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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Mar 2004
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Genre: Classic
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"James Weldon Johnson's emotionally gripping novel is a landmark in black literary history and more than eighty years after its original anonymous publication, a classic of American fiction. It influenced a generation of writers during the Harlem Renaissance and served as eloquent inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright."

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Trespassing: My Sojourn in the Halls of Privilege
Feb 2004
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Genre: Autobiography/Biography
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"Parker candidly addresses issues of race, gender, and the true meaning of privilege for herself and for society at large. By objective accounts, Parker was a success. Educated at the preppie Kent school, followed by college at Radcliffe and law school at New York University, she was employed by a prestigious New York law firm and latery by American Express."

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Shaking the Tree: A Collection of Fiction and Memoir by Black Women
Jan 2004
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Genre: Anthology
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"With the collection of fiction and memoirs by 23 black women, Danquah draws attention to a new era of writers following up the legacy established by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, and Jamaica Kincaid. Danquah's collection focuses on works published after 1990, when black women were facing an explosion of issues new to their generation and moving beyond the constraints of the black community physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually."

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Shifting Through Neutral
Aug 2004
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Genre: New Author
Awards Won for book: New Author of the Year: 2004 - Bridgett Davis
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"Set in Detroit between 1967 and 1980, this lively coming of age tale rocks with the sounds of Stevie Wonder, whose own mother serves as one of the card playing supporting characters. Rae Dodson has no regrets about sleeping on the backof her slowly dying father, JD, a General Motors assembly line worker suffering from hypertension and granted disability at age 36, until she is forced, at age nine, to sleep in her own bedroom. The reader braces for the worst, but Davis opts for the high road as she explores the father and dauighter's almost symbiotic relationship, contrasting it with the distant one Rae has with her troubled mother."

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The Emperor of Ocean Park
Jul 2004
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Awards Won for book: Author of the Year: 2004 - Stephen Carter
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"A complex, smart mystery filled with intrigue, drama, and more than a little danger awaits in Stephen Carter's engaging debut novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park . After the funeral of his powerful father (a federal judge whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court became a public scandal), Talcott Garland, an African American law professor at an Ivy League university, is left to unravel the meaning of a cryptic note and carrky out the "arrangements" his father left behind."

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