Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2002: Contemporary Issues & Opinions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

10 Good Choices that Empower Black Women's Lives
by Grace Cornish, Ph.D.
Self-help guide offers tips for finding the right balance between work, love, and spirituality.
E185.86.C58828 2000

An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race
by W. Michael Byrd and Linda A. Clayton.
Volume I - Beginnings to 1900.
RA448.5 .N4 B97 2000

Boys into Men: Raising our African American Teenage Sons
by Nancy Boyd-Franklin and A.J. Franklin, with Pamela Toussaint.
Offers strategies to help bring male African American adolescents successfully and safely to manhood.
E185.86.B6494 2000

Build Your Own Life Brand!: A Powerful Strategy yo Maximize Your Potential and Enhance Your Value for Ultimate Achievement
by Stedman Graham.
BF637.S8 G683 2001

Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience
edited by Manning Marable.
Contributors include Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cornel West and John Hope Franklin.
E184.7.D57 2000

The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism
by Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin.
This examination of race and its impact and influence on young children breaks new ground.
HQ784.S56 V36 2001

The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities
edited by Delroy Constantine-Simms, foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Contributors include bell hooks, Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Gloria Wekker.
HQ76.3.U5 G74 2001

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America
by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps.
Forces of culture and politics are behind the ever-changing state of black hair.
E185.86.B96 2001

How to Make Black America Better: Leading African Americans Speak Out
edited by Tavis Smiley.
Includes essays by E. Lynn Harris, Danny Glover and Magic Johnson.
E185.86 .S633 2001

Into and out of Dislocation
by C.S. Giscombe.
A travel memoir of genealogical research.
PS3557.I78 Z469 2000

It's the Little Things: The Everyday Interactions that Get under the Skin of Blacks and Whites
by Lena Williams.
E185.615.W4925 2000

Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African-Americans
by Alvin F. Poussaint and Amy Alexander.
Historical, cultural and social factors contribute to the rising suicide rate.
E185.625.P68 2000

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America
by John H. McWhorter.
Why are so many black students not succeeding academically?
E185.625.M38 2000

Money, Power, Respect: What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know
by Denene Millner and Nick Chiles.
The third in this popular series.
HQ734 .M7 2001x

Patti's Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously
by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster.
Insights, anecdotes, and witticisms offer hope and guidance.
BJ1581.2.L22 2001

Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson
by Linda Williams.
Race plays a role in the making of American popular culture.
E185.625.W523 2001

The Problem of Race in the 21st Century
by Thomas C. Holt.
The author explores new ways to think and talk about racism.
HT1521.H585 2000

Understanding the Tin Man: Why so many Men Avoid Intimacy
by William July II.
BF692.5.J85 1999

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Chairperson Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Allen Knight, Uphams Corner Branch

Janice Knight, Codman Square Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch