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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou · Random House; Reissue edition
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelous debut memoir is a modern American...
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The Complete Poetry

Maya Angelou · Random House
Format: Hardcover

Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer's remarkable life. Every poetic phrase,...
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin · Everyman's Library
Pages: 280
Format: Print book

This haunting coming-of-age story, based in part on James Baldwin's childhood in Harlem, is an American classic. Originally published in 1953, Go Tell It on the Mountain was Baldwin's first major work. With a potent combination of lyrical compassion and resonant rage, he portrays...
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Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

James Baldwin · Beacon Press

All of the published poetry of James Baldwin, including six significant poems previously only available in a limited edition  During his lifetime (1924–1987), James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, which were published to wide-spread...
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Fledgling: A Novel

Octavia E. Butler · Seven Stories Press; First Edition edition
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Fledgling, Octavia Butler's last novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former...
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Kindred

Octavia E Butler
Format: Paperback

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. With more than 100,000 copies in print, Kindred is a classic timetravel novel by an acclaime
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Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories

J California Cooper

Whether through her stories or her legendary readings, J. California Cooper has an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend. Her characters are plain-spoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its ever-present struggles, is always worth the
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Countee Cullen: Collected Poems:

Countee Cullen · Library of America; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition
Format: Book

A major and sometimes controversial figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Countee Cullen fused a mastery of the formal lyric with a passionate engagement with themes social, religious, racial, and personal in such books as Color, Copper Sun, and The Black Christ. Certain of his poems—“Heritage,”...
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A, B, C: Three Short Novels: The Jewels of Aptor, The Ballad of Beta-2, They Fly at Ciron

Samuel R. Delany · Vintage
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback

A, B, C: Three Short Novels contains the first three novels of Samuel R. Delany's long and illustrious career. The Jewels of Aptor is a science-fantasy story about a seafaring quest that sets out to find powerful magic jewels on a mystical, forbidden island where unimaginable danger...
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Finding Gideon

ERIC JEROME DICKEY · Dutton
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

A professional job turns personal for jet-setting contract killer Gideon in this sexy, thrilling page-turner by New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey. As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon's life; but for the first...
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One Night

Eric Jerome Dickey · Dutton
Format: Print book

The New York Times bestselling author checks in to the hotel of readers' dreams for an ardent romantic adventure that lasts just One Night. For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction...
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Frederick Douglass : Autobiographies : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Library of America)

Frederick Douglass · Library of America
Pages: 1100
Format: Hardcover

Frederick Douglass, born a slave, educated himself, escaped, and made himself one of the greatest leaders in American history. His brilliant anti-slavery speeches were so fiercely intelligent, and so startlingly eloquent, that many people didn't believe he had been a slave. To prove...
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Collected poems : 1974-2004

Rita Dove · W W Norton, 2016.
Format: Print book

Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.Rita Dove's Collected Poems 1974-2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the position of U.S. poet laureate, a National Humanities Medal, and a National...
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Sonata Mulattica: Poems

Rita Dove

In a book-length lyric narrative inspired by history and imagination, a much celebrated poet re-creates the life of a nineteenth-century virtuoso violinist. The son of a white woman and an "African Prince," George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860) travels to Vienn
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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays

W.E.B. Du Bois · Fordham University Press

This volume assembles essential essays some published only posthumously, others obscure, another only recently translated by W. E. B. Du Bois from 1894 to early 1906. They show the first formulations of some of his most famous ideas, namely, "the veil," "double-consciousness,"...
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W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader

David L Lewis

The essential writings of Du Bois have been selected and edited by David Levering Lewis, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.
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I Greet the Dawn: Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Format: Book

A brief biography of the poet precedes a collection of his works, most in standard English rather than dialect, with such themes as love, hate, death, nature, and religion.
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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

ANONYMOUS. · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 228
Format: Print book

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington Post * Bustle * Men's Journal * The Chicago Reader * StarTribune * Blavity "One of the most frank and searing discussions on race ... a deeply serious, urgent book, which...
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Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison · Vintage Books
Pages: 429
Format: Paperback

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison...
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Finding Fish: A Memoir

Antwone Quenton Fisher · HarperTorch
Pages: 339
Format: Print book

Soon to be a major motion picture starring and directed by Denzel Washington, Finding Fish is the memoir of Antwone Fisher's miraculous journey from abandonment and abuse to liberation, manhood, and extraordinary success -- a modern-day Oliver Twist.Baby Boy Fisher -- as he was documented...
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A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest J Gaines · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism...
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Ernest J. Gaines · Dial Press Trade Paperback; Reprint edition
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback

Miss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines’s now-classic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss...
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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry · Vintage; Rep Rei edition
Format: Paperback

This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicagos South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family son Walter...
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THE COMPLETE STORIES.

Zora Neale Hurston
Format: Book

This landmark gathering of Zora Neale Hurston's short fiction - most of which appeared only in literary magazines during her lifetime - reveals the evolution of one of the most important African American writers. Spanning her career from 1921 to 1955, these stories attest to Hu
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.
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To Be A Slave

Julius Lester · Puffin; Reissue edition
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

What was it like to be a slave?  Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their forced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will...
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The Big Sea: An Autobiography

Langston Hughes
Format: Book

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew
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The Weary Blues

Langston Hughes · Knopf
Format: Hardcover - Revised Ed.

Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem) - "I am a Negro: / Black...
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Who Asked You?

Terry McMillan · Viking Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from 1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove BackWith her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships—Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar...
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Beloved

Toni Morrison · Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition
Format: Print book

Toni Morrison--author of Song of Solomon and Tar Baby--is a writer of remarkable powers: her novels, brilliantly acclaimed for their passion, their dazzling language and their lyric and emotional force, combine the unassailable truths of experience and emotion with the vision of legend...
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I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel

Terry Mcmillan · Crown
Pages: 355
Format: Print book

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaningIn I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful...
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The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate
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Inside a Silver Box

Walter Mosley · Tor Books
Format: Hardcover

Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality.In Inside...
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And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery

Walter Mosley · Doubleday Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The welcome return of Leonid McGill, Walter Mosley's NYC-based private eye, his East Coast foil to his immortal L.A.-based detective Easy Rawlins. As the Boston Globe raved, "A poignantly real character, [McGill is] not only the newest of the great fictional detectives, but also...
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Ntozake Shange · Scribner; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over...
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What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America

Tavis Smiley · Doubleday; First Edition edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

“I Have a Dream,” Dr. King intoned. In English class, we were just starting to learn about similes and metaphors and figures of speech. Those concepts weren’t immediately clear to me as Dr. King talked about “symbolic shadow,” but …I understood the power...
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Pecking Order: A Novel

Omar Tyree
Format: Book

* Bestselling author: One of the most popular and acclaimed African-American novelists of his generation, Omar Tyree has had five New York Times bestsellers, in addition to numerous other national lists over the years. Pecking Order, with its perfect blend of money, sex, and vuln
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In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

Alice Walker

In this, her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as ablack woman, writer, mother, and feminist in thirty-six pieces rangingfrom the personal to the political. Among the contents are essays aboutother writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of
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The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Editon

Alice Walker · Harcourt [u.a.]
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.
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Black Prophetic Fire

Cornel West · Beacon Press
Format: Hardcover

An unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies In an accessible conversational format Cornel West with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders Frederick...
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Hope on a Tightrope

Cornel West · Hay House; 3 edition
Format: Paperback

“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” The New York Times bestselling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters offers provocative, open-hearted wisdom for our times....
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Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

John Edgar Wideman · Scribner
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

An award-winning writer traces the life of the father of iconic Civil Rights martyr Emmett Till - a man who was executed by the Army ten years before Emmett's murder. An evocative and personal exploration of individual and collective memory in America by one of the most formidable Black...
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The Piano Lesson

August Wilson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for DramaWinner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best PlayAugust Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,
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Fences : a play

August Wilson
Format: Paperback

During the 1950s Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself.
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Richard Wright : Early Works : Lawd Today! / Uncle Tom's Children / Native Son

Richard Wright · Library of America
Pages: 936
Format: Print book

The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic) , Library of America volumes make a fine...
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Downloadable eBooks and AudioBooks

Sister outsider : essays and speeches

Audre Lorde · Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook

In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, influential poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.
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Great African American literary voices

Langston Hughes
Format: Audiobook

Hear rare recordings from five of the most-respected African American poets reading their own works: Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Arna Bontemps, Nocturne At Bethesda; Countee Cullen, Heritage; Gwendolyn Brooks, The Vacant Lot; and Sonia Sanchez, Black Magic.
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Great African American literary voices

Langston Hughes
Format: Audiobook

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Rosa

Nikki Giovanni

The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south,
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Ellington was not a street

Ntozake Shange
Format: Audiobook

In this touching memoir, children's poet Ntozake Shange recalls her segregated childhood and reveals how different things were then.
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Black Boy

Richard Wright · HarperCollins e-books; Anv edition
Format: Kindle Edition

Sacred FireBlack Boy is Richard Wright's unforgettable story of growing up in the Jim Crow South. Published in 1945, it is often considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiographical novel because of Wright's use of fiction techniques (and possibly fictional events) to tell...
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