Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2004: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: new poems
by Alice Walker
“It is not about writing, but about living …” from Walker’s poem ‘My African.’
PS3573 .A425 A64 2003

Age ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife
edited by Carleen Brice
Contributors of essays, prose, and poetry include Maya Angelou, April Sinclair and Nikki Giovanni.
PS509 .N4 A35 2003

A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance 1910-1927
by David Krasner
PS338 .N4 K73 2002

Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film
by Paula J. Massood
Cultural analysis from silents to Spike Lee.
PN1995.9 .N4 M33 2003

Classic African American Women’s Narratives
edited by William L. Andrews
Seven works written before 1865 include a political tract, autobiographies and fiction.
PS647 .A35 C56 2003

Gunshots in My Cook-up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life
by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
A former editor of The Source magazine traces his love affair with hip hop.
ML3531 .H588 2002

The Harlem Reader: A Celebration of New York’s Most Famous Neighborhood from the Renaissance Years to the 21st century
edited by Herb Boyd
F128.68 .H3 H33 2003

A Love No Less: More than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters
by Pamela Newkirk
A glimpse into the private correspondence of ordinary and well known lovers.
PS673 .L6 L68 2003

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album
by Ashley Kahn
A study of this groundbreaking work includes where and how it was made.
ML419 .C645 K3 2002

Make Over your Man: The Woman’s Guide to Dressing any Man in her Life
by Lloyd Boston
TT618 .B67 2002

Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers
edited by Rosemarie Robotham
Essays, poetry, and short fiction by authors including Charles Johnson, Tina McElroy Ansa, James McBride and Jacqueline Woodson.
PS509 .N4 M45 2003

Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature
by Darryl Pinckney
Essays on three lesser-known writers: J.A. Rogers, Vincent O. Carter and Caryl Phillips.
PS366 .A35 P46 2002

Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes with to-die-for Taste Made with to-live-for Recipes
by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster
TX715 .L128

Stagolee Shot Billy
by Cecil Brown
History of the famous ballad inspired by an 1895 shooting in a St. Louis barroom.
PS478 .B76 2003

To Oprah with Love: A Tribute
photographs by Paul Natkin and Stephen Green
Photographic history of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from 1986-1996.
PN1992.4 .W56 N38

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
Oral histories of forty former slaves, with photographs, selected from the archives of the 1930s Federal Writers Project. This is the companion book to the HBO documentary.
E444 .U53 2002x

What Keeps Me Standing: Letters from a Black Grandmother on Peace, Hope and Inspiration
compiled by Dennis Kimbro
Grandmothers from all over the United States pass on life lessons through letters.
E185.86 .W43868 2003

Why We Make Movies: Black Filmmakers Talk about the Magic of Cinema
by George Alexander
Interviews with more than 30 directors and producers with complete filmographies.
PN1995.9N4 A43 2003

Yellowman and My Red Hand, My Black Hand
By Dael Orlandersmith
Two powerful, contemporary plays examine racial tensions within the black community.
PS3565 .R5734 Y4 2002