|Black Titles Just Keep Growing|
|African-American Interest Titles|
|African-American Children's Books|
The following are selected titles of African-American interest published between September 2002 and March 2003.
One Shot Harris: The Photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris (Oct., $24.50) by Stanley Crouch gathers a local photographer's shots of community life in 1930s—1970s Pittsburgh.
African Ceremonies: The Concise Edition (Oct., $49.95) by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fischer is a one-volume edition of the original two-volume photographic exploration of the traditional rituals of Africa.
Reggae Explosion (Sept., $24.98) by Chris Salewicz and Adrian Boot charts the course of the rhythmic revolution that began with the popular Jamaican music.
American Roots Music (Sept., $24.95), edited by Robert Santelli, Holly George-Warren and Jim Brown. A companion volume to the PBS series, telling the story of blues, gospel, country and other traditional music through its most popular artists.
Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations (Feb., $24.95) by Raymond Winbush. Essays addressing the legal, emotional and practical issues of reparations to descendants of African-American slaves. 50-city national radio campaign.
Honoring Sergeant Carter: Redeeming a Black World War II Hero's Legacy (Feb., $24.95) by Allene Carter and Robert L. Allen. One family's efforts to get the American government to recognize the heroism of a black World War II soldier and to apologize for unfairly maligning him.
Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life (Oct., $23) by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. A memoir focusing on the author's love/hate relationship with hip-hop.
Getting' Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II (Nov., $24) by Zane. The second volume of the bestselling author's explicit sexual stories.
Rock My Soul (Jan., $23) by bell hooks. An in-depth look at how low self-esteem affects African Americans.
Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories (Jan., $24) by Walter Mosley. Interconnecting stories based on his popular characters, Easy Rawlins and Mouse.
Inner City Miracle (Oct., $23.95) by Judge Greg Mathis is the inspirational story of a young man who rose from delinquent to Detroit district court judge and national television personality.
Blame It on Eve (Oct., paper $13.95) by Philana Marie Boles. Debut novel of an ex—fashion model learning to confront her addiction to men.
Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Right (Jan., $24.95) by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due is a paean to the civil rights movement told through alternating chapters by the novelist and her civil rights activist mother. Advertising.
Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities (Feb., $24.95) by Johnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall provides a critique of sexism and gender politics within African-American communities. Advertising.
Grace (Mar., $23.95) by Elizabeth Nunez. In this novel, a woman's search for self challenges her husband's assumptions and their marriage. Advertising.
Another Day at the Front: Dispatches from the Race War (Jan., $24) by Ishmael Reed. An irreverent barrage of essays aimed at the perpetuators of America's war on blacks.
The Great Wells of Democracy: Reconstructing Race and Politics in the 21st Century (Jan., $26) by Manning Marable presents a new way to think about such subjects as re-enfranchisement of felons, state support for faith-based institutions and slavery reparations. Advertising.
Open Mike: Reflections on Racial Identities, Popular Cultures and Freedom Struggles (Jan., $17) by Michael Eric Dyson. Essays and interviews representing the author's thinking on race and identity.
Why I Love Black Women (Feb., $22) by Michael Eric Dyson is a love letter and tribute to black women everywhere. Advertising. 10-city author tour.
Young, Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students (Feb., $25) by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele and Asa Hillard argues that understanding how children experience the struggle of being black in America is essential to improving how schools serve them.
Lester Leaps In: The Life and Times of Lester "Pres" Young (Feb., paper $20) by Douglas Henry Daniels illustrates the jazz musician's life through the musicians who played with him.
One Heartbeat at a Time (Sept., paper $6.99) by Marilyn Tyner. In this novel, wo stockbrokers fall in love and become trapped in a dangerous deception.
Rhythms of Love (Oct., paper $6.99) by Doris Johnson. In this novel an injured dancer recovers her self-worth when a handsome jazz club owner sweeps her off her feet.
Homecoming (Nov., paper $6.99) by Rochelle Alers. A novel about a reporter who returns home to Mississippi, discovers the truth behind her parents' long-ago murder/ suicide and finds dangerous passion with a handsome doctor.
Through the Storm (Dec., paper $6.99) by Leslie Esdaile. In this novel. a journalist who has lost everything to a hurricane attempts to rebuild her life—and to weather a second chance at love.
Lighthouse Magic (Feb., paper $6.99) by Candice Poarch. A novel about a woman who sets out to reclaim her true identity and embarks on a journey through love and danger.
Hot Summer Nights (Mar., paper $6.99) by Bridget Anderson. In this novel, a man and woman with troubled pasts find themselves in a fairy-tale romance.
BLACK CLASSIC PRESS
Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century (Oct., paper $24.95), edited by E. Ethelbert Miller. A multidimensional look at the black experience through more than 300 works by poets both distinguished and new.
What Next: An African American Initiative Toward World Peace (Feb., $16.95) by Walter Mosley reveals his personal approach to the current challenge of world peace through remembrances of his father.
JOHN F. BLAIR I Was Born in Slavery: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Texas (Feb., paper $10.95), edited by Andrew Waters. The seventh in a series of slave narratives drawn from Federal Writers' Project interviews with former slaves.
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (Feb., $24.95). A compilation of the interviews of former slaves conducted in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration; companion volume to the HBO documentary. 30,000 first printing. Black Expressions Book Club, BOMC and History Book Club selection.
CARROLL & GRAF
The Hellfighters of Harlem (Nov., $26) by Bill Harris celebrates the contributions of the U.S. Army's 369th Regiment from its all-black origins in World War I to the Gulf War.
The African-American Bookshelf (Jan., $22.95) by Clifford Mason illustrates the contributions of black men and women to every part of the nation's history.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (Sept., $30, paper $17) by Quincy Troupe. A collection of the former California poet laureate's work.
The Book of Sarahs (Oct., $25) by Catherine McKinley. A memoir about an adopted woman's search for her birth parents explores themes of race and family.
Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible (Sept., $27) by Hugh B. Price gives practical tips on improving children's achievement levels while instilling enthusiasm for education.
It's a Sistah Thing: A Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Fibroids for African American Women (Sept., paper $15) by Monique R. Brown provides facts, treatments and insider tips on coping.
African American Firsts: Famous Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America (Nov., $15) by Joan Potter mines documents, family histories and government files to reveal more than 450 "firsts" by African-Americans.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM OF ART
Kara Walker: Pictures from Another Time (Oct., $29.95), edited by Annette Dixon, explores the controversial artist whose silhouettes and other works comment on the continuing legacy of slavery in the American consciousness.
DEVORSS & COMPANY
Little Green Apples: God Really Did Make Them! (Mar., paper $15.95) by O.C. Smith and James Shaw is an inspirational volume by the late soul singer.
Sapphire's Grave: A Novel (Dec., $24.95) by Hilda Gurley-Highgate illuminates the link between women and their female ancestors.
Having It All? Black Women and Success (Jan., $23.95) by Veronica Chambers is a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of successful middle- and upper-class African-American women.
Black Fathers: A Call for Healing (Jan., $22.95) by Kristin Clark Taylor is an unapologetic look at the invisible dad, one of the most critical issues facing the black community.
In Love and War (Jan., $23.95) by Nick Chiles and Denene Millner. The couple's second novel, of a suspicious single mom and a wary bachelor, told through alternating viewpoints. 8-city author tour.
Loving Donovan (Jan., $23.95) by Bernice McFadden. The author's fourth novel, of love, destiny and the powerful role fate plays in our lives. 9-city author tour.
A Man Most Worthy (Jan., $23.95) by Marcus Major. A novel about love, ambition, sex, friendship and rediscovering what matters most.
The Hatwearer's Lesson (Mar., $23.95) by Yolanda Joe. A novel about how our family history shapes our present lives, no matter how much we try to deny it. 10-city author tour.
THE FREE PRESS
Acting Out: A Novel (Jan., $23) by Benilde Little. A woman is caught between the life she thought she was supposed to live and the one she gave up long ago. 10-city author tour.
Selah's Bed: A Novel (Feb., $23) by Jenoyne Adams. A woman is torn between the reckless life she once embraced and a future she longs to hold. 6-city author tour.
Discovering Your African-American Ancestors (Jan., $21.99) by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom offers a three-part approach to overcome the obstacles of this specialized research.
Authentically Black: Essays for the Silent Majority (Jan., $25) by John McWhorter continues the author's advocacy for racial enlightenment and achievement.
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Black Panthers (Oct., $50) by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. A documentation of the Black Panther Party through photographs taken in 1968, when the authors gained unprecedented access to its inner circle.
Brown Sugar: Soul Food Desserts from Family and Friends (Feb., $27.95) by Joyce White. A collection of down-home soul food desserts gathered from African-American cooks around the country. 6-city author tour.
OZ: Behind These Walls: The Journal of Augustus Hill (Feb., $29.95) by Augustus Hill. A companion book to the HBO series about an experimental prison system.
Laugh Your A** Off: The Big Book of African-American Humor (Feb., $19.95) by Stephan Dweck and Monteria Ivey looks at African-American humor and its place in American popular culture.
An Outrageous Commitment: The 48 Vows of an Indestructible Marriage (Mar., $22.95) by Ronn Elmore offers prescriptive, real-life advice on having a fulfilling marriage. 15-city national radio campaign.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
Living Water (Feb., $24.95) by Obery Hendricks. This first novel portrays a young woman's search for identity set against the strict social confines of biblical times.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
Civility in the City (Sept., $35) by Jennifer Lee examines contemporary relationships between black, Jewish, and Korean merchants and their black customers in New York and Philadelphia.
Stories of Freedom in Black New York (Nov., $27.95) by Shane White recreates the experience of black New Yorkers as they moved from slavery to freedom.
The Minority Rights Revolution (Dec., $35) by John D. Skrentny explores the revolution that took place in the wake of the black civil rights movement.
Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves (Mar., $29.95) by Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the 17th century to its demise nearly 300 years later.
Stagolee Shot Billy (Mar., $29.95) by Cecil Brown examines how the legend of Stack Lee grew as a story in itself.
Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Mar., $35) by Renee Romano explains how and why mixed-race marriages have gained acceptance.
A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness (Jan., $24) by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. A study of a state-sanctioned mass murderer, by a black South African psychologist. 12-city author tour.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Natchitoches and Louisiana's Timeless Cane River: Photographs by Philip Gould (Oct., $39.95) salutes the rich cultural region and its diversity.
Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, D.C., 1828—1865 (Jan.; $69.95, paper $24.95) by Stanley Harrold illuminates the history of biracial abolitionism in the nation's capital.
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A Piece of America: Black Women in the Work Place (Sept., paper $14.95) by Edith B. Gonsal analyzes the ways white corporations demean and contain black women.
I Am Not a Problem Child: How a Seven Year Old Black Male Child Fought Against Special Education Placement (Oct., paper $10) by Marquis Cormier. A young boy and his grandmother refuse to accept the "special education" label.
The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Edition (Jan., $12.95) by W.E.B. Du Bois. The 100th anniversary edition of the book that postulated the now-famous "problem of the color line."
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America (Jan., paper $14.95) by Philip Dray explores the causes, perpetrators and victims of lynching, and the stories of those who led the long fight to expose and eradicate it.
This Far by Faith (Jan., $29.95) by Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie. Companion book to the PBS series, which discusses the role faith and religion have played in the lives and struggles of African-Americans over the last 200 years. 15-city NPR campaign. 7-city author tour.
A Taste of Reality (Jan., $23.95) by Kimberla Lawson Roby. In this novel, an African-American woman faces down blatant workplace discrimination while dealing with a crumbling marriage and a trusted friend's betrayal. 8-city author tour.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS
Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture (Feb., $35) by Howard Dodson combines essays on African-American history and literature with over 200 illustrations from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales (Nov., $24.95), edited by Nelson Mandela, collects the former South African president's favorite African folktales, many handed down orally over the centuries.
Waiting for an Angel (Jan., $23.95) by Helon Habila is a novel based on the author's life in Lagos, Nigeria, illustrating the stubborn hope of a new African generation.
One Love: Life with Bob Marley and the Wailers (Jan.; $40, paper $25) by Lee Jaffe is a collection of memories and photographs from the early 1970s when Marley was just becoming popular in America.
Red Dust (Feb., paper $14.95) by Gillian Slovo. Set in a rural South African town. this novel centers on three people who revisit their past and the violence of apartheid.
A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial (Mar., $23.95) by Suzanne Lebsock delves into the 1895 murder of a white woman by a black sawmill hand who placed the blame on three black women.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Uncle Tom's Cabin: 150th Anniversary Edition (Sept., $22) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The classic novel American has never gone out of print.
Great God A'mighty!: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music (Feb., $30) by Jerry Zolten tells the story of the Dixie Hummingbirds' 75-year history as a gospel group.
Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (Mar., $30), edited by Kenneth Greenberg. Twelve scholars offer new insight into the man, his rebellion and his time.
We As Freedmen: The Supreme Court Battle of Plessy v. Ferguson (Mar., $23) by Keith Weldon Medley brings to life the players in the landmark 1896 case that mandated "separate but equal" treatment for African-Americans.
Unfinished Business (Sept., $24.95) by Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Deborah Perry. Ten issues of importance to women, debated from two differing political perspectives.
The Love Clinic: How to Heal Relationships in a Christian Spirit (Oct., paper $12.95) by Dr. Sheron Patterson offers real-world prescriptions for real-world tribulations.
Freedom (Oct., $59.95) by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings is an epic photographic history of the African-American experience from the 1850s to the present.
Introducing Halle Berry (Nov., paper $6.99) by Christopher John Farley. How a biracial child with determination grew up to become the first black actress to win the Best Actress Oscar.
Soul Food: Through Thick and Thin (Mar., paper $6.99) by Leslie E. Banks. The second book in the Soul Food series takes readers beyond Showtime's hit drama.
Black & White & Red All Over: The Story of a Friendship (Nov., $25) by Martha McNeil Hamilton and Warren Brown. A memoir of a friendship between two Washington Post reporters, both born in the segregated South, one of whom risks her life to donate a kidney to the other.
Separate, but Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson (Nov, $35) captures images of the world blacks created for themselves in the segregated South from the late 1940s to the 1960s.
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (Jan., paper ($16.95), edited by Jon Meacham. A collection of what America's best writers had to say on the civil rights movement.
RANDOM HOUSE/PRINCETON REVIEW BOOKS
8 Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College: A Crash Course in Financial Aid (Feb., paper $13) by Thomas A. LaVeist and Will LaVeist. Targeted advice on obtaining college funding.
ego trip's Big Book of Racism! (Oct., $19.95) by Sacha Jenkins et al. takes a humorous look at race and how it resonates at every level of popular culture.
Crossover: The Allan Iverson Story (Oct., $25.95) by Larry Platt. The first full-length biography of the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player.
Go Ask Your Mother (Mar., $25.95) by Bernie Mac tells the comedian's hilarious and moving story of growing up in an extended family, of loss and of making it big. 6-city author tour. 15-city TV satellite tour.
LYNNE RIENNER PUBLISHERS
Who Is White?: Latinos, Asians, and the New Black/Nonblack Divide (Mar., $49.95) by George Yancey. How the definition of who is "white" is changing, and the implications of the changing color of whiteness.
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Mar., $24.95) by ZZ Packer. Short stories of characters who live on the periphery, unsure of where they belong.
A Quiet Storm: A Novel (Sept., $13) by Rachel Howzell Hall reveals the secret anguish of a family pulled apart by mental illness, and the tragedy that results from their denial.
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Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Struggle for Racial Uplift (Feb., paper $19.95) by Jacqueline M. Moore traces the two figures' debate over how blacks should achieve equality in America.
I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse (Feb., paper $12.95) by Lori Robinson. A resource for survivors of sexual assault, their families, friends and communities.
SEVEN STORIES PRESS
I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom (Oct., $24.95) by Koigi wa Wamwere. An autobiography of the Kenyan human rights activist and an uncensored account of Kenya's bloodstained past.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Blind Faith (Sept., $24) by Dennis Love and Stacy Brown. For the first time, Lula Hardaway and her son Stevie Wonder join together to tell their story.
So What: The Life of Miles Davis (Nov., $27) by John Szwed tells the real story of the legendary jazz musician.
George Foreman's Guide to Life (Jan., $18) by George Foreman offers inspiration from the lessons and triumphs of his own life. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour .
Choosing Truth (Feb., $22) by Harriette Cole. A guide to living with integrity in a world of half-truths and relentless spin. Author publicity. 8-city author tour.
Still with Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss (Feb., $24) by Andrea King Collier. A daughter's memoir of her mother's struggle with ovarian cancer and the life the two led in the final months. Author publicity. 5-city author tour.
Rootwork (Feb., paper $10) by Tayannah Lee McQuillar. Magical spells and rituals based on African traditions, still practiced in the African-American community today.
Blessed Health: The African-American Woman's Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-Being (Feb., paper $14) by Melody T. McCloud, M.D., and Angela Ebron provides information on reproductive health and the link between physical well-being and spirituality.
God's Gift to Women (Oct., $22.95) by Michael Baisden ponders the issue of how much one night of passion is really worth.
ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
An Ordinary Woman (Oct., $23.95) by Donna Hill. A novel about friendship, marriage and adultery.
Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests That Divide America (Oct., $24.95) by Larry Elder. New book by the author of The Ten Things You Can't Say in America.
Blood for Dignity: The Story of the First Integrated Combat Soldiers in the U.S. Army (Feb., $24.95) by David Colley. The true story of the army's forgotten members.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Feb., $29.95) by Richard Wormser chronicles the struggle of African-Americans against segregation in the years after slavery and before the dawn of the civil rights movement. Based on the PBS series.
A Lawyer's Life (Oct., $25.95) by Johnnie Cochran. The famous lawyer discusses the law, his life and his legal victories.
One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback (Nov., $24.95) by Mitchel Krugel. An up-to-date exploration of the Jordan legend, coming on the heels of his triumphant return to basketball.
Ties That Bind (Nov., paper $12.95) by Brenda Jackson. A novel about the trials that test the bonds of four friends.
Rising (Jan., paper $12.95) by Darnella Ford. In this novel, a young woman struggles with the betrayal of a man she should have been able to trust.
A Beautiful Pageant: African American Performance, Theatre and Drama in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910—1927 (Oct., $35) by David Krasner charts the performances and entertainments that fueled the Harlem Renaissance.
Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (Nov., $35) by Catherine Fosl. A biography of the white Southern civil rights crusader and victim of witch-hunts during the 1950s red scare.
Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter (Nov., $26.95) by Winson Hudson and Constance Curry. The story of the woman who led the all-black town of Harmony, Miss., in its fight for racial equality during the 20th century.
Regiment of Slaves: The 4th United States Colored Infantry, 1863—1866 (Jan., $27.95) by Edward G. Longacre chronicles the political and social history of the regiment drawn from freedmen and liberated slaves.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Black Power in the Suburbs: The Myth or Reality of African American Suburban Political Incorporation (Oct.; $68.50, paper $22.95) by Valerie C. Johnson studies African-American suburban political empowerment.
TEXAS A&M UNIV. PRESS
A Southern Family in White and Black: The Cuneys of Texas (Jan., $29.95) by Douglas Hales chronicles the generations of the Cuneys, the mixed-race family of one of the most influential black politicians in 19th-century Texas.
Water Street (Nov., $19.95) by Crystal Wilkinson. A short story collection examines the secret lives of neighbors in a small Kentucky town.
THAMES & HUDSON
Black Art: A Cultural History (Feb., paper $16.95) by Richard J. Powell explores the visual representations of black culture throughout the 20th century and into the 21st.
THUNDER BAY PRESS
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Black America (Oct., $29.98) by Stanley Nelson details the progress of black Americans from their earliest days in the Caribbean, and their influence on American culture.
THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS
If He Hollers Let Him Go (Sept., paper $13.95) by Chester Himes. This classic novel spans four days in the life of a black man plagued by the effects of World War II racism.
From Totems to Hip Hop: Poetry Across the Americas, 1900—2002 (Jan., paper $17.95), edited by Ishmael Reed, covers American poetry from its pre-Columbian origins to the hip-hop lyricists of today.
12 Million Black Voices (Feb., paper $16.95) by Richard Wright, first published in 1941, combines Wright's prose with photographs depicting the lives of black people in Depression-era America.
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul: An Autobiography (Feb., paper $14.95) by James Brown with Bruce Tucker. The life, thoughts and music of the legendary Soul Brother Number One.
UNIV. OF ARKANSAS PRESS
Bearing Witness: Memories of Arkansas Slavery: Narratives from the 1930s WPA Collections (Mar., paper, $34.95), edited by George Lankford, brings together all 176 of the WPA'S Arkansas slave narratives for the first time.
UNIV. PRESS OF KANSAS
Black Manhood on the Silent Screen (Oct., $35) by Gerald R. Butters Jr. illuminates the intersection of race and gender in the movies.
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS
The Devotion of These Women: Rhode Island in the Antislavery Network (Dec., $39.95) by Deborah Bingham van Broekhoven looks at the role of women in the abolitionist movement.
Growing Up Abolitionist: The Story of the Garrison Children (Dec., paper $24.95) by Harriet Hyman Alonso portrays a close-knit family dedicated to ending slavery and social injustice.
Against the Odds: Scholars Who Challenged Racism in the Twentieth Century (Dec., $34.95), edited by Benjamin P. Bowser and Louis Kushnick. Personal accounts by leading scholar-activists in the fight for racial equality.
Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology and African American Culture Between the World Wars (Mar., paper $24.95) by Joel Dinerstein studies the influence of black popular culture on modern American life.
Race Passing and American Individualism (Mar., $34.95) by Kathleen Pfeiffer. A literary study of the ambiguities of racial identity in American culture.
UNIV. PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
The World War II Regiment That Built the Alaska Military Highway: A Photographic History (Oct., $30) by William E. Griggs documents the work of the black construction corps that built the only land route to Alaska, through the photos of one of its soldiers.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey (Sept.; $39.95, paper $18.95) by Ula Yvette Taylor traces the political and intellectual evolution of the activist married to Marcus Garvey.
Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era (Nov., $39.95), edited by John David Smith. Fourteen original essays tell the stories of the black soldiers who fought for the Union cause.
Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader (Feb.; $55, paper $24.95), edited by Robert S. Levine, gathers writings by one of the 19th century's black leaders, many of which are reprinted here for the first time.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Black Swan (Nov., paper $12.95) by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Poetry blending vernacular language with classical mythology gives voice to women past and present.
We Fish: The Journey to Fatherhood (Mar., $25) by Jack L. Daniel and Omari C. Daniel. Through the metaphor of fishing, a black father and son address the challenge of raising good children.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESS
The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative (Nov.; $59.50, paper $18.95) reexamines the 1955 murder through news accounts, poetry, memoirs and fiction.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS/MODUS VIVENDI
In Praise of Black Women, Volume 2: Heroines of the Slavery Era (Oct., $49.95) by Simone Schwarz-Bart with André Schwarz-Bart offers folk legends, historical accounts and personal writings of women slaves from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
In Praise of Black Women, Volume 3: Modern African Women (Feb., $49.95) by Simone Schwarz-Bart with André Schwarz-Bart portrays women from Senegal to South Africa, from the 19th century to the present.
Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League (Feb., $24.95) by Paula Penn-Nabrit. How two black parents home-schooled their three sons into the best colleges in the country.
Bliss: A Novel (Sept., paper $12.95) by Gabrielle Pina. Who do you turn to when the people you trust the most are lying to you?
Neva Hafta: A Novel (Oct., $22.95) by Edwardo Jackson. Nick learns that you only find true love when you stop looking for it.
No More Mr. Nice Guy: A Love Story (Oct., $13.95) by C. Kelly Robinson offers a hard-hitting look at the lives and motivations of the proverbial male "dog."
Chocolate Sangria: A Novel (Feb., $21.95) by Tracy Price-Thompson explores the hearts of two lovers and the trials they face when lies are told and secrets revealed. 6-city author tour.
WALK WORTHY PRESS
I Say a Prayer for Me: One Woman's Life of Faith and Triumph (Nov., $21.95) by Stanice Anderson recounts a journey through addiction, tragedy and pain to eventually emerge whole.
A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues (Nov., $22.95) by Terrie Williams offers inspiration for black women seeking more from their lives.
Growing Up King (Jan., $24.95) by Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley. A candid memoir from the youngest son of Martin Luther King. Jr. 4-city author tour.
Zulu Heart (Mar., $24.95) by Steven Barnes follows up his alternate-history novel Lion's Blood with a tale of racial unrest in a reimagined 1860s America.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction (Jan., paper $14), edited by Carol Taylor, succeeds the bestselling Brown Sugar anthology with another 18 erotic stories.
WATERBROOK PRESS/BUSARA BOOKS
The Unspoken Rules of Love: What Women Don't Know and Men Don't Tell You (Feb., paper $12.99) by Michelle McKinney Hammond and Joel A. Brooks Jr. deals with the hard issues women ponder as they consider how to obtain lasting love.
Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels: Discover and Celebrate the Beauty of Women of African Descent (Mar., paper $12.99) by Terri McFaddin enables women of African ancestry to identify distortions in their definition of beauty and to celebrate themselves.
The Biography of Mahommah G. Baquaqua, His Passage from Slavery to Freedom in Africa and America (Sept.; $39.95, paper $19.95), edited by Robin Law and Paul Lovejoy, is one of the few biographies of a slave born in Africa..
The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam (Oct.; $44.95, paper $22.95), edited by John Hunwick and Eve Troutt Powell, studies the forced migration of black Africans into the Mediterranean world of Islam.
Cuban Music: From Son and Rumba to the Buena Vista Social Club and Timba Cubana (Oct.; $49.95, paper $22.95) by Maya Roy captures the musical heritage fusing Native American, African, Spanish and European influences.