African American Voices

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The Awkward Black Man Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156853
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

Thank you, Walter Mosely, for continuing to be one of the best yarn spinners of our time. Here is a collection of his short stories for your total reading pleasure, now available as a perfectly portable paperback.


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The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419750496
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Published: Abrams Press - February 1st, 2022

The first full biography of St. Louis native, star Negro Leaguer and Hall of Famer James "Cool Papa" Bell is now out in paperback for your convenience! As Satchel Paige famously quipped, he was so fast he could flip a light switch and be in bed before the room got dark.


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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250800473
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - November 9th, 2021

"You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have." So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. "There is a fix," Acho says. "But in order to access it, we're going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations."

This book was an instant bestseller last November when no one could come into the bookstore to see it. Now you can, but we'll happily send it to you in the mail as well.


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Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250621733
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - September 14th, 2021

From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the 20th and 21st century, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say 'me too' and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Tarana's memoir explores how to piece back together our fractured selves. How to not just bring the 'me too' movement back to empathy, but how to empathize with our past selves, with out 'bad' selves, and how to begin to love ourselves unabashedly.


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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

The 1619 Project situates the United States origin story in 1619, the year the first slave ship landed on the shores of America, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur "genius" and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture'.


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Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] Cover Image
By Bryant Terry (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781984859723
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Published: 4 Color Books - October 19th, 2021

In this stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, Bryant Terry, author of Vegetable Kingdom and Afro-Vegan, captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food. With contributions from more than 100 Black cultural luminaires from around the globe, the book moves through chapters exploring parts of the Black experience, from Homeland to Migration, Spirituality to Black Future, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, and arresting artwork. This would make a wonderful gift.


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The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509707
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the "rules for radicals" that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement.
She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve. The Purpose of Power is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of change-makers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.


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Black Futures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399181153
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Published: One World - October 26th, 2021

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work-images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more-to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics.


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Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250135971
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 2nd, 2021

Entertaining Race is a testament to Dyson's consistent celebration of the outsized impact of African American culture and politics on this country. Black people were forced to entertain white people in slavery, have been forced to entertain the idea of race from the start, and must find entertaining ways to make race an object of national conversation. Dyson's career embodies these and other ways of performing Blackness, and in these pages, ranging from 1991 to the present, he entertains race with his pen, voice and body.


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You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062979933
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 14th, 2021

Gabrielle Union picks up where she left off in 2017 when she opened up about some of the most intimate parts of her life in We're Going to Need More WIne.

With You Got Anything Stronger, Union takes us on a girl's night at Chateau Marmont, and talks to Isis, her character from Bring It On. For the first time, she truly opens up about her surrogacy journey and the birth of Kaavia James Union Wade. And of course takes on racist institutions and practices in the entertainment industry, asking for equality and real accountability.


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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s. This could be Colson's best yet. And we have autographed copies! Get them while they last!!!


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You Better Be Lightning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781943735990
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Published: Button Poetry - November 9th, 2021

Andrea Gibson is a true pioneer of performance poetry. Her books have won numerous awards and sold over 120, 000 copies. You Better Be Lightning is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection. Someone love knows their work and would love this newest collection.


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Climbing the Ladder, Chasing the Dream: The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780826222473
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Published: University of Missouri - December 30th, 2021

A long overdue history of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis's renowned Black teaching hospital.
Opened in the midst of the Depression, for over four decades, Homer G. gave made it possible for African Americans to both be treated to decent health care and become doctors and nurses. The pride of St. Louis, Homer G. Phillips now gets its due.


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Supreme Actresses: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Hollywood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419756276
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Published: Abrams - October 26th, 2021

Supreme Actresses is a comprehensive collection of photographs, interviews, and profiles of the most influential Black actresses who have worked in film, television, and theater. It makes a great gift for the film buff in your life. Or you. Maybe you are the film buff. What are you waiting for?


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Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107703
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 7th, 2021

Three third generation daughters of the Great Migration come of age in the storied 70s in Chicago's historic Bronzeville. It is a hopeful time for young Black girls and their dreams are big. But life intervenes and Dawn, her sister and best friend's trajectories take some hard, even tragic turns. In the vein of the Other Wes Moore, this poignant memoir gives voice to the lives of young Black women.


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Unprotected: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419746192
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Published: Abrams Press - October 19th, 2021

From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing.


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ISBN: 9780714878317
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Published: Phaidon Press - January 5th, 2022

Mickalene Thomas is one of the hottest multidisciplinary artists working today.

Over the past two decades, Mickalene Thomas's critically acclaimed and extensive body of work has spanned painting, collage, photography, video, and the immersive installations that have become her signature. With influences ranging from nineteenth-century painting to popular culture, Thomas's art articulates a complex and empowering vision of aspiration and self-image through gender and race while expanding on and subverting common definitions of beauty, sexuality, and celebrity.

If you want to indulge yourself or a loved one, add this gorgeous volume to your collection. Quantities are limited!


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Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780190096847
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2021

Finally, a thorough and detailed biography of one of the Civil Rights Movements' fiercest warriors, Fannie Lou Hamer. Born the 20th child of former slaves and sharecroppers, she endured every indignity growing up and from that experience, forged a life-long commitment to fight for justice. Even after a brutal beating at the hands of Mississippi police left her partially disabled for life, she kept on keeping on. We owe her an incalculable debt of gratitude. This is an inspiring story that goes a long way to filling in some of the gaps in American history as it is told.


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As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic: Selections from the Wedge Collection Cover Image
By Wedge Collection (Selected by), Teju Cole (Preface by), Mark Sealy (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781597115100
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Published: Aperture - November 30th, 2021

This gorgeous, giftable collection of photographs by some of the best Black photographers in the world celebrates the African diasporic experience on both sides of the Atlantic with beautifully human portraits of daily life. With text by some of the best Black writers in the world, it is a monumental tribute to Black lives. As Teju Cole describes in his preface, "Too often in the larger culture, we see images of Black people in attitudes of despair, pain, or brutal isolation. As We Rise gently refuses that.


It will soon be time for those New Year's resolutions and reading more usually tops our lists here at the bookstore.
This is the perfect book to bring you up to speed on African American literature. Designed as a one year program, you'll be guided through 52 weeks of great reading by Black authors in every genre. Recommended by the ALA and annotated, you can easily follow this on your own or adapt it to your reading group.


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The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593189450
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 9th, 2021

Danielle Evans, award-winning author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, is back with another collection of wonderful stories. Widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and x-ray insights into complex human relationships, with The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.


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SPIKE Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781797203850
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Published: Chronicle Chroma - November 17th, 2021

Whoa check out this insanely gorgeous monograph of the incomparable Spike Lee's life and work! Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike's brother and long-time still photographer, this tome covers everything Spike put his cinematic Midas touch to. Quantities will be limited. This will soon be a collector's book.


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My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781797212197
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 28th, 2021

St. Clair Detrick-Jules was inspired to write this book when her little sister, Khloe, came home from preschool where a classmate had told her that her hair was ugly. A collection of empowering stories and captivating photos, My Beautiful Black Hair celebrates an aspect of Black femininity-natural hair-and embraces it as a central part of Black womanhood.


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Will Cover Image
By Will Smith, Mark Manson (With)
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ISBN: 9781984877925
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Published: Penguin Press - November 9th, 2021

Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.

This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind.
 


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The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358566052
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Published: Mariner Books - October 5th, 2021

The inspiring, dramatic, and heartwarming true account of an escaped convict and his wife of thirty-five plus years who never knew his secret, which captured the imaginations of millions on Humans of New York. The backstory of this Church-going family man and his remarkable marriage is already in development for a television series.


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ISBN: 9781635577112
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

One summer, fed up with the faux liberal innocence of the Pacific Northwest, Jill Louise Busby made a short video about race, white institutions, and the danger of intentional gradualism and posted it on Instagram. The video went viral, receiving millions of views across platforms.

Over the next few years, as her pithy persona Jillisblack became an "it voice" for all things race-based, Jill began to notice parallels between the performances of "diversity" for the white corporate world and "wokeness" for her followers. Both, she realized, were scripted.

Unfollow Me is a memoir-in-essays about these scripts; about tokenism, micro-fame, and inhabiting spaces-real and virtual, black and white-where complicity is the price of admittance. Busby's social commentary is wryly funny and achingly open-hearted


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Black Nerd Problems: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982150235
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Published: Gallery Books - September 14th, 2021

The creators of the popular website Black Nerd Problems bring their witty and unflinching insight to this engaging collection of pop culture essays-on everything from Mario Kart to issues of representation. Perfect for the Nerd in your life!


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Black Deutschland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250117977
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Published: Picador - February 7th, 2017

Jed-young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago-flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin.

From the author of High Cotton here is the the story of a young African American man in divided Berlin: "The novel is full of wondrous things" (James Wood, The New Yorker).


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How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950774159
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Published: BOA Editions - September 21st, 2021

Toni Morrison described Lucille Clifton's poetry as "seductive with the simplicity of an atom, which is to say highly complex, explosive underneath an apparent quietude." This long overdue collection of Clifton's poetry is simultaneously timeless and fitting for today's tumultuous moment.