Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2003: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

*The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction
by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Turn life experiences into prose.
PN161 .R45 2001

After Hours: A Collection of Erotic Writing by Black Men
edited by Robert Fleming.
The intro promises something for everyone. Indeed.

*Antebellum Dream Book: Poems
by Elizabeth Alexander.
Poems about the Civil Rights movement, motherhood, and celebrity.
PS3551 .L3494 A5 2001

*Black Hair: Art, Style and Culture
edited by Ima Ebong.
A beautifully designed mix of graphics, prose, and poetry.
TT972 .B53 2001

*Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam
edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera.
Cutting-edge poetry from showcases across the country.
PS615 .B86 2001

The Church Ladies' Divine Desserts: Heavenly Recipes and Sweet Recollections
by Brenda Rhodes Miller.
A tribute to dedicated churchwomen and their cakes, pies, cookies, and punch.
TX773 .M533 2001

Communion: The Female Search for Love
by bell hooks.
This volume focuses on love from girlhood to midlife.
HQ1154 .H635 2002

*Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States
by Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Carla Kaplan.
Third in the trilogy.
GR111 .A47 H83 2001

*Hip-Hop Divas
edited by Vibe Magazine.
Celebrates female superstars from Erykah Badu to Lil' Kim and chronicles the music scene from 1974 to 2001.
ML3531 .H57 2001

*In His Own Voice: The Dramatic and Other Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar
by Paul Laurence Dunbar, edited by Herbert Woodward Martin, Ronald Primeau and Henry Louis Gates.
Includes plays, essays and stories by the nineteenth-century poet.
PS1556 .A4 2002

*In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons
by Patrik Henry Bass and Karen Pugh.
This scrapbook-style collection of photographs, ephemera, and prose celebrates family, community and heroes.
E185.615 .B37 2001

In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Created and developed by Gary Miles Chassman.
Works of art inspired by Dr. King's life and leadership.
N8232 .I6 2002

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Classics of Early African American Literature
edited by John Edgar Wideman.
Twelve works of both famous and lesser-known writers are each preceded by a biographical essay.
E185.96 .M98 2001

Open Gate: An Anthology of Haitian Creole Poetry
edited by Paul Laraque and Jack Hirschman.
A bilingual, contemporary collection.
PM7854 .H37066 2001

Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems
by Nikki Giovanni.
Intimate and timely themes from the '60s iconoclast.
PS3557.155 .Q46

Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit after the Attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon
by Alice Walker.
A small collection of reflective essays and poetry.
HV6432 .W32 2002

Sisterfriends: Portraits of Sisterly Love
by Michelle V. Agins and Julia Chance.
Photographs and essays portray the deep bonds between well-known and accomplished sisters.
TR681 .W6 .A35

This selected list was compiled by:

Betsy Clarke , Codman Square Branch

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Chairperson Teen Services

Sarah Markell , Allston Branch

Margaret Phillibert, Circulation Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch