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  Cover Art: The Word : Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing : Interviews The Word : Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing : Interviews
A compendium of interviews with leading African-American writers commemorates the stories that inspired their careers while paying tribute to the life-shaping potential of literacy, in an anthology that includes contributions by such names as Edward P. Jones, Nikki Giovanni and Edwidge Danticat.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Alexander, Michelle
The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Mom & Me & Mom Angelou, Maya
Mom & Me & Mom
In this book, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away, and unearths the well of emotions she experienced long afterward as a result. For the first time, she reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence, a presence absent during much of the author's early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their reunion a decade later began a story that has never before been told.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Buck : a Memoir Asante, Molefi K.
Buck : a Memoir
MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation's dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia. Now he was alone--his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country--and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary. Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers--outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: My Song : a Memoir Belafonte, Harry
My Song : a Memoir
The popular singer and former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador shares the story of his life and career, from his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica and his racial barrier-breaking career to his commitment to numerous civil causes.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: An XL Life : Staying Big at Half the Size Big Boy
An XL Life : Staying Big at Half the Size
An irreverent personal account by the award-winning hip-hop radio DJ describes his disadvantaged childhood, his struggles with significant weight gain and the career priorities that risked his life after he underwent duodenal switch stomach surgery in 2003.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Brothers (& Me) : a Memoir of Loving and Giving Britt, Donna
Brothers (& Me) : a Memoir of Loving and Giving
A memoir from a former "Washington Post" columnist describes her relationships with the men in her life, including her father, three brothers, two husbands, and three sons and tries to determine why she always put their needs above her own.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Selected Poems Brooks, Gwendolyn
Selected Poems
The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, showcases an esteemed artist's technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world.
1963
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Things I Should Have Told My Daughter : Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs Cleage, Pearl
Things I Should Have Told My Daughter : Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs
"In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. Married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor. Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing--a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage's self-portrait raises women's confessional writing to the level of great literature"--
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Big Man : Real Life Tall Tales Clemons, Clarence
Big Man : Real Life Tall Tales
For the first time ever comes the inside story of saxophonist Clarence Big Man Clemons--his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and a cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The Beautiful Struggle : a Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood Coates, Ta-Nehisi
The Beautiful Struggle : a Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers,and launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. The Beautiful Struggle follows his sons divergent paths through this turbulent period,to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Princess Noire : the Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone Cohodas, Nadine
Princess Noire : the Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone
A complete account of the triumphs and difficulties of the brilliant and high-tempered Nina Simone, whose distinctive voice and music occupy a singular place in the canon of American song.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Never in My Wildest Dreams : A Black Woman's Life in Journalism Davis, Belva
Never in My Wildest Dreams : A Black Woman's Life in Journalism
Never in My Wildest Dreams is the story of a courageous journalist who helped change the face and focus of television news. Born to a 15-year old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression and raised in the overcrowded projects of Oakland, California, Belva Davis overcame abuse, racism, and sexism to become the first black female news anchor on the West Coast.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Life Upon These Shores : Looking at African American History 1513-2008 Gates, Henry Louis
Life Upon These Shores : Looking at African American History 1513-2008
A director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard presents a sumptuously illustrated chronicle of more than 500 years of African-American history that focuses on defining events, debates and controversies as well as important achievements of famous and lesser-known figures, in a volume complemented by reproductions of ancient maps and historical paraphernalia.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Harlem : the Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America Gill, Jonathan
Harlem : the Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America
Presents a history of the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, beginning with Hudson's first experiences in the area, through its early growth as a Dutch village and colonial agricultural center, to its transformation into an iconic modern neighborhood.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Our Kind of People : Inside America's Black Upper Class Graham, Lawrence
Our Kind of People : Inside America's Black Upper Class
The origins of the Black upper class. -Jack and Jill: where elite Black kids are separated from the rest. -The Black child experience: the right cotillions, camps, and private schools. -Howard, Spellman, and Morehouse: three colleges that count. -The right fraternities and sororities. -The Links and the Girl Friends: for Black women who govern society. -The Boule, the Guardsmen, and other groups for elite Black men. -Vacation spots for the Black elite. -Passing for white: when the "Brown paper bag test" isn't enough.
1999
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Roots : the Saga of an American Family Haley, Alex
Roots : the Saga of an American Family
Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man : What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment Harvey, Steve
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man : What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
From the host of the popular 'Steve Harvey morning show' comes a funny, honest, and foolproof guide for all women that takes them inside the heads of men and shows how men think about love, sex, and commitment.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Collected Works of Langston Hughes Hughes, Langston
The Collected Works of Langston Hughes
His poetry from 1921-1967 as well as his novels "Not Without Laughter" and "Tambourines to Glory" and his essay "Fight for Freedom" and other writings on civil rights.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Ice : a Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption : from South Central to Hollywood Ice-T
Ice : a Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption : from South Central to Hollywood
The hip-hop artist and television star shares the story of his early life, marked by the deaths of his parents, his involvement in gangs, and the single-minded work ethic that enabled his rise to international fame.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
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