Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1999: Contemporary Issues
Booklists for Adults

*THE BLACK ‘O’: Racism and Redemption in an American Corporate Empire
by Steve Watkins. What happened after white managers, fired for ignoring the application forms of black job seekers, sued Shoney’s restaurant chain.
HD8081 .A65 W38 1997

DOUBLE BURDEN: Black Women and Everyday Racism
by Yanick St. Jean and Joe R. Feagin. Middle-class black women tell of their lives and experiences "in their own words, as they see and deal with them."
E185.86 .S695 1998

*A HOPE IN THE UNSEEN: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
by Ron Suskind. The efforts of an ambitious youth as he struggles for acceptance into Brown University and then in his studies there is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning Wall Street Journal series.
LC2803 .W3 .S87 1998

IN THE MEANTIME: Finding Yourself and the Love that You Want
by Iyanla Vanzant. "You cannot love someone else until you know and love yourself. "
BL626.4 .V36 1998

LIFT EVERY VOICE: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice
by Lani Guinier. Her views and her tumultuous experiences with government and politics during the Clinton years.
E185.97 .G94 G85 1998

LOVE LESSONS: African Americans and Sex, Romance and Marriage in the 90s
by George Davis. Another compilation of interviews by the author of Love, Black Love.
E185.86 .D3855 1998

*ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Stories from an Inner City High School
by Cristina Rathbone. A year in the lives&emdash;and sometimes deaths&emdash;of a group of inner city students at a "last chance" high school.
LC5131 .R38 1998

*THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America’s Dilemma
by Alex Kotlowitz. Examines the case of an African American teenager found dead in a Michigan River separating white and black communities.
F574.S26 K68 1998

RACE FOR SUCCESS: The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks in America
by George C. Fraser.
HD2344.5.U6 F73 1998

REACHING UP FOR MANHOOD: Transforming the Lives of Boys
in America

by Geoffrey Canada.  "More and more I have become concerned with what boys think they should be, and what they believe it means to be a man."
HQ775 .C35 1998

Why Schools Can’t Solve Our Problems and How We Can
by Dr. James P. Comer. Calls for the inclusion of child development in public education reform.
HQ769 .C6325 1997

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services; Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Amy Manson, Jamaica Plain Branch; Sarah Markell, Charlestown Branch;   Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1999.