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Coming of Age in Mississippi

By: Anne Moody

Price: $3.50

Publisher: Laurel: March 1997

Seller ID: 46559

ISBN: 0440314887

Condition: Used - Good


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 black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work: an accurate, authoritative portrait of black fam... 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

ISBN: 0060539860

Condition: Used - Good


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 to live with the Picketts, an older couple with grown children of their own. During his stay with the Picketts, which las... View more info

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By: Barack Obama

Price: $7.50

Publisher: Broadway Books: November 2007

Seller ID: 127753

ISBN: 0307237702

Condition: Used - Good


In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners' minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called "the audacity of hope." "The Audacity of Hope" is Barack Obama's call for a different brand of politics--a politics for those weary of bitter partisanshipand alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in congr... 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

ISBN: 0884970051

Condition: Used - Good


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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

ISBN: 0884970051

Condition: Used - Acceptable


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In My Place

By: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Price: $5.50

Publisher: Vintage: November 1993

Seller ID: 68180

ISBN: 0679748180

Condition: Used - Good


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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

ISBN: 1594200424

Condition: Used - Good


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 are, and even to find the humor in all the crazy disconnects and misunderstandings between the different races in America. It... 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

ISBN: 0671673963

Condition: Used - Good


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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

By: Ernest J. Gaines

Price: $2.00

Publisher: Bantam: September 1996

Seller ID: 103360

ISBN: 0553263579

Condition: Used - Good


"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 works "The Odyssey" for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and "Huckleberry Fi... 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

ISBN: 1416534865

Condition: Used - Good


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 sports moments, not all of them on purpose. In "Becoming Holyfield," he gives us the exciting inside story of defeating Mike Tyson... 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

ISBN: 074328156X

Condition: Used - Good


"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 sensation. But life wasn't always sensational for Fantasia.Fantasia could have been just another sad statistic. At the age ... 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

ISBN: 0743266242

Condition: Used - Good


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 in a foster child--a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as "Mrs. Cooper's da... 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

ISBN: 0375424857

Condition: Used - Good


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 figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, "... 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

ISBN: 0020813104

Condition: Used - Good


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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

ISBN: 0151463751

Condition: Used - Good


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Black Ice (Vintage)

By: Lorene Cary

Price: $5.50

Publisher: Vintage: February 1992

Seller ID: 47769

ISBN: 0679737456

Condition: Used - Good


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 describes the perils and ambiguities of that double role, in which failing calculus and winning a student election could bot... View more info

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

By: Matt Birkbeck

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Amistad: September 2008

Seller ID: 110749

ISBN: 0061450669

Condition: Used - Good


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 the greatest entertainment legacies of the twentieth century, was living in poverty, and with nowhere else to go, she turned t... View more info

The Heart of a Woman

By: Maya Angelou

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Bantam: May 1997

Seller ID: 47321

ISBN: 0553380095

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By: Maya Angelou

Price: $3.25

Publisher: Bantam: August 1991

Seller ID: 87298

ISBN: 0553279378

Condition: Used - Good


A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the "New York Times" bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people--and the times--that touched her life. View more info

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Warriors Don't Cry

By: Melba Patitllo Beals

Price: $4.25

Publisher: N/A: July 2007

Seller ID: 127876

ISBN: 1416948821

Condition: Used - Good


An innocent teenager. An unexpected hero. In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, "Brown v. Board of Education, " Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob's rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with di... View more info