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Black Is... 1998: Expression
Booklists for Adults

*THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE COOKBOOK: TRADITIONAL RECIPES AND FOND REMEMBRANCES FROM ALABAMA'S RENOWNED TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE  by Carolyn Quick Tillery.

BASIC BLACK: HOME TRAINING FOR MODERN TIMES by Karen Grigsby Bates and Karen Elyse Hudson.
An African-American etiquette book for the 90s.

DORINDA'S TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN COOKBOOK by Dorinda Hafner.
Colorful photographs plus introductory tidbits about each recipe and each island.

ELI REED: BLACK IN AMERICA by Eli Reed.
A study in photographic contrasts from the ordinary to the famous.

EULOGIES by Amiri Baraka.
Tributes to famous and not so famous people who "represent a developed and advanced way of living in the world."

*EVEN THE STARS LOOK LONESOME by Maya Angelou.
Reflections on topics from Africa to Oprah.

FACE FORWARD: YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN IN A CRITICAL AGE  by Julian C.R. Okwu.
Photographic profiles of brothers who are positive forces in their communities.

FAMILY PRIDE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRACING AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY by Donna Beasley.
Lists resources unique to African-Americans.

FATHER SONGS: TESTIMONIES BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS ed. by Gloria Wade-Gayles.
Complex relationships between fathers and their children.

*LOVE POEMS by Nikki Giovanni.
Romantic and erotic poetry.  Dedicated to Tupac.

MAMA'S LITTLE BABY: THE BLACK WOMAN'S GUIDE TO PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH, AND BABY'S FIRST YEAR  by Dennis Brown, M.D. and Pamela Toussaint.
Also African, Caribbean, and African-American traditional folklore.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY: A CHRISTMAS AND KWANZAA TREASURY ed. by Paul L. Woods and Felix H. Liddell.
Poetry, art, recipes, and remembrances.

THE MUSIC OF BLACK AMERICANS: A HISTORY. 3rd edition by Eileen Southern.
From the legacy of Africa to today's gospel, blues, jazz, and rap.

*THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE ed. by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay.
A comprehensive sampling from slavery to the present.

RHAPSODIES IN BLACK: ART OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE by Richard J. Powell.

SINBAD'S GUIDE TO LIFE (BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYTHING) by Sinbad with David Ritz.
From money to dating to kids to underwear, teh comedian's point of view.

STILL LIFE IN HARLEM by Eddy Harris.
"Here they and we and I could live completely within ourselves, in a world all black, all our own, and of our own making." A memoir.

*SUGAR IN THE RAW: YOUNG BLACK GIRLS IN AMERICA ed by Rebecca Carroll.
What's it like to be a black teenager in America today?  From Mattapan and Roxbury to Seattle and San Francisco.

*Recommended for Teens

This list is dedicated to the memory of KAREN L. WILLIAMS.  A frequent contributor to Black Is...

This selected list was compiled by:  Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Amy Manson, Jamaica Plain Branch; Sarah Markell, Charlestown Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1998.