Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1997: Expression
Booklists for Adults

THE COMPLETE KWANZAA: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest
Dorothy Winbush Riley
More than a how-to: the traditions, foods, ceremonies, and history of this truly African-American holiday.

ESSENCE: 25 Years Celebrating Black Women
Ed. by Patricia Mignon Hinds
A photographic and historical collection of the best of the magazine.

THE FAMILY OF BLACK AMERICA
Michael H. Cottman and Deborah Willis
Family life seen through the lens of black photographers &endash; from 1900 to 1995.

GOSPEL CHOIRS: Psalms of Survival for an Alien Land Called Home
Derrick Bell
Parables explore racism and sexism.

*THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Jim Haskins
A readable introduction with photographs, illustrations, quotations, and short biographies.

I WAS NEVER HERE AND THIS NEVER HAPPENED: Tasty Bits and Spicy Tales from My Life
Dorinda Hafner
Part autobiography &endash; part cookbook &endash; part folklore &endash; all from the host of "A Taste of Africa" cooking show.

*MARSALIS ON MUSIC
Wynton Marsalis
A joyful introduction to classical and jazz music for the whole family.

*MY MOTHER HAD A DREAM: African-American Women Share Their Mothers’ Words of Wisdom
Ed. by Tamara Nikuradse

*NOT SO SIMPLE: The "Simple" Stories by Langston Hughes
Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper
New perspectives on Hughes and his well-loved characters.

THE SELECTED POEMS OF NIKKI GIOVANNI
Nikki Giovanni
More than 25 years of her verse.

SOULFIRES: Young Black Men on Love and Violence
Ed. by Daniel J. Wideman and Rohan B. Preston
Artists, poets, journalists, filmmakers, and others speak.

THE SPIRIT OF AFRICAN DESIGN
Sharne Algotsson and Denys Davis
Afrocentric home decorating.

THE WEATHER THAT KILLS: Poems
Patricia Spears Jones
The first book of poetry from a new voice.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by: Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries; Sarah markell, Codman Square Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, Chairperson, General Library, Teen Services.  Boston Public Library, 1997.