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Black Is... 1993: Personalities
Booklists for Adults

Lamar, Jake. BOURGEOIS BLUES: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR.
Racism, subtle and not so subtle, at Harvard and at "Time" magazine.

Means, Howard. COLIN POWELL: SOLDIER/STATESMAN--STATESMAN/SOLDIER.
"The first African-American...that the general public...is ready to judge on merit alone."

Kitt, Eartha. CONFESSIONS OF A SEX KITTEN.
Public and private triumphs and tragedies of the stage, film, and television actress.

*Strawberry, Darryl with Rust, Art Jr. DARRYL.
The misunderstood New York Mets superstar explains his embattled professional life and his well-publicized abuse of alcohol and of his wife.

Kimble, Bo. FOR YOU, HANK: THE STORY OF HANK GATHERS AND BO KIMBLE.
The tragically quick ending to a close friendship and a promising basketball career.

Watts, Jill. GOD, HARLEM U.S.A.: THE FATHER DIVINE STORY.
Was he a true theologian or merely a cult leader?

Archer, Chalmers Jr. GROWING UP BLACK IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI: MEMORIES OF A FAMILY, HERITAGE OF A PLACE.
Life as a sharecropper in the 1930s and 1940s included Christmas baking, church suppers, buggy rides, and school plays.

*Greene, Bob. HANG TIME: DAYS AND DREAMS WITH MICHAEL JORDAN.
Candid conversations reveal his feelings about fame, his image, and his teammates.

Simone, Nina, with Cleary, Stephen. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NINA SIMONE.
"Exploitation, betrayal, attempted suicide...witch doctors and a doomed affair with a Prime Minister."

Perry, Bruce. MALCOLM: THE LIFE OF A MAN WHO CHANGED BLACK AMERICA.
A different view of Malcolm X.

Gallen, David. MALCOLM X: AS THEY KNEW HIM.
Friends speak, Malcolm speaks, and writers define his place in history.

*Pacheco, Ferdie. MUHAMMAD ALI: A VIEW FROM THE CORNER.
The memories of the man who was his "fight doctor" for fifteen years are illustrated with personal drawings and photographs.

*Johnson, Earvin "Magic." MY LIFE.
From Michigan State to the 'Dream Team,' from a Seventh-Day Adventist upbringing to his diagnosis of HIV, Magic frankly discusses his life.

Harris, Eddy L. NATIVE STRANGER: A BLACK AMERICAN'S JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AFRICA.
He is of African descent, but is he African?

Henderson, Rickey with Shea, John. OFF BASE: CONFESSIONS OF A THIEF.
Baseball's flamboyant, base-stealing record holder.

Barkley, Charles and Johnson, Roy S. OUTRAGEOUS!: THE FINE LIFE AND FLAGRANT GOOD TIMES OF BASKETBALL'S IRRESISTIBLE FORCE.

Goldman, Roger and Gallen, David. THURGOOD MARSHALL: JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Recollections by colleagues, a biographical essay, and a selection of Marshall's Supreme Court opinions give a well-rounded portrait of thie respected justice.

* Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Reader and Information Services; Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Deborah Roach, Codman Square Branch; Miriam Temsky, General Library, Teen Department; Denice Thornhill, Dudley Brangh Library; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.