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White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education
3.33
An exploration of the origins, institutionalization and futures of African American Studies as a university discipline. Rooks' title sets up the book...more
Sep 13, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
All is Well
3.50
an intriguing account of the civil rights and black power movements from a figure who found himself an active participant if not mouthpiece for both....more
Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
 
The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism
3.96
Okay so the prose is dense and one needs a machete to make their way through the forest of academic speak. But I think this book, building on Stuart H...more
Mar 2004
Aug 05, 2007
 
A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature
4.11
A remarkable work of literary/cultural history. Goldsby's meticulously researched text seeks to understand lynching's "cultural logic," lynching's "ca...more
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Aug 17, 2007
 
If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
4.03
Three stars probably isn't fair because in so many ways this is a great book, an important and necessary one, that gets at the necessity of Billie Hol...more
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Americanah
4.20
Keenly observed & utterly enjoyable, the smartest rom-com you'll ever read.
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Jul 16, 2013
 
Push
3.79
i can't rate this book because my response to reading was/is a difficult one. when i finally put PUSH down, i felt abject shame being a black woman. i...more
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Sep 20, 2007
 
The V.I.P.s
3.76
a fun page-turner. great summer fiction.
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle
4.55
i liked it.
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May 27, 2011
 
How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
4.08
Hands down the best all-around cookbook. No joke. We're on our 2nd copy as the first was so beat up (pages falling apart, pages stuck together, burns)...more
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Aug 20, 2007
 
Ways of Seeing
3.76
I first read this book as an undergraduate and felt as though I'd been given a new set of eyes. I now assign this book to undergraduates in a course I...more
Feb 2007
Aug 05, 2007
 
On Beauty
3.61
A big fan of *White Teeth,* I was disappointed with *On Beauty.* I thought the writing uneven--moments of sheer poetry followed by clunking dialogue,...more
Apr 2006
Aug 03, 2007
 
My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #1)
4.08
This chapter book trilogy about a boy (Elmer Elevator, the narrator's father) who goes on an adventure to save a baby dragon, was recommended to me (b...more
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Fledgling
3.91
Black female vampire? I've been waiting for this story since I first read Anne Rice at the age of 14. Unfortunately, the writing is haphazard and the...more
Jul 2007
Aug 03, 2007
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.82
thank god for zora neale hurston. one of the first books that taught me the costs (and necessity) of self-love, that being yourself really could mean...more
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity
4.25
Stewart is an important new voice in early film history and black cinema studies. She expertly weaves dense film theory with archival research and has...more
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Aug 15, 2007
 
I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
4.40
To my mind, one of the best books in the enormous field of civil rights history. It has the unfortunate, distinct "gender" chapter. But Payne's primar...more
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Mar 28, 2008
 
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
4.04
never read it as a kid. now reading it with my own children.

It took us awhile but we finished it. My children hung on every word and were both excited...more
Mar 20, 2008
Nov 12, 2007
 
Aya (Aya #1)
3.67
I had just seen the "Africa Comics" exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was excited when my husband brought this home from the comic book store...more
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Aug 15, 2007
 
Frida
4.22
Frida's story is a difficult one to relate to children. But this book, with its lovely simple prose and its gorgeous unique illustrations, is a great...more
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Aug 20, 2007
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.21
absolutely compelling account of the Biafran War told from the side of the vanquished. beautifully written and deeply felt. i was particularly taken w...more
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Sep 15, 2007
 
The Daring Book for Girls
3.99
Children's but not really. Full of all sorts of useful information (tying knots, women spies throughout history, how to wrap a sari) that every daring...more
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May 07, 2008
 
The Big Box
3.96
the prose, about children's freedom and the adult world's attempts to contain it, is fun to read aloud though not always sensical at times. giselle po...more
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Aug 12, 2007
 
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
4.34
An incredibly comprehensive history of lynching and the struggle to end it. Not a book I will read cover to cover but enormously useful for its detail...more
May 07, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of 'Little Black Sambo'
3.85
This has been a longtime favorite in our house. Julius Lester's retelling is enormously fun to read aloud. And there's always something new to see in...more
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Aug 11, 2007
 
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (Buddha #1)
4.14
I'm a growing fan of graphic novels. Master of Manga Tezuka's 8 volume history of the Buddha is moving, informative, enormously fun and, of course, ep...more
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Aug 03, 2007
 
It's Okay to Be Different
4.34
it's okay to say no to bad things.

but despite what todd parr says, it's *not* okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathroom (you hear me, kids?).
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Mar 28, 2008
 
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
3.71
after this book, we told our kids' grandparents that if they ever, ever ever EVER took our children to Mickey D's, that all ties would be cut off.
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Aug 20, 2007
 
Terrible, Terrible!: A Folktale Retold
4.00
a friend wrote this and it offers a great message about family and learning to be content with what we have. wonderful, wonderful.
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Sep 09, 2007
 
Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability
3.95
An very useful book for mapping key texts and concerns of black feminism. But at times, White's discussions are too cursory.
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Sep 11, 2007
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