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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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  • AMERICANAH. by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.
    Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.
    AMERICANAH.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. First edition - Nigerian born author's third novel, fourth book. "Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. . . Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and re-ignite their passion for each other and for their homeland." Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. The Los Angeles…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. First edition - Nigerian born author's third novel, fourth book. "Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. . . Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and re-ignite their passion for each other and for their homeland." Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. The Los Angeles Times called it "Part love story, part social critique, and one of the best [novels] you'll read this year!" 477 pp.

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    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in printed red wrappers with a sample of the finished cover art bound in. A surprisingly uncommon advance copy.

    Book ID: 72631
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  • THE L SHAPED ROOM. by Banks, Lynne Reid.
    Banks, Lynne Reid.
    THE L SHAPED ROOM.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's very highly praised first novel, set in London, in an England on the cusp of social change, the story of a young woman who finds herself pregnant, kicked out of the house by her father, who finds shelter in a top floor apartment - the L shaped room - in a seedy Fulham building. Basis for the film of the same name. 320 pp.

    Condition: Good only in red cloth in a good dust jacket (rather severe age-toning to the pages, overall edgewear to the dj, original price of $4.50 still present.) .

    Book ID: 78437
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  • THE COLOR OF OUR FUTURE. by Chideya, Farai.
    Chideya, Farai.
    THE COLOR OF OUR FUTURE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - An examination of the changing demographics and the racial attitudes in the United States, especially among the young. "By the year 2050, there will be more nonwhite than white Americans, and most of the nonwhite population will be Asian and Latino, not black. Increasingly, America is becoming a multiracial society. Americans in their teens and twenties are at the forefront of this cultural revolution. . . Chideya allows the voices of the next generation(black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, and multiracial(to ring out with truth and clarity and guide us to the kaleidoscope of our future." xii. End Notes. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-688165303.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70469
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  • GOING TO THE TERRITORY by Ellison, Ralph
    Ellison, Ralph
    GOING TO THE TERRITORY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second collection of essays by the author of "The Invisible Man," most written after 1964 and including one written especially for this book. Includes several essays on literature in society, a homage to Duke Ellington, on Romare Bearden's art, on Richard Wright, a speech he gave at West Point, which talks about his years in the service during World War II and how he came to write "The Invisible Man" and more. 338 pp.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64666
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  • PEARL'S SECRET: A Black Man's Search for His White Family. by Henry, Neil.
    Henry, Neil.
    PEARL'S SECRET: A Black Man's Search for His White Family.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (2001.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An autobiography and family history which "combines elements of history, investigative reporting, and personal narrative . . . Neil Henry - a black professor of journalism and former award winning correspondent for the Washington Post - sets out to piece together the murky details of his family's racial past" Ranges from the story of overseer and Confederate veteran who fathered both sides of the family in Louisiana in the post Civil War era to the present day. Photographs. 312 pp. ISBN: 0-520-222571.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket (hint of spine slant.)

    Book ID: 56298
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  • HOUSE DIVIDED: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King. by [King, Martin Luther] Lokos, Lionel.
    [King, Martin Luther] Lokos, Lionel.
    HOUSE DIVIDED: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - A conservative's take on the legacy of Martin Luther King - the creation of a "house divided" for the second time - but this time, it is not between slavery and freedom, but "between law and lawlessness." Notes, index. 567 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth with gold lettering on the spine in a good dust jacket (edgewear to the dj).

    Book ID: 79347
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  • TABOO: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One. by Komunyakaa, Yusef.
    Komunyakaa, Yusef.
    TABOO: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2004) dj. Hardcover first edition - A powerful collection of poems by this Pulitzer prize winning poet, all written in three line stanzas, which examine the role of blacks in Western civilization and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature. 132 pp. ISBN: 0-374-291489.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder dot)

    Book ID: 58062
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  • Lively, Adam.
    MASKS: Blackness, Race, and the Imagination.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. dj. Hardcover first edition - An exploratation on how the concept of blackness has evolved in Western thought and literature by this novelist and critic - a free-ranging book which covers early European attitudes during the days of the slave trade, slave narratives, books like 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and modern writers like Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Aime Cesaire as well as white writers like Norman Mailer and John Updike. 295 pp with index. ISBN: 0-19-5133706.

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

    Book ID: 26465
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  • REAL AMERICAN: A Memoir. by Lythcott-Haims, Julie.
    Lythcott-Haims, Julie.
    REAL AMERICAN: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A recollection of growing up biracial in America - and living in an America where black lives still often don't matter. Bryan Stevenson called this A compelling, incisive and thoughtful examination of race, origin and what it means to be called an American. Engaging, heartfelt and beautifully written, Lythcott-Haims explores the American spectrum of identity with refreshing courage and compassion. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 272 pp. ISBN: 978-1250137746.

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

    Book ID: 73750
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  • BLAME ME ON HISTORY. by Modisane, Bloke (1923-1986)
    Modisane, Bloke (1923-1986)
    BLAME ME ON HISTORY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1963. dj. Hardcover first edition - An autobiography, banned in South Africa upon its publication in 1963, which describes growing up and living under apartheid. Praise from Langston Hughes who calls Modisane a "writer of power and persuasion." Includes a postscript by the author. 311 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (gift inscription on front endpaper, some rubbing and wear to the dj, price-clipped) .

    Book ID: 79691
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  • [Smithsonian Institution] F.M. Carpenter, Johannes Bronstad, John C. Ewers, Raymond E. Crist and others, contributors.
    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 1953: Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ended June 30 1953.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1954. Hardcover first edition - Publication 4149. In addition to the usual financial reports, and reports on operations, this includes articles on radioisotopes, musical instruments, genetics and an early discussion of factory robotics - the push-button factory by Frank K. Shallenberger, and also the geological history and evolution of insects by F.M. Carpenter, Norsemen in North America before Columbus by Johannes Bronstad, to Colonial Williamsburg; and Charles Bird King, painter of Indian visitors to the nation's capital by John C. Ewers, The mountain village of Dahr Lebanon by Raymond E. Crist, an article on dating the Dead Sea scrolls, on climate and race and more. Illustrated. 481 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in dark green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations (prev owner's name inside front cover.)

    Book ID: 32753
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  • jANUARY SUN: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town. by Stengel, Richard.
    Stengel, Richard.
    jANUARY SUN: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, one which takes us below the surface to look at the lives of three men in the small town of Brits in the Western Transvaal, South Africa -a white Afrikaaner vet, a black taxi driver and a young Indian shopkeeper. Includes an afterword which updates the situation of these three men in 1989. Map. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-671645935.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some discoloration to the black cloth spine, price-clipped)

    Book ID: 69991
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  • TAKE ONE CANDLE LIGHT A ROOM. by Straight, Susan
    Straight, Susan
    TAKE ONE CANDLE LIGHT A ROOM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her seventh book, the story of a travel writer who returns to her southern California home to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her closest friend, only to find herself drawn into the timultuous life of the twenty-two year old son of that friend. A novel which moves from California to Lousiana, from the issues of the past to the dangers of the present. INSCRIBED on the title page "For --- for keeping those candles lit" 320 pp. ISBN: 9780307379146.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58780
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  • TAKE ONE CANDLE LIGHT A ROOM. by Straight, Susan
    Straight, Susan
    TAKE ONE CANDLE LIGHT A ROOM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Her seventh book, the story of a travel writer who returns to her southern California home to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her closest friend, only to find herself drawn into the timultuous life of the twenty-two year old son of that friend. A novel which moves from California to Lousiana, from the issues of the past to the dangers of the present. SIGNED on the title page. 320 pp. ISBN: 9780307379146.

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

    Book ID: 61840
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  • Williams, Gregory Howard.
    LIFE ON THE COLOR LINE: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - A ten-year-oldÕs life changes when he moves to Muncie, Indiana in the late 1950s. The difficulties of growing up poor, with an alcoholic father, and claiming black when one looks white. 284pp. ISBN: 0-525-938508.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 23851
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  • US (a). by Williams, Saul.
    Williams, Saul.
    US (a).

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster, (2015). First edition - African American poet's fourth collection - written after 4 years abroad, this is a collection that deals with "race, class, gender, finance, freedom, guns, cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politiciansÑeverything that makes up our country." 254 pp. ISBN: 978-1476779324.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy).

    Book ID: 66626
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