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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."


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 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)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 5 - 9
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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 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 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 Betty Before X by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (BYR) (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 Rene 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 Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Binti

by Nnedi Okorafor
Tor / 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.


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 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 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 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 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 Black Means … by Barney Grossman Black Means …

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."


Click for more detail about Blessed Is the Fruit: A Novel by Robert Antoni 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 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 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 Buffalo Gordon on The Plains by J. P. Sinclair Lewis Buffalo Gordon on The Plains

by J. P. Sinclair Lewis
Tor / 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 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 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 Chicago Blues by Hugh Holton Chicago Blues

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 Chill Wind by Janet McDonald Chill Wind

by Janet McDonald
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (BYR) (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 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 Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs Chocolate Me!

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 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 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 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 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 Criminal Element (A Larry Cole Mystery) by Hugh Holton Criminal Element (A Larry Cole Mystery)

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 whats 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 cars 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 protg 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 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 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 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 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 Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts Jazzy Miz Mozetta

by Brenda C. Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers (BYR) (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 forcreative forces began—in her childhood home, a placewhere imagination reigned and boredom wasn’t allowed. The essays tell stories ranging from the poignant origin of her celebrated play "for colored girls" towhy Shange needed to deconstructthe English language to make that production work, from the intensity of the female experience and the black experience as separate entitiesto the difficulty of living both lives simultaneously; from theintense love of jazz bestowed on her by her father toa similar obsession with dance, which came from her mother. With deep sincerity, attention, and her legendary candor, Shange’s collection progresses from the publicarena 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 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 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 (BYR) (Oct 10, 2017)
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Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Awardwinning 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 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 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
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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”
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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 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 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 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 Tour—just Tour—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 Tour’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 Tour’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 Tour’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 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 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 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 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 Pel: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon Pel: The King of Soccer

by Eddy Simon
First Second (Oct 24, 2017)
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Click for more detail about Perfect Peace: A Novel by Daniel Black Perfect Peace: A Novel

by Daniel Black
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 16, 2010)
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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.

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Click for more detail about Presumed Dead by Hugh Holton Presumed Dead

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 Revenge (Larry Cole) by Hugh Holton Revenge (Larry Cole)

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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 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 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 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 theMayfield family. Opening dramatically atSweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina’s coast, we watch asrecently 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 throughthe 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 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 Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider

by Zakes Mda
Picador (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 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 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 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 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 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 Awardwinning 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 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
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 protg, 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 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 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 The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor Lavalle
Tor / 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 The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis by Maria Smilios The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis

by Maria Smilios
An Oprah Book (Jun 06, 2018)
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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.


Click for more detail about The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972 by Ibram X. Kendi The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972

by Ibram X. Kendi
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 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 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, Merin 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 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 Awardwinning writer Petina Gappah weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of memory.


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 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 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 The Devil’s Shadow by Hugh Holton The Devil’s Shadow

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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
Tor / 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 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, andin both a literal and a figurative sensethe 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 imaginationboth equally vivid and trueas they lay the framework for Phillips’s meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.


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



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 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 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 The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself (Bedford Series In History & Culture) by Olaudah Equiano The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself (Bedford Series In History & Culture)

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 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 The Left Hand of God (A Larry Cole Mystery) by Hugh Holton The Left Hand of God (A Larry Cole Mystery)

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 forgivenessWhen 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 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 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
Tor / 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 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 migr 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 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 Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires  by Dennis Kimbro The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires

by Dennis Kimbro
Palgrave Macmillan (Feb 19, 2013)
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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 The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden The Wedding Gift

by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Palgrave Macmillan (Sep 24, 2013)
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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 faade 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Time of the Assassins (Larry Cole) by Hugh Holton Time of the Assassins (Larry Cole)

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 Transgressions by Ed McBain, Walter Mosley and Donald E. Westlake Transgressions

by Ed McBain, Walter Mosley and Donald E. Westlake
Tor / 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 Twelve Days by Steven Barnes Twelve Days

by Steven Barnes
Tor Books (Jun 27, 2017)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Watch out! by Adwoa Badoe Watch out!

by Adwoa Badoe
Macmillan Education (Oct 28, 2005)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Windy City by Hugh Holton Windy City

by Hugh Holton
Tor / 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 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 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.







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