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If Beale Street Could Talk If Beale Street Could Talk
By Baldwin, James A.
2006-10 - Vintage Books USA
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In this honest and stunning novel, Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin creates two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche. …More

Kindred Kindred
By Butler, Octavia E.
2009-02 - Beacon Press (MA)
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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. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stays grow longer, more …More

Invisible Man Invisible Man
By Ellison, Ralph Waldo
1994-06 - Modern Library
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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 as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black …More

Lesson Before Dying Lesson Before Dying
By Gaines, Ernest J.
1997-09 - Knopf Publishing Group
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Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2002)
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 of resisting. "From the Trade Paperback edition. …More


Cotton Comes to Harlem Cotton Comes to Harlem
By Himes, Chester B.
1997-12 - Buccaneer Books
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Con man Deak O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the street working the scam of a lifetime. The $87,000 he has schemed to get has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail in one of their most entertaining thrillers. …More

Not Without Laughter Not Without Laughter
By Hughes, Langston
1976-12 - Amereon Limited
9780848810559 Check our catalog

Langston Hughes, long recognized as a major American poet and an influential force in African-American literature, brought to this, his first novel, the lyricism, humor, and sureness of touch that characterizes his award-winning poetry. This story reflects the joys and hardships of an African-American boy growing to manhood. …More

Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Hurston, Zora Neale
Afterword by Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Foreword by Danticat, Edwidge
2006-01 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060838676 Check our catalog

Hurston's beloved classic--one of the most important American novels of the 20th century--follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford, a woman who was married three times and had been tried for the murder of one of her husbands in the black town of Eaton, Florida. …More

Dreamer: A Novel about Martin Luther King, JR. Dreamer: A Novel about Martin Luther King, JR.
By Johnson, Charles
1998-04 - Scribner Book Company
9780684812243 Check our catalog

Political visionary, human rights leader, preacher, scholar, and martyr, Martin Luther King, Jr., remains one of the most fascinating and significant historic figures. In "Dreamer", a brilliantly realized historical novel that re-imagines the last two years of King's life, Charles Johnson pays homage to this man who forever changed the meaning of the word "equality". …More

Brown Girl, Brownstones Brown Girl, Brownstones
By Marshall, Paule
2009-01 - Dover Publications
9780486468327 Check our catalog

This beloved coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II follows the life of Selina Boyce, the daughter of Caribbean immigrants. Author Danticat explores the novel's themes of identity, sexuality, and values as well as Selina's struggle against the racism and poverty surrounding her. …More

Song of Solomon Song of Solomon
By Morrison, Toni
Introduction by Price, Reynolds
1995-11 - Everyman's Library
9780679445043 Check our catalog

In this celebrated novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created a new way of rendering the contradictory nuances of black life in America. Its earthy poetic language and striking use of folklore and myth established Morrison as a major voice in contemporary fiction.
Song of Solomon begins with one of the most arresting scenes in our century's literature: a dreamlike tableau …More

The Women of Brewster Place The Women of Brewster Place
By Naylor, Gloria
1983-06 - Penguin Books
9780140066906 Check our catalog

The women of Brewster Place are "hard-edged, soft-centered, brutally demanding, and easily pleased". In their stories, Gloria Naylor has created a community of women that has touched thousands of readers across the country. Now the basis for a November 1988, ABC-TV, three-hour movie, starring Oprah Winfrey. …More

The Color Purple The Color Purple
By Walker, Alice
1992-05 - Houghton Mifflin
9780151191543 Check our catalog

National Book Awards (1983)

This new edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Walker's Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winner. "If it is true that it is what we run from that chases us, then The Color Purple is the book that ran me down while I sat with my back to it in a field".--from Walker's new preface. …More

Jubilee Jubilee
By Walker, Margaret
1999-01 - Mariner Books
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A spirited novel, based on the true story of Vyry--a Southern Civil War heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara--the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. "A revelation".--"Milwaukee Journal". …More

The Wedding The Wedding
By West, Dorothy
1995-01 - Doubleday Books
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The first novel in 45 years from famed African American author Dorothy West, the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, The Wedding is a wise and heartfelt story about the shackles of race and class we all wear--and the price we pay to break them. …More

Native Son Native Son
By Wright, Richard
2005-08 - Harper Perennial
9780060837563 Check our catalog

Native Son tells the story of A young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. …More