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  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassby Frederick Douglass

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 0.99

    A dramatic autobiography and powerful firsthand account of slavery, written by America?s most influential abolitionist First published in 1845, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an eye-opening depiction of American slavery. Part autobiography, part human-rights treatise, it describes the everyday horrors inflicted on captive laborers,... more...

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 16.00

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells?taken without her knowledge in 1951?became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by... more...

  • Big Black Penisby Shawn Taylor

    Chicago Review Press 2008; US$ 11.99

    Being black and male is serious business, but its absurd contradictions are often too funny for words. In this award-winning book, Shawn Taylor deftly leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his masculine development, acknowledging some deep but often hilarious truths about black men. This raw and spellbinding narrative, full of unexpected turns of... more...

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby Harriet Jacobs; Myrlie Evers-Williams; Dawn Lundy Martin

    Penguin Publishing Group 2013; US$ 5.95

    200th Anniversary Edition Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs Writing as Linda Brent ?It has been painful to me, in many ways, to recall the dreary years I passed in bondage. I would gladly forget them if I could. Yet the retrospection is not altogether without solace; for with these gloomy recollections come tender memories... more...

  • Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Nowby Maya Angelou

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 6.99

    Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother . Maya Angelou died in 2014. From the Hardcover edition.... more...

  • The Pactby Sampson Davis; George Jenkins; Rameck Hunt; Lisa Frazier Page

    Penguin Publishing Group 2003; US$ 16.00

    Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life?s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to... more...

  • Disintegrationby Eugene Robinson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    Instead of one black America, today there are four. ?There was a time when there were agreed-upon 'black leaders,' when there was a clear 'black agenda,' when we could talk confidently about 'the state of black America'?but not anymore.? ?from Disintegration The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single... more...

  • Making Whitenessby Grace Elizabeth Hale

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    Making Whiteness is a profoundly important work that explains how and why whiteness came to be such a crucial, embattled--and distorting--component of twentieth-century American identity.  In intricately textured detail and with passionately mastered analysis, Grace Elizabeth Hale shows how, when faced with the active citizenship of their ex-slaves... more...

  • I Never Had It Madeby Jackie Robinson; Alfred Duckett

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 12.99

    The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had... more...

  • A Shining Thread of Hopeby Darlene Clark Hine; Kathleen Thompson

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 14.95

    At the greatest moments and in the cruelest times, black women have been a crucial part of America's history.  Now, the inspiring history of black women in America is explored in vivid detail by two leaders in the fields of African American and women's history. A Shining Thread of Hope chronicles the lives of black women from indentured servitude... more...