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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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  • Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Although this autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem is now a classic at the time it was written, when Brown was still a young writer, just barely out of Harlem, it was a revolutionary and enlightening book. His goal was to "talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes... to talk about the experience of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society." . 415 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and reading wear, but in a dustjacket with tape repairs to the end of the spine of the dj, price-clipped, etc. Despite the flaws, a sturdy and good reading copy.

    Book ID: 37354
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  • THE FLASHLIGHT. by Cleaver, Eldridge.
    Cleaver, Eldridge.
    THE FLASHLIGHT.

    Edition: First thus.

    Frankfurt, Germany: Verlag Moritz Diesterweg (1977). First edition - A short story by this Black Panther leader and activist which was originally published in 1969 in Playboy Magazine. The story of a gang leader in Southern California who steals a powerful flashlight from a car and relishes the sense of power it gives him - although he also feels it is the beginning of a new direction in his life. This separate publication is a small pamphlet with the text in English, a title in the Diesterwegs Neusprachliche Bibliothek. Includes an introduction and annotations. "File copy, Joan Daves" stamped on front cover and title page. An interesting association copy with "File copy, Joan Daves" stamped on front cover and…

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    Frankfurt, Germany: Verlag Moritz Diesterweg (1977). First edition - A short story by this Black Panther leader and activist which was originally published in 1969 in Playboy Magazine. The story of a gang leader in Southern California who steals a powerful flashlight from a car and relishes the sense of power it gives him - although he also feels it is the beginning of a new direction in his life. This separate publication is a small pamphlet with the text in English, a title in the Diesterwegs Neusprachliche Bibliothek. Includes an introduction and annotations. "File copy, Joan Daves" stamped on front cover and title page. An interesting association copy with "File copy, Joan Daves" stamped on front cover and title page. Joan Daves (1919-1997) who escaped from the Nazi regime in the 1930s, later became an editor at Harper and was perhaps best known as Martin Luther King's literary agent. 65 pp. Ê

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    Condition: Very near fine in a blue stapled wrappers with a photograph of Cleaver on the front cover.

    Book ID: 75544
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  • BURN, KILLER, BURN! by Crump, Paul (1930-2002)
    Crump, Paul (1930-2002)
    BURN, KILLER, BURN!

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - Black author's only novel, a semi-autobiographical story written while he was on Death Row for a robbery-murder he committed in his early twenties, though that sentence was commuted to 199 years (just before this book was published) and he was released on parole in 1993. "Guy Morgan is every kid who ever came out of any slum anywhere in the world. Unloved, misunderstood, a product of Chicago's racial prejudice, he sees his dreams turn to ashes, his loves turn to hate." Dust jacket quote from James Baldwin: "Paul Crump is one of the few people alive - repeat: alive - for whom I have what can only be called…

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    Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - Black author's only novel, a semi-autobiographical story written while he was on Death Row for a robbery-murder he committed in his early twenties, though that sentence was commuted to 199 years (just before this book was published) and he was released on parole in 1993. "Guy Morgan is every kid who ever came out of any slum anywhere in the world. Unloved, misunderstood, a product of Chicago's racial prejudice, he sees his dreams turn to ashes, his loves turn to hate." Dust jacket quote from James Baldwin: "Paul Crump is one of the few people alive - repeat: alive - for whom I have what can only be called an uncompromising respect. And he is a real writer. He has understoook what he has endured, and, like a great blues singer, tells us of his sorrow and at the same time, stands outside it." Frontispiece drawing. 391 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in red cloth with black lettering (top edge slightly dusty) in a very good dust jacket (spine slightly sunned)

    Book ID: 89256
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  • THE NIGHT THE RICH MEN BURNED. by Mackay, Malcolm.
    Mackay, Malcolm.
    THE NIGHT THE RICH MEN BURNED.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York & London: Little Brown, (2014). First edition - Novel set in seamy underworld of Glasgow. "Two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, look for work and for escape from their lives spent growing up on Glasgow's most desperate fringes. Soon they will become involved in one of the city's darkest and most dangerous trades. But while one rises quickly up the ranks, the other will fall prey to the industry's addictive lifestyle and ever-spiralling debts." 337 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (some offsetting to several pages at beginning of book).

    Book ID: 79294
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  • LOCAS. by Murray, Yxta Maya.
    Murray, Yxta Maya.
    LOCAS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, the story of two young gang girls set in the rough LA Echo Park neighborhood, a world exploding with drugs and violence. Boldly INSCRIBED on the title page "Dear ---- Thank you for attending our panel on magic!" and dated in 2008. 246 pp. ISBN: 0-8021-16051.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56878
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  • BANGERS. by Phillips, Gary.
    Phillips, Gary.
    BANGERS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Dafina Books / Kensington, (2003). SIGNED first edition - "On the streets of LA, the most dangerous person can be a cop." California noir, set on the gang infested streets of Venice Beach and Los Angeles. SIGNED on title page. 291 pp. ISBN: 0-758203829.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated wrappers (lower corner bumped, some spotting to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 66268
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  • TRUE NOTEBOOKS. by Salzman, Mark.
    Salzman, Mark.
    TRUE NOTEBOOKS.

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of Mark Salzman's first years teaching a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-375-413081.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59488
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  • THE COMPTON COWBOYS: A New Generation of Black Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland. by Thompson-Hernandez, Walter .
    Thompson-Hernandez, Walter .
    THE COMPTON COWBOYS: A New Generation of Black Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Morrow (imprint of Harper Collins), (2020). SIGNED first edition - The story of a group of young African American men and women who defy stereotypes and reconnect with the long history of Black cowboys in the West. The Compton Jr Posse was founded by Mayisha Akbar in 1998 to provide a safe alternative to the streets. This account is based on a year which the author, a NY Times reporter from Compton himself, spent with the group, SIGNED on the title page. 254 pp

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79359
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  • EAST BAY GREASE. by Williamson, Eric Miles.
    Williamson, Eric Miles.
    EAST BAY GREASE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Picador, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a coming of age story set in the rough Oakland, California of the 1960s and 70s, from Hells Angels to schools overrun by gangs. 248 pp. ISBN: 0-312-198612.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 57178
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