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All About Love: New Visions
All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks
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"The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet... we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned... (read more)

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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
by James Mcbride
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The New York Times bestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, 2013 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for... (read more)

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
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The Warmth of Other Suns is a fascinating epic narrative of the Great Migration by the brilliant and beautiful Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.... (read more)

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
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The New Jim Crow was initially published with a modest first printing and reasonable expectations for a hard-hitting book on a tough topic. Now, ten-plus printings later, the long-awaited paperback version of the book Lani Guinier calls “brave and... (read more)

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
by Charles M. Blow
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A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of Americas most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American... (read more)

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Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (King Legacy)
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (King Legacy)
by Martin Luther King
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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the... (read more)

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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore
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The Other Wes Moore is the fascinating tale of two men who shared a name and a birthplace; their lives started out in similar circumstances and ended up very differently (one a Rhodes Scholar, the other serving a life sentence in jail). A moving... (read more)

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"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race
by Beverly Tatum
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Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it's not just the black kids sitting together-the white, Latino, Asian Pacific, and, in some regions, American Indian youth are clustered... (read more)

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Alex Haley
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Fire Next Time (63 Edition)
Fire Next Time (63 Edition)
by James Baldwin
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The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It... (read more)

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
by Audre Lorde
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“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . .... (read more)

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Notes of a Native Son
Notes of a Native Son
by James Baldwin
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These brilliant essays, which ultimately form a profound meditation on what it means to be "native" to this complex and brutal country we call America, were originally published in the 1940s and 1950s. Sadly, it came as no surprise to me how timely and... (read more)

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X
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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
by Kiese Laymon
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Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and insightful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of his finest essays, touching on subjects... (read more)

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American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
by Douglas S Massey
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Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories' Open Media Book)
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories' Open Media Book)
by Angela Y. Davis
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With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition... (read more)

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At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (America in the King Years)
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (America in the King Years)
by Taylor Branch
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At andlt;iandgt;Canaan's Edgeandlt;/iandgt; concludes andlt;iandgt;America in the King Years,andlt;/iandgt; a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winner and... (read more)

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The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
by John W Blassingame
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"Has excellent chapters to use regarding slave culture and community... Goes a long way in building a base in understanding the uniqueness of the Black experience in America."--Russell Wigginton, University of Illinois "This is probably the best... (read more)

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Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
by Taylor Branch
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In the second volume of the three-part trilogy of monumental history that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Parting the Waters", Taylor Branch recreates the dramas that affected every American as the civil rights movement grew in size, impact, and... (read more)

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
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