Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2002: Personalities
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

*Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self
by Rebecca Walker.
The daughter of Alice Walker, a product of a biracial union, relates her story of being a child searching for identity.
E184.A1 W214 2001

The Brothers
by Art, Aaron, Charles, and Cyril Neville and David Ritz.
This oral history of a family captures the distinct cadence and personality of each life in New Orleans' premier funk/R&B/rock band.
ML421 .N46 B76 2000

Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy
by Bill Cosby.
Cosby returns to his roots and dazzles with his dry wit.
PN2287 .C632 A3 2001

Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way out West
by Phil Pastras.
A newly discovered scrapbook of letters, clippings, flyers, and documents that Jelly Roll assembled offers a new chance for jazz fans to appreciate the artist.
ML410 .M82 P37 2001

Dreaming Me: An African American Woman's Spiritual Journey
by Jan Willis.
As a child in a devout Baptist family, she faced the dogs and water hoses of Birmingham. As a Buddhist in Nepal, she found her answer to racial strife.
BQ996 .I44A3 2001

Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer
by E. Ethelbert Miller.
The love and loss of his father and brother shaped this poet's life and career.
PS3563 .I3768 Z465 2000

Finding Fish: A Memoir
by Antwone Quenton Fisher.
Fisher rose from a childhood in foster care to become a successful screenwriter and producer in Hollywood.
F499 .C69 N33 2001

Hoop Roots: Basketball, Race, and Love
by John Edgar Wideman.
Wideman defines his life through his love of basketball and also examines the role this game, dominated by blacks, plays in contemporary American society.
PS3573 .I26 Z467

*I Remember Arthur Ashe: Memories of a True Tennis Pioneer and Champion of Social Causes by the People who Knew Him
by Mike Towle.
GV994.A7 I22 2001

If You Can't be Free, be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
by Farah Jasmine Griffin
Lady Day's music touched and influenced her listeners' lives.
ML420.H58 G7 2001

Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
by Jack Olsen.
The FBI and the federal judicial system united to convict a member Black Panther Party of a murder of which he was innocent, and Johnnie Cochran's defense team set him free.
E185.97 .P73 O47 2000

Make a Joyful Noise: My 25 Years in Gospel Music
by Dr. Bobby Jones with Lesley Sussman.
Born to alcoholic parents, Dr. Jones' had a love of gospel music that enabled him to rise above poverty and become host and executive producer of a cable TV gospel show.
ML420.J753 A3 2000

Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991
by Paul Tingen.
Miles' abandonment of conventional jazz in the late 60s and his experiment with electronic instruments led to his masterpiece "Bitches Brew" and took jazz to a higher level.
ML419.D39 T56 2001

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker
by A'Lelia Bundles.
With a business philosophy of "corporate responsibility, social betterment and racial justice," she created a hair products empire that made her one of the wealthiest women in America.
HD9970.5 .C672 W3533 2001

*Pearl's Secret : A Black Man's Search for his White Family
by Neil Henry.
A black man begins an odyssey to discover the mystery surrounding his white great-great grandfather.
E185.97 .H46 H46 2001

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
by Quincy Jones.
Jazz musician and superstar producer, Quincy talks openly about music leading him away from a life of crime, being raised by a schizophrenic mother and his own mental breakdown.
ML419.J7 A3 2001

*Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story
by Michael Datcher.
A moving memoir of a black man growing up fatherless, and his struggles not to repeat this cycle.
PS3554.A8236 Z47 2001

Richard Wright: The Life and Times
by Hazel Rowley.
The author of Black Boy and Native Son was "a child of the fundamentalist South with an eighth grade education, a self-taught intellectual in the …Communist Party of the 1930's."
PS3545 .R815 Z84 2001

*Shaq Talks Back
by Shaquille O'Neal.
Shaq offers an outspoken, trash-talking account of his early life as an Army brat, his concerns about young black professional athletes and his views on the state of the NBA.
GV884 .O54 A3 2001

The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939
by Paul Robeson Jr.
Did his outspoken defense of the Soviet Union overshadow his brilliance as a pioneering actor and concert performer? Part one of a proposed two-volume biography.
E185.97 .R63 R58 2001

*Unguarded: My Forty Years Surviving in the NBA
by Lenny Wilkens and Terry Pluto.
The kid from Bedford-Stuyvesant surpassed Red Auerbach as the winningest coach in professional basketball.
GV884 .W54 A36 2000

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