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  • Coming of Age in Mississippiby Anne Moody

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 7.99

    Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story?the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties an fifties?and to have survived with pride and courage intact. In this now classic autobiography,... more...

  • There Are No Children Hereby Alex Kotlowitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    This is the moving and powerful account of two  remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's  Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex  disfigured by crime and neglect. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Fire Next Timeby James Baldwin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 13.00

    A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative... more...

  • Shiftingby Charisse Jones; Kumea Shorter-Gooden

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They... more...

  • The Color of Water 10th Anniversary Editionby James McBride

    Penguin Group US 2006; US$ 26.95

    The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird , winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his... more...

  • In Search of Sisterhoodby Paula J. Giddings

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    This history of the largest block women's organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political, social, and economic affairs of America. Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile, dangerous, or impractical... more...

  • Lose Your Motherby Saidiya Hartman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 15.99

    In Lose Your Mother , Saidiya Hartman journeys along a slave route in Ghana, following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast. She retraces the history of the Atlantic slave trade from the fifteenth to the twentieth century and reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy. There were no survivors of Hartman?s lineage,... more...

  • Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hourby Peniel E. Joseph

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 19.99

    A gripping narrative that brings to life a legendary moment in American history: the birth, life, and death of the Black Power movement With 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,... more...

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

    Penguin Group US 2003; US$ 15.00

    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...

  • Unbowedby Wangari Maathai

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people?s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with... more...