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  • Homelands and Waterwaysby Adele Logan Alexander

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    This monumental history traces the rise of a resolute African American family (the author's own) from privation to the middle class. In doing so, it explodes the stereotypes that have shaped and distorted our thinking about African Americans--both in slavery and in freedom. Beginning with John Robert Bond, who emigrated from England to fight in the... more...

  • Uncle Tom or New Negro?by Rebecca Carroll

    Crown Publishing Group 2013; US$ 27.00

    On the ninetieth anniversary of Booker T. Washington?s death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery. Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established the Tuskegee Institute. Befriended by a U.S. president... more...

  • The House Behind the Cedarsby Charles Chesnutt; Judith Jackson Fossett

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.95

    The House Behind the Cedars , which many consider Charles Chesnutt?s ?nest novel, tells of John and Lena Walden, mulatto siblings who pass for white in the postbellum American South. The drama that unfolds as they travel between black and white worlds constitutes a riveting portrait of the shifting and intractable nature of race in American life.... more...

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby Linda Brent

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the immensely powerful autobiography of Harriet Jacobs, who wrote under a pen name. A feminist work, she uses her experiences to state and restate her belief that though all unhappiness sprung from being a slave, she had to endure worse, being also a woman. Her experiences show that the only refuge and relief... more...

  • Running for My Lifeby Warrick Dunn; Don Yaeger

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Warrick Dunn was only eighteen when his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed. Yet somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State University and help his team to a national championship during his freshman year?while also caring for his five brothers and sisters. Despite his modest size, Dunn went on to a storied NFL career with... more...

  • How to Make Black America Betterby Tavis Smiley

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 11.95

    Issuing a powerful call for constructive social action, the popular radio and television commentator Tavis Smiley has assembled the voices of leading African American artists, intellectuals, and politicians from Chuck D to Cornel West to Maxine Waters. How to Make Black America Better takes a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach that includes Smiley?s... 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...

  • Love Poemsby Nikki Giovanni

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 10.99

    In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works. From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender new poem, "Just a Simple Declaration of Love,"... more...

  • Black Maestroby Joe Drape

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    In Black Maestro, Joe Drape meticulously brings to life the drama, adventures, romances, and heartbreaks of an unlikely participant in the greatest historical events of the twentieth century. It is a breathtaking narrative that takes you from pastoral Kentucky to Mob?controlled Chicago, from the horse country of Poland to the chaos of Red Square,... more...

  • The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanniby Nikki Giovanni

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    This omnibus covers Nikki Giovanni's complete work of poetry from 1967?1983. THE COLLECTED POETRY OF NIKKI GIOVANNI will include the complete volumes of five adult books of poetry: Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement, My House, The Women and the Men, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds. Nikki self?published her... more...