by Asali Solomon Get Down: Stories

by Asali Solomon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 22, 2008)
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Asali Solomon’s characters are vivid misfits—a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twentysomething virgin, a college stud in love with his weight-lifting partner, a lonely girl in love with a yellow dress. The kids in Get Down are trapped between their own good breeding and their burning desire to join the house party of sex, romance, and bad behavior that seems to be happening on some other block, down some other, more dangerous street. Get Down is, in the words of Edward P. Jones, "touching and sensitively observed . . . from the first word to the last."

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Click for more detail about The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse by Richard Thompson Ford The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse

by Richard Thompson Ford
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 22, 2008)
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What do Katrina victims waiting for federal disaster relief, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, Ivy League professors waiting for taxis, and ghetto hustlers trying to find steady work have in common? All have claimed to be victims of racism. These days almost no one openly expresses racist beliefs or defends bigoted motives. So lots of people are victims of bigotry, but no one’s a bigot? What gives? Either a lot of people are lying about their true beliefs and motivations, or a lot of people are jumping to unwarranted conclusions—or just playing the race card.  As the label of "prejudice" is applied to more and more situations, it loses a clear and agreed-upon meaning. This makes it easy for self-serving individuals and political hacks to use accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other types of "bias" to advance their own ends. Richard Thompson Ford, a Stanford Law School professor, brings sophisticated legal analysis, lively and eye-popping anecdotes, and plain old common sense to this heated topic. He offers ways to separate valid claims from bellyaching. Daring, entertaining, and incisive, The Race Card is a call for us to treat racism as a social problem that must be objectively understood and honestly evaluated.

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Click for more detail about Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

by Saidiya Hartman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 22, 2008)
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In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.

The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger—torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. There are no known survivors of Hartman’s lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade. Written in prose that is fresh, insightful, and deeply affecting, Lose Your Mother is a landmark text (Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams).


Click for more detail about Not Even If You Begged by Francis Ray Not Even If You Begged

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 22, 2008)
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Widow Traci Evans happily sits in on meetings with the lovely ladies of the Invincible Sisterhood solely because they reached out to her first. A loner, Traci feels for the first time she belongs. All of the official members are sweet older women who have lost the love of their lives, their husbands. Unknown to them, Traci is more angry than she is grief-stricken because her husband died in the midst of cheating on her with another woman. Her husband’s deception has hardened Traci’s heart so much that even close friend and next door neighbor Maureen can’t convince her to open it again. But when a playful kiss with Maureen’s gorgeous son Ryan turns passionate, Traci starts to rethink everything she knows about love.

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Click for more detail about Wrong On Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past by Bruce Bartlett Wrong On Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past

by Bruce Bartlett
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Jan 08, 2008)
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In Wrong on Race, Bruce Bartlett sets the record straight on a hidden past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet. Ranging from the founding of the Republic through to today, it rectifies the unfair perceptions of America’s two national parties. While Nixon’s infamous "Southern Strategy" is constantly referenced in the media, less well remembered are Woodrow Wilson’s segregation of the entire Federal civil service; FDR’s appointment of a member of the KKK to the Supreme Court; John F. Kennedy’s apathy towards civil rights legislation; and the ascension of Robert Byrd, who is current President pro tempore of the Senate, third in line in the presidential line of succession, and a former member of the KKK.
For the last seventy years, African Americans have voted en masse for one party, with little in the end to show for it. Is it time for the pendulum to swing the other way? With the Republican Party furiously engaged in pre-2008 soul searching, this exhaustively researched, incisively written exposé will be an important and compelling component of that debate as we head towards November.

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Click for more detail about Tryin' To Sleep In The Bed You Made by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Tryin’ To Sleep In The Bed You Made

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 08, 2008)
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Curl up in a chair and enter the lives of two unforgettable women whose joys and sorrows you will never forget. And when you’re finished, call your best friend. With heart and soul, passion and poignancy, Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made follows the lives of two best friends, Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid, as they grow, learn, make choices, find love, and find heartache.

From the time they were young, Gayle and Patricia were raised like sisters, as close as two friends could be. But they each had dreams that would take them far away—and far away from each other.

Gayle was the beauty who believe that a man could make her world complete. Patricia was the intellectual who thought that rising to the top of her career would make her happy. And then there is Marcus Carter, who has been linked to both Pat and Gayle since the tragedy that occurred when they were all children. Can either one save him from himself? Can friends survive a love that comes between them? Each of them gets what she wants, but no one counts on the price they have to pay.

When they realize that dreams can be hollow and love has its cost, they learn the most important lesson of all: to never given up on the people who love you, and that it isn’t just blood that makes two people sisters.


Click for more detail about Dreams, Miracles and Jazz by Helon Habila and Kadija Sesay Dreams, Miracles and Jazz

by Helon Habila and Kadija Sesay
Picador Africa (Jan 01, 2008)
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Click for more detail about Rosa by Nikki Giovanni Rosa

by Nikki Giovanni
Square Fish (Dec 26, 2007)
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Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.


Click for more detail about Francie by Karen English Francie

by Karen English
Square Fish (Dec 26, 2007)
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Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie’s father is trying to get settled in Chicago so he can move his family up North. Unfortunately, he’s made promises he hasn’t kept, and Francie painfully learns that her dreams of starting junior high school in an integrated urban classroom will go unfulfilled. Amid the day-to-day grind of working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie becomes involved in helping a framed young black man to escape arrest—a brave gesture, but one that puts the entire black community in danger. In this vivid portrait of a girl in the pre-civil rights era South, Karen English completes Francie’s world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters.Francie is a Coretta Scott King Honor book.


Click for more detail about Lady First by Relentless Aaron Lady First

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 13, 2007)
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Spencer knows he doesn’t have but so many chances left. He’s trying to stay off the streets, but bagging groceries in the local supermarket is just not bringing in the kind of cash he wants. And then in a very unlikely turn of events, an obviously well off woman walks into his supermarket, looking out of place and more beautiful than any other woman Spencer has seen. When he goes out of his way to assist her, she offers him a job. Tia Stern is looking for a new personal assistant and Spencer just might be the man for the job. The pay is more than he could dream of and the hustler within sees this as a chance to make it into something even more. And when it quickly becomes clear that Tia wants an assistant who is personal in more ways than one, Spencer is more than happy to oblige.


Click for more detail about Still Hood: A HoodRat Novel by K’wan Still Hood: A HoodRat Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 02, 2007)
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Only the strong survie on the streets of Brooklyn. And while Dena Jones definitely has what it takes not only to survive but to succeed, she wants out. And she’s determined to make it out of Crooklyn. She’s determined to make it out of Crooklyn by any means necessary and doesn’t have a problem manipulating men to get what she wants. Just ask her boyfriend Lance, or his girlfriend Michelle.
True has finally made it. His debut album has the streets going crazy and is threatening to spill over into the mainstream. After the murder of his group, his jump off and almost his dreams, True’s life is finally starting to look up, until karma catches up with him. Somebody wants him dead and he doesn’t know why, or does he?
Jah and Yoshi’s was supposed to be a romance straight out of a story but there are no such things as fairy tails in the ghetto. Her position as a stylist keeps her in the mix and in the company of some industry heavyweights. Jah tries to be understanding but he can’t help but to wonder just how much he can trust his girlfriend. He had promised to love her regardless of her past but in addition to wondering whether his girlfriend is creeping with her clients Jah has got a bigger problem. Someone is trying to kill True and its his job to make sure that doesn’t happen.


Click for more detail about Guilty Pleasures by Donna Hill Guilty Pleasures

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 02, 2007)
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Eva and Jake Kelly live the high life in Manhattan, with a beautiful apartment and successful careers in fashion design and car sales, respectfully. But they get their thrills from the con. They learned a long time ago they can extort wads of cash from drunk men who are in town on business and away from their wives. But when one of their marks turns on them after they demand blackmail money, their fun days look to be over. Until Eva comes up with a plan. With the help of their friends, they rob a cruise ship en route to Miami, turn the tables on their mark and his wife, and head full on into life on the lam.


Click for more detail about To Live and Die in Harlem by Relentless Aaron To Live and Die in Harlem

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 02, 2007)
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Reginald "Push" Jackson has had a hard-knock life. His parents were murdered when he was young, and he’s spent much of his adulthood in prison. Now there’s only one thing left in the world worth fighting for: his home.
  
Harlem has been undermined by rascal slumlords, grimy politicians, and crooked cops.  The corruption shouldn’t be any of Push’s businessuntil he stumbles onto one of the biggest, most ruthless criminal enterprises he’s ever seen. Now it’s up to him to clear the streets of one of the most ruthless gangs in history. Because if Push can’t do it, no one else can…and this time, it’s personal.


Click for more detail about Hair Dance! by Dinah Johnson Hair Dance!

by Dinah Johnson
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 04, 2007)
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Hair comes in all colors, textures, and styles. Whether it is worn long or short, in braids or cornrows, or left natural in an Afro, hair plays a big part in who we are and how we feel about ourselves.In this inspiring book, Kelly Johnson’s stunning photographs of girls wearing a range of hairstyles and the lyrical words of Dinah Johnson’s poem celebrate African American hair in all its radiant variety.Hair Dance! is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about Cion: A Novel by Zakes Mda Cion: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Aug 21, 2007)
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A Picador Paperback OriginalThe hero of Zakes Mda’s beloved Ways of Dying, Toloki, sets down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.Toloki, the professional mourner, has come to live in America. Lured to Athens, Ohio, by an academic at the local university, Toloki makes friends with an angry young man he meets at a Halloween parade and soon falls in love with the young man’s sister. Toloki endears himself to a local quilting group and his quilting provides a portal to the past, a story of two escaped slaves seeking freedom in Ohio.Making their way north from Virginia with nothing but their mother’s quilts for a map, the boys hope to find a promised land where blacks can live as free men. Their story alternates with Toloki’s, as the two narratives cast a new light on America in the twenty-first century and on an undiscovered legacy of the Underground Railroad.


Click for more detail about Every Man For Herself by Maryann Reid Every Man For Herself

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 21, 2007)
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Finally, Nina is fed up. Now that she knows for certain that her husband, a pastor of a small congregation that meets in their rural Texas home, has been "borrowing" from the church, Nina is ready to leave him for a new life, in a new town. And since Trent has never been an honest man, leaving him for New York City isn’t as hard as she thought. Her quest to reinvent herself leads her down a road full of new experiences…and new men who want to share them with her.


Click for more detail about Waiting ’Til The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History Of Black Power In America by Peniel E. Joseph Waiting ’Til The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History Of Black Power In America

by Peniel E. Joseph
Holt Paperbacks (Jul 10, 2007)
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"Once in a while a book comes along that projects the spirit of an era; this is one of them . . . Vibrant and expressive . . . A well-researched and well-written work." ?The Philadelphia InquirerWith the rallying cry of "Black Power!" in 1966, a group of black activists, including Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton, turned their backs on Martin Luther King’s pacifism and, building on Malcolm X’s legacy, pioneered a radical new approach to the fight for equality. Drawing on original archival research and more than sixty original oral histories, Peniel E. Joseph vividly invokes the way in which Black Power redefined black identity and culture and in the process redrew the landscape of American race relations. In a series of character-driven chapters, we witness the rise of Black Power groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panthers, and with them, on both coasts of the country, a fundamental change in the way Americans understood the unfinished business of racial equality and integration. Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour traces the history of the Black Power movement, that storied group of men and women who would become American icons of the struggle for racial equality.


Click for more detail about C.R.E.A.M. by Solomon Jones C.R.E.A.M.

by Solomon Jones
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 12, 2007)
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Karima “Cream” Thomas is an ex-convict from an upper-crust family whose only crime was falling for a drug dealer and refusing to testify against him. Sexy, intelligent, street-smart, and determined to change after serving time in the municipal prison system, Karima returns to find that her ex, Duane Faison, wants her back. And for one passion-filled night, she considers it. But with dawn comes common sense and the realization that she must make a clean break from her past. To do that, she’ll need something she’s never had to ask for—help. And she knows only one person with the power to give it.
      Marilyn Johnson has fought to make it in the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia politics. After ten years on the City Council, she’s finally made it to the president’s seat, but she’s had to forge some questionable alliances to make it there, including her long-running affair with the married mayor. When Karima asks for help in finding a job, Marilyn is caught off guard. Her niece’s criminal record is one of the many secrets she has hidden from the public, but seeing an opportunity, crafty Marilyn hatches a plan to get rid of Karima once and for all. The mayor is murdered in cold blood and Marilyn is sworn into office, bringing Karima’s criminal past to light. She is quickly the prime suspect in the murder investigation, and in order to save her own name and get to the bottom of the story, Karima must return to the streets.


Click for more detail about The Last Kingpin by Relentless Aaron The Last Kingpin

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 29, 2007)
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Meet Brian "Freeze" Carter. He’s part pimp, part hustler. He drives a Bentley Continental T, which he can park anywhere he wants—because he owns the streets and demands respect. His bodyguards protect him at all costs…and live in fear of his wrath. Even the women who love him can’t melt his heart. If  only they could get deep into his soul, and pull him up from the underworld of the city’s thriving drug industry, maybe Freeze could finally find a way to clean up his act—before it’s too late… But time is already running out. A Colombian drug cartel has plans in store for Freeze and his crew—and it’s going to take a whole lot more than cold cash, hot girls, and a pump-action Maverick for Freeze to tame an unknown enemy that wants to do him in for good. …


Click for more detail about Quiver Of Arrows: Selected Poems, 1986-2006 by Carl Phillips Quiver Of Arrows: Selected Poems, 1986-2006

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 2007)
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Quiver of Arrows is a generous gathering from Carl Phillips’s work that showcases the twenty-year evolution of one of America’s most distinctive—and one of poetry’s most essential—contemporary voices. Hailed from the beginning of his career for a poetry provocative in its candor, uncompromising in its inquiry, and at once rigorous and innovative in its attention to craft, Phillips has in the course of eight critically acclaimed collections generated a sustained meditation on the restless and ever-shifting myth of human identity. Desire and loss, mastery and subjugation, belief and doubt, sex, animal instinct, human reason: these are among the lenses through which Phillips examines what it means to be that most bewildering, irresolvable conundrum, a human being in the world.
Phillips’s sensibility as he questions morality, psychology, and our notions of responsibility is as startlingly original as the poems themselves, whose exacting standards for the line’s flexibility and whose argument for a versatile, more muscular syntax bring to American poetry "something not unlike a new musical scale" (The Miami Herald). Quiver of Arrows is the record of a powerful vision that, in its illumination of the human condition, has established itself as a necessary step toward our understanding of who we are in the twenty-first century.


Click for more detail about Dirty Game by Shannon Holmes Dirty Game

by Shannon Holmes
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2007)
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Kenny "Ken-Ken" Greene left his days as a hustler behind him when his wife was killed during a scam gone bad, leaving him with a baby daughter. Now he’s a cab driver, doing what he can to put food on the table and give his daughter, Destiny, everything she needs. In spite of his past or because of it, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Destiny off the streets. But when he is shot and paralyzed during a robbery while on the job, Destiny knows that she has to step up to the plate to take care of the father who has provided for her. Allowing herself to learn from one of the fiercest street hustlers, Destiny becomes his lover and soon her skills rival his. But the longer she stays in the game, the deeper into the game she falls.


Click for more detail about Hooker To Housewife by Joy Deja King Hooker To Housewife

by Joy Deja King
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 03, 2007)
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Tyler Blake is off to Hollywood, the newest starlet of Tinsel Town, with a wonderful man by her side. Unfortunately that man is married, and she once again crosses paths with controlling T-Roc. When Tyler thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she falls in love with Andre Jackson. He has it all—money, fame, movie star looks, and the bad boy reputation that Tyler vowed to avoid. But more than that Andre has Chantal Morgan, long term girlfriend and mother of his child, who is determined to go from hooker to housewife. Has Tyler finally met her match?


Click for more detail about The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

by Janice N. Harrington
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 20, 2007)
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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it’s just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about It’s Like Candy: An Urban Novel by Erick S. Gray It’s Like Candy: An Urban Novel

by Erick S. Gray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 20, 2007)
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Beautiful River joins a stick-up crew, but she doesn’t know that Big Red and Twinkie have a secret that even she’s not in on. When she falls in love with Eric, one of her victims, all she wants is to find her baby sister, and settle down with her new love. But River soon becomes a prisoner of her dangerous world. And escaping it may cost her more than her life.By the time she turns sixteen, Starr is working for a pimp and turning tricks daily. But when an assault by one of her "dates" lands her in the hospital, Starr meets a woman who wants to help her change her life. Starr’s heart is too hardened to believe in second chances, but soon she begins to long for more than selling her body just so she can survive. However the game does not give up its players so easily. Enter Eric’s cousin, Yung Slim, fresh out of jail after seven years. He’s looking to reclaim the streets and take care of some old grudges. When Yung Slim goes to battle, Eric—torn between his love for River, his ties to his cousin, and the lure of the streets—gets in too deep. When the war breaks out on the battlefield of the streets, who will be left standing?


Click for more detail about Irresistible You (The Graysons, Book 4) by Francis Ray Irresistible You (The Graysons, Book 4)

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 06, 2007)
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Pierce Grayson is a marked man: if his mother, Ruth, has her way, his carefree single days will soon be over. But Pierce isn’t going down without a fight. He’s ready to take action against his mama’s matchmaking…but what he’s completely unprepared for is the feeling that hits him when he meets Broadway actress Sabra Raineau. She’s in Santa Fe helping Ruth with a production at the University. With her luscious lips and long legs, Sabra is temptation personified?and Pierce isn’t in the habit of resisting temptation.
With Hollywood calling and another play in the works, Sabra has no time for romance. And, after one heartbreak too many, she’s happy to stay unattached. But Pierce has other ideas?the kind that can curl a girl’s toes. Sabra’s not above a little extracurricular activity, but she can’t afford to risk her heart on anything serious. Still, the closer she gets to Pierce, the harder it is to deny him?and to keep a secret that could tear them apart….


Click for more detail about The Sacred Place: A Novel by Daniel Black The Sacred Place: A Novel

by Daniel Black
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 06, 2007)
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In the summer of 1955, fourteen-year-old Clement enters a general store in Money, Mississippi to purchase a soda.  Unaware of the consequences of flouting the rules governing black-white relations in the South, this Chicago native defies tradition, by laying a dime on the counter and turns to depart.  Miss Cuthbert, the store attendant, demands that he place the money in her hand, but he refuses, declaring, "I ain’t no slave!" and exits with a sense of entitlement unknown to black people at the time.  His behavior results in his brutal murder.  This event sparks a war in Money, forcing the black community to galvanize its strength in pursuit of equality.


Click for more detail about In Another Man’s Bed by Francis Ray In Another Man’s Bed

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 06, 2007)
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When Justine Crandall walks in on her husband of six years with another woman, she flees their home, declaring he’ll never see her again. And her wish almost comes true when his car careens off a cliff in his pursuit of her. Hours later she finds herself in a hospital, faced with a terrible choice. Will she disconnect his life support because he was a liar and a cheat or because it’s the humane thing to do? Or…should she keep faith that he’ll revive from his coma? In the meantime, an old love reappears making the decision even more difficult, pitting her heart against her conscience. Justine finds that soon she must choose: be with a man who truly loves her and puts her first, or honor her marriage vows.


Click for more detail about Selected Poems by Derek Walcott Selected Poems

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 09, 2007)
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"No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humor, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters and compel the reader to follow the swift mutations of ideas and images in their minds . . . [His poetry] makes us realize that history, all of it, belongs to us." 'The New York Times

This career-spannning retrospective, culled from nearly 50 years of work, will go a long way toward reminding readers of the breadth and depth of Nobel laureate Walcott's achievement. Though he is perhaps best known for his modern epic, Omeros, which tells a Homeric tale set in St. Lucia, Walcott is a fine lyric poet as well, writing in traditional forms and meters as well as in powerful free verse. Alongside the epic tone that he brought into modern verse

I sing of Achille, Afolabe's son,
who never ascended in an elevator

is lustful writing about a woman humming Bob Marley on a bus, a casual description of being mugged in Greenwich Village or a painter's-eye view of a fish. The political Walcott is also here; observing a crowd listening to a politician, he writes,

Who will name this silence
respect? Those forced, hoarse hosannas
awe?"

The lyric Walcott is well represented, but the long poems which are necessarily excerpted'prove more problematic. At best, the editor can hope that readers, hooked by one of these narrative poems, will be compelled to seek out the complete version. Nonetheless, this book represents a milestone in the career of a major writer.
'Copyright ' Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Click for more detail about They Tell Me Of A Home: A Novel by Daniel Black They Tell Me Of A Home: A Novel

by Daniel Black
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 28, 2006)
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Twenty-eight-year-old protagonist Tommy Lee Tyson steps off the Greyhound bus in his hometown of Swamp Creek, Arkansas?a place he left when he was eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet fate and a Ph.D. in black studies force him back to his rural origins as he seeks to understand himself and the black community that produced him. A cold, nonchalant father and an emotionally indifferent mother make his return, after a ten-year hiatus, practically unbearable, and the discovery of his baby sister’s death and her burial in the backyard almost consumes him. His mother watches his agony when he discovers his sister’s tombstone, but neither she nor other family members is willing to disclose the secret of her death. Only after being prodded incessantly does his older brother, Willie James, relent and provide Tommy Lee with enough knowledge to figure out exactly what happened and why. Meanwhile, Tommy’s seventy-year-old teacher?lying on her deathbed?asks him to remain in Swamp Creek and assume her position as the headmaster of the one-room schoolhouse. He refuses vehemently and she dies having bequeathed him her five thousand–book collection in the hopes that he will change his mind. Over the course of a one-week visit, riddled with tension, heartache, and revelation, Tommy Lee Tyson discovers truths about his family, his community, and his undeniable connection to rural Southern black folk and their ways.

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Click for more detail about Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin by John Hope Franklin Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

by John Hope Franklin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct 31, 2006)
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John Hope Franklin lived through America’s most defining twentieth-century transformation, the dismantling of legally protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in its myriad aspects, notably in his 3.5-million-copy bestseller, From Slavery to Freedom. Born in 1915, he, like every other African American, could not help but participate: he was evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, threatened?once with lynching?and consistently subjected to racism’s denigration of his humanity. Yet he managed to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard; become the first black historian to assume a full professorship at a white institution, Brooklyn College; and be appointed chair of the University of Chicago’s history department and, later, John B. Duke Professor at Duke University. He has reshaped the way African American history is understood and taught and become one of the world’s most celebrated historians, garnering over 130 honorary degrees. But Franklin’s participation was much more fundamental than that.From his effort in 1934 to hand President Franklin Roosevelt a petition calling for action in response to the Cordie Cheek lynching, to his 1997 appointment by President Clinton to head the President’s Initiative on Race, and continuing to the present, Franklin has influenced with determination and dignity the nation’s racial conscience. Whether aiding Thurgood Marshall’s preparation for arguing Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, marching to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, or testifying against Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, Franklin has pushed the national conversation on race toward humanity and equality, a life long effort that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1995. Intimate, at times revelatory, Mirror to America chronicles Franklin’s life and this nation’s racial transformation in the twentieth century, and is a powerful reminder of the extent to which the problem of America remains the problem of color.


Click for more detail about Hood Rat: A Novel by K’wan Hood Rat: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 31, 2006)
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Hood Rat (n.): A woman of questionable repute, one who has been known to "get around" in the ’hood.Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her life playing on men’s hearts as well as their pockets. She learns the hard way that all that glitters isn’t gold. Billy, a former high school basketball star, is at the end of her rope with the opposite sex. To her, all men are dogs, so she secretly seeks comfort in the arms of women, until she meets a man who makes her reevaluate her feelings. Reese is an around-the-way chick, trying to keep up with the Joneses. There’s a revolving door on her bedroom as she tries to find the love she always felt was missing. Her promiscuity leaves her pregnant from a one-night stand and Reese is faced with the task of breaking an age-old cycle, passed down from mother to daughter in her family, and standing on her own. Rhonda is twenty-something with three kids, by three men, and riding the system all the way to the bank. To her, work is a dirty word; between the multiple checks she gets from the government, and the games she plays with men, she’s living the life of a ghetto superstar. The game soon turns ugly when one of her "sponsors" snaps and decides to get some payback.Harlem has never seen four friends as scandalous as these. The neighborhood will never be the same again.


Click for more detail about The Whale Caller: A Novel by Zakes Mda The Whale Caller: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Oct 17, 2006)
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As Zakes Mda’s fifth novel opens, the seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale-watchers—foreign tourists determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the whale caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the whale caller frets like a jealous lover—oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.The two misfits eventually fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance, and their relationship suggests, in the words of The Washington Post, that "the deeper, darker concern here is not so much the fragility of love, but the fragility of life itself when one surrenders wholly to the foolish heart."


Click for more detail about The Take Down by Mark Anthony The Take Down

by Mark Anthony
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 17, 2006)
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While investigating one of hip-hop’s most successful music labels, Gun Clap Records, undercover FBI agent Jessica Jackson is willing to do anything to keep her identity a secret. She helps the Feds hit a grand slam during their investigation when they learn that Angela Calvino, the daughter of New York mafia boss Paulie Calvino, plans to start a hip-hop label with money from the Calvino family crime rackets. LaCostra Nostra Records will rise under the tutelage of Gun Clap Records’s feared and powerful CEO, and the Feds soon have what they need to take down both record labels. The only question is, did Agent Jackson cross the line to get the evidence she needed?


Click for more detail about Transgressions by Ed McBain, Walter Mosley and Donald E. Westlake Transgressions

by Ed McBain, Walter Mosley and Donald E. Westlake
Forge (Oct 03, 2006)
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New York Times bestsellers Ed McBain, Walter Mosley, and Donald Westlake each provided a brand-new, never-before-published tale for this unique collection of stories edited by bestselling author and mystery legend Ed McBain.

“Merely Hate” by Ed McBain: When a string of Muslim cabdrivers are killed, and the evidence points to another ethnic group, the detectives of the 87th Precinct must hunt down a killer before the city explodes in violence.

“Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large: Walking the Line” by Walter Mosley: Felix Orlean is a New York City journalism student who needs a job to cover his rent. An ad in the paper leads him to Archibald Lawless, and a descent into a shadow world where no one and nothing is as it first seems.

“Walking Around Money” by Donald E. Westlake: The master of the comic mystery is back with an all-new novella featuring hapless crook John Dortmunder, who gets involved in a crime that supposedly no one will ever know happened. Naturally, when something it too good to be true, it usually is, and Dortmunder is going to get to the bottom of this caper before he’s left holding the bag.


Click for more detail about Mrs. Big by Maryann Reid Mrs. Big

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 19, 2006)
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Loletta Hightower likes to live big: exotic vacations, designer clothing, trips to the spa. But it gets harder and harder to support her lavish lifestyle working the reception desk at a luxury car dealership. And though Loletta can con athletes, celebrities, and wealthy businessmen into taking care of her bills for a few months at a time, she wants the holy grail of every gold-digging businesswoman: the ring.
When she runs into Kavon "Big" Jackson, an NBA player and former college classmate of hers, she finds it really isn’t so hard to snag a high-profile husband. But it sure is hard to keep him satisfied. "Big" lives up to his name in every way, including his temper and his libido—-neither of which Loletta can control. As violence and infidelity escalate in their home, so does Loletta’s resolve. She’s got a few surprises up her own sleeve, and the drama is just beginning.…


Click for more detail about Extra Marital Affairs by Relentless Aaron Extra Marital Affairs

by Relentless Aaron
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 05, 2006)
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When Mason and Adena Fickle find their new sex partner, Loween, dead in their bed just hours after the threesome’s hot and raunchy escapade, they discover the woman was neither who nor what she’d said she was. The ménage à trois should have been nothing special. After all, the Fickles have already tried it all. But Loween’s death brings an unexpected visitor and the streets to their doorstep, and soon things get out of hand.
Can Mason and Adena regain control of their lives? Is it too late to call on love and commitment in this time of desperate answers and urgent decisions?
In this spicy, sexy, and dangerous new tale, Relentless Aaron-one of the hottest forces in street fiction-will keep you guessing till the end.


Click for more detail about Dreaming of You by Francis Ray Dreaming of You

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 29, 2006)
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Readers everywhere fell in love with the mesmerizing, unforgettable Grayson family and their loves. Now bestselling author Francis Ray spins another sexy, compelling romance featuring the Grayson clan…

LURING A MAN INTO LOVE Successful Santa Fe hotelier, Faith McBride has loved Brandon Grayson since she was a wallflower in high school and he was her big brother’s best friend. Now hard-bodied Brandon is running a trendy restaurant a stone’s throw from Casa de Serenidad, her posh five-star hotel. When Faith looks at Brandon, she dreams of being his wife. So although it’s risky and risqu�, she’s plotting a secret campaign to win his body, mind, and heart.

MAY LEAD TO PASSION…OR HEARTBREAK
With his mother determined to marry him off, Brandon Grayson is on the alert for single females being thrown his way. He’s even stopped dating, afraid of being trapped into a relationship. Surely nobody’s safer to be around than sweet, familiar Faith. But celibacy is driving him crazy. For the first time he’s noticing Faith’s enticing lips and incredible curves. Suddenly it occurs to Brandon that an affair with the one woman he can trust would certainly be a no-strings-attached affair…


Click for more detail about Fear of Stones and Other Stories (Macmillan Caribbean Writers) by Kei Miller Fear of Stones and Other Stories (Macmillan Caribbean Writers)

by Kei Miller
Macmillan Caribbean (Jul 31, 2006)
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Gavin was unlike other boys. He did not fight, he threw like a girl, he could not swim, he had no happy memories. His mother had died giving birth, his father had dropped the baby at the graveside. Gavin was raised by an abusive grandmother who beat him every day in twisted revenge. This haunting collection of stories is peopled mainly by rejects of society, sad and lonely souls trying to come to terms with, to survive in, antagonistic circumstances. Some of the protagonists are gay in the hypocritically macho world of Caribbean men. Some are women scarred by childhood rape. There are the mentally ill, the mentally challenged. There is obeah, superstition and communion with the dead. But love blooms in the most unexpected places, and amongst the misfits there are fighters such as Naomi, a Rastafarian acolyte abandoned with six children. And for all the hardship there is laughter, as in Augustus Silvera’s triumphant last letter to the editor, and in the gospel according to Sue, who repaired her virginity every Sunday morning and so became immaculately pregnant.


Click for more detail about The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War by Neil Baldwin The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War

by Neil Baldwin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 11, 2006)
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In The American Revelation, Neil Baldwin, one of our most exciting and provocative intellectual historians, applies his formidable energies to the story of how the American Spirit developed over four centuries, through an inspiring?and unsparing?examination of selected ideals that have helped inform our culture through the vivid personalities who set the course. Figures both familiar and forgotten illuminate this timely narrative of popular history that enlivens the current debate about America’s proper role in a turbulent post-9/11 world. Though an ideal may have been forgotten, that does not mean it no longer has the power to move us and shape our future.Exuberant and lively, The American Revelation will inspire all readers, regardless of their politics, to revisit and revalue our country’s high-minded heritage.


Click for more detail about Choke by Darnella Ford Choke

by Darnella Ford
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 13, 2006)
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For Vanessa, a low-income housing complex in the middle of the desert in El Mirage, Arizona, represents all that is wrong with her life. Her neighbors get it on all night long, she sees an abusive husband kill his wife, and then himself, and her own ex-husband keeps showing up and getting into her pants.

The one bright spot in Vanessa’s life is her daughter, Kennedy, and Kennedy’s love for the piano. She is practicing to audition for an esteemed music academy that Vanessa can in no way afford—-especially after losing her housekeeping job. But Vanessa isn’t one to give up, and she’ll do anything to help her daughter succeed, even if it means selling her body and soul.


Click for more detail about Dirty Little Secrets by Joy Deja King Dirty Little Secrets

by Joy Deja King
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 30, 2006)
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Nothing prepares Tyler Blake for the fast-paced living of New York City. A small-town girl from Georgia, she quickly gets caught up in the glamorous entertainment industry. While pursuing her dream of becoming an actress, Tyler continually gets sidetracked by men who promise to help her and finds herself going from one dysfunctional relationship to another. Just when Tyler finally believes she has found her ideal man, in hip-hop producer Brian McCall, everything begins to go horribly wrong. Trapped in a nightmarish relationship, Tyler is determined not to go down without a fight.


Click for more detail about Getting Hers by Donna Hill Getting Hers

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 30, 2006)
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Tess McDonald is a high-priced madam running a lucrative call girl service, and whatever she wants is less than a phone call away.
Life can’t get much better for Nikki Perez. She’s young, beautiful, has one of the finest and most notorious men in the neighborhood in her bed, gets to ride in fast cars (before she strips them down), and is making more money than she ever dreamed of.
Kim Sheppard is at the pinnacle of corporate success. She is the envy of men and women alike, with a handsome husband, a beautiful home, and a secret lover on the side.
Then Tess loses her business and everything she’s worked for, Nikki is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, and Kim is accused of corporate theft, potentially at risk of losing her fortune and her reputation. Fate truly intercedes when they meet in, of all places, their doctor’s office. And from that day forward, they form a unique alliance. Not only will they bond together to reclaim what they’ve lost, but in each other, they’ll discover what they’d been searching for all along.


Click for more detail about Nasty Girls: An Urban Novel by Erick S. Gray Nasty Girls: An Urban Novel

by Erick S. Gray
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 16, 2006)
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Camille, Jade, and Shy are best friends and have always had each other’s backs. Jade and Shy’s boyfriends, Roscoe and James, are partners in a lucrative drug business, but one night they get caught up in a shoot-out that goes horribly wrong.  Shy’s man, Roscoe, ends up in prison while James walks away clean, and things begin to fall apart between the girls. Jealousy, greed, revenge, and betrayal test the true bonds of friendship. Get ready, because these girls are about to take "nasty" to a whole new level.


Click for more detail about Riding Westward: Poems by Carl Phillips Riding Westward: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 18, 2006)
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The singer turning thisand that way, as if watching the song itself
—the words to the song—leave him, as he
lets each go, the wind carrying most of it,
some of the words, falling, settling into
instead that larger darkness, where the smaller

darknesses that our lives were lie softly down."
—from "Riding Westward"

What happens when the world as we’ve known it becomes divided, when the mind becomes less able—or less willing—to distinguish reality from what is desired? In Riding Westward, Carl Phillips wields his celebrated gifts for syntax and imagery that are unmistakably his own—speculative, athletic, immediate—as he confronts moral crisis. What is the difference, he asks, between good and evil, cruelty and instruction, risk and trust? Against the backdrop of the natural world, Phillips pitches the restlessness of what it means to be human, as he at once deepens and extends a meditation on that space where the forces of will and imagination collide with sexual and moral conduct.


Click for more detail about The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself by Olaudah Equiano The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself

by Olaudah Equiano
Palgrave Macmillan (Apr 07, 2006)
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Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography — the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership — reveals many aspects of the eighteenth-century Western world through the experiences of one individual. The second edition reproduces the original London printing, supervised by Equiano in 1789. Robert J. Allison’s introduction, which places Equiano’s narrative in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, has been revised and updated to reflect the heated controversy surrounding Equiano’s birthplace, as well as the latest scholarship on Atlantic history and the history of slavery. Improved pedagogical features include contemporary illustrations with expanded captions and a map showing Equiano’s travels in greater detail. Helpful footnotes provide guidance throughout the eighteenth-century text, and a chronology and an up-to-date bibliography aid students in their study of this thought-provoking narrative.

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Click for more detail about Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 21, 2006)
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With the allusive leaps and improvisational chops of a jazz soloist, Yusef Komunyakaa is our great poet of connectivity—the secret blood that links slave and master, explorer and native, stranger and brother. In Taboo he examines the role of blacks in Western history, and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature. In taut, meticulously crafted three-line stanzas, Rubens paints his wife looking longingly at a black servant; Aphra Behn writes Oroonoko "as if she’d rehearsed it/for years in her spleen"; and in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson is "still/at his neo-classical desk/musing, but we know his mind/is brushing aside abstractions/so his hands can touch flesh." Taboo is the powerful first book in a new trilogy by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work never ceases to challenge and delight his readers.


Click for more detail about Time’s Memory by Julius Lester Time’s Memory

by Julius Lester
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Mar 21, 2006)
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Amma is the creator god, the master of life and death, and he is worried. His people have always known how to take care of the spirits of the dead – the nyama – so that they don’t become destructive forces among the living. But amid the chaos of the African slave trade and the brutality of American slavery, too many of his people are dying and their souls are being ignored in this new land. Amma sends a young man, Ekundayo, to a plantation in Virginia where he becomes a slave on the eve of the Civil War. Amma hopes that Ekundayo will be able to find a way to bring peace to the nyama before it is too late. But Ekundayo can see only sorrow in this land – sorrow in the ownership of people, in the slaves who have been separated from their children and spouses, in the restless spirits of the dead, and in his own forbidden relationship with his master’s daughter.How Ekundayo finds a way to bring peace to both the dead and the living makes this an unforgettable journey into the slave experience and Julius Lester’s most powerful work to date.Time’s Memory is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.


Click for more detail about Eve: A Novel by K’wan Eve: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 21, 2006)
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The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back on the streets of Harlem with her gang and up to one of her old tricks: strong-arm robbery. Despite her edge, she’s got a soft spot for Felon, the up-and-coming street king.Eve’s life takes a serious turn when the powerful DeNardi family, the city’s biggest drug supplier, tries to tighten its hold on Harlem. And when Eve’s best friend, Cassidy, is murdered in the crossfire, Eve seeks revenge?starting all the way at the top.


Click for more detail about Never Drank The Kool-Aid: Essays by Touré Never Drank The Kool-Aid: Essays

by Touré
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 21, 2006)
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His name is Touré—just Touré—and like many of the musicians, athletes, and celebrities he’s profiled, he has affected the way that we think about culture in America. He has profiled Eminem, 50 Cent, and Alicia Keys for the cover of Rolling Stone. He’s played high-stakes poker with Jay-Z and basketball with Prince and Wynton Marsalis. In Touré’s world, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits beside Condoleezza Rice who sits beside hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur, and all of them are fascinating company.Never Drank the Kool-Aid is the chronicle of Touré’s unparalleled journey through the American funhouse called pop culture. Its rooms are filled with creative, arrogant, kind, ordinary, and extraordinary people, most of whom happen to be famous. It is Touré’s gift to be able to see through the artifice of their world and understand the genuine motivations behind their achievements—to see who they truly are as people. This is a searingly funny, surprisingly unguarded, and deeply insightful look at a world few of us comprehend.


Click for more detail about When Souls Mate by Joylynn M. Jossel When Souls Mate

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 21, 2006)
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What wouldn’t you do for love?

While serving time in prison for the murder of her ex-husband Reo Laroque’s child, Klarke Taylor has lost everything, including Reo himself. As the truth surrounding the death of their child unfolds, Klarke realizes that she stands to lose something even more precious than her freedom. With her infamous friends, Jeva and Breezy, by her side, will they each learn from their previous mistakes, or will they resort to the shady methods of their past?
Reo, on the other hand, has gone on with his life. He has a new bride and a new baby. He couldn’t find himself in a better position . . . or could he? When Klarke forces herself back into Reo’s life to claim what is hers, the situation turns ugly.
Filled with love, desire, deceit, revenge, and betrayal, When Souls Mate will leave you spellbound.


Click for more detail about Target Zero: A Life in Writing by Eldridge Cleaver Target Zero: A Life in Writing

by Eldridge Cleaver
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 07, 2006)
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Former Black Panther information minister Eldridge Cleaver was a complex man who inspired profound adulation, love, rage, and, among many, fear. Target Zero brings Cleaver’s controversial story into focus through his own words. This books charts Cleaver’s life through his writings: his quiet childhood, his youth spent in prison, his startling emergence as a Black Panther leader who became a "fugitive from justice" by the end of 1968, his seven-year exile, and his religious and political conversion following his return to the U.S. Target Zero, which brings together previously unpublished essays, short stories, letters, interviews, and poems, is the most significant collection of Eldridge Cleaver’s writing since his bestselling book Soul on Ice (1968).


Click for more detail about The Professor’s Daughter: A Novel by Emily Raboteau The Professor’s Daughter: A Novel

by Emily Raboteau
Picador (Jan 24, 2006)
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"My father is black and my mother is white and my brother is a vegetable." When Emma Boudreaux’s older brother winds up in a coma after a freak accident, she loses her compass: only Bernie was able to navigate—if not always diplomatically—the terrain of their biracial identity. And although her father and brother are bound by a haunting past that Emma slowly uncovers, she sees that she might just escape.In exhilarating prose, The Professor’s Daughter traces the borderlands of race and family, contested territory that gives rise to rage, confusion, madness, and invisibility. This astonishingly original voice surges with energy and purpose.


Click for more detail about Chill Wind by Janet McDonald Chill Wind

by Janet McDonald
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Jan 24, 2006)
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A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow awayThe good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It’s hanging with friends, dancing, listening to music, whatever . . . but it doesn’t include worrying about the future. Chilling out is her mantra until she receives a sixty-day termination-of-welfare-benefits notice. Without her monthly food stamps and assistance checks and with no help from the father of her two children, Aisha’s life threatens to become a little too "chilly." The clock is ticking and she doesn’t have many options, but one thing she knows for sure: workfare is not for her. There’s no way she’s going to scrub subway cars or sweep city sidewalks. Aisha tries to come up with other ways to get money, but things don’t look good. Soon another notice comes: only thirty days left. Then she sees an ad on TV for BIGMODELS, and she figures she might as well check out the agency. After all, she is pretty enough. But just when it looks like Aisha’s problems might be solved, things grow crazy again. In Aisha, Janet McDonald has created a larger-than-life heroine who finds and succeeds at what is right for her.Chill Wind is the winner of the 2003 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.


Click for more detail about Upstate: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Upstate: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 10, 2006)
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"Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?"So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990’s in New York. Antonio and Natasha’s world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together. Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.


Click for more detail about Mr. Satisfaction by Delilah Dawson, Brenda Jackson, Joy King and Maryann Reid Mr. Satisfaction

by Delilah Dawson, Brenda Jackson, Joy King and Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 27, 2005)
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Extreme Satisfaction
by Brenda Jackson
Successful financial adviser Cathleen McAlister has worked hard to achieve what she considers the perfect life. There isn’t much else she could possibly want . . . except the man who got away while she was climbing the ladder of success.Satisfy Me
by Delilah Dawson
Shauna Williams finds out that Max Jackson, her childhood crush, is back in town for their friends’ wedding. Shauna’s all grown up now, and she has no intention of letting him slip through her fingers again.Ice Princess
by Joy King
Beautiful, successful, and deadly in the boardroom, Madison always gets any man she wants. As a matter of fact, she seems to have more than she can handle. But when she moves into her fabulous new loft and meets the building’s owner, Marcus, she realizes that she has finally met her match.The Morning After
by Maryann Reid
Alexis is tired of the pampered well-to-do men of her social set and wants to take a walk on the wilder side. So when she steps out of her Park Avenue comfort zone and meets Rasheen, straight out of Bed-Stuy, she gets everything she could ever want…and more.


Click for more detail about The Autobiography of God: A Novel by Julius Lester The Autobiography of God: A Novel

by Julius Lester
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 27, 2005)
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Rebecca Nachman is a Rabbi without a synagogue. Having resigned from her dwindling congregation, she now works as a college counselor at a small Vermont college advising students about private matters and offering the "Jewish perspective" on issues raised at faculty dinner parties.Deeply lonely and on the edge of losing her faith, she comes into possession of a Torah, the last relic of Czechowa, a village of Polish Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. With the Torah, the unquiet spirits of the village dead begin to visit Rebecca. On one visit they leave a manuscript written in Hebrew and titled My Life, an autobiography by God who, like any eager author, is seeking a sympathetic reader. No one has ever finished reading the manuscript, including Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Maimonides, and Augustine. God thinks Rebecca will. Rebecca’s life is further complicated when one of her advisees-a troubled young woman who seemed on the verge of confessing something-is found murdered. As the college struggles to comprehend the tragedy and a police investigation is launched, Rebecca begins reading, and so comes to confront the central challenge to her faith in His most troubling and unlikely incarnation.Julius Lester’s first adult novel in more than a decade, The Autobiography of God marks the return of an utterly original and provocative voice in American letters, addressing religion with wicked humor and profound reverence.


Click for more detail about Every Sistah Wants It by Victor McGlothin Every Sistah Wants It

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 29, 2005)
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Strong, dramatic, commercial African American fiction by Dallas Morning News Bestseller Victor McGlothin.


Click for more detail about No More Playas (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson No More Playas (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2005)
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Lance Montgomery, renowned relationship expert, has perfected the art of being a playa. His acclaimed workshops and bestselling books prove it. His most popular title, The Playa’s Handbook, caused a major uproar among black women and men, and shot to the top of the bestseller list.Then he met Dr. Asia Fowler, a colleague whose views on love are vastly different from his own. Intrigued and unable to forget her, Lance wanted her in his bed. Instead, she found her way into his heart. Fighting his feelings for her, Lance drives her into the arms of another man. Soon after, he realizes Dr. Asia Fowler is the first woman he has ever loved. Now he’s determined to get her back. No matter what.


Click for more detail about Watch out! by Adwoa Badoe Watch out!

by Adwoa Badoe
Macmillan Education (Oct 28, 2005)
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Click for more detail about Any Rich Man Will Do by Francis Ray Any Rich Man Will Do

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 01, 2005)
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In this new novel from the national bestselling author Francis Ray, a bad girl falls on hard times, and forgiveness and redemption are the only things she has left.

Broke and living in a shabby motel, beautiful bad girl Jana Franklin has become an outcast in the elite Dallas society she once ruled. With her divorce from wealthy Gray Livingston, her dubious past, and no skills to claim, Jana is unable to support herself. Without friends and without hope, she has no one she can depend on but herself.
Then one night she stumbles (literally!) into Olivia Maxwell’s store, Midnight Dreams. There she meets Tyler Maxwell—the first man she can’t maneuver, toy with, or fool. After this chance meeting, tough girl Jana learns that it takes more than scheming to get her man.


Click for more detail about The Black Dancing Body: A Geography From Coon to Cool by Brenda Dixon Gottschild The Black Dancing Body: A Geography From Coon to Cool

by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 16, 2005)
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What is the essence of black dance in America? To answer that question, Brenda Dixon Gottschild maps an unorthodox ’geography’, the geography of the black dancing body, to show the central place black dance has in American culture. From the feet to the butt, to hair to skin/face, and beyond to the soul/spirit, Brenda Dixon Gottschild talks to some of the greatest choreographers of our day including Garth Fagan, Francesca Harper, Meredith Monk, Brenda Buffalino, Doug Elkins, Ralph Lemon, Fernando Bujones, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Jawole Zollar, Bebe Miller, Sean Curran and Shelly Washington to look at the evolution of black dance and it’s importance to American culture. This is a groundbreaking piece of work by one of the foremost African-American dance critics of our day.


Click for more detail about Soul City: A Novel by Touré Soul City: A Novel

by Touré
Picador (Sep 01, 2005)
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Welcome to Soul City, where roses bloom in the cracks of the sidewalk, musical genres become political platforms, and children use their allowance money to buy records from the Vinyl Man. It’s an unusually peaceful and magical American community with a strong heritage and sense of unity—at least, that’s how journalist Cadillac Jackson first finds it when he visits the city for a magazine story. It isn’t long before a mayoral campaign turns hostile; Cadillac falls hard for Mahogany Sunflower and is taught how to shed his embattled African-American identity so that he, too, might become a resident of this fabled city. What he discovers reveals as much about himself as it does about human nature and the meaning of race in America.


Click for more detail about Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo Visiting Langston

by Willie Perdomo
Square Fish (Sep 01, 2005)
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A wonderful picture book introduction to a legendary American writer It’s a special day when a little girl and her father go to visit the house where the great poet Langston Hughes lived—especially when the little girl is a poet herself! This rhythmic tale is a wonderful introduction to the work and world of Langston Hughes, who was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance and an American cultural hero.


Click for more detail about Marry Your Baby Daddy by Maryann Reid Marry Your Baby Daddy

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2005)
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When their unassuming Grandma June dies, Giovanna, Keyah, and Fatima are shocked to learn she had saved a small fortune and has left three million dollars to them, her granddaughters. But there’s a catch: each sister must marry the father of her children no later than six months after reading the will.
Piece of cake, right? Wrong! Each sister has a complicated relationship with her “baby daddy.” Giovanna, a successful lawyer and a proudly independent woman, has no desire to marry Douglas—-even if he makes her breath catch when he walks in the room and is a wonderful dad to their daughter. She’s got a feeling that Douglas is keeping secrets. Keyah’s boyfriend, Jag slipped a ring on her finger years ago but seems content to stay forever engaged. And Fatima’s on-again, off-again relationship with Dune is filled with more ups and downs than a roller coaster. So why would Grandma June want her granddaughters to marry these men? Because sometimes Grandma really knows best. The clock is ticking. Will it be a countdown to wedding bells or disaster?


Click for more detail about Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony Lady’s Night

by Mark Anthony
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 01, 2005)
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When Lady cries rape on her mother’s boyfriend, her mother throws her out of the only home she has ever known. Now Lady must find a way to survive on the cold, hard streets. After landing a dead-end job at a donut shop, Lady wonders how she will ever make it out of a six-dollar-an-hour existence. Then she meets Cream, the leader of one of the most notorious gangs in New York City. Cream quickly decides that he wants to own this beauty and recruits her for his prostitution ring. Lady joins the "Cream Team," but she has no intentions of working the streets forever. In fact, she plans to run the show and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. But the streets don’t love nobody, and it’s not long before Lady is deep in a game she can no longer control. The question is: Will she be able to get out of the game before the game claims her?


Click for more detail about Hoodlum: A Novel by K’wan Hoodlum: A Novel

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 01, 2005)
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He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan.Born to one of the city’s most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed to be a good kid. A college hoops star, Shai shunned the world that his father had created and focused on his dreams of going pro. Tommy, Shai’s trigger-happy older brother, is next in line for the throne and rules under his father through brute force. But Poppa has bigger plans for Shai.
The situation soon turns ugly when Poppa is murdered and Tommy is removed from the equation. Suddenly Shai finds himself at the head of his father’s empire and the streets are thrown into chaos. It is then that he must decide whether to pursue his own dreams or put his father’s affairs in order. Unable to sit idly by while the Clarks’ underworld empire is pillaged, Shai takes up his father’s mantle and brings his game to the streets. He quickly learns that there are two sides to every coin, and the streets hold no mercy for the weak.
Hoodlum chronicles three generations of Trinidadian immigrants and their rise to power in the New York City heroin trade.
A K’wan classic.


Click for more detail about If I Ruled the World by Joylynn M. Jossel If I Ruled the World

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 01, 2005)
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In every ghetto there is that one who stands out above the rest. In this unforgettable novel, her name is Harlem.Harlem Jones is a twenty-six-year-old bad-ass female who owns her own home, her own car, and her own business. And no, some drug dealer didn’t front her the money for any of it. Nor did she have to sell herself to get what she’s got. Harlem came up the hard way. She had the perfect family until her mother fell prey to an addiction and Harlem’s whole world fell apart. After several life-changing encounters, Harlem seems to have lost everything. But then, under circumstance she wishes never existed, she inherits a modest fortune and opens up her own business.
Then into her life comes an unexpected and unlikely love, a street-bred charmer named York. Not your typical hood, York is out for Harlem’s heart. But when tragedy strikes, Harlem knows that, as a survivor, she must be the one to decide her own destiny.


Click for more detail about Squashed In The Middle (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) by Elizabeth Winthrop Squashed In The Middle (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

by Elizabeth Winthrop
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (May 01, 2005)
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"I’m going to spend the night at Rosa’s house," said Daisy. But nobody heard her.

Being a middle child isn’t easy

Nobody ever listens to Daisy. Her father was chopping carrots. Her mother was talking on the phone. Her big sister was chasing her little brother around and around the kitchen table. So it was no surprise that no one heard where Daisy went, even though she told them.

With humorous text and striking, bold illustrations, this book captures the frustration of a middle child trying to be heard over the noise of a well-meaning family.


Click for more detail about Better Than I Know Myself by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Better Than I Know Myself

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2005)
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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you’ll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they’re pretty confident that a friendship among them isn’t in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy’s Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina’s rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won’t survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.


Click for more detail about Unfinished Business (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson Unfinished Business (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 05, 2005)
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"Hot and sexy."?Romance Reader at HeartTMA PROMISE MADEInvestigative reporter Christy Madaris doesn’t want to complicate her life with romance. She made that mistake once when she believed Alex Maxwell’s promise to marry her. True, Alex made that promise when Christy was just a teenager. But she believed him with all her heart?and when Alex laughed it off years later, Christy was crushed. A PROMISE BROKENThe owner of his own P.I. firm, Alex refuses to compromise everything he’s worked for to honor a silly promise. Christy should have known he was only teasing, right? But when Alex finally sees Christy again, he knows he made a big mistake. She has grown up into a smart and stunning woman?and Alex can’t get her off his mind. A LOVE THEY CAN’T FORGET…When Christy’s latest story takes a dark turn, the Madaris brothers ask Alex to keep her safe. But putting Alex in charge of Christy is like putting a rooster in charge of the hen house! The more she snubs him, the more he wants her. But when Christy’s life is in danger, can Alex save her before it’s too late? "A perfect balance of tension and chemistry."?RT Book Reviews


Click for more detail about The Madonna of Excelsior: A Novel by Zakes Mda The Madonna of Excelsior: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Mar 01, 2005)
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"A generous, patient, wry and intelligent voice…[that] suggests not just a writer who can seduce us through beautiful language and unfailing humor. We also encounter a writer who has the power to shock and frighten us, to astound and anger and unsettle us…In short, his is a voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration." —Neil Gordon, New York Times Book ReviewSelection, Summer Reading, New York Times Book ReviewIn 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior in South Africa’s white-ruled Free State were charged with breaking apartheid’s Immorality Act, which forbade sex between blacks and whites. Taking this case as raw material for his alchemic imagination, Zakes Mda tells the story of one irrepressible fallen madonna, Niki, and her family, at the heart of the scandal.


Click for more detail about Ok to Be Sad by Adwoa Badoe Ok to Be Sad

by Adwoa Badoe
Macmillan Education (Mar 01, 2005)
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Click for more detail about You and No Other: A Grayson Novel by Francis Ray You and No Other: A Grayson Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2005)
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The protégé of a world-renowned artist, sculptress Phoenix Banister dreams of one day taking the art world by storm. Few people know that Phoenix has a secret that could ruin her career before it even starts. To protect that secret, Phoenix lives a very quiet life-and that means no scandal and no romance. But her well-ordered world is turned upside down when she meets Morgan Grayson, a powerfully handsome attorney. Morgan isn’t the kind of man a woman can ignore-no matter how hard she tries…

An avid art collector, Morgan deeply appreciates beauty-especially when it comes in the form of a woman like Phoenix. With her elegant smile and soft, toffee-colored skin, Phoenix takes Morgan’s breath away the moment he sees her. But he senses that the woman he is falling in love with has something to hide-something not even his soft kisses and tender embrace can reveal. When Morgan finally discovers the truth about her past, will he still think Phoenix is the woman of his dreams?


Click for more detail about An All Night Man by Brenda Jackson, Joylynn M. Jossel, Kayla Perrin, and Tamara Sneed An All Night Man

by Brenda Jackson, Joylynn M. Jossel, Kayla Perrin, and Tamara Sneed
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 01, 2005)
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Brenda Jackson: "The Hunter"
Mallory Standish and Hunter Sloan share a steamy one night stand. But, the next morning, Mallory learns that the P. in P.I. doesn't stand for "private." In Hunter's case, it stands for "playa."

Joylynn M. Jossel: "Just Wanna Love Ya"
Jai is out for a night on the town. She certainly isn't looking for love. But, after a night of passion with Sloane, she realizes that she's found more than an all night man. She's found an all night, all day, every day man.

Kayla Perrin: "Never Satisfied"
Rachel is sick of set-ups, bad dates, and boring one night stands. Then, a mysterious man from her past shows up and reminds Rachel that relationships should be anything but boring.

Tamara Sneed: "Fantasy Man"
Olivia, a high powered PR executive, is supposed to entertain Clark, one of Hollywood's cutest bad boys. Olivia, who is usually no-nonsense, thinks that they will have dinner, talk business, and call it a night. Clark, however, has very different ideas…


Click for more detail about The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legends) by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legends)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 01, 2005)
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The vampire civil war has been averted, deadly were-demons have been beaten back and now it Damali Richards and Carlos Rivera (now a Council level vampire) will finally have the chance to settle in and explore their deeper, sexier love. But Carlos and Damali should know by now that there is no rest for the saviors of the known world. One of the four topside Master vampires has stolen one of the Keys-the living blood of Christ—-that opens the sixth seal as foretold in Revelations. He who possesses the Key and the Seal can decide to the outcome of the Final War, a.k.a. Armageddon. With a vampire in possession of the Key, the balance between the Light and the Dark have been thrown off and even Damali is deeply effected. She is now sporting a pair of fangs. In order to retrieve the Key, Carlos and Damali are quickly thrust into a web of vampire politics and intrigue. And when Carlos’s secret drug, Oblivion, finds its way into the hands of the enemies, even the seventh level of Hell comes calling.


Click for more detail about Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005) by Chris Abani Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)

by Chris Abani
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 26, 2005)
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"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."—T. Coraghessan BoyleThe sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, this is a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.


Click for more detail about The Rest Of Love: Poems by Carl Phillips The Rest Of Love: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 12, 2005)
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Striking new poems from a writer whose "lyric gift . . . outstrips all diversionary maneuvers." (Carol Moldaw, The Antioch Review)
The light, for as far as

I can see, is that of any number of late
afternoons I remember still: how the light

seemed a bell; how it seemed I’d been living

insider it, waiting - I’d heard all about
that one clear note it gives.

—from "Late Apollo III"
In The Rest of Love, his seventh book, Carl Phillips examines the conflict between belief and disbelief, and our will to believe: Aren’t we always trying, Phillips asks, to contain or to stave off facing up to, even briefly, the hard truths we’re nevertheless attracted to? Phillips’s signature terse line and syntax enact this constant tension between abandon and control; following his impeccable interior logic, "passionately austere" (Rita Dove, The Washington Post Book World), Phillips plumbs the myths we make and return to in the name of desire-physical, emotional, and spiritual.
The Rest of Love is a 2004 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.


Click for more detail about In My Bedroom by Donna Hill In My Bedroom

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 01, 2005)
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Rayne Holland seems to have it all: a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful five-year-old daughter, and a rapidly rising film career. What everyone doesn’t know is that behind closed doors, the picture isn’t so perfect. And in the recesses of Rayne’s mind she harbors a dark past that even she in unaware of. Then tragedy strikes, and Rayne slowly discovers that the story of her life is just beginning and nothing and no one are as they seem. . .

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Click for more detail about Let’s Get It On by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, and Francis Ray Let’s Get It On

by Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 02, 2004)
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Welcome back to Leo’s supper club, where seduction is always on the menu . . . Rochelle Alers, "Love Lessons"Tyrell Hardcastle is knocked off his feet when he meets a local high school teacher. Now all he has to do is overcome her objections to him being the "younger man".Donna Hill, "Lady in Waiting"Noah Hardcastle is engaged to beautiful Tara Mitchell. However, their relationship is threatened when Noah’s first love Rachel, returns to D.C. to prove to him that he is all she ever really wanted.Brenda Jackson, "Irresistible Attraction"Sydney Corbain never forgot her explosive encounter with Tyrone Hardcastle at her brother’s wedding. So when she runs into him in New York City on business, they both see this as an opportunity to explore their undenaible attraction.Francis Ray, "Blind Date"Ayanna Hardcastle pretends that she is dating wealthy businessman Tanner Rafferty, in order to get her matchmaking friend off her back. But, she never imagined that Tanner Rafferty would show up to collect on that claim!


Click for more detail about The Playa’s Handbook (Players Series) by Brenda Jackson The Playa’s Handbook (Players Series)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 02, 2004)
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There’s not a whole lot happening in Gary, Indiana. That is, until nationally renowned relationship expert Lance Montgomery bursts on to the scene. Twice divorced, Montgomery is now on a mission to perfect the art of being single. His tantalizing book The Playa’s Handbook is causing quite a stir. His rules include:*Never give a woman the key to your apartment.*Playas "have sex"; they don’t "make love."*Don’t be afraid not to commit, no matter how hot the sex is.*A woman can’t use you if you use her first.One night, while watching the game and drinking beer, friends Marcus Lowery, Samuel Gunn, and Phillip McKenna all admit to buying Montgomery’s book. Recent divorcees, Phillip and Sam are looking to unleash their hidden playa. And after being a widower for a year, Marcus is ready to cautiously ease back into the dating scene. So, they decide to put the rules to the test. . .and end up going on one of the wildest rides of their lives.


Click for more detail about Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines by Eddie B. Allen Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

by Eddie B. Allen
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 15, 2004)
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Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of world’s most popular Black contemporary writers. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool, Goines’s unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer.

Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines’s life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines’s personal experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines’s novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.

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Click for more detail about Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts Jazzy Miz Mozetta

by Brenda C. Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (Oct 14, 2004)
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"Okay, young cats, let the beat hit your feet."

One fine evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her firecracker-red dress and heads outside to enjoy the moonlight. When she hears the neighborhood kids’ music, she’s inspired to dance, but her old friends have too many aches and pains to join her. The kids doubt that Miz Mozetta would be able to keep up with them. So she retreats to her parlor, where she dreams about the old days at the Blue Pearl Ballroom. Just when her feet are itching to get out there and do the jitterbug — friends or no friends — a knock comes on the door, and Miz Mozetta gets some welcome company.

Lively, colorful illustrations and a rhythmic text make for a jazzy dance party that readers will delight in attending again and again. Jazzy Miz Mozetta is the winner of the 2005 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.


Click for more detail about Use Me Or Lose Me by Maryann Reid Use Me Or Lose Me

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 05, 2004)
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The fabulously fine, Farah Washington first appeared in Sex and the Single Sister. A junior correspondent to NBC News, she has always taken the fast track to love and success. Now she’s determined to climb to the top of the media ladder, and she’s willing to use every weapon in her considerable arsenal to do so. Then Farah meets Lenox Whitworth, a powerful, oh-so-fine lawyer who steps in to negotiate the station’s contracts. But what he sees in her is the kind of sophisticated woman he needs and wants on his arm, in his life and in his bed. And Farah, sensing a prime opportunity, allows this powerful, handsome brother, to truly introduce her to the wicked indulgences of the rich and glamorous as he influences her career behind the scenes. They both believe that they’ve got a handle on a good thing, but they’re both about to realize that they’ve met their match in each other. Filled with love, sex, drama and glamour, Farah and Lenox take you on a wild ride.


Click for more detail about Street Dreams by K’wan Street Dreams

by K’wan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 04, 2004)
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Love, Betrayal and Loyalty on the Streets of HarlemDaruis, a.k.a. Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, feels he has nothing to hold on to except the idea of escaping the ghetto. Years ago, he took a gun charge for a friend and did some prison time. Unable to find a job when he gets out, Rio turns to hustling as a way out. In the meantime, Rio finds escape in the arms of his soulmate, Trinity.When Trinity’s mother died, her abusive father looks to her to play the role of house wife and bedmate. Trinity finds strength to endure in Rio’s arms. Together they vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due.


Click for more detail about Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel by Julius Lester Do Lord Remember Me: A Novel

by Julius Lester
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 01, 2004)
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In a gray fieldstone house in Nashville, Tennessee, the Reverend Joshua Smith Sr.—the staunch and gentle man known to thousands in black churches throughout the South as the Singing Evangelist and to one white reporter as "the Colored Billy Graham"—is trying to compose his own obituary on what will be the last day of his life. In doing so, he looks back over that life—from his childhood in rural nothern Mississippi to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, from tears of humiliation to songs of celebration and triumph.

When Do Lord Remember was first published in 1984, the Chicago Sun-Times compared it to Alex Haley’s Roots, Newsday described it as "exquisitely crafted," People as "distinguished," the Philadelphia Inquirer as "riveting," and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer declared "every page has something worth remembering." Twenty years later and now a classic, Do Lord Remember Me is an eloquent and deeply moving story about a black family’s dignified struggle for survival.


Click for more detail about And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years by Raquel Cepeda And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years

by Raquel Cepeda
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 29, 2004)
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In September 1979, there was a cosmic shift that went unnoticed by the majority of mainstream America. This shift was triggered by the release of the Sugarhill Gang’s single, Rapper’s Delight. Not only did it usher rap music into the mainstream’s consciousness, it brought us the word "hip-hop." And It Don’t Stop, edited by the award winning journalist Raquel Cepeda, with a foreword from Nelson George is a collection of the best articles the hip-hop generation has produced. It captures the indelible moments in hip-hop’s history since 1979 and will be the centerpiece of the twenty-fifth-anniversary celebration.

This book epitomizes the media’s response by taking the reader on an engaging and critical journey, including the very first pieces written about hip-hop for publications like The Village Voice—controversial articles that created rifts between church and state, the artist and journalist, and articles that recorded the rise and tragic fall of the art form’s appointed heroes, such as Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, and the Notorious B.I.G. The list of contributors includes Toure, Kevin Powell, dream hampton, Harry Allen, Cheo Hodari Coker, Greg Tate, Bill Adler, Hilton Als, Danyel Smith, and Joan Morgan.


Click for more detail about He Had It Coming by camika c. spencer He Had It Coming

by camika c. spencer
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 17, 2004)
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Five Women. A Man. And a Plan.

Meet Marcus Brooks. He’s gorgeous. He’s successful. He’s the bestselling author of African American fiction. He’s also the most obnoxious male alive….

Meet Raylene, Naomi, Thelma, Gwena, and Latice. They are five women who belong to a reading group, strong women with strong opinions. They don’t take any grief from anyone (well, not if they can help it), and their friendships have stood the test of time. One night they meet up with bestselling author Marcus Brooks. At first they are in awe. Then they are puzzled. Next they’re enraged. How can a man whose books are loved by millions act like such a dog? Words are exchanged—-and more—-and they soon get in way over their heads. The book club takes Marcus captive—-and the longer they hold him, the more complicated things get. Can these five women rehabilitate the most arrogant author in the world and teach him a few lessons about life, writing, and women? He Had It Coming is a wickedly delicious novel, as shocking as it is hilarious—-a delightful send-up of fame and success.


Click for more detail about The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (Kingfisher Encyclopedias) by Editors of Kingfisher The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (Kingfisher Encyclopedias)

by Editors of Kingfisher
Kingfisher (Sep 09, 2004)
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This authoritative reference book brings world history to life, from early humans to the current war on terror. Along the way, it reveals riveting facts on the founding of the great Roman Empire, the revolution that changed France forever, the war between the North and South that unified America, the start of World War I and the Great Depression that followed, the first moon landing, and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

The encyclopedia is organized chronologically and then thematically within each time period. A timeline runs across the top of each page. Each section includes biographies of important people and features on art, architecture, and technology.


Click for more detail about Divas, Inc. by Donna Hill Divas, Inc.

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 01, 2004)
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Diva (n.): an extremely arrogant or temperamental woman.Delicious Diva Tip #13: When in doubt, just do it anyway. Tiffany Lane and Chantal Hollis are bonafide divas-in every sense of the word. They’ve also been Margaret Drew’s best friends since they were children. Margaret has always been the plain Jane of the threesome, living vicariously through the exploits of her friends. But when Tiffany and Chantal head to Europe on an extended vacation, leaving Margaret to tend their apartments, Margaret decides to see how the other half lives. Co-opting their apartments, their boyfriends (current and past), their fabulous lifestyles and Tiffany’s very savvy pooch, Virginia, Margaret finally feels like she has found the life she has always wanted and deserved. But her double living begins to catch up with her and Margaret might soon be homeless, manless, and friendless all in one swoop.


Click for more detail about The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legends) by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legends)

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 19, 2004)
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A Neteru—-a hunter or a huntress—-is born every thousand years in favor of the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms. But Damali Richards is the Millennium Neteru. The one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War. The Warriors of Light had been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to either possess or destroy her. What they did not account for was the man who would love her.Damali Richard has been to hell and back—-literally—-and she is not eager to repeat the trip. A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties and she believes that Carlos Rivera, former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but weakened her powers as well. But then Damali gets word that horrific killings are taking place in Brazil. The vampire civil war has left a small door to hell open and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction. However, her blood lust hides a nefarious plan and the newly resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it. But Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to hell she came from—-no matter who stands in her way.


Click for more detail about Never Tell by Stacey Abrams Never Tell

by Stacey Abrams
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Jun 14, 2004)
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Criminal psychologist Dr. Erin Abbott wants nothing more than to live a quiet life. That means no danger, no intrigue-and absolutely no romance. But when Erin suspects a serial killer is roaming New Orleans, her investigation throws her straight into the arms of the only man who can help her.

Journalist Gabriel Moss is hot to find his next huge story-and he knows Erin is on to something big. From the moment they meet, Gabriel senses that Erin is hiding something. One thing is certain: Erin’s boxy suits and sensible shoes hide a delicate beauty waiting to emerge…and Gabriel is just the man to reveal the woman inside.

As they join forces to find the killer, Gabriel slowly seduces Erin with his soft kisses. But Erin knows their love can never be. For she is hiding a terrible secret-and if Gabriel reveals the truth, Erin’s life will be shattered forever…


Click for more detail about The Root of All Evil by Joylynn M. Jossel The Root of All Evil

by Joylynn M. Jossel
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 01, 2004)
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THE ALMIGHTY $. SOME PEOPLE PRAY FOR IT.
SOME PEOPLE PRAY TO IT!Thirty-four-year-old Klarke Taylor has two children, a pile of bills and creditors who won’t leave her alone. And she’s had just about enough. So Klarke and her confidants, Breezy and Jeva, resort to devising a shady plan to snag her a man who will make all her monetary dreams come true.Reo Laroque, is a bestselling author and is right where he always dreamed of being in life. He has it all, including women who come out in droves for this high-ticketed bachelor. But all Reo wants is a virtuous woman to claim as his own. Now Klarke has him in her sights and he soon becomes entangled in a twisted pursuit or love, lust and the almighty dollar.Sexy and dramatic, The Root of All Evil is a story you will not soon forget!


Click for more detail about Like the First Time by Francis Ray Like the First Time

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2004)
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THE GOOD SISTER. Claire Bennet has lost her job for the second time in as many years due to downsizing. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do since her checking account has almost been stripped bare and her older brother is always a day late and a dollar short. With no man in her life, her parents’ home is all she has and she’s going to lose that unless she can think of something quick.

THE GOOD LOVER. Fashionable and trendy Brooke Dunlap has also been downsized, but she’s not worried because she expects her wealthy boyfriend to propose any day now. Unfortunately, Randaolph Peterson III has other plans and dumps her. Now Brooke is left devastated with no engagement ring, a pile of bills and a Jag that’s in the shop.

THE GOOD WIFE. Lorraine Averhart lost one of her dearest friends to cancer only months before and with that friendship, their dream of opening their own florist shop. But when Lorraine sees the wonderful candles, soaps and bath gels Claire has created, she pushes them to go into business together. With Brooke’s savvy about what women want, Claire’s products and Lorraine’s money, they’re sure to be a hit. They’ve got nothing to lose, so why not?

But Lorraine’s marriage comes under terrible strain as the business takes off and a new a temptation appears on the horizon; Claire becomes involved with one of the most powerful men in town; and Brooke is forced to reevaluate what matters most: a fat bank account or love and belonging somewhere she can call home?


Click for more detail about The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family Novels) by Brenda Jackson The Midnight Hour (Madaris Family Novels)

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Apr 19, 2004)
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Sexy, dangerous, unforgettable. . .the Madaris family and their unlikely band of friends captured readers’ hearts and souls. Now, in The Midnight Hour, bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings us another breathtaking novel featuring the Madaris family and friends.One, CIA agent Sir Drake Warren gave his heart to a woman—-a fellow Marine whose death in an explosion left him aching for justice. Drake vowed he would never love again. But his devotion to his former lover is tested when he meets his mysterious new partner, Agent Victoria Green. With golden-brown eyes and skin like melted chocolate, Victoria leaves Drake yearning for the love he lost—-and flirting closely with the white-hot passion he once knew, he’s sure he’ll get burned. . .Few people know that Victoria was once a Marine named Sandy Carroll. . .and that she was embroiled in a fervent love affair with Drake until an explosion nearly killed her. Her life-saving surgery gave her a new face and identity—-that of CIA operative Victoria Green. Now, Victoria is bound by duty to keep her true identity a secret, especially from Drake.Paired on a deadly mission, Victoria’s senses are awakened by Drake’s every move. But just as the passion she’s denied for so long threatens to boil over, Drake begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle. And when he does, will Victoria lose him forever?


Click for more detail about Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk about Sexuality and Intimacy by Tricia Rose
Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk about Sexuality and Intimacy

by Tricia Rose
St. Martin’s Press-3PL (Apr 01, 2004)
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"A powerful and pioneering work. For the first time we hear the painful and poignant voices of black women in all their humanity and complexity. Do not miss this pathblazing book!" —Cornel West, University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"Heartbreaking, inspiring, and brutally honest…as compelling as it is sorely needed." —Publishers Weekly

"[Tricia Rose] reminds us of the transformative power of conversation in her terrific collection of oral histories…. like great conversation, the book is provocative and inspiring….The integration of scholarship and accessible conversation rests largely in Rose’s curiosity, her delight in discovery." —Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Newsweek

"Heartrending stuff…There are gems of stories here, rich details amid tales of heartbreaking loss." —The Washington Post

"A landmark book…bound to be a classic of its kind: it dispels myths, stereotypes, and tales about black women while giving us the truth in all its glorious and grievous colors." —Michael Eric Dyson, author of Why I Love Black Women

"If Freud called woman ’the dark continent of man, ’ then the sexuality of black women has truly been the dark continent of the African-American tradition. To read so very much of African-American literature before 1970 is to presume that black women did not experience sexual intimacy, or even discuss it. This pioneering collection by Tricia Rose is as significant to the African-American autobiographical tradition as the depiction of Janie’s evolving sexuality in Their Eyes Were Watching God was to African-American literature." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Click for more detail about Dancing Nude In The Moonlight (Macmillan Caribbean Writers) by Joanne C. Hillhouse Dancing Nude In The Moonlight (Macmillan Caribbean Writers)

by Joanne C. Hillhouse
Macmillan Caribbean (Mar 12, 2004)
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Selena’s ex-husband has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It’s hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. The middle sister, Celia, works in a hotel at a job she hates, but it pays the rent and puts food on the table. Pamela is still at school. The three came from the Dominican Republic in the hope of a better living in Antigua. But Antiguans are hostile to the immigrant community in their midst, seeing the newcomers as intruders come to steal away their jobs and their men folk. Only Pamela settles easily into the new life.


Click for more detail about She Plays with the Darkness: A Novel by Zakes Mda She Plays with the Darkness: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Mar 01, 2004)
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In a remote mountain village in Lesotho, the beautiful Dikosha lives for dancing and for song, setting herself apart from her fellow villagers. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru, struggling amid political upheaval to find a life for himself away from the hills. As the years pass, Radisene’s fortunes rise and fall in the city, while Dikosha remains in the village, never leaving and never aging. And through it all, the community watches, comments, and passes judgment.


Click for more detail about All I Need to Get By by Sophfronia Scott All I Need to Get By

by Sophfronia Scott
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2004)
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Crita has come a long way from her small-town Ohio roots. A successful tax accountant living in Manhattan, she finally has the independent life that she dreamed of as a girl. However, with one fateful phone call, Crita’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly back home, living under her parent’s roof, Crita must confront two powerful men from her childhood—Link, her destructive brother with whom she shares a dark secret, and Tree, her first love.Facing memories that she would rather forget, Crita struggles to reconcile a tumultuous past with a calmer, quieter present. Needing help along the way, she may even learn to lean on Tree, the only man who could ever give her "what she needs to get by." In this riveting debut novel, Sophfronia Scott speaks for anyone that knows just how hard it is to go back home again.

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Click for more detail about The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend by Leslie Esdaile Banks The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 21, 2004)
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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It’s just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.


Click for more detail about Trouble Don’t Last Always by Francis Ray Trouble Don’t Last Always

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 21, 2004)
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Desperate to escape her abusive marriage, Lilly Crawford files for divorce, then slips away from her small east Texas hometown with little more than the clothes on her back. She points her twelve-year-old car east, hoping to find a new beginning. When her car breaks down in Louisiana, Lilly finds unexpected employment as the caregiver for a wealthy neurosurgeon named Adam Wakefield, who lost his sight in a recent carjacking. At first, this handsome, brooding man reminds her too much of the angry husband she left behind and she reminds him of how far he has fallen from the self-assured man he once was. But as the two spend long days together, an unexpected bond develops—one that will be deeply tested. For Lilly must confront her violent husband before she can ever hope to move on and truly discover a second chance at life and love.

This stunning story is gripping and unforgettable tale told with Francis Ray’s trademark emotion and passion.


Click for more detail about The Time of Our Singing: A Novel by Richard Powers The Time of Our Singing: A Novel

by Richard Powers
Picador (Jan 01, 2004)
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On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson’s epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and-against all odds and better judgment-they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped only in song. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up, however, during the Civil Rights era, coming of age in the violent 1960s, and living out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent," follows a life in his parents’ beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, devotes herself to community activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generation-bridging tale, struggles to find himself and remain connected to them both.


Click for more detail about Uptown (An Owlet Book) by Bryan Collier Uptown (An Owlet Book)

by Bryan Collier
Square Fish (Dec 03, 2003)
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Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier discovers the vibrant world of Harlem, New York, as seen through the eyes of a little boy"Uptown . . .
Harlem, New York.
Chicken and waffles.
Jazz.
Home."Uptown is a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer’s afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce.Bryan Collier’s spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington.Uptown is the winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.


Click for more detail about Buffalo Gordon on The Plains by J. P. Sinclair Lewis Buffalo Gordon on The Plains

by J. P. Sinclair Lewis
Forge (Dec 01, 2003)
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The tumultuous years after the Civil War are seen through the unique perspective of an escaped slave who became a sergeant major of the United States Cavalry in this ambitious, adventurous saga about one man’s experiences as an African-American Buffalo Soldier.
Deep in the plains of Kansas, on the brink of a bitter winter, Nate Gordon must aid the United States in clearing the frontier of hostile Cheyenne warriors, the feared Dog Soldiers. When not clashing with these seasoned hunters, or the prejudices of his commanding officers, he seeks comfort in thinking of his headstrong, beautiful lover, Cara, a Comanche Mexican woman who is also an escaped slave.

From his escape from slavery aboard a Louisiana steamboat, with a debonair octoroon as his only friend, to the horrors he witnessed at the hands of murderous Missouri bushwhackers, Nate has known adventures and hardships. Armed with the knowledge of his experiences, Nate must prepare himself to meet his enemies as he joins forces with some of the West’s most legendary characters including: "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Kit Carson, and General George Custer. But Nate’s battle becomes more personal when he discovers that Cara, pregnant with his child, has been kidnapped by her cruel former master.

J. P. Sinclair Lewis delves deeply into the lives of African-Americans serving in the military. With his rich attention to historical detail, Lewis acknowledges the real trials these brave soldiers had to face, making Nate Gordon a compelling hero, and Buffalo Gordon on the Plains, a worthy and exciting new addition to the world of historical fiction.

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Click for more detail about Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct

by P. M. Forni
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 08, 2003)
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Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well…civilized language, Forni covers topics that include: * Think Twice Before Asking Favors
* Give Constructive Criticism
* Refrain from Idle Complaints
* Respect Others’ Opinions
* Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame
* Care for Your Guests
* Accept and Give PraiseFinally, Forni provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life-and the lives of others-more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding.Choosing Civility is a simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion.


Click for more detail about The Savvy Sistahs: A Novel by Brenda Jackson The Savvy Sistahs: A Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2003)
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Amber, Carla and Brandy—-known as the "ABCs"—-are intelligent businesswomen who met in their business support group "The Savvy Sistahs Who Mean Business" and became the best of friends. They’ve bonded over lost loves, past hurts, and too many lonely nights. . . Amber Stuart escaped an abusive marriage and now finds peace running her small bookstore. But when a man passes out in her establishment, after eating one of her homemade cookies, she’ll do anything to avoid a lawsuit, even if it means going into his home and nursing this fine brother back to health. What she doesn’t know is that this brother is about to turn her life upside down; Raising a two-year-old son on her own and running the computer business she inherited from her father, Carla Osborne doesn’t have time for anything else. Then she finds herself the object of a hostile takeover. And it turns out that she’s fighting to save her company from the man she had a one-night stand with all those years ago—-the man who happens to be her son’s father; After a divorce settlement leaves her the sole owner of the St. Laurent Hotel, Brandy Bennett decides to manage her new business full-time. When she finds herself the object of a deranged stalker her family convinces her to bring in a security expert to help. Enter ex-FBI agent, Grey Masters—-and with him a whole lot of drama.Life is dishing it out hard, but these ladies are determined to hold on to each other.


Click for more detail about Rockin’ Around That Christmas Tree: A Holiday Novel by Donna Hill and Francis Ray Rockin’ Around That Christmas Tree: A Holiday Novel

by Donna Hill and Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Press (Nov 01, 2003)
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Tis the season to be merry and the Morrison family are about to have their lives turned upside down.

Denise has always been the faithful wife and dutiful mother. As a matter of fact, it seems that is all she has been in the twenty-plus years she and her husband, Edward have been married. But the kids are grown and out of the house and now she’s ready to live a few dreams of her own. Edward, however, would like to keep things just the way they are and Denise realizes that if she doesn’t do something drastic, then all she will ever be is a mother and a wife. So when she drops the bomb at Thanksgiving dinner that she is leaving their father and selling the house, everyone is stunned to say the least. And her announcement opens the door to Morrison Family Dysfunction 101. Edward is now living with his crazy aunt Etta and uncle Eddie, who’s sex life is more active than his own; their daughter, Christine has moved back home because she suspects her husband is cheating on her; and their son, Anthony is simply dazed and confused. And in the midst of it all, Edward hatches a plan to get his wife back—no matter what. Not only does he plan to be back in their home and back in their bed, but come Christmas he and Denise will be Rockin’ Around that Christmas Tree.

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Click for more detail about The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool by Brenda Dixon Gottschild (2003-10-06) by Brenda Dixon Gottschild The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool by Brenda Dixon Gottschild (2003-10-06)

by Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Palgrave Macmillan (Oct 06, 2003)
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Watching contemporary American dance is a unique and electrifying experience. Swept along with the dancers, one wonders how the unorthodox movement and unexpected tempo came about. To provide at least one answer to this question, Brenda Dixon Gottschild charts a "geography" that maps a unique, yet startlingly ubiquitous, region of influence in the history of American dance: the black dancing body. The author invites the reader on a journey of sorts and says, "The black dancing body (a fiction based on reality, a fact based upon illusion) has infiltrated and informed the shapes and changes of the American dancing body." Using interviews with black, white, and brown dance practitioners as well as performance analysis and personal recollections of her own life in the world of dance, Brenda Dixon Gottschild charts the endeavors, ordeals, and triumphs of "black" dance and dancers by exposing perceptions, images, and assumptions, past and present. In her journey to discover the contours and importance of the black dancing body, the author spoke to some of the greatest dancers and choreographers of our time - Fernando Bujones, Trisha Brown, Garth Fagan, Bill T. Jones, Ralph Lemon, Meredith Monk, Merián Soto, Doug Elkins, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and a cadre of their esteemed colleagues. The "embattled territories" of the black dancing body are probed chapter by chapter: feet, buttocks, hair, skin color. The whole of the black dancing body is "re-membered" in the final chapters on soul and spirit. The Black Dancing Body is a key to the ineffable rhythms and movement of dance in America.

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Click for more detail about An Ordinary Woman: A Novel by Donna Hill An Ordinary Woman: A Novel

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 01, 2003)
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From bestselling author, Donna Hill comes an evocative, unforgettable novel about love, friendship, marriage, adultery…"You’ll find out soon enough. So I may as well say it now. I slept with my best friend’s husband. There is no explanation. Not a real one, anyway, not one that people will accept, especially people who know me. . .But I want to tell my side. . .Just hear me out. . ."Asha and Lisa have been best friends since grade school and they have always shared everything. A beautiful and accomplished photographer, Asha never seems to lack excitement or a man to share it with. Yet, for a woman who appears to have it all there is always "that something" she needs to make her feel whole. . .worthy. Lisa, "the good girl," has always dreamed of the perfect marriage to the perfect husband. Now she has both with Ross Davis and she has their future planned to the last, perfect detail. Ross didn’t want to believe that he and Lisa had married too soon. He didn’t want to believe that each day the man he thought himself to be was being stripped away by the woman he loved—leaving him feeling like a kept man instead of the man of the house. And then—betrayal. No one knows how it happened, how they could have done this to each other. But now, they each want to tell their side of the story.As Asha, Lisa and Ross travel down the road to discovery, you will root for them, hurt for them, hate them and love them. But you will never forget them.An Ordinary Woman is about the betrayal of the most sacred of trusts. It is about the that one moment when a single choice will change lives forever. It is a cautionary tale that dares to look deep inside the hearts and minds of the characters involved. Most importantly, An Ordinary Woman attempts to answer the question: How?


Click for more detail about What’s a Woman to Do? by Victor McGlothin What’s a Woman to Do?

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 01, 2003)
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When a corporate diva Janeen Hampton-Gilliam meets the kind of dream man that’ll make most women want to trade theirs in, her struggling marriage with a philandering husband gets even harder to maintain. Throw in trouble at work and a novel that tells the deepest secrets of her youth, and Janeen has more on her plate than she can handle.

Her younger sister, Sissy, is having the time of her life working dirty real estate deals and enjoying her friendship with the young women who are paid mistresses to Dallas’s powerful men. But when the only man she’s ever loved suddenly reappears, he causes more drama than she could imagine.

And then there’s Joyce-the eldest of the three, who spends most of her time praying for the sins of the other two, while at the same time dealing with hidden secrets of her own. When she sees a woman who looks suspiciously like Sissy in a compromising position with Janeen’s wayward husband, she has to decide which sister deserves her allegiance.

The combination of new and old secrets is explosive, and it sets off a whole powder keg of emotions. With so many scandalous issues hanging in the balance, Janeen, Sissy and Joyce are left wondering, What’s A Woman To Do?


Click for more detail about Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests That Divide America by Larry Elder Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests That Divide America

by Larry Elder
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 20, 2003)
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The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America struck a chord with eager readers acroos the country, exposing thruths others have been too afraid to address. In his new book, Elder is out to slay entrenched and enmeshed special interest groups, government agencies with the capacity to meddle in Americans’ lives and businesses, lawmakers who continue a pattern of outrageous overtaxation, and those who would hamstring this country with good intentions.

Showdown demonstrates how the nation would be better, stronger and safer with less gvernment intervention and how individuals would not only cope but thrive without the so-called safety net. Showdown is a call to arms for a truly free society. Elder discusses:

- What a Republican-led government means for progress
- Where a responsible government would put its citizens’ tax dollars
- Why racial and sex discrimination are non-issues in the 21st century.

Larry Elders straight talk and common-sense solutions spare no one and will inspire his passionate and growing audience.


Click for more detail about One Day I Saw a Black King: A Novel by J.D. Mason One Day I Saw a Black King: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 17, 2003)
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"He stared at himself in the mirror, wondering how he’d managed to lose track of time. Complacency had managed to set in again. . . A decent job, warm home, food on the table, and a body to curl up next to at night; he’d made the mistake of getting comfortable. Comfort fooled him into thinking it was all good when it wasn’t. Damn nightmares had a way of reminding him of that."

Ever since he was fifteen, John King has been on the run from the ghosts of his past, always drifting, never settling down in one place or with one woman, though more than one has certainly made the offer of forever-after. But every time his memories of life back in Texas start to haunt him too deeply into the night, John realizes that it’s time to move on. That is, until he rolls into Denver, Colorado, grooving to Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It on," and meets Connie Rodgers, a woman who grew up on the mean streets and has the pain and the battle scars to prove it. And yet, she inspires him to think "If indeed there were a home for the perfect kiss, it would be on her lips." John is reluctant to admit that here is a woman who just may understand his very soul, even if she does have some baggage of her own. But both must face their pasts if they ever hope to be free to live and love.

Filled with completely unforgettable characters, One Day I Saw a Black King is a stunningly powerful story that explores the power of the past over the present, the search for love and belonging and the healing gift of an extraordinary love.

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Click for more detail about Autumn Leaves: A Novel by Victor McGlothin Autumn Leaves: A Novel

by Victor McGlothin
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 09, 2003)
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Marshall Coates and Rorey Garland are on top of the world—best friends and superstar athletes with millions in professional contracts just around the corner. But their lives are far from perfect. Despite loving the best thing that ever happened to him-his girlfriend, Jasmine Reynolds-Marshall is constantly faced with the shapely sirens who always seem to accompany the limelight. And Rorey has a dark secret that could destroy their friendship and his life.

In Dallas, Kennedy James is a beautiful art curator who’s romantically involved with the wealthy but self-centered society climber Simpson Stone. When confronted with the dilemma of what’s more important, getting what she wants or having the man she needs, she finds herself caught up in a tumultuous war of the heart. When she’s offered a chance at true love with a less glamorous man will she be able to take it?

As their lives converge, which of them will manage to capture happiness? And which will fall, beautiful but doomed, like autumn leaves?


Click for more detail about The Heart of Redness: A Novel by Zakes Mda The Heart of Redness: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Aug 01, 2003)
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Camugu, recently returned to Johannesburg and disillusioned by the new democracy, moves to the remote Eastern Cape. There in the nineteenth century a teenage prophetess commanded the Xhosa people to kill their cattle and burn their crops, promising that the spirits of their ancestors would rise and drive the English into the ocean. The failed prophecy split the people in two, with devastating consequences. One hundred and fifty years later, the two groups’ decendants are at odds over plans to build a vast casino and tourist resort, and Camugu is soon drawn into their heritage and their future?and into a bizarre love triangle as well.


Click for more detail about Mr. Potter: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid Mr. Potter: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jul 16, 2003)
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The story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home: "Kincaid’s most poetic and affecting novel to date" (Robert Antoni, The Washington Post Book World)Jamaica Kincaid’s first obssession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the roads that pass through the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air.
Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters?one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy. In Mr. Potter, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any other in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.


Click for more detail about The High Price of a Good Man: A Novel by Debra Phillips The High Price of a Good Man: A Novel

by Debra Phillips
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 08, 2003)
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"First of all, just for the record, I love me some me. You heard right. . .I truly love Miss Queenisha Renae Sutton. The tall, well-endowed, fine honey-coated sistah that I be."

Queenisha Renae Sutton is always ready, willing and able to walk away from any man who either can’t or won’t appreciate her, because after all, she is all woman. Then she meets tall and handsome Zeke Washington at a charity fundraiser, and buys him lock, stock and barrel. For one night. Determined to get her money’s worth, she approaches their first date with one goal: to make Zeke her man, no matter what the cost. With the help of her best friend, Poetta, who puts a "voodoo hex" on Zeke to help lure him in, Queenisha gets more than she bargained for. And before long she finds herself changing to please a man. And if love wasn’t complicated enough, she discovers an even sweeter love where she least expects it.

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Click for more detail about Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend by Leslie Esdaile Banks Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend

by Leslie Esdaile Banks
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 04, 2003)
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There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night.
Here is an account of her legend….All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons?predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life’s blood has been sucked from the body. These bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

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Click for more detail about Somebody’s Knocking at My Door: A Novel by Francis Ray Somebody’s Knocking at My Door: A Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (May 01, 2003)
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Kristen Wakefield grew up the privileged, beloved daughter and sister of a wealthy family…yet she felt eclipsed by the achievements of her older brother, Adam, a renowned neurosurgeon. In New Orleans, Kristen believes she now has the opportunity to prove herself and forget a rather disastrous past relationship. But life is much harder than she expected in the Big Easy. Then she meets a man from her past, Rafe Crawford…a man battling his own demons and keeping his own secrets.The beautiful, but down-to-earth Angelique Fleming has always had to fight to get what she wanted in a world dominated by men and she has the chip on her shoulder to prove it. Which is why she takes great pleasure working at a local strip club, hoping to expose a few naughty little secrets of the community’s upstanding men. But before she gets all the dirt, she’s going to find out a few things about life, men, and forgiveness she thought she already knew. Claudette Thibodeaux Laurent comes from old New Orleans money and had always adhered to the family code: honor above all else. But she shocks polite society when she marries a man much younger than herself, a man everyone suspects is only after her money. Claudette has done her duty to her family and now she wants a little happiness for herself. And yet doubts eventually begin to creep in and she isn’t sure which Maurice loves more: her or her money, as his desire for the finer things in life become more and more lavish. Just exactly how much is her happiness is going to cost her?Told with Francis Ray’s trademark emotion and passion, Somebody’s Knocking at My Door is a powerful story of betrayal and forgiveness, love and healing.

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Click for more detail about Leaving: A Novel by Richard Dry Leaving: A Novel

by Richard Dry
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 09, 2003)
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Winner of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award
Pushcart Editors’ Prize NomineeIn 1959, newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her thirteen-year-old half brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina, destined for Oakland, California. There, far from the violent events that forced her to flee her home, Ruby hopes to make a new life for her family. Ruby gives birth to a daughter, Lida, and strives to raise the girl and Easton. But as their Oakland neighborhood changes during the turbulent 1960s, the three are driven apart by forces that Ruby cannot control. Easton becomes involved with civil rights activism and the Black Panthers; Lida, keeping a hurtful family secret to herself, spirals into a cycle of dependency and denial. Finally, Lida’s sons Love LeRoy and Li’l Pit must fend for themselves in the inhospitable streets of America, leaving one city for another, searching for a home. Centered around three generations of a family and set against the larger dispossession of African Americans, Leaving is a blend of history and intimately-observed everyday life.

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Click for more detail about And on the Eighth Day She Rested: A Novel by J.D. Mason And on the Eighth Day She Rested: A Novel

by J.D. Mason
St. Martin’s Griffin (Mar 01, 2003)
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Four different women come together under the sometimes tenuous but always unbreakable bond of friendship.Ruth Johnson has finally left her abusive husband of fourteen years and jumped feet first into "What the hell do I do now?" oblivion. Then into her life come three unforgettable women who turn her world upside down. Feisty, outspoken Bernice, a.k.a. "Bernie," has been there and done that when it comes to love and marriage. Her ex-husband is settled down with his much younger wife and her kids are grown, and Bernie is looking to enjoy her fellow man—in more ways than one—no strings attached…or so she thinks. Sweet Southern belle May has it all: a beautiful home, two wonderful children, and a fine husband who worships the ground she walks on, yet a shadow hangs over what should be her equally perfect life, threatening to shake up her happy home. The older, wiser Clara is their guiding force, and when disaster strikes, all three women rally around her, determined to see her through it. Life is just getting interesting, and if they hold on to each other, they just might make it. J.D. Mason’s And on the Eighth Day She Rested is an empowering story of the tough times we all face and the friends who help us through.

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Click for more detail about The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow by Richard Wormser The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

by Richard Wormser
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 05, 2003)
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Between 1880 and 1954, African Americans dedicated their energies, and sometimes their lives, to defeating segregation. During these times, characterized by some as “worse than slavery,” African Americans fought the status quo, acquiring education and land and building businesses, churches, and communities, despite laws designed to segregate and disenfranchise them. White supremacy prevailed, but did not destroy, the spirit of the black community.

Incorporating anecdotes, the exploits of individuals, first-person accounts, and never- before-seen images and graphics, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is the story of the African American struggle for freedom following the end of the Civil War. A companion volume to the four-part PBS television series, which took seven years to write, research, and edit, the book documents the work of such figures as the activist and separatist Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, and W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. It examines the emergence of the black middle class and intellectual elite, and the birth of the NAACP. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow also tells the stories of ordinary heroes who accomplished extraordinary things: Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a teacher who founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a private black high school in North Carolina; Ned Cobb, a tenant farmer in Alabama who became a union organizer; Isaiah Montgomery, who founded Mound Bayou, an all-black town in Mississippi; Charles Evers, brother of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who fought for voter registration in Mississippi in the 1940s. And Barbara Johns, a sixteen-year-old Virginia student who organized a student strike in 1951. The strike led to a lawsuit that became one of the five cases the United States Supreme Court reviewed when it declared segregation in education illegal.

As the twenty-first century rolls forward, we are losing the remaining survivors of this pivotal era. Rich in historical commentary and eyewitness testimony by blacks and whites who lived through the period, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a poignant record of a time when indignity and terror constantly faced off against courage and accomplishment.


Click for more detail about The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

by Tim Madigan
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 01, 2003)
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"Madigan somehow manages to tell the story of what happened with grace, purity and haunting starkness." —Buzz Bissinger

"A powerful book, a harrowing case study made all the more so by Madigan’s skillful, clear-eyed telling of it." —Adam Nossiter, The New York Times Book Review

A sobering, frightening account of what happens when that foul beast, racism, breaks its fragile leash.—Kirkus, starred review

Madigan’s skill at description, dialogue and pacing keeps the reader’s interest at peak levels.—Publishers Weekly

Madigan provides a riveting account of one of the most shameful episodes in the troubled history of race relations in the U.S. This cultural and sociological dissection of a twentieth-century tragedy makes difficult but compelling reading.—Booklist

The story of Greenwood is written in such chilling detail and clarity that one can almost smell the smoke and hear the cries. This is historical reporting at its best.—Larry Cox, Arizona Daily Star

The Burning is a bold and worthwhile beginning. With its richness of horrifying detail, the book compels our attention, restoring the hateful episode’s ghastly but necessary claim on the public conscience.—Morning Star-Telegram

Mr. Madigan spins a moving story…a compelling work that brings its characters to life.—Dallas Morning News


Click for more detail about Rising by Darnella Ford Rising

by Darnella Ford
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 02, 2003)
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She should have been able to trust him…."Night sweats were my dance, especially in the Huston home. They were a continuation of the visions I had experienced in Dorchester, only here, they were much more violent."Set in a wealthy community in northern Michigan, Rising tells the story of nine-year-old Symone, who is adopted by the Hustons?"a shameless family with a house at the top of the hill"—after her mother dies of a drug overdose. And though Symone is all too happy to leave the Dorchester projects behind, she can’t help but wonder why this rich white couple has come to the ghetto to adopt "a black girl who looked white." Soon Symone discovers that the Hustons aren’t saviors but instead demons who have delivered her into another kind of hell. She escapes only to return again years later, realizing that she must face the demons of her past if she has any hope of surviving the future.Rising is an evocative, undeniably potent, and completely unforgettable novel.

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Click for more detail about Scandalize My Name: Selected Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa Scandalize My Name: Selected Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Picador (Nov 08, 2002)
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Yusef Komunyakaa is one of the most highly regarded US poets now at work; Scandalize My Name selects from twenty-five years of his remarkable poetry. Komunyakaa’s vision of the poem as a ’distilled insinuation’ is honoured and intensified in this graceful and sensual verse, whose vigorous myth-making only heightens the political and social realities it often addresses. Scandalize My Name introduces a poet of great versatility and singular commitment, one whose eye remains steady where others have turned away.


Click for more detail about Ties That Bind: A Novel by Brenda Jackson Ties That Bind: A Novel

by Brenda Jackson
St. Martin’s Griffin (Nov 01, 2002)
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It all started in college, in the turbulent sixties, when Randolph and Jenna became lovers. Randolph knew the moment he saw Jenna Haywood that he had to make her his. But the path to love is not an easy one. His wealthy Grandmother Julia disapproves of the match and unbeknowst to him, his brother’s seemingly docile fiancee has a few plans of her own that she would like to set in motion. Betrayal and devastation lurks in unexpected places and tests the bond they believed was unbreakable. As they struggle with love and passion, secrets and lies the question is: Is love enough to help them see each other through the storms that await them ahead?


Click for more detail about Greenwichtown: A Novel by Joyce Palmer Greenwichtown: A Novel

by Joyce Palmer
St. Martin’s Griffin (Oct 11, 2002)
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Jamaican writer Joyce Palmer is a first-time novelist who writes with raw talent and true freshness, in a voice that’s uncontrived, unselfconscious, and immediate. Her narrator, Fay, sees the world with endearing simplicity and innocence, bearing her trials and mistakes with hope and honesty.

Set in Jamaica, Greenwichtown is the story of Fay Myrtle, a young, innocent, eight-year-old girl who lives in a shack outside a Jamaican plantation. An older sister takes her from the village to live in the inner-city ghettos of Greenwichtown, where she lives as her sister’s daughter. There she has the chance to go to school and attend church, and her inner life thrives despite abuse by her sister and the squalor and poverty surrounding her. But as she struggles to come of age, searching for love, she gets caught up in a web of betrayal and is devastated by the death of the only man who ever loved her.


Click for more detail about A Lawyer’s Life by Johnnie Cochran and David Fisher A Lawyer’s Life

by Johnnie Cochran and David Fisher
Thomas Dunne Books (Oct 11, 2002)
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The most famous lawyer in America talks about the law, his life, and how he has won.

Johnnie Cochran has been a lawyer for almost forty years. In that time, he has taken on dozens of groundbreaking cases and emerged as a pivotal figure in race relations in America. Cochran gained international recognition as one of America’s best - and most controversial lawyers - for leading ’the Dream Team’ defense of accused killer O.J. Simpson in the Trial of the Century. Many people formed their perception of Cochran based on his work in that trial. But long before the Simpson trial and since then Johnnie Cochran has been a leader in the fight for justice for all Americans. This is his story.

Cochran emerged from the trial as one of the nation’s leading African-American spokespersons - and he has done most of his talking through the courtroom. Abner Louima. Amadou Diallo. The racially-profiled New Jersey Turnpike Four. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Patrick Dorismond. Cynthia Wiggins. These are the names that have dominated legal headlines - and Cochran was involved with each of them. No one who first encountered him during the Simpson trial can appreciate his impact on our world until they’ve read his whole story.

Drawing on Cochran’s most intriguing and difficult cases, A Lawyer’s Life shows how he’s fought his critics, won for his clients, and affected real change within the system. This is an intimate and compelling memoir of one lawyer’s attempt to make us all truly equal in the eyes of the law.


Click for more detail about Ananse And The Lizard: A West African Tale by Pat Cummings Ananse And The Lizard: A West African Tale

by Pat Cummings
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Oct 01, 2002)
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Can the legendary trickster be out-tricked?All the young men had gathered in the village courtyard to hear the Chief’s pronouncement: Whoever guesses his daughter’s name will have her hand in marriage, inherit half his riches, and become the next Chief. No one outside the palace had ever heard the royal daughter’s name.In a stroke of luck Ananse the spider discovers the secret."I, Ananse the most wise . . . the most clever . . . I alone know the name of the Chief’s daughter! . . ."But clever Lizard has plans of his own.Pat Cumming’s lively retelling and vibrant illustrations capture all the mischief and humor of Ananse, one of the most popular characters of West African lore.


Click for more detail about Gettin’ Merry by Beverly Jenkins, Geri Guillaume, Francis Ray, and Monica Jackson Gettin’ Merry

by Beverly Jenkins, Geri Guillaume, Francis Ray, and Monica Jackson
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Oct 01, 2002)
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Four of today’s hottest romance writers invite you to come home for the holidays, where the spicy smells from the kitchen, the warm embrace of family, and the gifts of Kwanzaa are just the beginning of a magical season filled with true love and sensual delights…

Be careful what you wish for. That’s the lesson a fine brother with a wounded heart learns when an eccentric old woman grants him a wish for true love—if he’s not too blind to see it—in Francis Ray’s The Wish.

Beverly Jenkins spins a soul-touching tale of a soldier reunited with the woman who deserted him as they discover that love isn’t just sweeter the second time around, it’s downright decadent in Homecoming.

In Monica Jackson’s The Way Back Home, a biracial young woman sets out to spend Kwanzaa with the African-American family she never knew and finds and extra gift in the strong, loving professor who wants to teacher her about her heritage…and so much more.

When a mild-mannered high school principal battles small-town prejudice over a Kwanzaa celebration, he fins an unlikely ally in a fiery woman from his past in Geri Guillaume’s moving story, The Seventh Principal.

The love of a good man. The hope of a new family. The promise of a fantasy fulfilled. This soulful collection of holiday stories proves there’s more than one reason for gettin’ merry…and they all lead straight to the heart.


Click for more detail about Rhythms: A Novel by Donna Hill Rhythms: A Novel

by Donna Hill
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 14, 2002)
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It all began in 1927, in the small town of Rudell, Mississippi, after the sudden and tragic death of Cora Harvey’s parents. She has nothing left except her burning desire to become a singer. But her dream will never come true in Rudell, especially if she marries the man she adores, Dr. David Mackey. So when she sets out for Chicago, everyone in the close knit community, including David believes that the next time they see Cora, her name will be in lights. However, it’s not long before Cora finds herself back in Rudell and back in David’s arms harboring a secret she dare not reveal. . .A secret that will cause her daughter, Emma to flee Rudell with no intention of ever looking back. And even when Emma finds the perfect man and happiness at last, she is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her family’s shameful past at bay. Then the dream that began with Cora comes full circle with her beloved granddaughter Parris whose melodic voice fills the dimly lit nightclubs of New York City. Yet, when tragedy strikes, opening a door to the past, Parris discovers the hidden truths that have ripped the family apart—-but which may ultimately bind them together at last.From the dusty roads of the Delta to the pulsing metropolis of New York City, Rhythms is a rich, unforgettable tale about loss and healing, redemption and love.


Click for more detail about Lucy: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid Lucy: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 04, 2002)
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The coming-of-age story of one of Jamaica Kincaid’s most admired creations—newly available in paperbackLucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple—handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, alomst at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis’s and Mariah’s lives, she is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity—a captivating heroine for our time.


Click for more detail about Rock Harbor by Carl Phillips Rock Harbor

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 01, 2002)
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A masterful new collection by one of our most important contemporary lyric poets

Wind as a face gone red with blowing,
oceans whose end is broken stitchery—

swim of sea-dragon, dolphin,
shimmer-and-coil, invitation. . . . You Know
the kind of map I mean. Countries as

distant as they are believable . . .

—from "Halo"

Carl Phillips lyric explorations of longing and devotion, castigation and mercy, are unrivaled in contemporary poetry.

Here, in his sixth book, Phillips visits those spaces, both physical and psychological, where risk and safety coincide, and considers what it might mean to live at the nexus of the two. Sifting among the upturned evidence of crisis, from Roman Empire to westward expansion, from the turn of a lover’s face to the harbor of the book’s title—a place of calm fashioned of the very rock that can mean disaster—these poems negotiate and map out the impulse toward rescue and away from it. Phillips’s pooling, cascading lines are the unsuppressed routes across his unique poetic landscape, daring and seductive in their readiness to drift and reverse as the terrain demands.


Click for more detail about Ways of Dying: A Novel by Zakes Mda Ways of Dying: A Novel

by Zakes Mda
Picador (Aug 01, 2002)
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Winner of the M-Net Book Prize
Shortlisted for the CNA and Noma Awards In Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a "professional mourner" in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa. Day after day he attends funerals in the townships, dressed with dignity in a threadbare suit, cape, and battered top hat, to comfort the grieving families of the victims of the city’s crime, racial hatred, and crippling poverty. At a Christmas day funeral for a young boy Toloki is reunited with Noria, a woman from his village. Together they help each other to heal the past, and as their story interweaves with those of their acquaintances this elegant short novel provides a magical and painful picture of South Africa today.Ways of Dying was awarded South Africa’s prestigious M-Net Book Prize, awarded by the TV channel M-Net to books written in one of South Africa’s official languages, and was shortlisted for the Central News Agency (CNA) Award and the Noma Award, an Africa-wide prize founded by Shoichi Noma, onetime president of Kodansha International.


Click for more detail about Charisma by Steven Barnes Charisma

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Jun 29, 2002)
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It began well - an experiment in techniques to teach high-risk children - poor, minority, children - the life-strategies that will allow them to succeed in life. And not just succeed, but overcome the odds and become wildly successful. They chose as their model a man who had done it all - Alexander Marcus; a black man who raised himself up from poverty to become one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in America.

The imprinting is effective. The children are focused, driven. They are inventive, intelligent, and love learning. But there is a mysterious darkness to them - a ruthlessness that is surprising.

Renny Sand first met the children as a journalist covering the sensational trial of a preschool operator. There were terrible charges of sex abuse, but the thing that stayed with Renny was the strange poise and power of a group of eight year old children. That, and the face of the mother of one of them, Vivian Emory.

Now the children are thirteen years old, and one of them has been killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident. Renny Sands sees the possibility of big story, a human interest story, a story that might jump-start his flagging career. He’ll do a follow-up on the preschool scandal; and he might get a chance to restart his love life as well - Vivian Emory has divorced her husband in the five years since he met her.


Click for more detail about Sex And The Single Sister: Five Novellas by Maryann Reid Sex And The Single Sister: Five Novellas

by Maryann Reid
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jun 01, 2002)
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The African American answer to Sex and the City—-a collection of hip, sexy, funny novellas about successful black women in their twenties, on the dating scene, making all the wrong moves . . . A fine ambitious sister on the rise to stardom, junior correspondent to NBC News, Farah’s, has life on a string. And she’s looking for a quick hook-up. But this sister’s about to learn what happens when you take the fast track to love . . .Alaya fled the projects, determined not to be anybody’s baby-mama, got her degree, and opened her own accounting firm. Everything is perfect. All she needs now is that perfect someone. Only holding out for "Mr. Right" may mean missing out on love altogether . . .Kenya, an almost-thirty successful investment strategist is plotting some strategies of her own to alleviate her "Can’t Find a Husband" blues. So when her hot Latin neighbor’s dog kicks sand in her face while she’s meditating on the beach, she realizes that it not quite the first move she had in mind, but it seems to be fate. That is until an old flame comes strolling back into her life and she has to make a choice…Alexis is fabulously fine and fresh out of a stifling relationship with the "right man." She’s got a wild side (to put it mildly) she’s been dying to release. Enter Mike, a strong brother with rough edges and enough daring to indulge fantasies Alexis didn’t even know she had…Waceera’s travels all over the world have taught her one thing: there is no such thing as one good man. The world is her buffet and variety is the spice that keeps life yummy. The last thing on this sister’s mind is settling down.


Click for more detail about The Haitian Trilogy: Plays: Henri Christophe, Drums And Colours, And The Haytian Earth by Derek Walcott The Haitian Trilogy: Plays: Henri Christophe, Drums And Colours, And The Haytian Earth

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2002)
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Plays by the Nobel-laureate, brought together for the first time
In the history plays that comprise The Haitian Trilogy—Henri Christophe, Drums and Colours and The Haytian Earth—Derek Walcott, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, uses verse to tell the story of his native West Indies as a four-hundred-year cycle of war, conquest and rebellion.
In Henri Christophe and The Haytian Earth, Walcott re-casts the legacy of Haiti’s violent revolutionaries—led by Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean Jacques Dessalines and Henri Christophe—whose rebellion established the first black state in the Americas, but whose cruelty becomes a parable of racial pride and corruption. Drums and Colours, commissioned in 1958 to celebrate the first parliament in Trinidad, is a grand pageant linking the lives of complex, ambiguous heroes: Columbus and Raleigh; Toussaint; and George William Gordon, a martyr of the constitutional era.
From Henri Christophe’s high style to the bracing vernacular of The Haytian Earth, to the epic scale and scope of Drums and Colours, in these plays Walcott, one of our most celebrated poets, carved a place in the modern theater for the history of the West Indies, and a sounding room for his own maturing voice.


Click for more detail about Memuna’s Baby by Adwoa Badoe Memuna’s Baby

by Adwoa Badoe
Macmillan Education (May 01, 2002)
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Mainly for African primary schools - first level reading in English. The text is part of the "Ready…Go" series which features controlled language to give confidence, and illustrations to provide important visual clues to the young reader. The stories featured in the texts focus on experiences relevant to young children and are taken from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The series is divided into two levels: "Ready" for new readers who have learned the present tenses; and "Go" for readers who are beginning to learn the past and future tenses. "Memuna’s baby" is part of the "Ready" level of the series.


Click for more detail about The Tether: Poems by Carl Phillips The Tether: Poems

by Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 03, 2002)
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Graceful and resonant new work by a lyric poet at the height of his skill.As I understand it, I could
call him. Though it would help,
it is not required that I give him
a name first. Also, nothing
says he stops, then, or must turn.
—from "The Figure, the Boundary, the Light"In the art of falconry, during training the tether between the gloved fist and the raptor’s anklets is gradually lengthened and eventually unnecessary. In these new lyric poems, Carl Phillips considers the substance of connection — between lover and beloved, mind and body, talon and perch — and ts the cable of mutual trust between soaring figure and shadowed ground.Contemporary literature can perhaps claim no poetry more clearly allegorical than that of Carl Phillips, whose four collections have turned frequently to nature, myth, and history for illustration; still, readers know the primary attributes of his work to be its physicality, grace, and disarming honesty about desire and faith. In The Tether, his fifth book, Phillips’s characteristically cascading poetic line is leaner and more dramatic than ever."


Click for more detail about My Sisters’ Voices: Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out by Iris Jacob My Sisters’ Voices: Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out

by Iris Jacob
Holt Paperbacks (Apr 03, 2002)
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In the tradition of the bestselling Ophelia Speaks, a collection of provocative essays by teenage girls of colorMy Sisters’ Voices is a passionate and poignant collection of writings from teenage girls of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial backgrounds. With candor and grace, they speak out on topics that are relevant not only to themselves and their peers but to anyone who is raising, teaching, or nurturing young women of color. As adolescents, women, and minorities, these young authors represent a demographic that has had no voice of its own, a group often spoken for but rarely given the opportunity to be heard. Now these young women have a chance to stand up and be counted, to present their own unique perspectives in fresh and astonishing ways. Here you’ll find a Native American girl writing about the bumps in her relationship with her best friend, who’s white; a Korean American girl who wishes she could help her mother understand that it’s okay to socialize with boys as well as girls; and a biracial girl who feels she must be the designated spokesperson for blacks when she’s around whites, for whites when she’s around blacks, and for biracial people around everyone. These personal and inspiring stories about family, friendship, sex, love, poverty, loss, and oppression make My Sisters’ Voices essential reading for young women of all backgrounds.

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Click for more detail about I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: A Novel by Francis Ray I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: A Novel

by Francis Ray
St. Martin’s Griffin (Apr 01, 2002)
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In her mind’s eyes, she could see Wes, tall and elegant in his tailored tuxedo with a patterned vest, black tie, and snow white pocket square. Her red Valentino slip gown highlighted her honeyed complexion and chocolate brown eyes. The gown also picked up the red in Wes’s vest and the red in the rose in his lapel. They were the perfect couple and it was show time. And she wanted to scream. Madison Reed, popular talk show host and America’s darling and her husband, well-known TV correspondent Wes Reed is everyone’s idea of the perfect couple. Bute knows that after the loss of their child, they became no more than polite strangers, maintaining the façade, revealing only picture perfect happiness. But Madison’s world is turned upside down when Wes is critically injured in a car accident and a woman is killed. Before he dies, Wes confesses that the woman who was killed was his mistress—-and that he is the father of her nine-month-old daughter, Manda. He begs Madison to raise the child. Unsure if she can, Madison struggles to take charge of her fate and put her life back together. Overwhelmed, she accepts the help of Zachary Holman, her husband’s best friend, only to discover that his life is also shrouded by lies. Can she forgive and forget—-not just once, but twice?

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Click for more detail about The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader by Harold Cruse and William Jelani Cobb The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader

by Harold Cruse and William Jelani Cobb
St. Martin’s Griffin (Feb 23, 2002)
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In 1967, as the movement for civil rights was turning into a bitter, often violent battle for black power, Harold Cruse’s The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual burst onto the scene. It was a lacerating attack on integration, and set the agenda for black cultural, social, and political autonomy. A classic of African American social thought, the book and its author went on to influence generations of activists, artists, and scholars. Cruse’s intelligence, independence, and breadth of vision virtually defined what it meant to be a black intellectual in modern America. In this first anthology of Cruse’s writing, William Jelani Cobb provides a powerful introduction to Cruse’s wide body of work, including published material such as excerpts from Crisis, as well as unpublished essays, speeches, and correspondence. The Essential Harold Cruse is certain to become standard reading for anyone interested in race in American society.


Click for more detail about Criminal Element (A Larry Cole Mystery) by Hugh Holton Criminal Element (A Larry Cole Mystery)

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Feb 09, 2002)
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Chicago police sergeant Joe Donegan came to the department with a plan. To him the police badge was a license to steal, a free ride, and an easy way to get whatever you want, whenever you want—without suffering the consequences. And when City Councilman Skip Murphy needs an embarrassing situation to go away, Donegan volunteers, as always for a price.

But Chicago Commander Larry Cole is searching for missing barmaid Sophie Novak, and the trail leads right to Skip Murphy’s door. With Murphy eyeing a Congressional seat, Murphy won’t let Larry Cole stand in his way. And with Donegan planning to ride Murphy’s coattails to the top, Donegan will stop at nothing to bring down Cole. Commander Larry Cole has his work cut out for him, as secrets from his past are dredged up in a public spectacle. And Cole’s problems may not just involve a breech into his past. Donegan’s ruthlessness may shorten his future.


Click for more detail about Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature by Charles Henry Rowell Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature

by Charles Henry Rowell
St. Martin’s Press (Jan 12, 2002)
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This important book collects a wide range of fiction and poetry that first appeared in the pages of Callaloo, the premier literary journal devoted to African-diaspora literature and to Black literary and cultural studies. Founded twenty-five years ago—and still edited—by Charles Henry Rowell (Texas A&M University, College Station), Callaloo is both national and international in terms of scope and readership. It is also, as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., observed, "without doubt, the most elegantly edited journal of African and African-American literature [of] today." This anthology, ideally suited for all readers studying modern Black literature, includes the work of Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucille Clifton, Terry McMillan, Ai, Nathaniel Mackey, John Edgar Wideman, Michael S. Harper, Charles Johnson, Thylias Moss, and many other disntinguished authors.


Click for more detail about A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town’s Struggle for Redemption by Dina Temple-Raston A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town’s Struggle for Redemption

by Dina Temple-Raston
Henry Holt & Company  (Jan 06, 2002)
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An extraordinary account of how a small Texas town struggled to come to grips with its racist past in the aftermath of the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr.

On June 7, 1998, a forty-nine-year-old black man named James Byrd, Jr., was chained to the bumper of a truck and dragged three miles down a country road by a trio of young white men. It didn’t take long for the residents of Jasper, Texas, to learn about the murder or to worry that the name of their town would become the nation’s shorthand for hate crimes.

From the initial investigation through the trials and their aftermath, A Death in Texas tells the story of the infamous Byrd murder as seen through the eyes of enlightened Sheriff Billy Rowles. What he sees is a community forced to confront not only a grisly crime but also antebellum traditions about race. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, journalist Dina Temple-Raston introduces a remarkable cast of characters, from the baby-faced killer, Bill King, to Joe Tonahill, Jasper’s white patriarch who can’t understand the furor over the killing. There’s also James Byrd, the hard-drinking victim with his own dark past; the prosecutor and defense attorneys; and Bill King’s father, who is dying of a broken heart as he awaits his son’s execution.

Just as Bernard Lefkowitz pulled back the curtain on Glenridge, New Jersey, in his classic work Our Guys, Temple-Raston goes behind the scenes in Jasper, Texas, to tell the story of a town where racism and evil made itself at home

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Click for more detail about One Of The Problems Of Everett Anderson by Lucille Clifton One Of The Problems Of Everett Anderson

by Lucille Clifton
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 15, 2001)
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A sensitive exploration of a difficult problem by an award winning author/illustrator team.

"One day in school, just out of the blue,"
Everett whispers, "Greg started to cry,
and I went over to ask him why

and he looked up and sighed,
’I can’t tell you.’
And he had the saddest, saddest face
like he was lost in the loneliest place."

Everett Anderson doesn’t know what to do when his friend Greg comes to school with bruises, or when Greg cries and can’t explain what’s wrong. Should Everett tell the teacher, or would that only make things worse for Greg? Everett’s sister thinks maybe it’s none of their business, but he can’t stop worrying about his friend. Then, when Everett Anderson tells his mother, he opens a window of possibility.

This tender story perfectly evokes the confusion, concern—and eventual hope—one little boy feels in the face of a very difficult problem.


Click for more detail about He Sleeps: A Novel by Reginald McKnight He Sleeps: A Novel

by Reginald McKnight
Henry Holt & Company  (Sep 13, 2001)
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In this prize-winning author’s most ambitious book to date, an African-American anthropologist trying to "find himself" in Senegal instead finds himself caught in a surreal web of deception and betrayal

Bertrand, a young African-American anthropologist, has ostensibly come to Senegal to do field research. But in truth, he left his home in Denver to gain a fresh perspective on his troubled marriage. Struggling to fit in with his new Senegalese family — Alaine, his wife Kene, and their young daughter — Bertrand finds himself, for the first time in his life, haunted by surreal and increasingly violent dreams. His waking hours are no less sinister; unwittingly, it seems, Bertrand has become caught in the tension — sexual and otherwise — building between the married couple. His relations with the rest of the village community are also strained; he can’t escape the sensation that he’s being set up for a grand-scale betrayal. As his sense of isolation and alienation escalates, he comes to believe that not only his fragile sense of identity — but his very life — is at stake.
A riveting tour de force, He Sleeps confirms Reginald McKnight’s status as a writer of vivid imagination and exceptional talent.


Click for more detail about The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America (Revised) by Larry Elder The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America (Revised)

by Larry Elder
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 04, 2001)
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Click for more detail about Sirena Selena: A Novel by Mayra Santos-Febres Sirena Selena: A Novel

by Mayra Santos-Febres
Picador (Aug 01, 2001)
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Discovered by Martha Divine in the backstreets of San Juan, picking over garbage, drugged out of his mind and singing boleros that transfix the listener, a fifteen year old hustler is transformed into Sirena Selena, a diva whose uncanny beauty and irrisistable voice will be their ticket to fame and fortune. Auditioning for one of the luxury hotels in the Dominican Republic, Selena casts her spell over Hugo Graubel, one of the hotel’s rich investors. Graubel is a powerful man in the Republic, married with children. Silena, determined to escape the poverty and abuse s/he suffered as a child, engages Graubel in a long seduction in this mordant, intensely lyrical tragi-comedy - part masque, part cabaret - about identity (class, race, gender) and "the hunger and desire to be other things."


Click for more detail about Tiepolo’s Hound by Derek Walcott Tiepolo’s Hound

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2001)
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From the Nobel laureate, a "resplently luminous" (Paul Gray, Time) book-length poem on two educations in painting, a century apart.Between me and Venice the thigh of a hound;my awe of the ordinary, because even as I write,paused on a step of this couplet, I have never foundits image again, a hound in astounding light.Tiepolo’s Hound joins the quests of two Caribbean men. Camille Pissarro, born in 1830, leaves his native St. Thomas to follow his vocation as a painter in Paris. The poet himself hunts for a detail — "a slash of pink on the inner thigh/of a white hound" — of a Venetian painting encountered on an early visit from St. Lucia to New York. Both journeys take us through a Europe of the mind’s eye, in search of a connection between the lost, actual landscape of a childhood and the mythical landscape of empire. Published with twenty-six of Derek Walcott’s own paintings, the poem is at once the spiritual biography of a great artist in self-exile, a history in verse of Impressionist painting, and a memoir of the poet’s desire to catch the visual world in more than words.


Click for more detail about Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 2001)
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Eleanor Taylor Bland’s legions of fans, as well as new readers, will now be able to read the highly acclaimed novel that launched one of the first— and one of the best— mystery series written by an African American writer about an African American female cop. Dead Time will take you on an exhilarating ride through the streets of Chicago with one of the most unforgettable characters in mystery fiction today…

Black, widowed, and mother of two, police detective Marti MacAlister has relocated from Chicago to Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, only to be confronted with small-town attitudes and a partner who’s not sure women belong in homicide. But Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik’s old-fashioned thinking is far less compelling a problem than a brutal murder at the Cramer Hotel, home to the elderly, poor, and mentally ill.

When Marti and Vik discover that two abandoned children might have seen the killer, the case becomes even more urgent as Marti must use all of her street smarts to find a killer who is desperate to eliminate any possible witnesses to the crime— even if it’s two innocent homeless kids…


Click for more detail about The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel by Paul Beatty The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel

by Paul Beatty
Picador (May 04, 2001)
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Paul Beatty’s hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."


Click for more detail about The Devil’s Shadow by Hugh Holton The Devil’s Shadow

by Hugh Holton
Forge (May 01, 2001)
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In The Devils Shadow, Commander Larry Cole is confronted with the most beautiful and cunning criminal hes ever faced. Julianna Saint has a reputation for getting anything she wants. Her occupation: international thief. Jake wants her to pull off a nearly impossible heist. Unfortunately the robbery results in the death of mystery writer Greg Ennis. Julianna makes a daring escape, setting Larry Cole, Chicagos Police Chief of Detectives, on her trail. He follows Saint to an estate on Saint Martins Island in the Caribbean, resulting in a struggle to bring down the greatest thief of all time on her own turf.


Click for more detail about Hair Story : Untangling The Roots Of Black Hair In America by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps Hair Story : Untangling The Roots Of Black Hair In America

by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 01, 2001)
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Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a "free" person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher’s reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding Black hair continue to linger as we enter the twenty-first century.

Hair Story is a historical and anecdotal exploration of Black Americans’ tangled hair roots. A chronological look at the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of Black hair from fifteenth-century Africa to the present-day United States, it ties the personal to the political and the popular.

Read about:

* Why Black American slaves used items like axle grease and eel skin to straighten their hair.
* How a Mexican chemist straightened Black hair using his formula for turning sheep’s wool into a minklike fur.
* How the Afro evolved from militant style to mainstream fashion trend.
* What prompted the creation of the Jheri curl and the popular style’s fall from grace.
* The story behind Bo Derek’s controversial cornrows and the range of reactions they garnered.

Major figures in the history of Black hair are presented, from early hair-care entrepreneurs Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C. J. Walker to unintended hair heroes like Angela Davis and Bob Marley. Celebrities, stylists, and cultural critics weigh in on the burgeoning sociopolitical issues surrounding Black hair, from the historically loaded terms "good" and "bad" hair, to Black hair in the workplace, to mainstream society’s misrepresentation and misunderstanding of kinky locks.

Hair Story is the book that Black Americans can use as a benchmark for tracing a unique aspect of their history, and it’s a book that people of all races will celebrate as the reference guide for understanding Black hair.


Click for more detail about Prime Time Blues: African Americans on Network Television by Donald Bogle Prime Time Blues: African Americans on Network Television

by Donald Bogle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Feb 01, 2001)
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Primetime Blues is the first comprehensive history of African Americans on the network series. Donald Bogle traces the changing roles of African Americans on primetime — from the blatant stereotypes of television’s early years to the more subtle stereotypes of recent eras. Bogle also reveals another equally important aspect of TV history: namely, that television has been invigorated by extraordinary Black performers — from Ethel Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson to Cicely Tyson, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, and those mighty power brokers Cosby and Oprah — who frequently use the medium to make personal and cultural statements, and whose presence on the tube has been of enormous significance to the African American community. Bogle’s exhaustive study moves from the postwar era of Beulah and Amos ’n’ Andy to the politically restless sixties reflected in I Spy and the edgy, ultra-hip characters of The Mod Squad. Bogle comments on the short-lived East Side, West Side, the controversial Julia, and the television of the seventies, when a nation still caught up in Vietnam and Watergate retreated to the ethnic humor of Sanford and Son and Good Times; and on the politically conservative eighties, marked by the unexpected success of The Cosby Show. He explores die-hard Bonded Buddies on such series as Spenser: For Hire, and those Teen Dream heroes of Miami Vice. Finally, Bogle turns a critical eye to the television landscape of the nineties — when Black and white viewers often watched entirely different programs — with shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, ER, and The Steve Harvey Show. He also examines TV movies and miniseries such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots. Ultimately, this important book gives us a history rich in personalities and tensions as well as paradoxes and achievements.


Click for more detail about Terry Mcmillan: The Unauthorized Biography by Diane Patrick Terry Mcmillan: The Unauthorized Biography

by Diane Patrick
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 01, 2000)
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Novelist Terry McMillan is widely considered to be the preeminent voice of young professional African American women today. Her novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back became instant classics, touchstones for a culture that the mainstream media had often dismissed or ignored.

The story of her own life is as compelling and inspiration as any of her novels. Born in Port Huron Michigan in 1951, McMillan was raised by her mother, her father having died when she was 16. Although staying in her small town would have been the easiest path, McMillan gambled on a brighter future. With only a dream and meager savings, she moved to California and began writing poetry and short fiction. Several years later she left for New York City, where she struggled as a single mother and office clerk until she finally found acceptance of her work. When her first novel, Mama (1987) received only minimal support from her publisher, she promoted it on her own. She found millions of fans, both black and white, and in the process changed the way the book industry sees Black America.


Click for more detail about Orange Laughter by Leone Ross Orange Laughter

by Leone Ross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Nov 01, 2000)
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Tony Pellar, a man living on the verge of madness in the subway tunnels of New York City, recalls his life during the 1960s Civil Rights movement in North Carolina in an effort to recreate his painful past.


Click for more detail about W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963

by David Levering Lewis
Henry Holt & Company  (Oct 17, 2000)
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The second volume of the Pulitzer Prize—winning biography that The Washington Post hailed as "an engrossing masterpiece"

Charismatic, singularly determined, and controversial, W.E.B. Du Bois was a historian, novelist, editor, sociologist, founder of the NAACP, advocate of women’s rights, and the premier architect of the Civil Rights movement. His hypnotic voice thunders out of David Levering Lewis’s monumental biography like a locomotive under full steam.

This second volume of what is already a classic work begins with the triumphal return from WWI of African American veterans to the shattering reality of racism and lynching even as America discovers the New Negro of literature and art. In stunning detail, Lewis chronicles the little-known political agenda behind the Harlem Renaissance and Du Bois’s relentless fight for equality and justice, including his steadfast refusal to allow whites to interpret the aspirations of black America. Seared by the rejection of terrified liberals and the black bourgeoisie during the Communist witch-hunts, Du Bois ended his days in uncompromising exile in newly independent Ghana. In re-creating the turbulent times in which he lived and fought, Lewis restores the inspiring and famed Du Bois to his central place in American history.


Click for more detail about At The Bottom Of The River by Jamaica Kincaid At The Bottom Of The River

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Oct 15, 2000)
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Jamaica Kincaid’s inspired, lyrical short storiesReading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean—family, manners, and landscape—as distilled and transformed by Kincaid’s special style and vision.Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things—a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings—shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place—these stories tell us something we didn’t know, in a way we hadn’t expected.


Click for more detail about A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback by Willie Jolley A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback

by Willie Jolley
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 09, 2000)
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A setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback! The wisdom in these words can help lift you out of your low points in life and put you on the path to victory!*Have you ever had a setback?
*Has life ever thrown you a curve ball?
*Have you ever been knocked down by hard times?Willie Jolley, the author of the motivational bestseller It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life!, will inspire you to take action! In A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Willie presents his "VDAD" formula (Vision, Decision, Action, Desire) for overcoming life’s constant challenges. He shares his techniques for taking control of your destiny, using anecdotes and stories that will encourage you to focus and take action on your dreams-despite the adversities! You will hear from ordinary people who refused to cower in the face of hardships, and found opportunities in unlikely places. There are humorous insights ("sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug") and practical methods (Need to rid yourself of negative thoughts? "Face it, trace it, erase it, replace it!"). Using Willie Jolley’s 12 simple strategies (as outlined in the VDAD formula) you will have the tools to turn your trials into triumphs, your problems into possibilities, and your setbacks into comebacks


Click for more detail about Crave by Darnella Ford Crave

by Darnella Ford
St. Martin’s Griffin (Sep 05, 2000)
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Provocative, masterful and poetically written, Darnella Ford delivers an exceptional read. Kimberla Lawson Roby, bestselling author of Too Much of a Good Thing

The ’fatal attraction’ twist and the characters are superbly developed. . .enjoyable, insightful and entertaining read. Mary Monroe, national bestselling author of God Still Don’t Like Ugly

Darnella Ford’s writing raises the standard of contemporary relationship fiction. She writes with a lavish, poetic confidence that challenges the intellect, stirs the heart and satisfies the soul. RM Johnson, Essence bestselling author of Dating Games

More than 7 million Americans struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), according to a recent Harvard-based study, yet few of us know much about the condition. Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and the author of a new book, "Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop," helps shed light on the problem. "Naomi Barr, O Magazine"

Dr. Bulik here brings her nearly 30 years of expertise to the public the tips provided by Bulik in conjunction with good medical and psychological care can lead to complete recovery. Readers can find their general profile, which describes their psychology, learn good eating habits (such as always eating breakfast), and learn how to fit physical activity into their life. "Library Journal"

Chock full of up-to-the-minute science, supportive encouragement, and true life stories, this book is a must-read if you’ve ever struggled with out-of-control eating or the weight gain so often associated with binge eating disorder. "Aimee Liu, author of Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders"

As both former Secretary of Health & Human Services and someone with a close connection to this subject, I am professionally and personally aware of the importance of providing education about eating difficulties that can have an enormous and widespread impact on individuals and their loved ones. I applaud Dr. Bulik for tackling this complex subject in a practical, sensitive, and supportive way. "Tommy G. Thompson"

Bulik’s straight talk, engaging examples, and compassionate approach may break the pattern of isolation, hopelessness, and deep shame that keeps so many imprisoned in the binge eating cycle. "Margo Maine, Ph.D., coauthor (with Joe Kelly) of The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect, and author of Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness and Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies"

Dr. Bulik’s no-nonsense, easy to read, respectful and clear approach is refreshing. "Crave "helps us all better understand the illness while providing concrete tools and hope for a successful recovery. "Lynn S. Grefe, chief executive officer of National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org)"

"Crave "offers access to extraordinary clinical wisdom without the clinical distance. With lively language and a gift for relevant metaphor, Dr. Bulik draws together the science and practice of eating disorder treatment for binge eating—an important and under-served issue. "Laura Collins, director of Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (www.FEAST-ED.org)"

In "Crave," Dr. Bulik empowers people who struggle with binge eating disorder to take action. She offers her incredible insight and knowledge of eating disorders with compassion and understanding in order to help people reach the ultimate goal: Success. Thank you, Dr. Bulik, for this amazing book. "Kitty Westin, president of Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action""


Click for more detail about Talking Dirty to the Gods by Yusef Komunyakaa Talking Dirty to the Gods

by Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sep 01, 2000)
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Yusef Komunyakaa examines the basic rituals connecting insects, animals, human beings, and gods in this inspired collection. No turn in any life cycle is taboo here; it is the author’s personal challenge that shame not dictate any facet of subject matter in this volume, a volume in which each of the seven deadly sins is enlivened, sloth first. The first of 132 four-quatrain poems is entitled "Hearsay" and the last is called "Heresy"-the book is framed by innuendo and the kind of lively satire that extends to folklore in the blues tradition. When Komunyakaa looks to nature, he configures his own paradigm, in which something as commonplace as the jewel wasp laying an egg in a cockroach is as grand as Zeus’s infidelity. Author of eleven previous books, Komunyakaa has met his highest challenge to craft the lyric poems in Talking Dirty to the Gods. The compression of his sixteen-line form dictates an athletic use of language and generates truths past a poem’s dimension.


Click for more detail about Far From The Tree by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant Far From The Tree

by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 01, 2000)
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Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. Celeste is a doctor’s wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she’d rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she’s kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. FAR FROM THE TREE is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?

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Click for more detail about Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud Sally Hemings: A Novel

by Barbara Chase-Riboud
St. Martin’s Griffin (Aug 05, 2000)
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Sally Hemings is a novel, but its basis is in fact-as proven by DNA tests on the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and the mysterious woman who bore him seven children.

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s moving and controversial novel recreates the love story of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, and his beautiful quadroon slave, Sally Hemings. Spanning two continents, sixty years, and seven presidencies, Sally Hemings explores the complex blend of love and hate, tenderness and cruelty, freedom and bondage, that made their lifelong liaison one of the most poignant and unforgettable chapters in American history.


Click for more detail about Butterscotch Blues by Margaret Johnson-Hodge Butterscotch Blues

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
Palgrave Macmillan (Jun 10, 2000)
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Sandy Hutchinson has skin so dark and chocolately brown, her friends call her "the Black Diva." At the age of thirty-four, she and her three girlfriends have shared a tight bond since college, and been through the ups and disappointing downs of dating. With high aspirations about careers and love, they sometimes fell a bit short of their dreams, but nevertheless are always there for one another to offer sympathy and support. There’s Martha Alston, a successful assistant district attorney, who has the beautiful apartment and luxury car, but is still missing the most important element—-someone to love. Britney Weller, timid and overweight, wasn’t certain if she would ever find happiness, but when Maurice enters her life, she wonders if this time love will treat her differently. Then there’s Janice Duprey, vivacious, warm and giving, she foolishly wears her heart on her sleeve, hoping each time things will somehow turn out differently.

Sandy wonders if love has alluded her as well, until the day she meets Adrian Burton, a Trinidadian with caramel skin, naturally wavy hair, and eyes the color of butterscotch. Sandy, plagued with low self-esteem since childhood, is dubious that he could be attracted to her. But Adrian is earnest in his intentions; he opens his heart and wins her over. Together they share a whirlwind romance filled with blissful happiness, until the night of a fateful call from the hospital and she learns of his ailing ex-wife. Now, Sandy must decide if her love is strong enough to help get them through what may be their darkest hour.


Click for more detail about Quinnie Blue by Dinah Johnson Quinnie Blue

by Dinah Johnson
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (May 01, 2000)
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A tender and lyrical portrayal of the special relationship between a young African-American girl and her grandmother, by an acclaimed author and an award-winning illustrator.

"Quinnie Blue,
Did your mama teach you about the family tree?"

Through a series of thoughtful questions and vivid reflections, a young girl imagines what childhood was like for her grandmother— Hattie Lottie Annie Quinnie Blue—the woman she is named after.

In this exceptional picture book, Dinah Johnson’s expressive language joyously invokes the spirit of an African-American community. James Ransome’s beautiful paintings depict in turn the past and present generations of a family, and a special relationship that connects the two. Quinnie Blue is a wonderful celebration of family roots and the passing on of heritage.


Click for more detail about Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers, Who Introduced the World to the Music of Black America by Andrew Ward Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers, Who Introduced the World to the Music of Black America

by Andrew Ward
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 2000)
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Dark Midnight When I Rise tells the story of a troupe of young ex-slaves and freedmen whose odyssey from cotton field and auction block to concert stage and throne room is one of the most remarkable trajectories in American history. Singing the sacred hymns of their ancestors, the Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced the world to African American music. They enchanted such luminaries as Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Queen Victoria, and Prime Minister William Gladstone, and demonstrated to millions of white Americans and Europeans the courage, dignity, and intelligence of African Americans. The Jubilees set out in the fall of 1871 to raise money for Nashville’s nearly bankrupt Fisk University, one of many black schools established after the Civil War to teach reading and writing to the tens of thousands of emancipated slaves who clamored for an education. Ejected from hotels and railroad cars, shivering in the winter cold, the bedraggled singers performed along the route of the old Underground Railway to Brooklyn, where, a few days before Christmas, they sang for Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Church congregation. They caused such a sensation that soon they were raising thousands of dollars a week performing to overflow audiences up and down the Eastern Seaboard. After tours of Great Britain, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany, they not only rescued Fisk but built it into one of the nation’s preeminent African American institutions of higher learning. The Jubilees introduced scores of spirituals, from "Steal Away" to "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," with such soulful artistry they moved throngs to tears. But their contribution extended beyond their music. Forced to do daily battle with American racism in the dark midnight of Reconstruction, they bravely denounced segregation from choir lofts and concert stages, forcing the issue of discrimination onto the world’s front pages. In their wake, Northern hotels, railroads, and schools opened their doors to blacks. Their success came at great cost. The eloquent Benjamin Holmes, who had taught himself to read as a slave, died of tuberculosis. Pious Julia Jackson, who as a small girl had helped her relatives escape from bondage, suffered a paralytic stroke. Frail, stalwart Ella Sheppard, the matriarch of the Jubilees, nearly died of pneumonia after seven years of unceasing toil. As they struggled to overcome exploitation and prejudice, the Jubilees transformed American music forever, foreshadowing the triumphs and travails of thousands of black performers. Based on the singers’ own letters, memoirs, and diaries, Dark Midnight When I Rise is a compelling and deeply moving testament to the inherent decency of all men and women, and the power of art to change the heart of a nation.

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Click for more detail about A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid A Small Place

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Apr 28, 2000)
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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua—by the author of Annie John"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him—why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ."So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.


Click for more detail about Warm Hands: A Novel by Margaret Johnson-Hodge Warm Hands: A Novel

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Feb 15, 2000)
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Mya is feeling free and content after months of heartbreaking sadness in the aftermath of breaking up with her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Vincent. She’s taken up running, looks good, and has no intention of starting another relationship. Then she meets Jeff. Handsome, decent, and kind, he’s a keeper-the kind of man she’s always wanted…the man she is about the marry. Until she stuns herself and everyone else by betraying Jeff…with Vincent.

Hurt and angry, Jeff walks out of her life, leaving Mya alone to confront her deepest self and her destructive behavior. In doing so, she takes a brave look at her own life and the family patterns she learned to follow. Through a haze of pain, despair and desperation, Mya awakens to life’s truest lessons: self-love is the most important love of all, and only by loving yourself can others truly love you…


Click for more detail about Time of the Assassins (Larry Cole) by Hugh Holton Time of the Assassins (Larry Cole)

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Feb 12, 2000)
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Hugh Holton, the highest-ranking active police officer writing books today, is well-known for powerful, passion-charged novels. Reviewers compare his books to hurricanes and firestorms, descriptions that are especially apt in the case of Time of the Assassins. The most controversial story in today’s inner cities is the CIA’s apparent funding of counterinsurgent druglords in Latin America, who, instead of fighting revolutionaries, have used that funding to wholesale crack cocaine in this country’s ghettos.

In this exciting new novel, Commander Larry Cole battles these Agency-funded druglords. Their "personal representative" is Baron von Rianocek, a hitman. A well-paid professional, known as a world-class "problem solver," he has successfully eliminated both high-profile British industrialists and South American dictators. The CIA, the FBI, and Interpol, all suspect him of being behind various incidents, but they have never been able to pin anything on the slippery millionaire, who claims to be descended from European royalty.

Police detective Larry Cole has unwittingly crossed paths several times with the notorious assassin. Appearing at the wrong place at the wrong time, he had twice foiled the assassin’s work. Now the well-heeled assassin has a new target. He has set his telescopic sights on the CPD chief of detectives-Cole himself.


Click for more detail about Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States by William Wells Brown Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States

by William Wells Brown
Bedford/St. Martin’s (Feb 07, 2000)
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William Wells Brown’s Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jefferson’s purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jefferson’s mistress, daughters, and granddaughters — all of whom are slaves — in order to demythologize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jefferson’s America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown’s sources for the novel — fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform.


Click for more detail about remembered rapture: the writer at work by bell hooks remembered rapture: the writer at work

by bell hooks
Holt Paperbacks (Nov 15, 1999)
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With grace and insight, celebrated writer bell hooks untangles the complex personae of women writers. Born and raised in the rural South, hooks learned early the power of the written word and the importance of speaking her mind. Her passion for words is the heartbeat of this collection of essays. Remembered Rapture celebrates literacy, the joys of reading and writing, and the lasting power of the book. Once again, these essays reveal bell hooks’s wide-ranging intellectual scope; she is a universal writer addressing readers and writers everywhere.


Click for more detail about A New Day by Margaret Johnson-Hodge A New Day

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Apr 15, 1999)
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ONE WOMAN
For Carol-Anne McClementine life has always been a struggle. Past thirty and a single parent, she’s struggling to raise her daughter, pay the rent, keep food on the table, and keep her child safe. Hardened by a diffcult life, she puts faith in nothing, certainly not the hope that a man would truly love her.

ONE MAN
One terrible mistake lost Max Scutter the love of his life— Samone. Handsome with a well-paying, high-powered job, Max is nonetheless miserable— alone and unable to see any hope for the future. His world has come to a dead end— until the day his eyes meet Carol-Anne’s.

DIFFERENT WORLDS
Max has a master’s degree in finance and has climbed the ladder of success. Carol-Anne is a graduate of the school of hard knocks, each day a test in making ends meet. Now that their lives have intertwined, Carol-Anne must overcome old wounds and become the person she never thought she deserved to be, and Max must learn to fully open his heart so that together they can discover that new day.


Click for more detail about Sunday Week by Dinah Johnson Sunday Week

by Dinah Johnson
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Mar 15, 1999)
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With charm and grace, this celebratory picture book takes young readers through the daily chores and activities of each weekday—from hanging out the wash to jumping Double Dutch—all in anticipation of Sunday. Once this special day finally arrives, it is filled with prayer, song and dance, savory food, storytelling, country drives, and most of all, family warmth and cheer.

Dinah Johnson’s vibrant, engaging language and Tyrone Geter’s handsome illustrations joyfully embrace the faith and spirituality within an African-American community and beyond.


Click for more detail about The Left Hand of God (A Larry Cole Mystery) by Hugh Holton The Left Hand of God (A Larry Cole Mystery)

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Feb 01, 1999)
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Hugh Holton is the highest-ranking police officer writing novels today. His acclaimed Windy City spent twelve and a half weeks on the Chicago Tribune bestseller list. Now, in The Left Hand of God, he delivers the most powerful read of his career. It will take you from the upper echelons of high society to the twisted world of the psychopath, from the glamorous penthouses on Chicago’s north side to the subterranean tunnels and storm sewers underneath the streets of the city, as Chicago police Chief of Detectives Larry Cole faces his biggest challenge yet. Joining Larry Cole is Lieutenant Blackie Silvestri, the beautiful and smart investigative journalist Kate Ford, and Cole’s seventeen-year-old son, Butch, who is visiting his father for the summer. When Butch visits a nightclub on the north side, he stumbles across a plot to fix an Olympic basketball game between the U.S. and the Italian national team. Meanwhile, Cole has uncovered a plot to assassinate the sultry newscaster Orga Syriac when he escorts her to a political ball. The would-be assassin, a demented Catholic priest, is intent on stopping her from exposing a secret right-wing organization. With Kate Ford’s help, Cole must foil the would-be homicidal maniac, keep an eye on his teenage son, and prevent an international game-fixing scheme that could tarnish the Olympic sports world forever.


Click for more detail about Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives by Patricia Bell-Scott Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives

by Patricia Bell-Scott
Holt Paperbacks (Feb 01, 1999)
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Patricia Bell-Scott, an accomplished editor, has assembled another impressive chorus of revolutionary voices in Flat-Footed Truths. In this collection of candid essays, interviews, poetry and photographs, twenty-seven African-American women writers and artists share their memorable stories of identity and artistic creation. The flat-footed, or naked, truth, as told by the likes of Alice Walker, Sapphire, Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, bell hooks, Marcia Ann Gillespie, and Barbara Smith, is a revealing and enlightening one that, for years to come, will resonate, inspire, and encourage the exploration of identity and creative expression of those who read it.


Click for more detail about Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life by bell hooks Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life

by bell hooks
Holt Paperbacks (Jan 15, 1999)
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San Francisco Chronicle best-seller.Wounds of Passion is a memoir about writing, love, and sexuality. With her customary boldness and insight, Bell Hooks critically reflects on the impact of birth control and the women’s movement on our lives. Resisting the notion that love and writing don’t mix, she begins a fifteen-year relationship with a gifted poet and scholar, who inspires and encourages her. Writing the acclaimed book Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism at the age of nineteen, she begins to emerge as a brilliant social critic and public intellectual. Wounds of Passion describes a woman’s struggle to devote herself to writing, sharing the difficulties, the triumphs, the pleasures, and the dangers. Eloquent and powerful, this book lets us see the ways one woman writer works to find her own voice while creating a love relationship based on feminist thinking. With courage and wisdom she reveals intimate details and provocative ideas, offering an illuminating vision of a writer’s life.


Click for more detail about See No Evil (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland See No Evil (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Dead Letter (Jan 15, 1999)
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Detective Marti MacAlister investigates the murder of a young woman whose criminal contacts may put a homeless man at risk. And while Marti looks for one killer, another has come from the past and into her home-zeroing in on all that is dear to Marti.


Click for more detail about The Genie in the Jar by Nikki Giovanni The Genie in the Jar

by Nikki Giovanni
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Dec 16, 1998)
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Nikki Giovanni spins her words into beautiful images of black songs and black looms, and inspires us all to trust our own hearts.


Click for more detail about Some Soul to Keep by J. California Cooper Some Soul to Keep

by J. California Cooper
St. Martin’s Griffin (Dec 01, 1998)
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The five long stories in this volume radiate the same energy that readers of Cooper&rsqup;s A Piece of Mine and Homemade Love will expect. Love between parents and children, between sisters, friends, women and men, are all illuminated in the author's sprightly vernacular prose. Each tale is narrated by a spirited black woman who, by perseverance and innate good faith, has triumphed over the deprivations sometimes emotional and always material of her childhood. Cooper has a sharp eye for detail and her characters are distinct in their circumstances some had loving families, some cruel, one is blind and abandoned but all follow the same path to happiness and satisfaction, gamely choosing love over security, revenge or dependence. Ultimately, no matter how admirable and lively these stories are individually, the sameness of their tone and structure (the tales are all retrospective and chronological) defuses the impact of the volume as a whole. —Reed Business Information, Inc.


Click for more detail about My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid My Brother

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Nov 09, 1998)
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Jamaica Kincaid’s brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother’s life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. My Brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families. My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.


Click for more detail about Homemade Love by J. California Cooper Homemade Love

by J. California Cooper
St. Martin’s Press (Oct 28, 1998)
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J. California Cooper is the author of novels, six collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She lived in California until her death in 2014.


Click for more detail about The African-American Atlas: Black History and Culture—An Illustrated Reference by Molefi Kete Asante The African-American Atlas: Black History and Culture—An Illustrated Reference

by Molefi Kete Asante
Palgrave Macmillan (Oct 01, 1998)
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Click for more detail about Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground  by Joyce Hansen Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground

by Joyce Hansen
Henry Holt & Company  (Apr 15, 1998)
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How can we learn about the lives of African slaves in Colonial America? Often forbidden to read or write, they left few written records. But in 1991 scientists rediscovered New York’s long-ignored African Burial Ground, which opened an exciting new window into the past.

A woman with filed teeth buried with a girdle of beads; a black soldier buried with his British Navy uniform, his face pointing east; a mother and child, laid to rest side by side: to scientists, each of these burials has much to tell us about African slaves in America.

Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence shows how archaeologists and anthropologists have learned to read life stories in shattered bones, tiny beads, and the faint traces left by coffin lids in ancient soil. At the same time, by blending together the insights found buried in the soil and the results of historians’ careful studies, it gives us a moving, inspiring portrait of the lives Africans created in Colonial New York.


Click for more detail about Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery: Poems by Pamela Sneed Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery: Poems

by Pamela Sneed
Holt McDougal (Apr 15, 1998)
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When daddy pushed me
and girlhood innocence
out my bedroom window
I picked up the shattered pieces of myself
and became a woman

Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery is lyrical and provocative, humorous and potent as it tackles both personal and contemporary issues of enslavement, sexuality, psychological trauma, and physical abuse. From beginning to end some of these poems chart the journey that is life and one woman's cycle of dependency as she recovers her lost identity. Thematically, it is bound by a writer's search for love and fight for freedom, drawing on the spirit and will of Harriet Tubman, the image of the bloated body of Emmett Till, the bombing of Philadelphia Move, and lesbian love. In the tradition of June Jordan and Sapphire, Pamela Sneed presents an in-your-face, powerful, and stirring debut.


Click for more detail about The Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn’t Black Or White... by Margaret Johnson-Hodge The Real Deal: Real Love Is More Than Skin Deep...Real Passion Isn’t Black Or White...

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Mar 15, 1998)
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One man was everything that she wanted. And he was black.

To Samone Lewis, the only problem with her lover Max was his fear of marriage. He was dark as tree bark after a heavy rain, handsome, hard-working…but would rather say good-bye than "I do." At thirty-plus, suddenly still single and a Harlem sista with attitude, Samone was on the rebound.

Another was everything she needed. But he was white.

Then Jon Everette, fresh from California, walked into Samone’s office at a New York TV network. From day one, Jon was funny, caring and crazy about her, even though Samone still wanted Max, no ifs, ands or buts. Max understood blackness-the pride and anger, dreams and pain. Samone didn’t date white boys. She sure didn’t fall in love with them. If she did, she might have to fight the world, her family, and most of all, herself…

In the tradition of The Color of Love, the fresh, funny voice of Margaret Johnson-Hodge tells a completely contemporary story, rich with wisecracks and wisdom about interracial relationships and about the crisis every woman knows, falling in love…


Click for more detail about Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Feb 15, 1998)
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Crime veteran Marti MacAlister has put her husband’s killer in jail and her heart on hold while she juggles life with two teenagers and eighteen-hour days as the only black woman cop in a Chicago suburb.

In a summer of drugs, gangs, guns, and weirdos, two new homicides seem unrelated-a lonely old woman’s fall down her basement steps casts suspicion on her bickering heirs and an ex-teacher drowns in a motel pool with no one to mourn her.

Then a collection of newspaper clippings and an eruption of brutal murders propel Marti back seven years to an abused child’s disappearance-and into a fierce need to pull the threads together. Slowly, skillfully, she draws closer a killer out to bury a family horror only Marti can lay to rest.


Click for more detail about Iron Shadows by Steven Barnes Iron Shadows

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Feb 01, 1998)
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Cat Spaulding, a beautiful detective with a black belt and a knack for solving impossible cases, is hired to rescue a wealthy heiress from a mysterious cult. As Cat and her partner go undercover to infiltrate the cult, they find themselves being drawn into its seductive web—and learning the secrets of the group’s terrifying mission Author publicity. .


Click for more detail about The Women by Hilton Als The Women

by Hilton Als
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 31, 1998)
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A New York Times Notable BookDaring and fiercely original, The Women is at once a memoir, a psychological study, a sociopolitical manifesto, and an incisive adventure in literary criticism. It is conceived as a series of portraits analyzing the role that sexual and racial identity played in the lives and work of the writer’s subjects: his mother, a self-described "Negress," who would not be defined by the limitations of race and gender; the mother of Malcolm X, whose mixed-race background and eventual descent into madness contributed to her son’s misogyny and racism; brilliant, Harvard-educated Dorothy Dean, who rarely identified with other blacks or women, but deeply empathized with white gay men; and the late Owen Dodson, a poet and dramatist who was female-identified and who played an important role in the author’s own social and intellectual formation.Hilton Als submits both racial and sexual stereotypes to his inimitable scrutiny with relentless humor and sympathy. The results are exhilarating. The Women is that rarest of books: a memorable work of self-investigation that creates a form of all its own.


Click for more detail about Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

by bell hooks
Holt Paperbacks (Oct 15, 1997)
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Stitching together girlhood memories with the finest threads of innocence, feminist intellectual bell hooks presents a powerfully intimate account of growing up in the South. A memoir of ideas and perceptions, Bone Black shows the unfolding of female creativity and one strong-spirited child’s journey toward becoming a writer. She learns early on the roles women and men play in society, as well as the emotional vulnerability of children. She sheds new light on a society that beholds the joys of marriage for men and condemns anything more than silence for women. In this world, too, black is a woman’s color?worn when earned?daughters and daddies are strangers under the same roof, and crying children are often given something to cry about. hooks finds good company in solitude, good company in books. She also discovers, in the motionless body of misunderstanding, that writing is her most vital breath.


Click for more detail about Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings by Reginald Martin Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings

by Reginald Martin
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1997)
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A compelling collection of African-American erotic literature includes poetry, fiction, and essay pieces by such authors as Ntozake Shange, Lenard D. Moore, Lurlynn Franklin, Liv Wright, and other notable writers. 30,000 first printing."


Click for more detail about Annie John: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid Annie John: A Novel

by Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 30, 1997)
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Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kincaid’s novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood. Annie’s voice—urgent, demanding to be heard—is one that will not soon be forgotten by readers.An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl’s existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother’s benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, "It was in such a paradise that I lived." When she turns twelve, however, Annie’s life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she instinctively rebels against authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a "young lady," ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary. At the end of her school years, Annie decides to leave Antigua and her family, but not without a measure of sorrow, especially for the mother she once knew and never ceases to mourn. "For I could not be sure," she reflects, "whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world."


Blessed Is the Fruit: A Novel

by Robert Antoni
Henry Holt & Company  (Apr 01, 1997)
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Lilla is the white mistress of a once grand but now now rotting colonial mansion and Vel, her black servant. The two West Indian women, both 33 years of age, have lived in the same house for 10 years, but it is not until Lilla rescues Vel from a near-fatal abortion attempt, that the two really get to know each other. Young Trinidadian author Robert Antoni weaves a brightly colored tapestry of life in the Caribbeana remarkable tale of family, myth, religionand language.


Click for more detail about Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1997) by J. Michael Dash Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1997)

by J. Michael Dash
Palgrave Macmillan (Dec 11, 1996)
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Imaginative literature, argues Michael Dash, does not merely reflect, but actively influences historical events. He demonstrates this by a close examination of the relations between Haiti and the United States through the imaginative literature of both countries. The West’s mythification of Haiti is a strategy used to justify either ostracism or domination, a process traced here from the nineteenth-century until it emerges with a voyeuristic fierceness in the 1960s. In an effort to resist these stereotypes, Haitian literature becomes a subversive manoeuvre permitting Haitians to ’rewrite’ themselves. The Unites States ’invented’ Haiti as a land of savagery and mystery, a source of evil and shame. Weaving together text and historical context, Dash discusses the durability of these images, which continue to shape official policy and popular attitudes today.


Click for more detail about On A Mission: Selected Poems And A History Of The Last Poets by Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan On A Mission: Selected Poems And A History Of The Last Poets

by Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan
Henry Holt & Company  (Dec 09, 1996)
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A collection of poems considers such topics as the plight of African-Americans, the temptation of drugs, the threat of incarceration, and monitoring by the FBI, accompanied by a history of the Last Poets. Original.


Click for more detail about killing rage: Ending Racism (Owl Book) by bell hooks killing rage: Ending Racism (Owl Book)

by bell hooks
Holt Paperbacks (Oct 15, 1996)
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One of our country’s premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three essays are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it. They address a spectrum of topics having to do with race and racism in the United States: psychological trauma among African Americans; friendship between black women and white women; anti-Semitism and racism; and internalized racism in movies and the media. And in the title essay, hooks writes about the "killing rage"?the fierce anger of black people stung by repeated instances of everyday racism?finding in that rage a healing source of love and strength and a catalyst for positive change.bell hooks is Distinguished Professor of English at City College of New York. She is the author of the memoir Bone Black as well as eleven other books. She lives in New York City.


Click for more detail about Ghost Train by Jess Mowry Ghost Train

by Jess Mowry
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 15, 1996)
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"The sound of the train woke him . . . rhythmic panting putts like the breath of some huge jungle beast."

Oakland, California, is a tough place to grow up: kids pack guns at school; crackheads loiter in doorways; even the wrong-colored clothes can get you "a dirt nap." But for thirteen-year-old Remi, who has just arrived from Haiti, the first night brings something even more terrifying: a monstrous, out-of-control train lurches toward his bedroom window—and only Remi can see it.

With the help of his downstairs neighbor, the fast-talking, street-smart Niya, Remi is drawn ever deeper into the mystery of the ghostly night train. Their search leads them back to wartime Oakland, to a shipyard filled with African-American dockworkers and sailors, and, ultimately, to the scene of a murder. Can Remi and Niya find the murderer without becoming trapped in Oakland’s past? Or, have they entered a supernatural realm from which there is no escape?

"Remi could hear it gaiing on them. The shriek of its whistle rang in his ears. But there just ahead was the switch. Niya was now a few paces in front of him. Then she was passing the switch. Remi started to believe they would make it home! For all its power, its great pounding pistons, its roaring of fire and spewing of steam, the train could not catch them!

And then Niya fell."


Click for more detail about Grand Mothers: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions by Nikki Giovanni Grand Mothers: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions

by Nikki Giovanni
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Sep 15, 1996)
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Nikki Giovanni created this book by asking her friends—people like Gloria Naylor, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maxine Hong Kingston—for their stories and recollections of their grandmothers, then to a group of writers in their ninties for their thoughts. Grand Mothers celebrates those special women in every culture who preserve heritae and prepare the future.


Click for more detail about Gangsta: Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence by Ronin Ro Gangsta: Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence

by Ronin Ro
St. Martin’s Press (Jul 01, 1996)
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An insider from the world of Rap explains how Hip-Hop music mutated into the violent verses of Gangsta Rap, provides a portrait of the contemporary rapper, and interviews musicians about the state of Rap today


Click for more detail about For the Love of Chocolate by Margaret Brownley, Raine Cantrell, Nadine Crenshaw, and Sandra Kitt For the Love of Chocolate

by Margaret Brownley, Raine Cantrell, Nadine Crenshaw, and Sandra Kitt
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 1996)
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Delicious bonbons for the romantic chocoholic. Stories so luscious, they’ll melt in your mouth, and melt your heart.

If you crave romance and can’t resist chocolate, you’ll adore this rich, tantalizing assortment of unexpected encounters, witty flirtation, forbidden love, and tender rediscovered passion…

MARGARET BROWNLEY’s straight-laced gray-suited insurance detective is a bull in a whimsical Los Angeles chocolate shop and its beautiful, nutty owner, wants him out— until she discovers his surprisingly soft center.

RAINE CANTRELL carries you back to the Old West, where men were men and candy was scarce…and a cowboy with the devil’s own good looks succumbs to a sassy and sensual lady’s special confectionary.

In NADINE CRENSHAW’s London of 1660, a reckless Puritan maid’s life is changed forever by a decadent brew of frothy hot chocolate and the dashing owner of a sweetshop.

SANDRA KITT follows a Chicago child’s search for a box of Sweet Dreams that brings together a tall, handsome engineer and a tough single mother with eyes like chocolate drops.

Sit back with your favorite chocolate treat and devour these scrumptious love stories!


Click for more detail about Done Wrong (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Done Wrong (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 15, 1996)
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Cops were dying. A killer was going free. A woman with a broken heart was out to make a difference.

A mother, a widow, a black woman cop, Marti MacAlister lives and works in a quiet suburb. Part of her died in Chicago when her husband, an undercover cop, was killed by a bullet from his own gun. Now Marti is headed back to the city to find the truth about Johnny MacAlister’s death.

Another Chicago undercover cop has died in a drug buy gone wrong, and Johnny’s name keeps coming up. Guided by informants, scattered clues, and the hard wisdom of the streets, Marti scours the city’s underbelly for the truth she must have: the kind of truth that can give a grieving woman back her life, or take it away all over again.


Click for more detail about Chicago Blues by Hugh Holton Chicago Blues

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Apr 01, 1996)
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When Chicago Police Commander Larry Cole probes the murders of two hit men employed by a Chicago crime boss, his investigation leads to a former colleague, FBI Special Ageng Reggie Stanton, accused once before of vigilante killings. By the author of Windy City.


Click for more detail about Talking Drums: An African-American Quote Collection by Anita Doreen Diggs Talking Drums: An African-American Quote Collection

by Anita Doreen Diggs
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 01, 1996)
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Organized into more than seventy-five subject categories and featuring quotes from Muhammad Ali, Dick Gregory, Zora Neale Hurston, LaToya Jackson, and many others, an informative, inspiring, often humorous collection offers views on life from an African-American perspective.


Click for more detail about Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
Picador (Jan 15, 1996)
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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo is the story of three "colored girls," three sisters and their mama from Charleston, South Carolina: Sassafrass, the oldest, a poet and a weaver like her mother, gone north to college, living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams; Cypress, the dancer,who leaves home to find new ways of moving and easing the contractions of her soul; Indigo, the youngest, still a child of Charleston—"too much of the south in her"—who lives in poetry, can talk to her dolls, and has a great gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world.


Click for more detail about Betsey Brown: A Novel by Ntozake Shange Betsey Brown: A Novel

by Ntozake Shange
Picador (Aug 15, 1995)
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This is a unique and vividly told novel about a girl named Betsey Brown, an African American seventh-grader growing up in St. Louis, Missouri. While rendering a complete portrait of this girl, author Ntozake Shange also profiles her friends, her family, her home, her school, and her world. This world, though a work of fiction, is based closely and carefully on actual history, specifically on the nationwide school desegregation events of the Civil Rights movement in America’s recent past. As such, Betsey Brown is a historical novel that will speak to and broaden the perspectives of readers both familiar with and unaware of America’s domestic affairs of 1950s and 1960s.

Shange has set her story in the autumn of 1959, the year St. Louis started to desegregate its schools. In May of 1954, in its ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka—a verdict now seen by many as the origin of the Civil Rights movement—the United States Supreme Court outlawed school segregation. The novel is firmly located in the wake of this landmark ruling; the plot of Shange’s novel and the history of America’s quest for integration during the Civil Rights era are fundamentally entwined. Thus textual references abound to the watershed events at Little Rock’s Central High School in the September of 1957, for example, and to "fire-bombings and burningcrosses" in the South as well as "’battalions of police and crowds of crackers’" at a demonstration in St. Louis.

Betsey is the oldest child in a large, remarkable, and slightly eccentric African American family. Her father is a doctor who wakes his children each morning with point-blank questions about African history and Black culture while beating on a conga drum; her mother is a beautiful, refined, confident, and strong-willed social worker who is overwhelmed by the vast size of her young family and who cares very little for “all that nasty colored music.”

Indeed, Betsey’s whole existence can be seen as a perceptive, adventuresome, and still-developing hybrid of her parents’ most distinctive qualities. Her feelings of internal conflict are often clearer or easier to identify when seen as the collision of her father’s dreams and her mother’s manners, or her father’s music and her mother’s cosmetics. There are several fascinating characters in this novel—and encountering, describing, and trying to figure out these characters will appeal to students of all backgrounds—but the two characters who, after Betsey, most influence the directions, themes, and issues of this tale are Betsey’s mother and father, Jane and Greer. Their her parents’ difficult marriage, like the difficult era of desegregation that has only begun in St. Louis and the rest of America, is the realistic, conflicted, yet ultimately hopeful backdrop before which Betsey’s lip-synching, poem-reciting, soul-searching, truth-seeking, tree-climbing, and fact-finding take place. In fact, her parents’ stubborn disagreements, heartfelt reconciliations, past glories, and future worries are all, at various times in the book, anchored or else set adrift by the activities of theireldest daughter (and first teenager!). Betsey’s running away sends her parents into a vicious fight, while her subsequent return seems to bring them closer together (if only temporarily).

As a novel, Betsey Brown is panoramic yet personal. It tells us what being a Black student in the early days of American desegregation was like by showing us what being Betsey Brown is like. This is an episodic, character-driven saga of the Black experience in St. Louis at the end of the “Fabulous Fifties,” but it is also a story about the many and various—and basically familiar—growing pains of a precocious, passionate, spunky young protagonist. We see Betsey fall in love; make friends; say prayers; argue with, look after, inspire, and ignore her younger siblings; run away from home; return to those who love and value her above all else; and switch from a school she knows and enjoys to a school on the other side of town where she is a minority and an outcast. We see Betsey outside the very door of her womanhood, we are told all about the steps and path that have brought her to this door, and we are left to wonder at what she will find beyond it.


Click for more detail about Windy City by Hugh Holton Windy City

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Jul 01, 1995)
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Breaking through Margo and Neil DeWitt’s portrayal of an affluent, loving couple, Chicago police Commander Larry Cole exposes their sexually deviant behavior as rapists and child molesters, only to have the DeWitt’s target Cole’s own young son. Tour.


Click for more detail about Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl by Tricia Brown Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl

by Tricia Brown
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Apr 01, 1995)
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Presents the activities of Lauren Kamiya and her family as they prepare for and participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, an event that combines elements of both Japanese and American cultures. By the author of Chinese New Year.


Click for more detail about W. E. B. Du Bois: A Reader by David Levering Lewis W. E. B. Du Bois: A Reader

by David Levering Lewis
Holt Paperbacks (Feb 15, 1995)
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The essential writings of Du Bois have been selected and edited by David Levering Lewis, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.


Click for more detail about Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau  by Jewell Parker Rhodes Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Picador (Jan 15, 1995)
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Rhodes’ Critically Acclaimed Debut Novel

The story of Marie Laveau, the character featured on American Horror Story: “Coven.”

New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century: a potent mix of whites, Creoles, free blacks, and African slaves, a city pulsing with crowds, commerce, and an undercurrent of secret power. The source of this power is the voodoo religion, and its queen is Marie Laveau, the notorious voodooienne, worshipped and feared by blacks and whites alike.


Click for more detail about W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race

by David Levering Lewis
Holt Paperbacks (Dec 15, 1994)
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This monumental biography—eight years in the research and writing—treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever the way Americans think about themselves.


Click for more detail about Streetlethal by Steven Barnes Streetlethal

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Nov 01, 1994)
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Disgusted with his life as enforcer for the Ortegas and their bloody empire of drugs, prostitution, and black market body parts, null-boxer Aubrey Knight realizes that he will have to become a hero if he is to walk away and still survive. Reprint.


Click for more detail about Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe by Miguel Algarin Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

by Miguel Algarin
Holt Paperbacks (Aug 15, 1994)
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Compiled by poets who have been at the center of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Aloud! showcases the work of the most innovative and accomplished word artists from around America.


Click for more detail about Presumed Dead by Hugh Holton Presumed Dead

by Hugh Holton
Forge (Jul 01, 1994)
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A tough Chicago cop, Commander Larry Cole thinks he is prepared for anything, until a drug bust goes sour, he learns of a series of mysterious disappearances, and he falls for Edna, his new back-up. A first novel. Tour.


Click for more detail about Excess by Victor Headley Excess

by Victor Headley
Pan Books (May 06, 1994)
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Things got really hot after D’s arrest. The police virtually closed down Hackney for business. But the shaky truce that followed the posse’s turf war, is getting shakier as Sticks dips deeper into his own supply of crack. This book is the sequel to "Yardie".


Click for more detail about Liberty and Sexuality, the Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade by David J. Garrow Liberty and Sexuality, the Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade

by David J. Garrow
Macmillan (Jan 24, 1994)
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Employs material taken from hundreds of interviews and archival research to trace the fifty-year-long legal and political struggle that led to Roe v. Wade, discussing the women involved in the fight. 60,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.


Click for more detail about Firedance by Steven Barnes Firedance

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Dec 01, 1993)
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In the sequel to Streethal and Gorgon Child, Aubry Knight, raised to be a killer for organized crime, once again rebels against his upbringing to become a champion for the underdog in Los Angeles.


Click for more detail about Slow Burn: A Marti Macalister Mystery by Eleanor Taylor Bland Slow Burn: A Marti Macalister Mystery

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1993)
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Detective Marti MacAlister, a former Chicago cop who has moved with her children to Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, returns to investigate a chain of murders involving insurance scams, anti-abortion demonstrators, and an untalkative populace.


Click for more detail about Everett Anderson’s Friend by Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson’s Friend

by Lucille Clifton
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Oct 15, 1992)
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At first, Everett is disappointed to find that his new neighbor is a girl.


Click for more detail about Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice by James Haskins Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice

by James Haskins
Henry Holt & Company (BYR) (Jun 01, 1992)
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Examines the life and accomplishments of the first black judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court.


Click for more detail about Omeros by Derek Walcott Omeros

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 01, 1992)
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A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events — the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement — and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.


Click for more detail about The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga by Ntozake Shange The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Press (May 01, 1992)
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Songs of love and urban tragedy from one of the preeminent African-American writers of our time. Shange’s poems express the need to be felt and heard, to be necessary. In this love space, we all wear our desires, t-cells, and hearts on our sleeves and experience all that comes with wanting to get hold of life, or someone to love.


Click for more detail about Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam

by Barbara Neely
St. Martin’s Press (Feb 01, 1992)
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Certain that she will be the number one suspect in the murder when someone in the house where she is working is killed, forty-year-old domestic and reluctant sleuth Blanche White decides to uncover the real killer herself.


Click for more detail about Avenging Angel by Kwame Anthony Appiah Avenging Angel

by Kwame Anthony Appiah
St. Martin’s Press (Aug 01, 1991)
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Click for more detail about nappy edges by Ntozake Shange nappy edges

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jul 15, 1991)
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nappy edges collects poetry and poetic prose by "a writer of unusual power and resonance . . . A leading black poet [who] ranks [with] Giovanni, Baraka, Brooks, and Hughes" (Emery Lewis, The Record). Indeed, nappy edges is "extraordinary and wonderful [in its] lyric, tragic exploration into black women’s loneliness . . . [Shange] writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her" (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).


Click for more detail about Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton Everett Anderson’s Goodbye

by Lucille Clifton
Square Fish (Jul 15, 1988)
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Everett Anderson’s Goodbye is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father’s death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett’s conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. In this spare and moving poem, the last in this acclaimed series, Lucille Clifton brings Everett Anderson’s life full circle.Everett Anderson’s Goodbye is the winner of the 1984 Coretta Scott King Author Award.A Reading Rainbow SelectionAn NCTE Teachers’ Choice


Click for more detail about Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1988) by J. Michael Dash Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1988)

by J. Michael Dash
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 01, 1988)
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"Highly stimulating history of Haitian and US perceptions of each other as seen in each country’s literature from 1850s-1990s. Dash sets these texts in political context and repeatedly demonstrates the narrow line between ’imaginative’ and ’objective’ descriptions of Haiti by US writers. This critical perspective, combined with the author’s knowledge of 20th-century Haitian literature, makes this study a particularly valuable one" —Handbook of Latin American Studies


Click for more detail about Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Children by Nikki Giovanni Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Children

by Nikki Giovanni
Square Fish (Apr 01, 1987)
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A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life.


Click for more detail about Ridin’ the Moon in Texas by Ntozake Shange Ridin’ the Moon in Texas

by Ntozake Shange
St. Martin’s Press (Mar 01, 1987)
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Collection of poems by Ntozake Shange, inspired by visual arts. A fine hardcover copy with embossed cover. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine jacket in removably mylar; some fading to top edge. NOT ex-library. 81pgs. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Poetry; ’ 0312889291. ISBN/EAN: 9780312889296. Inventory No: 015639.


Click for more detail about Kind of Marriage by Buchi Emecheta Kind of Marriage

by Buchi Emecheta
Macmillan Education (Oct 01, 1986)
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Click for more detail about The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 by James Baldwin The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

by James Baldwin
St. Martin’s Press (Sep 15, 1985)
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The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin’s powerful nonfiction writing. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the United States. Here are the full texts of Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work, along with dozens of other pieces, ranging from a 1948 review of Raintree Country to a magnificent introduction to this book that, as so many of Mr. Baldwin’s works do, combines his intensely private experience with the deepest examination of social interaction between the races. In a way, The Price of the Ticket is an intellectual history of the twentieth-century American experience; in another, it is autobiography of the highest order.


Click for more detail about Days Without Weather by Cecil Brown Days Without Weather

by Cecil Brown
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Dec 01, 1983)
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1984 American Book Award Winner


Click for more detail about House of Slammers by Nathan C. Heard House of Slammers

by Nathan C. Heard
Macmillan (Sep 01, 1983)
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Click for more detail about A Measure of Time by Rosa Guy A Measure of Time

by Rosa Guy
Henry Holt & Company  (Jun 01, 1983)
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A novel set in Harlem.


Click for more detail about Naira Power by Buchi Emecheta Naira Power

by Buchi Emecheta
Macmillan Education (Sep 01, 1982)
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Click for more detail about Crime and Social Justice by Tony Platt and Paul Takagi Crime and Social Justice

by Tony Platt and Paul Takagi
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 01, 1981)
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This book presents a collection of some of the best articles from the first ten issues of the journal. The book includes important discussions of street crime, rape, delinquency, female crime and imprisonment, as well as widely acclaimed contributions on criminological theorizing. The authors are, or have been, members of the editorial collective of Crime and Social Justice, and have taught criminology at the University of California, Berkeley. Like the journal, the book offers a series of insights and challenges not only to those working in criminology but to anyone active in the major struggles around law, crime and the state. It presents a clear and coherent response to those who question the need for and viability of a radical criminology.
Contents: Part I3 Criminology and the Definition of Crime; 1. "Street" Crime: a View from the Left,^R Tony Platt; 2. Intellectuals for Law and Order: a Critique of the New "Realists," Tony Platt and Paul Takagi; 3. Social Class and the Definition of Crime, Herman Schwendinger and Julia Schwendinger; Part II3 Crime; 4. Karl Marx, The Theft of Wood and Working-class Composition, Peter Linebaugh; 5. Delinquency and the Collective Varieties of Youth, Herman Schwendinger and Julia Schwendinger; 6. Any Woman’s Blues: a Critical Overview of Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, Dorie Klein and June Kress; Part III3 The State and Criminal Justice; 7. The Penal Question in Capital, Dario Melossi; 8. A Garrison State in "Democratic" Society,^R Paul Takagi


Click for more detail about Literature and Ideology in Haiti, 1915-1961 (1981) by J. Michael Dash Literature and Ideology in Haiti, 1915-1961 (1981)

by J. Michael Dash
Palgrave Macmillan (Jan 01, 1981)
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Click for more detail about Dream On Monkey Mountain And Other Plays by Derek Walcott Dream On Monkey Mountain And Other Plays

by Derek Walcott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jan 01, 1971)
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On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the impoverished hermit believes he has become a healer, walking from village to village, tending to the sick, waiting for a sign from God. In this dream, his one companion, Moustique, wants to exploit his power. Moustique decides to impersonate a prophet himself, ignoring a coffin-maker who warns him he will die and enraging the people of the island. Hobain, half-awake in his desolate jail cell, terrorized by the specter of his friend’s corruption, clings to his visionary quest. He will try to transform himself; to heal Moustique, his jailer, and his jail-mates; and to be a leader for his people. Dream on Monkey Mountain was awarded the 1971 Obie Award for a Distinguished Foreign Play when it was first presented in New York, and Edith Oliver, writing in The New Yorker, called it "a masterpiece."Three of Derek’s Walcott’s most popular short plays are also included in this volume: Ti-Jean and His Brothers; Malcochon, or The Six in the Rain; and The Sea at Dauphin. In an expansive introductory essay, "What the Twilight Says," the playwright explains his founding of the seminal dramatic company where these works were first performed, the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.First published in 1970, Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays is an essential part of Walcott’s vast and important body of work.


Click for more detail about The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton The Planet of Junior Brown

by Virginia Hamilton
Macmillan (Jan 01, 1971)
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The Planet of Junior Brown, a young adult novel, about two boys, Junior Brown and Buddy, who with a school janitor, Mr. Pool, construct a mechanical solar system.

  • 1972–1973 Mark Twain Awards - nomination
  • 1971 Horn Book fanfare book
  • 1972 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award - winner
  • 1972 Newbery Medal - honor
  • 1997 A film, adapted from the novel, was released

Already a leader in New York’s underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all semester.


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by Barney Grossman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Jun 01, 1970)
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Records the feelings of New York elementary school children toward the word "black."


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by John A. Williams
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (Jan 01, 1961)
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Originally Published in 1961

Inspired by the life of Charlie “Bird” Parker, this poignant, provocative, and stylistically brilliant tale paints a vivid picture of the New York City jazz scene

In Greenwich Village, jazz is king, enticing hip young crowds with its seductive and vibrant rhythms. Jazz is also the lifeblood pumping through the veins of Richie “Eagle” Stokes, a saxophonist blessed with an otherworldly talent but cursed by cravings for women, fame, and heroin. To ex–college professor David Hillary, musicians like Stokes are gods possessed with the uncanny ability to turn a private inner world inside out and make everything else irrelevant. And for ex-preacher Keel Robinson, Hillary’s unlikely savior, the bewitching music serves as a bridge across racial boundaries as he embarks on a forbidden and dangerous love affair. Considered one of the finest novelists of a generation that included James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright, author John A. Williams follows a diverse cast of all-too-human characters through nighttime New York City in this incendiary and unforgettable novel.


Click for more detail about Streets Have No King by JaQuavis Coleman Streets Have No King

by JaQuavis Coleman
St. Martin’s Griffin (Jan 01, 1970)
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A street thriller of kidnapping, murder, trickery, and love that will have you at the edge of your seat.

After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets. But instead of diving back into the drug game, he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student—and heavy heroin dealer—named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protégé and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen.

But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. Welcome to a world where the kings meet their end and no one stays at the top for long. The crown always lies heavy on he who commands the streets—and Kane and Basil will fight to claim their rule, before power is toppled again, in The Streets Have No King by New York Times bestselling author JaQuavis Coleman.


The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis

by Maria Smilios
An Oprah Book (Jan 01, 1970)
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The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis, which tells the story of 300 black nurses who, in 1929, helped prevent a public health crisis in New York after white nurses staged a walk out at Staten Island’s 2000-bed TB sanatorium.


Queens

by Dhonielle Clayton
Imprint (Jan 01, 1970)
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