Category: African American Lit


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Cry, the Beloved Country (Oprah's Book Club)

By: Alan Paton

Price: $7.50

Publisher: Scribner: September 2003

Seller ID: 107070

ISBN: 0743262174

Condition: Used - Good

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much." The most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned nove... View more info

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Echoing Silences (African Writers)

By: Alexander Kanengoni

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Heinemann: January 1999

Seller ID: 70622

ISBN: 0435910094

Condition: Used - Good

In this short poetic novel Alexander Kanengoni relates the traumatic history of those who fought to create the modern Zimbabwe. He portrays a war so violent and chaotic that it had a dehumanising effect on all those who took part. Can the damage to the psyche caused by such a war ever be fully repaired? Or is Zimbabwe to descend into a silence that denies the past? In this novel Kanengoni weaves together incidents in the life of Munashe, a young man who joined the guerrillas with high ideals, to express the insanity which can engulf a nation. View more info

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Joys of Motherhood

By: Buchi Emecheta

Price: $6.50

Publisher: george braziller: March 1980

Seller ID: 115009

ISBN: 0807609501

Condition: Used - Good

Nnu Ego, a hard-working, optimistic Ibo woman, remains fiercely determined to save her children from the devastation of war, the erosion of village life, and the breakdown of tradition. View more info

If He Hollers Let Him Go a Novel

By: Chester B Himes

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press: April 1986

Seller ID: 122704

ISBN: 0938410326

Condition: Used - Good

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By: Diane Mckinney-whetstone

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Touchstone: October 1999

Seller ID: 128713

ISBN: 0684837242

Condition: Used - Good

Diane McKinney-Whetstone's lyrical first novel, "Tumbling," vividly captures a tightly knit African-American neighborhood in South Philadelphia during the forties and fifties. Its central characters, Herbie and Noon, are a loving but unconventional couple whose marriage remains unconsummated for many years as Noon struggles to repossess her sexuality after a brutal attack in her past. While she seeks salvation in the church, Herbie gains sexual gratification in the arms of a bewitching jazz singer named Ethel, a woman who profoundly affects both Noon's and Herbie's lives when she leaves with t... View more info

Negroes and the New Southern Politics

By: Donald R. Matthews

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Harcourt: June 1966

Seller ID: 121812

ISBN: 015165011X

Condition: Used - Good

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Cold Stone Jug

By: Herman Charles Bosman

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Human & Rousseau: 1991

Seller ID: 46015

ISBN: 0798129174

Condition: Used - Good

Has a note made by previous owner on first page. 'panopticon-everywhere seeing' View more info

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Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral

By: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Price: $7.25

Publisher: Beacon Press: December 1999

Seller ID: 112975

ISBN: 0807009199

Condition: Used - Good

Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of the movement's most important and prolific authors, "Plum Bun" is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to escape the racism she believes is her only obstacle to opportunity. What she soon discovers is that being a woman has its own burdens that don't fade with the color of one's skin, and that love and marriage might not offer her salvation. View more info

Man Who Cried I Am

By: John A. Williams

Price: $2.00

Publisher: Signet: October 1968

Seller ID: 114581

ISBN: 0451036166

Condition: Used - Good

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Saving Our Last Nerve: The Black Woman's Path to Mental Health

By: Marilyn Martin, M D Martin

Price: $8.50

Publisher: Hilton Publishing: May 2002

Seller ID: 123700

ISBN: 096752587X

Condition: Used - Good

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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

By: Maya Angelou

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Bantam: May 1997

Seller ID: 119514

ISBN: 0553380176

Condition: Used - Good

Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this best-selling spiritual classic. This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power do spirituality to move and shape your life. Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou's latest unforgettable work offers a gem of truth on every page. "From the Paperback edition." View more info

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Hip Hop America

By: Nelson George

Price: $7.25

Publisher: Penguin Books: October 1999

Seller ID: 128707

ISBN: 0140280227

Condition: Used - Good

From the award-winning author of The Death of Rhythm and Blues comes Hip Hop America, the history of hip hop from its roots in the late 1970s to its emergence as the cultural force that today influences everything from movies to fashion, advertising to sports. It's the story of a society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media -- and it's very big business.Called "the most insightful hip hop writer on the planet" by Rolling Stone, Nelson George offers an insider's tour through a multimedia phenomenon of which rap music is only the audible manifestation, and also in... View more info

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The River Between (African Writers Series)

By: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Price: $6.00

Publisher: Heinemann: January 1990

Seller ID: 70621

ISBN: 0435905481

Condition: Used - Good

Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communities on either side of the river. The people are torn between those who believe in Western/Christian education and the opportunities it will offer, and those who feel that only unquestioned loyalty to past traditions will save them. The growing conflict brings tragedy to a pair of young lovers who attempted to bridge the deepening chasm. View more info

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Native Son (Perennial Classics)

By: Richard A. Wright

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics: August 2005

Seller ID: 122254

ISBN: 006083756X

Condition: Used - Good

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. View more info

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Seven Solitudes of Lorsa Lopez (African Writers)

By: Sony Labou Tansi

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Heinemann: December 1995

Seller ID: 85956

ISBN: 0435905945

Condition: Used - Good

In the fantastical world of Nsanga-Norda, Lorsa Lopez murders his wife. It is the signal for Estina Bronzario--the Woman of Bronze--to lead the women of the area to stage a sex strike to protest the official corruption and apathy all around them. Endless crowds and carnival erase the meaning of time, but doom-laden prophecies land in the air, waiting to be fulfilled. Sony Labou Tansi's colorful novel is reminiscent of the epics of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, both in tone and lyricism. View more info

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The Souls of Black Folk (Dover Thrift Editions)

By: W.E.B. Du Bois

Price: $1.00

Publisher: Dover Publications: May 1994

Seller ID: 127094

ISBN: 0486280411

Condition: Used - Good

In this founding work in the literature of black protest, Du Bois eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white supremacy would only serve to perpetuate black oppression. View more info