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  • QUEEN SUGAR. by Baszile, Natalie.
    Baszile, Natalie.
    QUEEN SUGAR.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pamela Dorman Books / Viking, (2014). First edition - The author's first novel, a story of complicated family relationships. When a young African American California woman unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in southern Louisiana, she sees this as a chance to start over. She moves there with her 11 year old daughter determined to succeed, despite a mountain of debt and no idea what she is really getting into. Book was very loosely adapted as the basis for the highly praised Ava DuVernay produced television series for the Oprah Winfrey Network. 372 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79466
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  • Bates, Arthenia J.
    SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW: Vignettes from the South.

    Edition: First thus - book was originally self-published in 1969.

    Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1975. dj. Hardcover - Twelve short stories or character sketches describing African-American life in a rural and passing South. 146 pp. ISBN: 0-88258-0469.

    Condition: Ex-library with usual markings, but a clean copy, no dj.

    Book ID: 6398
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  • SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW: Vignettes from the South. by Bates, Arthenia J.
    Bates, Arthenia J.
    SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW: Vignettes from the South.

    Edition: First thus - book was originally self-published in 1969.

    Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - Twelve short stories or character sketches describing African-American life in a rural and passing South. 146 pp. ISBN: 0-88258-0469.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket. (price-clipped, otherwise as new.)

    Book ID: 40266
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  • TUFF. by Beatty, Paul.
    Beatty, Paul.
    TUFF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - A coming of age story set in Spanish Harlem - the second novel by the irreverent and highly praised author of 'The White Boy Shuffle.' 259 pp. ISBN: 0-375-401229.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 77749
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  • THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE. by Beatty, Paul.
    Beatty, Paul.
    THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Picador, (1997). First novel by this African American poet - a funny and moving satire on issues of race, life in Los Angeles, and the coming of age story of Gunnar Kaufman, who is not typical in any way. Praise from such writers as Walter Mosley, Clarence Major and Jessica Hagedorn. 225 pp. ISBN: 0-312-28019X.

    Condition: Good only (notes inside front cover and on last page, usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 65781
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  • Bennett, Hal
    LORD OF DARK PLACES

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, 1970. Hardcover first edition - African American writer's powerful third novel.

    Condition: NF/NF (pc.)

    Book ID: 5122
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  • Bethel, Elizabeth Rauh
    PROMISELAND: A Century of Life in a Negro Community

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981. Hardcover first edition - The story of a rural community in South Carolina founded in 1870 as a settlement of black farmers, tenants and sharecroppers. 329 pgs, including extensive notes, an essay on sources and methodology and an index.

    Condition: VG/VG.

    Book ID: 7446
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  • Bhely-Quenum, Olympe
    SNARES WITHOUT END

    Edition: First US printing.

    Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1988. Hardcover first edition - Novel originally written in French in the 1970's by this Dahomean author, and first published in English in the UK in this translation by Dorothy S. Blair. This edition includes an introduction by Abioseh Michael Porter. A title in the CARAF book collection - serious writing in French from Africa and the Caribbean.

    Condition: Fine in glossy boards, nodj as issued.

    Book ID: 10282
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  • Bidwell, Sidney.
    RED, WHITE & BLACK: Race Relations in Britain.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at what is necessary to create racial harmony by a former member of Parliament. Introduction by Michael Foot. Illustrated with photographs.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dustjacket (large chip on front cover, creasing to front flap, other edgewear.)

    Book ID: 12840
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  • THE BLACK AMERICAN WRITER: 2 Volume Set: Volume I, Fiction; Volume II, Poetry and Drama. by Bigsby, C. W. E.
    Bigsby, C. W. E.
    THE BLACK AMERICAN WRITER: 2 Volume Set: Volume I, Fiction; Volume II, Poetry and Drama.

    Edition: First paperback printing.

    Baltimore: Penguin, (1971.). A study with essays by both black and white critics, many commissioned especially for this work. Volume One includes essays by and about Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Richard Wright and more. Volume II begins with Satre's Black Orpheus and includes discussion of the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ossie Davis, LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka], Lorraine Hansberry, Lonne Elder and more. Each volume has notes on the contributors, index. 273, 251 pp. ISBN: 0-14-0212256.

    Condition: Very good (severe toning to some pages, but otherwise clean and tight.)

    Book ID: 57630
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  • Billingsley, ReShonda Tate.
    MY BROTHER'S KEEPER.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Oklahoma City: Paradigm Publishing, (2001.). SIGNED first edition - A novel of family violence, of the scars it leaves on the children, and of forgiveness. INSCRIBED by the author on the first page. Promotional card laid in. ISBN: 0-708620-32.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy)

    Book ID: 29616
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  • [Black Panthers] Cleaver, Eldridge. (Scheer, Robert, editor)
    ELDRIDGE CLEAVER: Post Prison Writings and Speeches.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Random House, 1969. dj. SIGNED hardcover - Edited and with an introduction by Robert Scheer. Includes the Playboy Interview, an open letter to Ronald Reagan, a letter describing Cleaver's first encounter with the Black Panthers and more. Laid in is a newspaper clipping dated 12/7/75 by Kathryn Cleaver on "Why Eldridge Cleaver has come home." SIGNED on the title page by editor Robert Scheer. 211 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dustjacket (toning to endpaper from clipping, price-clipped dj.)

    Book ID: 14429
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  • Bolton, Ruthie.
    GAL: A True Life.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. dj. Hardcover - The story of a young black girl, abandoned by her 13 year old mother, raised by her grandparents until the day she witnessed her stepgrandfather beat her grandmother to death - and ultimately the story of her survival and her courage. Foreword by Josephine Humphreys. ISBN: 0-15-1001049.

    Condition: Very near fine in a good only dustjacket (edgewear, creasing to dj.)

    Book ID: 15578
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  • Bolton, Ruthie.
    GAL: A True Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of a young black girl, abandoned by her 13 year old mother, raised by her grandparents until the day she witnessed her stepgrandfather beat her grandmother to death - and ultimately the story of her survival and her courage. Foreword by Josephine Humphreys. ISBN: 0-15-1001049.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket (bookplate, corners of book slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 20593
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  • Bolton, Ruthie.
    GAL: A True Life.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof for the first UK edition of this title - a paperback original there.

    London: Penguin, nd. First edition - The story of a young black girl, abandoned by her 13 year old mother, raised by her grandparents until the day she witnessed her stepgrandfather beat her grandmother to death - and ultimately the story of her survival and her courage.

    Condition: Very good in stiff wrappers.

    Book ID: 15341
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  • Bolton, Ruthie.
    GAL: A True Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of a young black girl, abandoned by her 13 year old mother, raised by her grandparents until the day she witnessed her stepgrandfather beat her grandmother to death - and ultimately the story of her survival and her courage. Foreword by Josephine Humphreys. ISBN: 0-15-1001049.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17633
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  • Bone, Robert A.
    THE NEGRO NOVEL IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Haven: Yale University Press 1958. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at over 100 years of African American writing from the first novel by Brown in 1853 to Ellison's "Invisible Man" from both a historical and literary viewpoint. Although this has had many printings, it is very uncommon in the hardcover 1st edition. 268 pgs including bibliography and index.

    Condition: Ex-library but with minimal markings ('discard' stamp, signs of pocket removal at rear), overall VG in a VG dustjacket (some edgewear, a few spots on the front cover, chip at top of spine). Pencil underlining on a few pages.

    Book ID: 8764
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  • Bracy, Ihsan
    IBO LANDING: An Offering of Short Stories

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Brooklyn: Cool Grove Press. 1998. First edition - First collection of short stories by this African American poet, described as a "celebratory testiment to the South's unbroken links to West Africa through Gullah ancestory and the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 11130
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  • THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT. by Bradley. David.
    Bradley. David.
    THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1981) dj. Hardcover first edition - African American author's 2nd novel, the story of a man's obsession with uncovering the truths about the history of his family - including the deaths of his slave great-grandfather and his moonshining father - and the rural Pennsylvania town they lived in. 432 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0104910.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 19669
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  • RAINBOW ROUN MAH SHOULDER. by Bragg, Linda Brown.
    Bragg, Linda Brown.
    RAINBOW ROUN MAH SHOULDER.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Wren Press, 1984. First edition - The author's first prize-winning novel (following a book of poetry), the story of the self-discovery of a black woman in the South from 1915-1954. Published in an edition of only 1000 copies. Cover praise from Nikki Giovanni among others. ISBN: 0-932112-20x.

    Condition: Fair condition overall in illustrated wrappers (front cover is in poor condition with significant creasing and wear)

    Book ID: 74201
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  • Branch, Kip.
    A GNAWING AT MY SOUL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1981. dj. Hardcover first edition - African American writer's first novel, the story of a young man travelling home to tell his dying mother that he has realized her dream for him and graduated from college. ISBN: 0-399-90123x.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but otherwise tight and clean. Dustjacket has been laminated. A good reading copy.

    Book ID: 25771
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  • Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover - INSCRIBED on the first blank page and dated in 1989. Uncommon signed. A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Just about fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36282
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  • PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63. by Branch, Taylor.
    Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket. A massive book, and rather uncommon in the hardcover first edition, and especially so in this condition.

    Book ID: 56237
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  • PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63. by Branch, Taylor.
    Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped). A massive book, and rather uncommon in the hardcover first edition.

    Book ID: 51188
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  • Brand, Dionne.
    AT THE FULL AND CHANGE OF THE MOON.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, 1999. dj. Hardcover first edition - Highly acclaimed novel by this Trinidadian-born poet and writer who now lives in Canada, and has been the recipient of the Governor-General's and other awards. The novel begins in Trinidad in 1824 with a secret society of slaves, headed by Marie Ursule, plotting a mass suicide as an act of revolt against slavery. ISBN: 0-8021-16493.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 19339
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  • Brand, Dionne.
    AT THE FULL AND CHANGE OF THE MOON.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, 1999. Highly acclaimed novel by this Trinidadian-born poet and writer who now lives in Canada, and has been the recipient of the Governor-General's and other awards. The novel begins in Trinidad in 1824 with a secret society of slaves, headed by Marie Ursule, plotting a mass suicide as an act of revolt against slavery.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 22856
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  • Brathwaite, Edward Kamu; Davis, David Brion; Quarles, Benjamin and others
    DAEDULUS: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volume 103, #2

    Boston: Spring 1974`. Issue on "SLAVERY, COLONIALISM AND RACISM" with contributions by the authors shown above and several others, including J. F. Ade, Ajayi, Nketia, Thomas Sowell, etc.

    Condition: Near fine in printed green and white wrappers (crease on corner of rear cover.)

    Book ID: 7281
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  • WILD WOMEN IN THE WHIRLWIND: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance. by Braxton, Joanne M. and Andree Nicola McLaughlin, editors
    Braxton, Joanne M. and Andree Nicola McLaughlin, editors
    WILD WOMEN IN THE WHIRLWIND: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, (1989). "The first comprehensive collection of critical and theoretical essays to explore the literary and multi-cultural traditions of Black American women in many genres over a broad span of time." The book also includes a valuable." Contributors include. Angela Y. Davis, June Jordan, Gloria I. Joseph, David Ames Curtis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robert J. Fehrenbach, Daphne Duval Harrison, Billie Jean Young, Regine Altagrace Latortue, Calvin Hernton, Barbara Smith, Joanne V. Gabbin, Nellie Y. McKay, Barbara Omolade, Vashti Crutcher Lewis, Barbara Christian, Zala Chandler, Rudolph P. Byrd, and Chinosole. The writers looked at range from Phillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth through Regine Altagrace Latortue in Haiti, black lesbian fiction writers, Gwendolyn Brooks and…

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    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, (1989). "The first comprehensive collection of critical and theoretical essays to explore the literary and multi-cultural traditions of Black American women in many genres over a broad span of time." The book also includes a valuable." Contributors include. Angela Y. Davis, June Jordan, Gloria I. Joseph, David Ames Curtis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robert J. Fehrenbach, Daphne Duval Harrison, Billie Jean Young, Regine Altagrace Latortue, Calvin Hernton, Barbara Smith, Joanne V. Gabbin, Nellie Y. McKay, Barbara Omolade, Vashti Crutcher Lewis, Barbara Christian, Zala Chandler, Rudolph P. Byrd, and Chinosole. The writers looked at range from Phillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth through Regine Altagrace Latortue in Haiti, black lesbian fiction writers, Gwendolyn Brooks and Zora Neale Hurston to Audre Lorde and Alice Walker and more. Frontispiece by Joanne Batiste, and illustrated pages at the beginning of each section. A selected bibliography of English-language works by Black women in the Americas from the 1970s to the present by Gale P. Jackson. Notes at the end of each essay, notes on contributors, index. xlix, 441 pp. ISBN: 0-813514428.

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    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (embossed seal on title page, a few ink check marks, and underlining on just a very few pages)

    Book ID: 69599
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  • WILD WOMEN IN THE WHIRLWIND: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance. by Braxton, Joanne M. and Andree Nicola McLaughlin, editors. Foreword by Audre Lorde.
    Braxton, Joanne M. and Andree Nicola McLaughlin, editors. Foreword by Audre Lorde.
    WILD WOMEN IN THE WHIRLWIND: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance.

    Edition: First UK printing - a large trade paperback.

    London: Serpent's Tail, (1990). First edition - "The first comprehensive collection of critical and theoretical essays to explore the literary and multi-cultural traditions of Black American women in many genres over a broad span of time." The book also includes a valuable." Contributors include. Angela Y. Davis, June Jordan, Gloria I. Joseph, David Ames Curtis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robert J. Fehrenbach, Daphne Duval Harrison, Billie Jean Young, Regine Altagrace Latortue, Calvin Hernton, Barbara Smith, Joanne V. Gabbin, Nellie Y. McKay, Barbara Omolade, Vashti Crutcher Lewis, Barbara Christian, Zala Chandler, Rudolph P. Byrd, and Chinosole. The writers looked at range from Phillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth through Regine Altagrace Latortue in Haiti, black lesbian fiction writers, Gwendolyn Brooks and…

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    London: Serpent's Tail, (1990). First edition - "The first comprehensive collection of critical and theoretical essays to explore the literary and multi-cultural traditions of Black American women in many genres over a broad span of time." The book also includes a valuable." Contributors include. Angela Y. Davis, June Jordan, Gloria I. Joseph, David Ames Curtis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robert J. Fehrenbach, Daphne Duval Harrison, Billie Jean Young, Regine Altagrace Latortue, Calvin Hernton, Barbara Smith, Joanne V. Gabbin, Nellie Y. McKay, Barbara Omolade, Vashti Crutcher Lewis, Barbara Christian, Zala Chandler, Rudolph P. Byrd, and Chinosole. The writers looked at range from Phillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth through Regine Altagrace Latortue in Haiti, black lesbian fiction writers, Gwendolyn Brooks and Zora Neale Hurston to Audre Lorde and Alice Walker and more. Frontispiece by Joanne Batiste, and illustrated pages at the beginning of each section. A selected bibliography of English-language works by Black women in the Americas from the 1970s to the present by Gale P. Jackson. Notes at the end of each essay, notes on contributors, index. xlix, 441 pp. ISBN: 1-852421800.

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    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 74856
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  • Briscoe, Connie.
    BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - African American author's second novel, set in the 1970's during the era of the fight for civil rights. ISBN: 0-06-017277-0.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 25685
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