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Black Is ... 2006
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NON-FICTION

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (volume 3)
by Taylor Branch
E185.615.B67 2006

Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America
by Keith Boykin
HQ74.2.U5B69 2005

Born to Slow Horses
by Kamau Brathwaite
PR9230.9.B68B67 2005

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
by Donald Bogle
PN1995.9.N4B59 2005

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
by Michael Eric Dyson

Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank
E441.F35 2005

Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists
by Lisa E. Farrington
N6538.N5F27 2005

Finding Martha's Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island
by Jill Nelson
F72.M5N45 2005

Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad
by Betty DeRamus
E450.D47 2005

Freedom in this Village: Twenty-five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, 1979 to the Present
edited by E. Lynn Harris
PS509.H57F74 2005x

Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America
by Scott Poulson-Bryant
E185.86.P667 2005

Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?
by Michael Eric Dyson
E185.86.D945 2005

Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success
by Kevin Liles
HF5386.L595 2005

The Maverick Room: Poems
by Thomas Sayers Ellis
PS3555.L6168M38 2005

On the Up and Up: A Survival Guide for Women Living with Men on the Down Low
by Brenda Stone Browder and Karen Hunter
HQ74.2.U5B76 2005

The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry
edited by Arnold Rampersad
PS591.N4O97 2006

Queens: Portraits of Black Women and Their Fabulous Hair
by Michael Cunningham and George Alexander
TR681.W6C86 2005

Rebecca's Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World
by Jon F. Sensbach
BV3785.P74S46 2005

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
by Jonathan Kozol
LC212.62.K69 2005

What I Learned from Jackie Robinson: A Teammate's Reflections On and Off the Field
by Carl Erskine and Burton Rocks
GV865.R6E77 2005

Your Inner Eve: Discovering God's Woman Within
by Susan Newman
BV4527.N495 2005

LIVES

The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches
by Medgar Wiley Evers
F349.J13A3 2005

The B.B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B.B. King's Collection
by B.B. King and Dick Waterman
ML420.K473A3 2005x

Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son
Voletta Wallace with Tremell McKenzie
ML420.N76W35 2005

Dizzy: The Life and Times of John Birks Gillespie
by Donald L. Maggin
ML419.G54M34 2005

Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke
by Peter Guralnick
ML420.C665G83 2005

Driven from Within
by Michael Jordan
GV884.J67A278 2005

The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco
by Joshua Gamson
ML420.S9815G36 2005

I'm Just a Deejay But - It Makes Sense to Me
by Tom Joyner and Mary Flowers Boyce
ML429.J83A3 2005

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin
by John Hope Franklin
E175.5.F73A3 2005

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
by Charles R. Cross
ML410.H476C76 2005

Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It
by Kaleem Aftab
PN1998.3.L44A68 2005

Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
by Gary M. Pomerantz
GV885.7.P66 2005

FICTION

72 Hour Hold: A Novel
by Bebe Moore Campbell
A woman's promising future is altered when her child is affected by a serious mental illness.

Because of Grace
by Kendra Norman-Bellamy
The sequel to For Love and Grace, this novel continues the love story between Grace and Greg.

Boss Lady
by Omar Tyree
Tracy Ellison Grant is in charge again in Tyree's latest Flyy Girl novel (after For the Love of Money and Flyy Girl). This time she is mentor to her go-getter younger cousin, Vanessa Tracy Smith, who narrates this glitzy urban story about the payoff of hard work.

Can't Get Enough: A Novel
by Connie Briscoe
The sequel to P.G. County, this novel continues the tale of lust, greed and revenge that drives the well-to-do African American residents of suburban Silver Lake, MD.

Caught in the Mix
by Candice Dow
A love story about the strain of long-distance love, the pull of high-powered careers, the well-meaning-but-misdirected advice of friends, and the strong allure of new passion.

Choose Me
by Xenia Ruiz
Told in alternating voices, the story of a Puerto Rican woman and an African American man who find love through a stronger relationship with God.

Cinnamon Kiss
by Walter Mosley
The tenth novel in the "Easy Rawlins" series, this one finds the detective desperately trying to save his adopted daughter from a mysterious illness.

Getting Hers
by Donna Hill
Three unlikely accomplices - all members of the men-are-dogs club - join forces to right the wrongs they've suffered in this page-turning tale of murder, intrigue and revenge.

The Interruption of Everything
by Terry McMillan
Middle-age finds Marilyn in a struggle to discover herself outside the constraints of a passionless marriage, a demanding family and an ever-growing list of dreams deferred.

On Beauty
by Zadie Smith
Struggling with a stale marriage and the misguided passions of his three adult children, art professor Howard Belsey finds his family life thrown into turmoil by his son's engagement to the socially prominent daughter of a right-wing icon.

Saved in the City
by Jacquelin Thomas
The journey of three strangers from different backgrounds with diverse personalities who have one thing in common, the dream of becoming a successful model.

Small Island
by Andrea Levy
A historical novel about Jamaicans who emigrate to post-WWII London, and their relationships with a white woman, and also racist attitudes in the American and British armies and English society. 2004 Whitbread Award. 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Third Girl from the Left
by Martha Southgate
This novel follows three generations of black women, as they struggle to break free of tradition and fulfill their desire for self-expression.

Upstate
by Kalisha Buckhanon
In jail after being charged with his father's murder, seventeen-year-old Antonio finds his love with sixteen-year-old Natasha tested and engages in a desperate ten-year correspondence with her from behind bars.

TEEN FICTION

47
by Walter Mosley
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother
by Walter Dean Myers
Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and of the loss of a close friend.

Bang!
by Sharon Flake
A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man.

DVDs

Brother to Brother
An elderly man, poet Bruce Nugent, meets a young, black, gay artist struggling to find his voice. Together they embark on a journey through his inspiring past. (Not Rated)

Crash
A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles. Crash takes a provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. (Rated R)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman
A woman who has it all is forced to pick up the pieces of her life when her husband divorces her for another woman. (Rated PG-13)

Fade to Black
The final live show of multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning artist, Jay-Z, at Madison Square Garden. (Rated R)

Hustle and Flow
Rapper DJay dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, working all the angles to get his first record made. When he hears that rap star Skinny Black is heading to his area, DJay decides to throw together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. (Rated R)

Ray
Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. Ray follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers. (Rated PG-13)

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In memory of our friend and colleague, Jackie Hogan

Black Is Booklist Committee members: Betsy Clarke, John Devine, Timothy DiPace, Serena Enger, Kathy Kire, Allen Knight, Margaret Phillibert, Panit Satyasai-Crimmin, Anne Smart, Richard Winter-Green.