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Black Is... 1999: Opinions
Booklists for Adults

BLACK GENIUS
by Dick Russell. Thematically interwoven portraits of almost three dozen artists, intellectuals, and historical figures, including Boston’s Elma Lewis.
E185.86 .R88 1998

THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS
by Toi Derricotte. A poet’s exploration of herself as a white-looking black woman in America today.
PS32554.E73 Z464 1997

BLACK ON WHITE: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White
edited and introduced by David R. Roediger. 140 years of essays.
E185.61 .B586 1998

BLUES LEGACIES AND BLACK FEMINISM: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
by Angela Yvonne David. How her theories of class and social consciousness bear on the lives and works of these artists.
ML3521 .D355 1998

GETTING BEYOND RACE: The Changing American Culture
by Richard J. Payne. The author contends that the very concept of race is weakened by fundamental changes throughout American culture.
E184.A1 P36 1998

CIVILITY: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy
by Stephen L. Carter. Part II of the proposed trilogy that began with Integrity.
JC336 .C35 1998

NAPOLEON HILL’S KEYS TO POSITIVE THINKING: 10 Steps to Health, Wealth, and Success
interpreted & updated by Michael J. Ritt, Jr. Although Hill has been dead for 20 years, this update reinforces his concept of PMA: Positive Mental Attitude.
BF637.S8 R487 1998

THE ORDEAL OF INTEGRATION: Progress and Resentment in America’s "Racial" Crisis
by Orlando Patterson. A Harvard professor emphasizes concrete solutions.
E185.615 .P35 1997

SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration
by Tamar Jacoby. Examines New York, Detroit, and Atlanta.
F128.9.N4 J34 1998

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.