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  • THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: An Interior Journey. by Derricotte, Toi.
    Derricotte, Toi.
    THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: An Interior Journey.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Realizing that her light skin and 'good hair' conspired to give her a unique, unasked-for perspective on the racial divide in the United States, African American poet Toi Derricotte inscribed her anguish in two decades' worth of journal entries. The Black Notebooks records countless moments when Derricotte was showered with offhand entitlements and racist confidences by whites who assumed she, too, was white" SIGNED on the title page. Nominated for the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. 205 pp. . ISBN: 0-393045447.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76363
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  • THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: An Interior Journey. by Derricotte, Toi.
    Derricotte, Toi.
    THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: An Interior Journey.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Realizing that her light skin and 'good hair' conspired to give her a unique, unasked-for perspective on the racial divide in the United States, African American poet Toi Derricotte inscribed her anguish in two decades' worth of journal entries. The Black Notebooks records countless moments when Derricotte was showered with offhand entitlements and racist confidences by whites who assumed she, too, was white" SIGNED on the title page. Nominated for the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. 205 pp. . ISBN: 0-393045447.

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

    Book ID: 84721
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  • Grant, F. Gilmore.
    THE PROBLEM: A Military Novel.

    Edition: First thus - facsimile reprint of a work originally published in 1915.

    College Park, MD.: McGrath Publishing Company, (1969). Hardcover - A scarce novel in any edition - the story of a romance between a dark-skinned African American sergeant who serves in the Spanish-American War and the light-skinned African American woman he loves, who had been brought up as an adopted daughter in a wealthy Virginia family as a white woman and who, unaware of her heritage, goes to Cuba and the Philippines as a nurse with the Red Cross. In addition to the romantic plot, Grant also includes information not just about the heroism of his Black Sergeant, but also African-American military contributions, from Crispus Attucks through the Civil War and more. Three poems by Gilmore are included at the end. 99 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with relatively few markings, and overall tight and clean in dark navy blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.

    Book ID: 84229
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  • BOY, SNOW, BIRD. by Oyeyemi, Helen.
    Oyeyemi, Helen.
    BOY, SNOW, BIRD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2014. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fifth novel by this award-winning writer, who was named one of Grantas Best Young British Novelists in 2013. In the winter of 1953, "after escaping the cruel wrath of her abusive father, Boy Novak finds comfort in a small Massachusetts suburb and a widower named Arturo, whom she later marries. Boy is quite taken with Arturo's daughter Snow, but it's the daughter she has with Arturo that complicates their quiet lives - Bird's birth reveals that Arturo is a light-skinned African-American passing for white. . . The perception of Arturo's race is threatened by Bird. But it's the psychological conflicts that are the most devastating. Arturo was raised…

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    New York: Riverhead Books, 2014. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fifth novel by this award-winning writer, who was named one of Grantas Best Young British Novelists in 2013. In the winter of 1953, "after escaping the cruel wrath of her abusive father, Boy Novak finds comfort in a small Massachusetts suburb and a widower named Arturo, whom she later marries. Boy is quite taken with Arturo's daughter Snow, but it's the daughter she has with Arturo that complicates their quiet lives - Bird's birth reveals that Arturo is a light-skinned African-American passing for white. . . The perception of Arturo's race is threatened by Bird. But it's the psychological conflicts that are the most devastating. Arturo was raised with "the idea that there was no need to ever say, that if you knew who you were then that was enough, that not saying was not the same as lying." Is passing dishonest if it isn't an active decision?" 308 pp. ISBN: 978-1594631399.

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    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (embossed seal of previous owner).

    Book ID: 75354
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