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African-American authors and others who write nonfiction accounts of African-American life and culture.

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  Cover Art: Best African American Essays 2010 Best African American Essays 2010
...the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors-provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction.There are thoughtful and heartfelt tributes to living legends, including Bill Cosby (and an analysis of his famous "pound cake" speech, which promoted black responsibility, empowerment, and self-esteem), and remembrances of those who have passed, including Miriam Makeba, Isaac Hayes, Eartha Kitt, and Michael Jackson.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Word : Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing : Interviews The Word : Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing : Interviews
A compendium of interviews with leading African-American writers commemorates the stories that inspired their careers while paying tribute to the life-shaping potential of literacy, in an anthology that includes contributions by such names as Edward P. Jones, Nikki Giovanni and Edwidge Danticat.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou Angelou, Maya
The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou
Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: My Song : a Memoir Belafonte, Harry
My Song : a Memoir
The popular singer and former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador shares the story of his life and career, from his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica and his racial barrier-breaking career to his commitment to numerous civil causes.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: An XL Life : Staying Big at Half the Size Big Boy, disc jockey
An XL Life : Staying Big at Half the Size
An irreverent personal account by the award-winning hip-hop radio DJ describes his disadvantaged childhood, his struggles with significant weight gain and the career priorities that risked his life after he underwent duodenal switch stomach surgery in 2003.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Brothers (& Me) : a Memoir of Loving and Giving Britt, Donna
Brothers (& Me) : a Memoir of Loving and Giving
A memoir from a former "Washington Post" columnist describes her relationships with the men in her life, including her father, three brothers, two husbands, and three sons and tries to determine why she always put their needs above her own.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Big Man : Real Life Tall Tales Clemons, Clarence
Big Man : Real Life Tall Tales
For the first time ever comes the inside story of saxophonist Clarence Big Man Clemons--his life before, during and beyond the E-Street Band, including never-before-told adventures with Bruce Springsteen, the band, and a cast of other famous characters recounted by himself and his best friend, television writer/ producer Don Reo.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The Beautiful Struggle : a Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood Coates, Ta-Nehisi
The Beautiful Struggle : a Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers,and launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. The Beautiful Struggle follows his sons divergent paths through this turbulent period,to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Princess Noire : the Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone Cohodas, Nadine
Princess Noire : the Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone
A complete account of the triumphs and difficulties of the brilliant and high-tempered Nina Simone, whose distinctive voice and music occupy a singular place in the canon of American song.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Never in My Wildest Dreams : A Black Woman's Life in Journalism Davis, Belva
Never in My Wildest Dreams : A Black Woman's Life in Journalism
Never in My Wildest Dreams is the story of a courageous journalist who helped change the face and focus of television news. Born to a 15-year old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression and raised in the overcrowded projects of Oakland, California, Belva Davis overcame abuse, racism, and sexism to become the first black female news anchor on the West Coast.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Life Upon These Shores : Looking at African American History 1513-2008 Gates, Henry Louis
Life Upon These Shores : Looking at African American History 1513-2008
A director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard presents a sumptuously illustrated chronicle of more than 500 years of African-American history that focuses on defining events, debates and controversies as well as important achievements of famous and lesser-known figures, in a volume complemented by reproductions of ancient maps and historical paraphernalia.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Harlem : the Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America Gill, Jonathan
Harlem : the Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America
Presents a history of the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, beginning with Hudson's first experiences in the area, through its early growth as a Dutch village and colonial agricultural center, to its transformation into an iconic modern neighborhood.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man : What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment Harvey, Steve
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man : What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
From the host of the popular 'Steve Harvey morning show' comes a funny, honest, and foolproof guide for all women that takes them inside the heads of men and shows how men think about love, sex, and commitment.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: America I Am : Pass it Down Cookbook Henderson, Jeff
America I Am : Pass it Down Cookbook
Contains essays and photographs celebrating African American cooking, along with celebrity menus and over 130 recipes to be treasured for years to come.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Ice : a Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption : from South Central to Hollywood Ice-T (Musician)
Ice : a Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption : from South Central to Hollywood
The hip-hop artist and television star shares the story of his early life, marked by the deaths of his parents, his involvement in gangs, and the single-minded work ethic that enabled his rise to international fame.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Color : Essays On Race Family and History McClane, Kenneth A.
Color : Essays On Race Family and History
Observations on life as an African American, with a new collection of interconnected essays covering disparate subjects with the locus at race. Exploring the importance of memory and identity with gentle recollections of stories told by his parents and earlier memories of racial discrimination and humiliation, McClane offers a vivid personal perspective on race.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: While the World Watched : A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement McKinstry, Carolyn
While the World Watched : A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl's restroom she had just existed.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The other Wes Moore : One Name Two Fates Moore, Wes
The other Wes Moore : One Name Two Fates
Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Down Home with the Neelys : a Southern Family Cookbook Neely, Patrick
Down Home with the Neelys : a Southern Family Cookbook
Husband-and-wife team Pat and Gina Neely, hosts of their own Food Network show and proprietors of the celebrated Memphis and Nashville eateries, Neely's Bar-B-Que, share more than 120 mouthwatering, tried-and-true southern recipes including many of their signature dishes: barbecue deviled eggs, Florida coast pickled shrimp, Pat's wings of fire, Gina's collard greens,...and sock-it-to-me cake.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Grace of Silence Norris, Michele
The Grace of Silence
A host of NPR's "All Things Considered" traces her ancestry in America's South and how it reflects the nation's turbulent efforts toward racial equality, a heritage that has influenced her awareness about character, silence, and integration.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
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