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Black Is... 1995: Expression
Booklists for Adults

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS. Cavid Cohen and Charles Collins, editors.
Photographs of African Americans in all their glory.

*EVERY SHUT EYE AIN'T ASLEEP: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS SINCE 1945. Edited by Michael Harper and Anthony Walton.

HARUKO: LOVE POEMS. June Jordon.
Recent poems dedicated to haruko, as well as selected love poetry from 1970 to the present.

*JOKER, JOKER, DEUCE. Paul Beatty.
A collection of poems that capture the style and rhythm of hip hop, drawing on pop culture to confront and enlighten.

LIFE NOTES: PERSONAL WRITINGS BY CONTEMPORARY BLACK WOMEN. Edited by Patrica Bell-Scott.
Sisters well-known and not-so-well-known share the intimate woman-talk of their journals.

THE MARVELOUS ARITHMETICS OF DISTANCE. Audre Lorde.
This posthumous collection by the feminist author includes poetry about her battle with cancer.

LECTURE AND SPEECH OF ACCEPTANCE UPON THE AWARD OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE. Toni Morrison.
A bound transcript of Toni Morrison's acceptance speech.

*ON THE PULSE OF MORNING. Maya Angelou.
Written for President Clinton's inauguration.

PAUL R. WILLIAMS, ARCHITECT: A LEGACY OF STYLE. Karen E. Hudson.
His designs include the Ambassador Hotels and the theme building at the Los Angeles International Airport.

*THE PORTABLE HARLEM RENAISSANCE READER. David L. Lewis, editor.

TWILIGHT--LOS ANGELES, 1992: ON THE ROAD, A SEARCH FOR AMERICAN CHARACTER. Anna D. Smith.
Smith recreates the experiences of forty-six people in this documentary stageplay.

WOULDN'T TAKE NOTHING FOR MY JOURNEY NOW. Maya Angelou.
Self-help messages from the well-loved poet.

WORKING THE SPIRIT: CEREMONIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. Joseph M. Murphy.
A variety of contemporary ritual practices traced back to their African roots.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by: Moonyean Carlton, General Library Reader and Information Services; Catherine Clancy, General Library Teen Services; Marylou Coveney, South End Branch; Sara Markell, Codman Square Branch.   Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch, Committee Chairperson.