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  Cover Art: A Place to Stand : the Making of a Poet Baca, Jimmy Santiago, 1952-
A Place to Stand : the Making of a Poet
From one of America's most acclaimed poets comes a powerful memoir of childhood on the small farms of New Mexico, his adolescence spent in orphanages and detention centers, his years as a drug dealer, and his stunning personal redemption inside the walls of a maximum security prison.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Question of Freedom : a Memoir of Survival Learning and Coming of Age in Prison Betts, R. Dwayne.
A Question of Freedom : a Memoir of Survival Learning and Coming of Age in Prison
At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts--a good student from a lower-middle-class family--carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is an offense requiring treatment as an adult. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds, he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. This is his coming-of-age story. Utterly alone--and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon--Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system, and above all, a quest for identity.--From publisher description.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Raising Fences : a Black Man's Love Story Datcher, Michael, 1967-
Raising Fences : a Black Man's Love Story
In Raising Fences, Michael Datcher offers a view of young black men seldom seen in the media--men who long for loving, stable marriages, fatherhood, and homes in safe neighborhoods. In this emotionally raw and intimate narrative, Datcher reflects on his fatherless childhood in inner-city Los Angeles, his attraction to local gangs, his promiscuity, and, at times, his lack of faith. But he also writes of his deep desire--and the desires of other black men he knows--to escape a cycle that deprives children of what they need most and creates empty shells of grown men.
2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Pact : Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream Davis, Sampson.
The Pact : Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
Three young African-American men make a high-school pact to abandon the lure of street life in Newark, New Jersey and become doctors. This volume chronicles their struggle to succeed, from childhood through medical and dental school graduation, emphasizing throughout how their mutual support and friendship was the key to their achieving their goals. Also available on compact disc.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Start Where You are : Life Lessons in Getting from Where You are to Where You Want to be Gardner, Chris (Chris P.)
Start Where You are : Life Lessons in Getting from Where You are to Where You Want to be
The author shares the life lessons that enabled him to rise from a homeless single father to a millionaire businessman and outlines steps for recovering from professional or physical setbacks and finding the motivation to pursue new challenges.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Conversation : How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving Trusting Relationships Harper, Hill, 1966-
The Conversation : How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving Trusting Relationships
Counsels parents on how to counter disturbing trends in single-parent African-American households, addressing such topics as maturity, dating, and communication.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Letters to a Young Brother : MANifest Your Destiny Harper, Hill, 1966-
Letters to a Young Brother : MANifest Your Destiny
Letters to a Young Brother is drawn from the humbling life lessons Harper has learned on the road to his Ivy League education and beyond. Inspired by the countless letters and e-mails he has received from teens, Hill Harper set out to write a series of letters to young people that would catch the attention of even the most reluctant readers. The result is a motivational but approachable book full of encouragement on a wide array of hot topics, particularly among young African-American and Hispanic men. From the challenges of getting a good education and making it through college to the media’s destructive emphasis on material wealth, Letters to a Young Brother delivers eye-opening answers.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Cooked : from the Streets to the Stove from Cocaine to Foie Gras Henderson, Jeff.
Cooked : from the Streets to the Stove from Cocaine to Foie Gras
Jeff Henderson grew up in the inner-city streets of San Diego. He spent nine years in federal prison for dealing drugs, where he became fascinated with cooking and decided to pursue a career as a chef when released. Little did he know how hard it would be to climb to the top of this profession. He is now the executive chef at the Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas. Alive with the energy of street life, the sober reality of prison, and the visceral thrill of being inside the intense kitchens of great restaurants, Cooked is a journey through the America of crime, punishment, and redemption.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Salvation : Black People and Love Hooks, Bell.
Salvation : Black People and Love
Salvation takes an incisive look at the transformative power of love in the lives of African-Americans. Whether talking about the legacy of slavery, relationships, and marriage in black life, the prose and poetry of Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Maya Angelou, the liberation movements of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, sexual pain or pleasure, hip-hop and gangsta rap culture, addiction, greed, or the failure of black leadership, hooks lets us know what love's got to do with it. Combining the passionate politics of W E. B. DuBois with fresh, contemporary insights, hooks brilliantly offers new visions that will heal our nation's wounds from a culture of lovelessness. Her writings on love and its inextricable links to race, class, family, history, and popular culture raise one pivotal question: How can we create beloved American communities?
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Homeland : an Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival Obama, George Hussein
Homeland : an Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival
At fifteen, George Hussein Obama lost his father, dropped out of school and started drinking and smoking hashish. From there it was only a short step to the gangland and a life of crime. He gravitated to Nairobi's vast ghetto, and in the midst of its harsh existence discovered something wholly unexpected: a vibrant community and a special affinity with the slum kids, whom he helped survive amid grinding poverty and despair. When he was twenty, he and three fellow gangsters were arrested for a crime they did not commit and imprisoned for nine months in the hell of a Nairobi jail. After winning his freedom, George met his American brother for a second time, and was left with a strong impression that Barack would run for the American presidency. George was inspired by his older brother's example to try to change the lives of his people, the ghetto-dwellers, for the better.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Grace After Midnight : a Memoir Pearson, Felicia, 1980-
Grace After Midnight : a Memoir
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that she turned her life around.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Letters to a Young Poet Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926.
Letters to a Young Poet
This classic of sincerity and deepness, if you never got 'round to reading it, is composed of 10 letters written by one of the century's greatest poets to a young poet-admirer. Rilke offers no advice on technique but plenty on attitude and preparation for the poetic calling. Each short entry is preceded by an epigraph taken from the body of the letter. Here's an example of Rilke's general epistolary tone: "Beware of general themes. Cling to those that your everyday life offers you. Write about your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything beautiful. Describe all that with fervent, quiet, and humble sincerity." -Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Always Running : La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-
Always Running : La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.
"By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as drugs, murder, suicide, and senseless acts of street crime claimed friends and family members. Before long Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words, and sucessfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning Chicano poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more -- until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation"--Back cover.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Do You : 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success Simmons, Russell.
Do You : 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
Since rising out of the New York City streets over 25 years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm and Def Comedy Jam, in the process becoming known the world over as The CEO of Hip Hop. Russell might have helped introduce hip-hop to the world, but he credits his success to his belief in a strong set of principles-or laws--which he shares for the first time in this book. In 12 straight forward steps, Russell reveals a path towards success that can be followed not only by those looking to duplicate his professional success, but anyone struggling to realize their dreams. Also available on compact disc.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Tattoos On My Soul : from the Ghetto to the Top of the World : a Sizzling Story of Grit Glitz and Personal Growth Wilks, Burrel Lee.
Tattoos On My Soul : from the Ghetto to the Top of the World : a Sizzling Story of Grit Glitz and Personal Growth
By the age of 9, Buddy Burrel was a millionaire with his own flourishing crime empire, having followed in the footsteps of his iron-willed, often-brutal father, a West-Side Chicago kingpin. A gang chief in the powerful Vice Lords family at the age of 11, Burrel attracted the attention of Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, an infamous boss of the Chicago outfit, under whose tutelage he rose to become a serious player at the age of 16. Yet after realizing he had the wherewithal to lead a different life, Burrel turned from ghetto grit--his father's house, the gangs, the hard drugs, and the streets--to glitz and glamour. Immersed in a world of coast-to-coast living, golf, gambling, and entrepreneurism, populated with idiosyncratic characters and underscored by a painful emotional awakening, he eventually broke away from the dark side with his spirit, heart, and hopefulness intact.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
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