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Men Cry in the Dark
Jul 2000
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The bad boy of literature is back! Michael is taking the book world by storm once again with a provocative new book that is sure to stir controversy. Men Cry in the Dark is an entertaining and realistic novel about relationships, fatherhood, and interracial dating from the man's perspective. Michael has courageously stepped outside the boundaries to prove once and for all that men do love their children, cherish their women, and yes, even cry.

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Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes
Jan 2000
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Including classic works by writers of the harlem renaissance and stories by contemporary bestsellers like Walter Mosley, this groundbreaking collection will please and surprise mystery fans and students of black fiction alike. "Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes" brings together for the first time a collection of the best mystery and crime fiction by black authors from around the world-much of it long out of print, generally unavailable, or not previously published.
For years, Charlie Chan's stereotypical sidekick Birmingham Brown, popularized by the 1930s movie series, was the only commonly seen image of the black detective. And yet, by 1932, Rudolph Fisher had already written "The Conjure-Man Dies," the first detective novel to feature a black protagonist. In this sequel work, John Archer, a suave Harlem physician, and his detective pal Perry Dart provided a unique twist on the Holmes/Watson team, and foreshadowed Chester Himes's memorable duo, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, who dominated the literary black crime scene for about thirty years-from the 1950s to the 1980s. Ranging from Fisher and Himes to the influential nongenre writers Richard and Ann Petry; from the political thrillers of John A. Williams and Samuel Greenlee to the international perspective of Mike Phillips and Njarni Simon; from the earliest mystery story by an African-American (written in 1900) to modern mainstream authors including Walter Mosley, Barbara Neely, and Eleanor Taylor Bland, "Spooks, Spies, And Private Eyes" is an eclectic, rich, and inunensely entertaining compendium that is sure to delight a wide and various audience.

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The Mis-Education of the Negro
Feb 2000
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Considered Woodson’s seminal work, this text explores his thesis that African Americans were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. He asserts that this conditioning caused African-Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they were a part. Woodson skillfully exposes the weaknesses of Euro-centric based curriculums that failed to include African American history and culture.

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Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class
Nov 2000
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Black Picket Fences is a stark, moving, and candid look at a section of America that is too often ignored by both scholars and the media: the black middle class. The result of living for three years in "Groveland," a black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, sociologist Mary Pattillo-McCoy has written a book that explores both the advantages and the boundaries that exist for members of the black middle class. Despite arguments that race no longer matters, Pattillo-McCoy shows a different reality, one where black and white middle classes remain separate and unequal.

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Slapboxing with Jesus
Oct 2000
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Twelve original and interconnected stories. Victor LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets.
Written with raw candor, grit, and a cautious heart, slapboxing with jesus introduces an exciting and bold new craftsman of contemporary fiction. LaValle's voices echo long after their stories are told.

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