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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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  • 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. 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" 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: 85514
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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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  • MISCHIEF MAKERS. by Jones, Nettie.
    Jones, Nettie.
    MISCHIEF MAKERS.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1991). SIGNED - Jone's second published book (and last, so far), the story of two generations of mixed race women set in the years from 1920-1950. The NY Times noted that her "women are mischievous - sometimes willfully and sometimes despite themselves - because they are never entirely what they seem. Raphael de Baptiste is a tall, stunningly beautiful young woman. The visible traces of her African and American Indian heritage have disappered so thoroughly that her mother calls her Peaches, for her complexion. . . In her new life, people assume Raphael is white, and she never disagrees. Ms. Jones does not examine or judge this change; she presents it as an easy attitude…

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    New York: Vintage Books, (1991). SIGNED - Jone's second published book (and last, so far), the story of two generations of mixed race women set in the years from 1920-1950. The NY Times noted that her "women are mischievous - sometimes willfully and sometimes despite themselves - because they are never entirely what they seem. Raphael de Baptiste is a tall, stunningly beautiful young woman. The visible traces of her African and American Indian heritage have disappered so thoroughly that her mother calls her Peaches, for her complexion. . . In her new life, people assume Raphael is white, and she never disagrees. Ms. Jones does not examine or judge this change; she presents it as an easy attitude Raphael slides into.. . When she falls love with a Chippewa Indian, one who owns a lot of land, she dies in child birth before she has a chance to tell her husband and children about her hybrid ancestry. Her daughters pay a severe price for Raphael's mischief... Ms. Jones elicits enormous sympathy for her characters. She has the daring to create people who are intriguing and intricate, even when they are not convincing." INSCRIBED inside the front cover and dated in 1995. 163 pp. ISBN: 0-67972785x.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 89786
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  • BLACK MAGIC. by Morand, Paul (1888-1976)
    Morand, Paul (1888-1976)
    BLACK MAGIC.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1929. Hardcover first edition - A member of the French diplomatic service, Morand become friends with Carl Van Vechten in New York in 1925-27 and in 1927-28 he traveled though the Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, including Martinique, Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. In 1928 Morand went to French colonial possessions in Africa, including Dakar (Senegal), French Guinea, French Sudan and Timbuktu, among other places -or, as he ended his preface to this book "30,000 miles. 28 Negro countries." Magie Noire or Black Magic is a collection of stories or vignettes, supposedly based on these travels. A few involve voodoo, and several are stories of 'passing' or attempting to pass as white, but all…

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    New York: The Viking Press, 1929. Hardcover first edition - A member of the French diplomatic service, Morand become friends with Carl Van Vechten in New York in 1925-27 and in 1927-28 he traveled though the Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, including Martinique, Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. In 1928 Morand went to French colonial possessions in Africa, including Dakar (Senegal), French Guinea, French Sudan and Timbuktu, among other places -or, as he ended his preface to this book "30,000 miles. 28 Negro countries." Magie Noire or Black Magic is a collection of stories or vignettes, supposedly based on these travels. A few involve voodoo, and several are stories of 'passing' or attempting to pass as white, but all are about black people, often depicted in grotesque or stereotypical ways, and despite being illustrated by the noted Harlem Renaissance artist, Aaron Douglas, and the comment by the translator expressing gratitude to noted civil rights activist and author Walter White for his assistance, the underlying racism of this book is indisputable. A contemporary review in the NY Times noted that Morand "takes the black races as material for esthetic effects, for a smooth high-geared prose that is modern in its surface aspects and not particularly searching" while a more recent critic commented even when it "recounts various injustices which African-Americans have suffered at the hands of white Americans - including lynchings and sundown towns - the focus of the story is not on the real injustices against Black people, but on the negative portrayal of Black people in striving for economic success and political equality." Translated from the French by Hamish Miles. Striking full page illustrations by Douglas at the beginning of each story make this book worthwhile. 218 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in decorative paper covered boards with a black cloth spine, and gold paper label on spine. Some rubbing and wear to edges of boards, but overall a tight and clean copy, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87946
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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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