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Sacred Fire: The Qbr 100 Essential Black Books

by Charles Johnson, Angeli R. Rasbury, Max Rodriguez & Carol Taylor Wiley (January 18, 1999)

"QBR's evolving canon is a splendid way to begin honoring black artists." -Charles Johnson, from the Foreword

"From critiques of W. E. B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America to Alex Haley's Roots to Langston...


Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

Selections of speeches and writings from the great abolitionist and statesman, focusing on the slave trade, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, suffrage for African-Americans, Southern reconstruction, and other...


Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby, Creator of the Blog BitchesGottaEat

by Samantha Irby Curbside Splendor Publishing (September 09, 2013)

Samantha Irby’s debut features narrative essays by a sex-obsessed dummy laughing her way through tacos, Crohn's disease, and ridiculous dudes.


Early Black American Writers

by Benjamin Brawley Dover Publications (May 07, 2012)

Definitive anthology of important Black writers: Banneker, Douglass, Delany, many others. With extensive commentary.


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt Dover Publications (March 28, 2012)

A landmark in the history of African-American fiction, this gripping 1901 novel unfolds against the backdrop of the post-Reconstruction South, climaxing in a race riot based on an actual 1898 incident.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs Dover Publications (February 07, 2012)

Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.


Book of African-American Quotations

by Joslyn Pine Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African Americans from all walks of life, including Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, George Washington Carver,...


Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

by W. E. B. Du Bois Dover Publications (March 22, 2012)

The distinguished American civil rights leader first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems nearly 80 years ago in various periodicals. This volume has long inspired readers with its militant cry...


When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

by Norman R. Yetman Dover Publications (February 02, 2012)

More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (March 21, 2012)

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as a newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas Sarabande Books (November 15, 2013)

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.


For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough

by Keith Boykin Querelle Press (August 23, 2012)

New York Times bestselling author and CNBC commenter Keith Boykin expands on the "It Gets Better" project by bringing together 25 essays by men of color on the topic of surviving growing up gay. In 1974, playwright...


Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems

by Kwame Dawes & Matthew Shenoda Copper Canyon Press (May 14, 2013)

“The miracle of empathy,” Kwame Dawes once said in an interview, “is the ultimate aim of my writing.”


Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Kersuze Simeon-Jones Lexington Books (June 22, 2010)

Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries examines the literary movements of the black Diaspora, dating from the nineteenth to the twentieth century,...


Grand Central Winter, Expanded Second Edition

by Lee Stringer, Kevin Kenerly & Kurt Vonnegut Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2014)

In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, LeeStringer--homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years--found a pencil to runthrough his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became...


The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim

by Iceberg Slim, Bobby Spears & Buck 50 Productions Urban Audiobooks (October 01, 2014)

In The Naked Soul ofIceberg Slim, the fierce and lyrical icon for criminal reformationdescribes himself as "ill...from America's fake façade of justice and democracy."For Iceberg Slim, the illness may have...


Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin & Ron Butler Blackstone Publishing (February 03, 2015)

At last, a new audio edition of the book many havecalled James Baldwin's most influential work!

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, whenBaldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of...


Darkwater

by W. E. B. Du Bois, Bernard K. Addison, Dion Graham & Mirron Willis et al. Skyboat Media (August 12, 2014)

The distinguished American civil rights leader, W. E. B. DuBois first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems individually in1920 in the Atlantic, the Journal of Race Development, and otherperiodicals....


The Terrible Threes

by Ishmael Reed Dalkey Archive Press (September 01, 1999)

This adventure into the world of offbeat humor and on-target social criticism is a vision of America in the not-too-distant future, a portrait of a fairy-tale gone awry.


Letters to President Obama

by Josephine A.V. Allen, Donald R. Deskins, Sherman Puckett & Hanes Walton Skyhorse (April 14, 2009)

This collection, which will total between 300 and 500 letters from Americans of all walks of life, will become an important piece of history as it describes the variety of feelings and emotions of Americans...


Black Like Us

by Devon Carbado Cleis Press (October 01, 2011)

Winner of the 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Fiction Anthology Showcasing the work of literary giants like Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and writers whom readers may be surprised...


Black Enough

by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth & Dhonielle Clayton et al. Balzer + Bray (January 08, 2019)

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about...


How Are You Going to Save Yourself

by Jm Holmes Little, Brown and Company (August 21, 2018)

An interconnected story collection about four young men struggling to liberate themselves from the burden of being black and male in America-- the arrival of an explosive new voice.

Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio,...


Transcendence and the Africana Literary Enterprise

by Christel N. Temple & Molefi Kete Asante Lexington Books (November 22, 2017)

Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism (2005) and Literary Spaces: Introduction to Comparative Black Literature (2007), have been some of the most influential models of contemporary Africana...


W. E. B. Du Bois and the Sociology of the Black Church and Religion, 1897–1914

by Robert A. Wortham Lexington Books (November 30, 2017)

W. E. B. Du Bois is the founding figure of the sociological study of the Black Church. His discussion of the six functions of Philadelphia’s Black Church in The Philadelphia Negro (1899) represented an early...


The Magazine Articles of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Dancing Unicorn Books (May 07, 2017)

Collected here are both of Frederick Douglass' magazine articles: "My Escape from Slavery," and "Reconstruction," as well as his address "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery." These pieces show Douglass at his...


God Doesn't Love Us All the Same

by Nina Guilbeau Juania Books (May 15, 2014)

Book Club Fiction- Janine Harris never really thought about homeless people. She barely even notices them as she passes them by on her way to work in downtown Washington D.C. All Janine can focus on is the shambles...


African American Heritage Anthology #2

by Booker T. Washington Dancing Unicorn Books (March 18, 2017)

This is the second entry in our important African American Heritage series. The history of African Americans is a long, grim history full of injustices and brutality. But it is also filled with courage and perseverance....


African American Heritage Anthology #1

by Frederick Douglass Dancing Unicorn Books (March 18, 2017)

The history of African Americans is a long, grim history full of injustices and brutality. But it is also filled with courage and perseverance. Gathered here in this omnibus edition are ten books that exemplify...


All About Africa! About All African States and Peoples

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Kids, welcome to Africa! This is a great picture book that will take you to the beautiful African states and meet the people who call it home. Learn about the sights and sounds of the place. See the animals...


Africa For Kids: People, Places and Cultures - Children Explore The World Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Africa is a big but very magical place. It is home to some of the world’s most interesting people and animals too. This educational book will take you to Africa. It will let you meet the people, taste the...


The Works of James M. Whitfield

by Robert S. Levine & Ivy G. Wilson The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2011)

In this comprehensive volume of the collected writings of James Monroe Whitfield (1822-71), Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson restore this African American poet, abolitionist, and intellectual to his rightful...


The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature

by William L. Andrews The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

The first African American to publish a book in the South, the author of the first female slave narrative in the United States, the father of black nationalism in America--these and other founders of African...


Yin & Yang: A Taste of Black on White

by Razzy White Speedy Publishing Books (December 19, 2014)

It can be really hard to find the right person to settle down with. People have sex with each other all the time yet there is always that special someone who makes the difference makes you want to make the decision...


The Words of African-American Heroes

by Clara Villarosa William Morrow (March 15, 2011)

Celebrating notable African Americans, this inspirational and thoughtprovoking collection of quotations covers a wide range of African-American heroes, from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall...


Addresses of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Dancing Unicorn Books (December 21, 2016)

Today Frederick Douglass is best known for his autobiographies; but while he was alive he was known as a fiery orator who was always in demand. Collected here are ten of Frederick Douglass' addresses. And while...


American Negro Folktales

by Richard M. Dorson Dover Publications (June 09, 2015)

A preacher battles a bear, a mother returns from the dead, and a clever servant conducts a Big Feet Contest in this rich anthology of African-American folklore. Scores of humorous and harrowing stories, collected...


The Trouble with Post-Blackness

by Houston A. Baker Jr. & K. Merinda Simmons Columbia University Press (February 03, 2015)

An America in which the color of one’s skin no longer matters would be unprecedented. With the election of President Barack Obama, that future suddenly seemed possible. Obama’s rise reflects a nation of...


Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin: Essays on the Writing of Harriet Beecher Stowe

by Sylvia Mayer, Faye Halpern, Jennifer Cognard-Black & Maria I. Diedrich et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (April 01, 2011)

Ever since feminist scholarship began to reintroduce Harriet Beecher Stowe's writings to the American Literary canon in the 1970s, critical interest in her work has steadily increased. Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin:...


Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean

by James Davis Columbia University Press (February 24, 2015)

Eric Walrond (1898–1966) was a writer, journalist, caustic critic, and fixture of 1920s Harlem. His short story collection, Tropic Death, was one of the first efforts by a black author to depict Caribbean lives...