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Black Is... 1996: Contemporary Issues 
Booklists for Adults

BLACK AND JEWS: ALLIANCES AND ARGUMENTS. Edited by Paul Berman.
Essays.

JEWS & BLACKS: LET THE HEALING BEGIN. Michael Lerner and Cornel West.
A dialogue.

WHAT WENT WRONG? THE CREATION AND COLLAPSE OF THE BLACK-JEWISH ALLIANCE. Murray Friedman.

DEAD OPPOSITE: THE LIVES AND LOSS OF TWO AMERICAN BOYS. Geoffrey Douglas.
Two Americans revealed in this chronicle of an affluent white youth murdered by a poor black youth.

THE END OF RACISM: PRINCIPLES FOR A MULTIRACIAL SOCIETY. Dinesh D'Souza.
A conservative view of the Civil Rights Movement and current race relations.

FIRST STICK KNIFE GUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. Geoffrey Canada.
Youth violence from fists to drive-bys.

*HOOP DREAMS: A TRUE STORY OF HARDSHIP AND TRIUMPH. Ben Joravsky.

THE LAST SHOT: CITY STREETS, BASKETBALL DREAMS. Darcy Frey.
Is basketball the way out of poverty -- or just an illusion?

MASTERS OF THE DREAM: THE STRENGTH AND BETRAYAL OF BLACK AMERICA. Alan L. Keyes.
Republican presidential candidate Keyes gives his conservative views on black identity and empowerment.

THE POWER OF THEIR IDEAS: LESSONS FOR AMERICA FROM A SMALL SCHOOL IN HARLEM. Deborah Meier.
A winning blueprint for public school reform.

SAVING OUR SONS: RAISING BLACK CHILDREN IN A TURBULENT WORLD. Maria Golden.
One woman's struggle to raise her son in a world of racism and black on black violence.

*WHAT IS COOL? UNDERSTANDING BLACK MANHOOD IN AMERICA. Marlene Kim Connor.
Is it "perhaps the most important force in the life of a Black man"?

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Alan Babner, Fields Corner Branch; Elisa Birdsseye-Clark, General Library Reader and Information Services; Sara F. Ennis, Brighton/Faneuil Branch Libraries; Jacquelyn Hogan, Egleston Square/Grove Hall Branch Libraries; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Karen L. Williams, Connolly Branch; Sara Markell, Chairperson, Codman Square Branch.