Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2002: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

*African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethnic Flair
by Ronke Luke-Boone.
Includes 14 original patterns as well as a history of the prints.
TT715 .L85 2001x

African Style: Down to the Details
by Sharne Algotsson.
A guide to Afro-centric home decorating.
NK2115.5.E84 A44 2000

The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke
by Angela Nissel.
Her reminiscences detail the author's days as a poor college student.
LA229 .N55 2001

Brutal Imagination: Poems
by Cornelius Eady.
The poems are written from the perspective of a mythical black man blamed for well-known crimes, as in the Charles Stuart case.
PS3555.A35 B78 2001

Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz, 1954-2000
by Whitney Balliett.
Album reviews, musician profiles, and critical essays provide portraits of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz greats.
ML3507 .B33 2000

Cooking with Heart and Soul
by Isaac Hayes.
The musician from "Shaft" offers recipes such as Deep-Fried Jive Turkey and Fourteen Bean Explosion. TX715 .H3936 2000

Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.
Black and white photographs and interviews showcase more than 50 women with "hattitude."
CT2110 .C87 2000

The Dorothy West Martha's Vineyard: Stories, Essays, and Reminiscences by Dorothy West writing in the Vineyard Gazette
edited by James Robert Saunders and Renae Nadine Shackelford.
F72.M5 W47 2001

Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico
by Melanie Anne Herzog.
The life and work of this sculptor and printmaker who has lived in Mexico since 1946 are described.
NB259.C384 H47 2000

George Foreman's Big Book of Grilling, Barbecue, and Rotisserie: More than 75 Recipes for Family and Friends
by George Foreman and Barbara Witt.
TX840.B3 F65 2000

The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro
by the National Council of Negro Women.
First published in 1958, this compilation includes George Washington Carver's peanut recipes, mugwamp-in-a-hole, and Delta Jabberwock ice cream cake, among others.
TX715 .H72323 2000

If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition
by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Reagon studies the spread of gospel music in the United States between 1915 and 1949.
ML3187 .R3187 2001

Living with Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings
by Ralph Ellison.
Essays, letters, and interviews shed light on Ellison, who was an accomplished trumpeter and student of jazz before he became a famous novelist.
ML3507 .E45 2001

Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems
by Yusef Komunyakaa.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ponders eroticism and race.
PS3561.O455 P58 2001

Quilt Inspirations from Africa: A Caravan of Ideas, Patterns, Motifs, and Techniques
by Kaye England and Mary Elizabeth Johnson.
TT835 .E53 2000

*Salvation: Black People and Love
by bell hooks.
A continuing look into the transforming power of love.
E185.86 .H739 2001

Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems
by Michael S. Harper.
This anthology spans from 1970 to the present and covers musical, historical, and autobiographical themes. PS3558.A6248 S63 2000

Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature
edited by Kevin Powell.
Contributors to this diverse collection of essays, poetry and fiction include Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Zadie Smith and Trey Ellis.
PR9085 .S73 2000

Talk Stories
by Jamaica Kincaid.
These original essays for the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," were composed between 1978 and 1983.
PR9275.A583 K56385 2001x

*Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader's Road Map to the Novels
by Ron David.
The works of the 1993 Nobel Prize winner are the subject of criticism and interpretation.
PS3563.O8749 Z614 2000

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Chairperson Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Allen Knight, Uphams Corner Branch

Janice Knight, Codman Square Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch