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Black Is... 1993: Fiction
Booklists for Adults

Porter, Connie. ALL-BRIGHT COURT.
The hopes and despairs, successes and failures of project life in the 1950s.

Golden, Marita. AND DO REMEMBER ME.
At the height of the civil rights movement, Jessie's struggles are both personal and political.

Naylor, Gloria. BAILEY'S CAFE.
This Brooklyn establishment is a magnet for weary souls on their way to rebirth.

Schuyler, George S. BLACK EMPIRE.
A rediscovered 1930's vision of Utopia.

Himes, Chester. COLLECTED STORIES OF CHESTER HIMES.
"Black individuals caught between rage and resignation in American society."

Phillips, Caryl. CAMBRIDGE.
Caribbean plantation life seen through the eyes of the mistress and the slave.

Wade, Brent. COMPANY MAN.
The physical and metaphorical impotence of a Black executive in the corporate world.

Williams, Dennis. CROSSOVER.
Maneuvering between home in the inner city and campus life at a prestigious college, Richard learns that all is not black and white.

Okri, Ben. THE FAMISHED ROAD.
Azaro is caught between the Yoruba spirit world and the living world in Nigeria.

Reynolds, Clay. FRANKLIN'S CROSSING.
Wagonmaster Moses Franklin is in danger from the attacking Commanches and the members of the jinxed wagon train he leads.

Esteves, Carmen and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors. GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM.
Stories by famous and not-so-famous female writers of the Caribbean.

Pinckney, Darryl. HIGH COTTON.
How many identities do you try before you find your own?

Straight, Susan. I BEEN IN SORROW'S KITCHEN AND LICKED OUT ALL THE POTS.
Learning to sit quietly and weave baskets as all good Gullah-speaking girls should is not for Marietta.

Echewa, T. Obinkaram. I SAW THE SKY CATCH FIRE.
Nigerian village women wage war against colonial taxation in spite of their unsupportive husbands.

Morrison, Toni. JAZZ.
Violet, Joe, and Dorcas play out their tragic triangle of love in Harlem in the 1920s.

McKnight, Reginald. THE KIND OF LIGHT THAT SHINES ON TEXAS.
"Many many years ago there lived a young artist..." A beguiling beginning to seven short stories about all kinds of folks.

Kenan, Randall. LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.
Real people deal with life and death in Tims Creek, North Carolina.

Jones, Edward P. LOST IN THE CITY: STORIES.
Living in Washington, D.C. -- outside of politics.

*Davis, Thulani. 1959: A NOVEL.
At odds with her single-parent father over civil rights, Willie Tarrant faces growing up in a turbulent era.

Foster, Cecil. NO MAN IN THE HOUSE.
The struggle for Barbadian independence is the backdrop of his Caribbean boyhood.

Walker, Alice. POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY.
A clitoridectomy scars more than the flesh. It scars the soul.

*Lyons, Mary E., editor. RAW HEAD, BLOODY BONES: AFRICAN-AMERICAN TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL.
A spicy stew of scary stories.

Michelsen, G.F. TO SLEEP WITH GHOSTS: A NOVEL OF AFRICA.
Africa, old and new; cultures, native and alien; politics, local and global--and Samuel Kimbu who would rather be at sea.

Murray, Albert. THE SPYGLASS TREE.
In 1920 Scooter leaves his tight-knit family to confront life in college.

Wideman, John Edgar. THE STORIES OF JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN.
"Stories about ancestors, families, and lovers caught in the vortex of American history and haunted by their particular demons..."

McMillan, Terry. WAITING TO EXHALE.
Four sassy sisters survive their solitary state with tears and laughter.

*Mowry, Jessie. WAY PAST COOL.
"Guntoting homeboys are still kids who do their homework and ache for love."

Mosley, Walter. WHITE BUTTERFLY: AN EASY RAWLINS MYSTERY.
Award-winning author Mosley's latest intallment in the Easy Rawlins series.

Campbell, Bebe. YOUR BLUES AIN'T LIKE MINE.
The Coxes, the Todds, and America are still hurting from that vicious murder in Mississippi thirty years ago.

*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 Branch; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.