Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2000: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

 

THE AFRICA COOKBOOK: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica B. Harris. Part history, part travelogue, featuring over 200 recipes. TX725.A1 H284 1998

 

ALMA W. THOMAS: A Retrospective of the Paintings by Alma Thomas. Essays on the noted Modernist with accompanying color plates. ND237.T5517 A4 1998

 

*AS I AM: Young African American Women in a Critical Age by Julian Okwu. Personal vignettes and portraits of 36 accomplished women. E185.86.O37 1999

 

COLLECTING AFRICAN AMERICAN ART: Works on Paper and Canvas by Halima Taha. An invaluable resource for both the new and seasoned collector as well as the curator. N6538.N5 T34 1998

 

FINDING A PLACE CALLED HOME: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity by Dee Woodtor. E185.96 .W69 1999

 

GO GATOR AND MUDDY THE WATER: Writings by Zora Neale Hurston from the Federal Writers' Project by Zora Neal Hurston. A recovery of Hurston’s lost and neglected folklore pieces. GR111.A47 H84 1999

 

THE GO ON GIRL! Book Club Guide for Reading Groups by Monique Greenwood, et al. Tips for starting and sustaining a literary circle. LC6651 .G74 1999

 

HEARTLOVE: Wedding and Love Poems by Haki Madhubuti. PS3563.A3397 H43 1998

 

*HIP HOP AMERICA by Nelson George. An insider’s look at the history, the business and the culture. ML3531 .G46 1998

 

HOW TO BE: Contemporary Etiquette for African Americans by Harriette Cole. A resource for the empowerment of the upwardly mobile. BJ1857.A37 C65 1999

 

*JAZZ PROFILES: The Spirit of the Nineties by Reginald Carver. Forty musicians: interviews, photographs and selected discographies. ML394.C37 1998

 

LABELLE CUISINE: Recipes to Sing About by Patti LaBelle. Soulful recipes mixed with spicy anecdotes and a dash of the eccentric. TX715 .L127 1999

 

MEN OF COLOR: Fashion, History, Fundamentals by Lloyd Boston. Photo essays of styles and stars through the 20th century. E185.86 .B637 1998

 

MY ONE GOOD NERVE by Ruby Dee. Poems, essays and stories adapted from her one-woman show. PS3554.E3432 M9 1999

 

THE NEW SOUL FOOD COOKBOOK for People with Diabetes by Fabiola Gaines and Roniece Weaver. RC662 .G346 1999

 

ON THE BUS WITH ROSA PARKS: Poems by Rita Dove. New poems by the former Poet Laureate. PS3554.O884 O52 1999

 

TOUCHED BY GOD: America’s Black Gospel Greats Share their Stories of Finding God by Bobby Jones. Includes stories by Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar and Vickie Williams. ML385 .J66 1998

 

VICE: New and Selected Poems by Ai. "…burning rocks of racial and sexual lies. Her poems are frightening but necessary." National Book Award winner for poetry. PS3511.12 .V53 1999

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services, Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch, Joseph Fisher, Dudley Branch, Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch, Amy Manson, Chairperson, Connolly Branch, Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services, Amy Short, West Roxbury Branch,   Georgia Titonis, South End Branch