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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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Written by ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/21/2017

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91120-4

Now in paperback, this National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection is a meditation on the black female figure through time.

Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. In the center of the collection is the title poem, "Voyage of the Sable Venus," an amazing narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present--titles that...

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Written by HENRY LOUIS GATES

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 10/24/2017

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-90871-1

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers’s now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as “A Negro ‘Believe It or Not.’” Rogers’s little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers’s was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about...

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THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND ITS LEGACY

Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/22/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07824-0

WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY 
WINNER OF THE 2017 BANCROFT PRIZE

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK FOR 2016 * NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBENEWSWEEKKIRKUS, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

THE FIRST DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS 1971 ATTICA PRISON UPRISING, THE STATE’S VIOLENT RESPONSE, AND THE VICTIMS’ DECADES-LONG QUEST FOR JUSTICE 

 
On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica...

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PORTRAIT OF A FRIENDSHIP: PAULI MURRAY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT,AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Written by PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-76729-9

A finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and longlisted for the National Book Award, The Firebrand and the First Lady is the riveting history, two decades in the making, of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist and the first lady of the United States forged an enduring friendship that helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.

In 1938, the twenty-eight-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to the President and First Lady, Franklin and Eleanor...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10681-4

A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader
 
This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever. Edited by renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize–nominated historian John Stauffer, The Portable Frederick Douglass includes the full range of Douglass’s...

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HOW ONE PRINCIPAL IN A TOUGH COMMUNITY IS INSPIRING THE WORLD

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 08/30/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-98025-5

Be inspired by the magnetic young principal who  “stands on the front line of the fight to educate America's children." (Brandon Stanton, author of Humans of New York ) and the book that Essence calls   "Essential reading."
 
In 2010, Nadia Lopez started her middle-grade public school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in one of America’s poorest communities, in a record heat wave—and crime wave. Everything was an uphill battle—to get the school approved, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a...

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LIVES ON THE EDGE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Written by KATHLEEN DUVAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98120-9

A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society 

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize


Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s...

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A MEMOIR
Written by TRACY K. SMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80407-5

One of the Best Books of the Year
The New York Times * The Washington Post * San Francisco Chronicle *Denver Post * Oprah.com

In Ordinary Light, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy K. Smith tells her remarkable story, giving us a quietly potent memoir that explores her coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Here is the story of a young artist struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief,...

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44743-9

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St....

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LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL
Written by SHERI FINK

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-71897-6

Winner of the:
National Book Critics Circle Award
Ridenhour Book Prize
J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award
American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award
NASW Science in Society Journalism Book Award
 
Finalist for the:
New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction
 
Shortlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Science Writing Award
 
A Christian Science...

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Written by PETER SLEVIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94931-8

Shortlisted for the PEN/Weld Literary Award for Biography

This is the inspiring story of a modern American icon, the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s...

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ELEMENTARY STRUCTURES OF RACE
Written by PATRICK WOLFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 306 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68917-2

Traces of History presents a new approach to race and to comparative colonial studies. Bringing a historical perspective to bear on the regimes of race that colonizers have sought to impose on Aboriginal people in Australia, on Blacks and Native Americans in the United States, on Ashkenazi Jews in Western Europe, on Arab Jews in Israel/Palestine, and on people of African descent in Brazil, this book shows how race marks and reproduces the different relationships of inequality into which...

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