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Black Is... 1996: Expression 
Booklists for Adults

BLACKFACE: REFLECTIONS ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THE MOVIES. Nelson George.
A provocative, challenging look at contemporary black film.

BROTHERMAN: THE ODYSSEY OF BLACK MEN IN AMERICA. Edited by Herb Boyd and Robert L Allen.
A collection detailing the black male experience.

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Langston Hughes.
A comprehensive collection of the work of the great Harlem Renaissance poet.

THE COMPLETE COLLECTED POEMS OF MAYA ANGELOU. Maya Angelou.
Dinstinguished poet Maya Angelou's latest collection includes "On the Pulse of Morning" delivered at the inauguration of President Clinton.

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD: TWO CENTURIES OF PRAYERS BY AFRICAN AMERICANS. Edited by James Melvin Washington.
Collection of almost 200 prayers, poems, hymns, and stories by famous and unknown authors.

I KNOW WHAT THE RED CLAY LOOKS LIKE: THE VOICE AND VISION OF BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS. Rebecca Carroll.
Interviews with 15 African-American women writers including Gloria Naylor, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, and J. California Cooper.

MOTHER LOVE. Rita Dove.
A collection of poems by the Pulitzer-Prize winning U.S. Poet Laureate.

MY SOUL IS A WITNESS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY. Edited by Gloria Wade-Gayles.
Traces the lineage of the spirit through poems, essays, and stories.

OUR COMMON GROUND: PORTRAITS OF BLACKS CHANGING THE FACE OF AMERICA. Bruce Caines.
Photographer Caines documents the lives of black community activists, teachers, doctors, and others along with 57 narrative portraits.

THE POWER OF BLACK MUSIC. Samuel A. Floyd.
African-American music gets the scholarly attention it deserves but rarely receives.

SWEET SWING BLUES ON THE ROAD. Wynton Marsalis and Frank Stewart.
Marsalis combines his controversial views on popular culture with breezy descriptions of life as a touring musician.

SWING LOW: BLACK MEN WRITING. Compiled by Rebecca Carroll.
Interviews with 16 black male authors including Ishmael Reed, August Wilson, and Nathan McCall.

*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.