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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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Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
by Eula Biss
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity In a book that begins with a series of lynchings and ends with a series of... (read more)

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You Animal Machine (the Golden Greek)
You Animal Machine (the Golden Greek)
by Eleni Sikelianos
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This is the tale of Melena, five times married, mother of three, burlesque dancer, and "the toughest, hardest-assed woman to ever eat wood and bite nails." Located in history and memory, her life cracks open questions of identity at the heart of an... (read more)

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Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
by Sherman Alexie
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What a powerful collection of short stories! Alexie really stretches his wings and explores fascinating new territories, while at the same time revamping his old works by placing them in new contexts. I was completely blown away by Mr. Alexie, as usual.... (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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Orientalism
Orientalism
by Edward W Said
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The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University,examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.... (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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Killing Rage : Ending Racism (95 Edition)
Killing Rage : Ending Racism (95 Edition)
by bell hooks
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One of our countrys premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female... (read more)

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Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism (05 Edition)
Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism (05 Edition)
by James W. Loewen
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No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a "sundown" town. In his trademark revelatory style, bestselling author James W. Loewen explores one of America's best-kept secrets as he unearths the making of sundown towns and... (read more)

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Black Elk Speaks (Rev 08 Edition)
Black Elk Speaks (Rev 08 Edition)
by John G. Neihardt
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Black Elk Speaks is widely hailed as a religious classic, one of the best spiritual books of the modern era and the bestselling book of all time about an American Indian. This inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of... (read more)

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White Bread (13 Edition)
White Bread (13 Edition)
by Aaron Bobrow-strain
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How did white bread, once an icon of American progress, become “white trash”? In this lively history of bakers, dietary crusaders, and social reformers, Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows us that what we think about the humble, puffy loaf says a lot... (read more)

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Diversity and Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, 2011/2012 Update
Diversity and Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, 2011/2012 Update
by Joseph F. Healey
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Derived in part from Joseph F. Healey s best-selling text Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class, this accessible 10-chapter text teaches concepts and theories through current, engaging topics, such as the Obama election and presidency and the economic... (read more)

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Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey
Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey
by Isabel Fonseca
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After the revolutions of 1989, Isabel Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Romainia, and Albania — listening to their stories and recording their attempts to become... (read more)

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Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish
Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish
by Abigail Pogrebin
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Sixty-one of the most accomplished Jews in America speak intimately--most for the first time--about how they feel about being Jewish, the influence of their heritage, the weight and pride of their history, the burdens and pleasures of observance, and the... (read more)

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Ethnicity Without Groups (04 Edition)
Ethnicity Without Groups (04 Edition)
by Rogers Brubaker
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Despite a quarter-century of constructivist theorizing in the social sciences and humanities, ethnic groups continue to be conceived as entities and cast as actors. Journalists, policymakers, and researchers routinely frame accounts of ethnic, racial... (read more)

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Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (American Crossroads)
Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (American Crossroads)
by Tiya Miles
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This beautifully written book tells the haunting saga of a quintessentially American family. It is the story of Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee warrior and successful farmer, and Doll, an African slave he acquired in the late 1790s. Over the next thirty... (read more)

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Twelve Years a Slave
Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup
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Now a major motion picture! "A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousand gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation." — Saturday ReviewBorn a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped... (read more)

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Miner's Canary : Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (02 Edition)
Miner's Canary : Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (02 Edition)
by Lani Guinier
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Like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere, issues of race point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, not just minorities. Addressing these issues is essential. Ignoring racial differences--race... (read more)

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Alchemy of Race and Rights
Alchemy of Race and Rights
by Patricia Williams
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result is a testament of considerable beauty, a triumph of moral tactfullness, The result, as the title suggests, is magic.... (read more)

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Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Brown: The Last Discovery of America
by Richard Rodriguez
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An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11 Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now... (read more)

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