Category: Biography - African American


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Desert Flower

By: N/A

Price: $10.60

Publisher: N/A: January 1999

Seller ID: 55411

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Coming of Age in Mississippi

By: Anne Moody

Price: $3.50

Publisher: Laurel: March 1997

Seller ID: 46559

Written without a trace of sentimentality or apology, this is an unforgettable personal story--the truth as a remarkable young woman named Anne Moody lived it. To read her book is to know what it is to have grown up black in Mississippi in the forties an fifties--and to have survived with pride and courage intact. In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidily reveals the soul of a blac... View more info

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Finding Fish

By: Antwone Q. Fisher, Mim E. Rivas

Price: $3.75

Publisher: HarperTorch: December 2002

Seller ID: 47084

A New York Times bestseller, Finding Fish is the remarkable story of an African American boy abandoned in an abusive foster home in Cleveland who rises to liberation, manhood, and extraordinary success (in Hollywood). Born in prison to a single mother after his father was shot and killed, Antwone Fisher soon became a ward of Cleveland's foster care system. By the time he was five years old, he had been transferred to several different families. Eventually he came ... View more info

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One More Victory Lap

By: Carl Lewis, Jeffrey Marx

Price: $9.50

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing: October 1996

Seller ID: 40127

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One More Victory Lap

By: Carl Lewis, Jeffrey Marx

Price: $9.50

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing: October 1996

Seller ID: 47330

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Chaka! Through the Fire

By: Chaka Khan, Tonya Bolden

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Rodale Books: October 2003

Seller ID: 90581

"Rolling Stone" compared it to melted caramel, and Miles Davis compared it to his horn. Chaka Khan's scorchingly soulful voice first dazzled most of us back in 1974 with Rufus and "Tell Me Something Good," and most recently in her Grammy Award-winning performance in "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," singing "What's Going On?" with the Funk Brothers. Over the years, she's had twelve number-one hits and nine number-one albums. Over one hundred appearances on the Bil... View more info

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In My Place

By: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Price: $5.50

Publisher: Vintage: November 1993

Seller ID: 68180

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Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?

By: Charles Barkley

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The: March 2005

Seller ID: 92569

The thing about race, Charles Barkley says, is we talk about it only when something bad happens and tempers are high, and so all we do is shout at one another across a chasm that's wide and getting wider. The rest of the time we try to pretend that the chasm isn't there. The way to get real about things, Barkley demonstrates in this book, isn't to shout and point fingers, but to expose all the hypocrisy and phoniness that keep us from talking about the way things really ... View more info

A Hand to Guide Me

By: Denzel Washington

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Meredith Books: October 2006

Seller ID: 114408

In his debut as an author, Denzel Washington shares his personal story of the mentors who helped guide his life.Washington pens the introduction for the stories of more than 70 of America's leading personalities in theatre, sports, business, and politics as they tell their life-changing stories of mentorship.Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Antwone Fisher, Bonnie Raitt, Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez, Dick Vitale, Whoopie Goldberg and more.A portion ... View more info

Elizabeth of Toro: The Odyssey of an African Princess

By: Elizabeth Nyabongo

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Touchstone Books: August 1989

Seller ID: 47766

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

By: Ernest J. Gaines

Price: $2.00

Publisher: Bantam: September 1996

Seller ID: 103360

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in "The Sound And The Fury."" Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured, ' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great wo... View more info

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Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey

By: Evander Holyfield

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Atria: February 2008

Seller ID: 76484

History's only four-time world heavyweight boxing champion and one of America's most admired and beloved athletes reveals the dramatic story of his rise from poverty to the very pinnacle of the toughest sport on earth. Barely able to make it into the heavyweight division and almost always the smaller fighter in the ring, Holyfield spent his professional career proving the naysayers wrong. Along the way he provided some of the twentieth century's most thrilling sport... View more info

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Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

By: Fantasia

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Fireside: September 2005

Seller ID: 47361

"The more people say you can't, the more you can. The more they talk negatively, the more you fight. You have to think about bettering your life and go after it. I don't care what you got to do. You only have one life to live, so do your thing." In one moment, with one tearful, touching performance of "Summertime," Fantasia captured the hearts, and the votes, of millions of "American Idol" fans. Her powerful voice and independent style made her an overnight national s... View more info

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The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

By: Helene Cooper

Price: $10.00

Publisher: N/A: September 2008

Seller ID: 46565

Helene Cooper is "Congo," a descendant of two Liberian dynasties--traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took ... View more info

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The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

By: Howard Bryant

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Pantheon: May 2010

Seller ID: 114407

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figure... View more info

World's Great Men of Color

By: J.A. Rogers

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co: June 1972

Seller ID: 73246

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Joe Louis, My Life

By: Joe Louis, Edna Rust, Art Rust

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Harcourt: June 1978

Seller ID: 117001

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No Free Ride: From the Mean Streets to the Mainstream

By: Kweisi Mfume, Ron Stodghill

Price: $10.00

Publisher: One World/Ballantine: August 1996

Seller ID: 68612

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Black Ice (Vintage)

By: Lorene Cary

Price: $5.50

Publisher: Vintage: February 1992

Seller ID: 47769

In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a scholarship student in a "boot camp" for future American leaders.  Like any good student, she was determined to succeed.  But Cary was also determined to succeed without selling out.  This wonderfully frank and perceptive memoir... View more info

Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob

By: Matt Birkbeck

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Amistad: September 2008

Seller ID: 110749

Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But despite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of itever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife, Altovise, a once-vivacious woman and heir to one of t... View more info