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  • BLACK PROFILES IN COURAGE: A Legacy of African American Achievement. by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Alan Steinberg.
    Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Alan Steinberg.
    BLACK PROFILES IN COURAGE: A Legacy of African American Achievement.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Morrow, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Studies of both well-known African Americans like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, etc, and less well-known - Bass Reeves, Peter Salem, Joseph Cinque and Lewis H. Latimer. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.. Photographs, bibliography, Index. xxiv, 232 pp. ISBN: 0-688-130976.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket (as new, but with remainder line).

    Book ID: 79078
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  • WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Raymond Obstfeld.
    Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Raymond Obstfeld.
    WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Liberty - Time, Inc, (2016.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book of essays in which Abdul-Jabbar "uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience on the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide - both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. . . he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off." SIGNED by Adbu-Jabbar on the title page. Index. 242 pp. ISBN: 978-1618931719.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 72357
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  • LYRICS ALLEY. by Aboulela, Leila.
    Aboulela, Leila.
    LYRICS ALLEY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2010). First edition - Novel set in 1950s Sudan, as British rule is coming to an end, by this award winning author, the story of a powerful dynasty trying to reconcile the pull of tradition and the need to move forward in a rapidly changing country. 308 pp plus author's note.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 64304
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  • OUR TIME IS NOW: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America. by Abrams, Stacy.
    Abrams, Stacy.
    OUR TIME IS NOW: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2020) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "offers a blueprint to end voter suppression -about how and why we fight for our democracy and win." After her loss in the gubernatorial election in Georgia. Abrams has become a leader in organizing voter education campaigns and get out the vote efforts to increase representation by all people, but especially young voters of color. SIGNED on the title page. Index. 291 pp. ISBN: 978-1250257703.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (usual light toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 87119
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  • Achebe, Chinua.
    ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Anchor Books, 1988. A novel of contemporary Africa, shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 11606
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  • ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH by Achebe, Chinua.
    Achebe, Chinua.
    ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Anchor Press / Doubleday, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of contemporary Africa by this Nigerian writer. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. 216 pp. ISBN: 0-385-016646.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (several edge tears to dj, corner of flap clipped but price of 16.95 still present).

    Book ID: 58167
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  • DARK SYMPHONY. by Adams, Elizabeth Laura (1909-1982)
    Adams, Elizabeth Laura (1909-1982)
    DARK SYMPHONY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Sheed and Ward, 1942. dj. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a young African American woman who was born in Santa Barbara, California to a family in "comfortable circumstances" although she grew up during the Depression, and who converted to Catholicism after her graduation from high school. This book attempts to reconcile both her sense of herself as a "new Negro" and her spiritual life as a Catholic who eventually became a Franciscan Tertiary. She recounts not only her spiritual awakening, but also the necessity to overcome racial prejudice even within the Church itself.

    Condition: Very good in a fair only dust jacket (bookplate on front pastedown, mostly hidden by dj flap, significant rubbing and edgewear to the black dust jacket. Original price of $2.50 still present).

    Book ID: 71780
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  • DARK SYMPHONY and Other Works. by Adams, Elizabeth Laura (1909-1982); introduction by Celia Kaplan.
    Adams, Elizabeth Laura (1909-1982); introduction by Celia Kaplan.
    DARK SYMPHONY and Other Works.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: G. K. Hall, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in the African-American Women Writers 1910-1940 series, under the general editorship of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jennifer Burton. Originally published in 1942, this is the autobiography of a young African American woman who was born in Santa Barbara, California to a family in "comfortable circumstances" although she grew up during the Depression, and who converted to Catholicism after her graduation from high school. This book attempts to reconcile both her sense of herself as a "new Negro" and her spiritual life as a Catholic who eventually became a Franciscan Tertiary. She recounts not only her spiritual awakening, but also the necessity to overcome racial prejudice…

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    New York: G. K. Hall, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in the African-American Women Writers 1910-1940 series, under the general editorship of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jennifer Burton. Originally published in 1942, this is the autobiography of a young African American woman who was born in Santa Barbara, California to a family in "comfortable circumstances" although she grew up during the Depression, and who converted to Catholicism after her graduation from high school. This book attempts to reconcile both her sense of herself as a "new Negro" and her spiritual life as a Catholic who eventually became a Franciscan Tertiary. She recounts not only her spiritual awakening, but also the necessity to overcome racial prejudice even within the Church itself. Edited and with a long introduction by Celia Kaplan, in which she discusses both Adams' financial straits and the underlying rebellion and discontent in what is basically a conservative work. Also includes some of Adams' other writings - both on the Catholic religion and on racial issues like the long prose-poem "The Last Supper" which is about a Black man being wrongly executed. lviii, 282 pp. ISBN: 0-783814291.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81344
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  • RESURRECTING MINGUS. by Adams, Jenoyne.
    Adams, Jenoyne.
    RESURRECTING MINGUS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Free Press / Simon & Schuster, (2001) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young author's first novel, the story of a young beautiful lawyer whose life is falling apart, just as her parents' marriage is also coming to an end. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-684873524.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64149
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  • TRAVELING WOMEN. by Adisa, Opal Palmer and Devorah Major, Daughters of Yam.
    Adisa, Opal Palmer and Devorah Major, Daughters of Yam.
    TRAVELING WOMEN.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Oakland, CA: Jukebox Press. (1989). First edition - A joint poetry collection by the "Daughters of Yam," a performance and literary collaboration of two African American writers and poets - Jamaican born Opal Palmer Adisa and Devorah Major - who have worked together in Northern California since 1984. 103 pp. ISBN: 0-932693016.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75533
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  • GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women. by (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women.

    Edition: 2nd printing, a trade paperback.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991. In addition to the contributors shown above, this includes selections by Hilda Contreras, Maryse Conde, Rosario Ferre, Hazel Campbell, Olga Nolla, Ana Lydia Vega, Olive Senior and many others. Selected bibliography. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-8135-17389.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73412
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  • BITTER EDEN: A Novel. by Afrika, Tatamkhulu (1920-2002)
    Afrika, Tatamkhulu (1920-2002)
    BITTER EDEN: A Novel.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Picador, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - An autobiographical novel illuminating the profound and incomparable bonds forged between prisoners of war and is based on Tatamkhulu Afrika's own capture in North Africa and his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II in Italy and Germany. Originally published in the UK in 2002 (just weeks before his death) this is the first appearance of this novel in the US. Publisher's note. vii, 220 pp. ISBN: 978-1250043665.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71637
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  • SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. by Akpan, Uwem.
    Akpan, Uwem.
    SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). First edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). First edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by the loving relationships between brothers and sisters forced to survive in a world of dreamlike horror. Open the book at any page, as in divination, and a stunning sentence will leap out. Newspaper facts are molded by Akpan's sure touch into fictional works of great power." Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction among other honors. The author has his first novel, second book, coming out in November 2021. Map frontispiece. Includes a conversation with the author. 364 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with self-flaps. .

    Book ID: 82739
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  • SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. by Akpan, Uwem.
    Akpan, Uwem.
    SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2008). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Nigerian author's prize winning first book - a collection of five short stories, each set in a different country in Africa, and each a testament to the incredible resilience of children. From a family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya in "Ex-Mas Feast" to a a Rwandan girl who relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts, and a young brother and sister coping with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery, the toll of poverty and religious conflict becomes clear. Louise Erdrich called this book "A beautiful, bitter, compelling read. The savagely strange juxtapositions in these stories are grounded by the loving relationships between brothers and sisters forced to survive in a world of dreamlike horror. Open the book at any page, as in divination, and a stunning sentence will leap out. Newspaper facts are molded by Akpan's sure touch into fictional works of great power." SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) 2009 and PEN/Beyond Margins Award 2009, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction among other honors. The author's first novel, "New York, My Village", was published in November 2021 to excellent reviews. Map frontispiece. 358 pp. ISBN: 978-0316113786.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82738
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  • Alexander, Adele Logan.
    AMBIGUOUS LIVES: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1789-1879.

    Edition: First printing.

    Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page, and dated in the year of publication ('To Deedee, with best wishes and thanks for your contribution to a wonderful event.') A study based on the lives of the women in her own family - neither black nor white, affluent nor impoverished, enslaved nor truly free, they lived and died in a shadowy realm. Photographs, charts, extensive notes and references, index. 268 pp. ISBN: 1-557282145.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 29471
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  • THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: Memoir. by Alexander, Elizabeth.
    Alexander, Elizabeth.
    THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2015). First edition - A beautifully written and very moving account of the sudden death of her husband by this noted African American poet - and also a picture of a rich and loving marriage. Ficre Ghebreyesus, born in Eritrea and a refuge from the war there, was known both as a gifted artist and a creative chef, when he died at just 50. 209 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (corner slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 63252
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  • WEARING PURPLE. by Alexander, Lydia Lewis; Marilyn Hill Harper; Otis Holloway Owens and Mildred Lucas Patterson.
    Alexander, Lydia Lewis; Marilyn Hill Harper; Otis Holloway Owens and Mildred Lucas Patterson.
    WEARING PURPLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harmony, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - In 1954 four black women met at Talladega College and began a friendship that has lasted more four decades. Although they all lived in different parts of the country, they formed a 'working circle' friendship and wrote letters to each other, letters in which they explored their thoughts and feelings about their current and future life experiences. This book is a compilation of some of those letters. "Sharing these experiences, which range from raising children to approaching retirement to discussing sex and race issues, has helped these women find a truer, deeper meaning in their lives." 223 pp. ISBN: 0-517708345.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (initials on dj)

    Book ID: 86992
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  • CHILDHOOD: A Novel. by Alexis, Andre.
    Alexis, Andre.
    CHILDHOOD: A Novel.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First novel (second book) by this Afro-Canadian author, who was born in Trinidad. Set in southern Ontario in the 1950s and 1960s. SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Books in Canada First Book and Trillium awards, shortlisted for the Giller Prize. 259 pp. ISBN: 0-805059814.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76808
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  • DESPAIR and Other Stories of Ottowa. by Alexis, Andre.
    Alexis, Andre.
    DESPAIR and Other Stories of Ottowa.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Coach House Press, (1994). SIGNED first edition - First book by this Afro-Canadian author, who was born in Trinidad, a collection of "eight exquisitely crafted short stories shimmering with malevolence and longing." SIGNED on the title page. Winner of the Books in Canada First Book and Trillium awards, shortlisted for the Giller Prize. 259 pp. ISBN: 0-805059814.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with self flaps.

    Book ID: 88526
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  • KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. by [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1999). More than just a biography of Muhammad Ali, this shows how revolutionary his role was in the world of sports. Cassius Clay grew up in the segregated South but became a beloved figure in American life. Illustrated with photographs. Notes, index. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-375-702296.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 83072
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  • KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. by [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    [Ali, Muhammad] Remnick, David.
    KING OF THE WORLD: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Random House, 1998. dj. Hardcover - More than just a biography of Muhammad Ali, this shows how revolutionary his role was in the world of sports. Cassius Clay grew up in the segregated South but became a beloved figure in American life. Illustrated with photographs. Notes, index. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-375-500650.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47708
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  • CARMELLO. by Ali, Rahsaan.
    Ali, Rahsaan.
    CARMELLO.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    West Babylon, NY: Urban Books, (2008.). First edition - Ali's second novel of life on the gritty streets. When his parents - the biggest crack dealers in the hood - are gunned down, the question becomes 'what will Carmello do about it.?' 282 pp. ISBN: 1601620578.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 45237
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  • Allen, Bonnie.
    WE ARE OVERCOME: Thoughts on Being Black in America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - Irreverent essays dissecting the current state of affairs between blacks and whites by this black female political/social humorist. ISBN: 0517597594.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16015
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  • RAILS UNDER MY BACK. by Allen, Jeffery Renard.
    Allen, Jeffery Renard.
    RAILS UNDER MY BACK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel by this young African American writer (preceded by a book of poetry), a long, beautfully written and complex work. 563 pp. ISBN: 0-374-246262.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69233
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  • RAILS UNDER MY BACK. by Allen, Jeffery Renard.
    Allen, Jeffery Renard.
    RAILS UNDER MY BACK.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000. First edition - First novel by this young African American writer (preceded by a book of poetry), a long, beautfully written and complex work, one which explores the destinies of two brothers married to two sisters. 556 pp..

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66959
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  • PAUL VESEY'S LEDGER. by Allen, Samuel.
    Allen, Samuel.
    PAUL VESEY'S LEDGER.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition. Volume 27 in the Heritage series.

    London: Paul Bremen Ltd., 1975. SIGNED first edition - An uncommon work by this African American poet - his first book was published in German under the pseudonym of Paul Vesey, and his second book, published by Diana DiPrima under his real name bore the same title, although most of the poems were new. This collection contains 18 poems from an unpublished set which bore the subtitle "An Afro-American Experience." This copy is INSCRIBED to a fellow poet,"For Bill Robinson with special regards, Cordially, Sam Allen."

    Condition: Near fine condition in stapled wrappers with photograph of Allen on front cover. Printed on blue paper.

    Book ID: 14113
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  • ROSIEBELLE LEE WILDCAT TENNESSEE. by Andrews, Raymond.
    Andrews, Raymond.
    ROSIEBELLE LEE WILDCAT TENNESSEE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - African American author's second novel, set, like the first, in a small Georgia town in the fictional Muskhogean County, and spanning most of the first half of the twentieth century. Illustrated with drawings by Benny Andrews, who also did the dust jacket art. INSCRIBED by Ray Andrews and dated in 1980 on the front endpaper. Review copy with publisher's material laid in, including two original photographs, and notations showing that the issue price was changed from 8.95 to 9.95 and the date from Oct to June. 245 pp. . ISBN: 0-803783361.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dustjacket (overall edgewear to dj, closed tear to bottom edge of front cover, now protected by an archival cover)

    Book ID: 87952
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  • SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTIN' MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS. by Angelou, Maya.
    Angelou, Maya.
    SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTIN' MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1976. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fourth volume of her autobiography. 242 pp. ISBN: 0-394-405455.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket ( sticker on front pastedown, some bleeding from the cloth spine to the interior of the dj, foxing to the edges of the textblock.)

    Book ID: 52501
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  • A SONG FLUNG UP TO HEAVEN. by Angelou, Maya.
    Angelou, Maya.
    A SONG FLUNG UP TO HEAVEN.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2002). First edition - The sixth volume in Angelou's autobiography which began with "I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings." This opens as she is returning from a trip to Africa, and to the news that Malcolm X had been assassinated. 159 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy printed wrappers with a blue geometric border.

    Book ID: 66978
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  • Angelou, Maya.
    THE HEART OF A WOMAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Random House, 1981. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fourth volume in her autobiography. ISBN: 0-394-512731.

    Condition: VG/VG- (prev owner's name, light edgewear to dj with tape reinforcements at ends of spine.)

    Book ID: 8937
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