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Black History Month, Adult Fiction and Nonfiction


My Song: A Memoir
ML420.B32 A3 2011

Somewhere amid the accounts of when he became the first artist to sell a million copies of an album, the first black leading actor to romance a white leading actress in a major Hollywood film, and the man who was asked to help pick out the clothes that Martin Luther King Jr. would be buried in, you realize just how extraordinary Harry Belafonte's life has been.


The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History, 1939-1949
D790.252 332nd.C37 2011

There have been many documentaries, books and movies portraying black pilots who gained fame during World War II as the Tuskegee Airmen. Most of these works have focused on the training of America's first black fighter pilots and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This book goes further, using captioned photographs to trace the airmen through the stages of training, deployment and combat actions in North Africa, Italy and Germany.


Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History
TR140.H372 F56 2011

The famous faces of Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and John F. Kennedy appear among the nearly eighty thousand photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris. But it's in the images of other, ordinary people and neighborhoods that Harris shows us a city and an era teeming with energy, culture, friendship and family.


August Wilson: Pittsburgh Places in His Life and Plays
PS3573.I45677 Z67 2011x

This book is a guide to key sites in the playwright's life and work in Pittsburgh's Hill District and beyond.


Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness
RA778.4.A36 G385 2011

According to the federal Office of Minority Health, African Americans "are affected by serious diseases and health conditions at far greater rates than other Americans." In fact, African Americans suffer an estimated 85,000 excess deaths every year from diseases we know how to prevent: heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. In this important and accessible book Dr. Michelle Gourdine provides African Americans with the knowledge and guidance they need to take charge of their well-being.


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
BP223.Z8 L57636 2011

The late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with startling new information and shocking revelations, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X is a stunning achievement, the definitive work on one of our greatest advocates for social change.


We Ain't the Brontes

Charity Evans and Lynzee Lavender haven't always had the best relationship -- for the most part thanks to them being writers. The rivalry goes into overdrive when Lynzee reveals that the father of the child she gave up years ago is Charity's husband.


The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

What would you do for five million dollars? Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little Garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. But then the recession hits and rips apart the family's financial stability.


The Black Man's Guide to Good Health: Essential Advice for African-American Men and Their Families
RA777.8.R44 2011x

This thorough guide, updated and revised from the 1994 original, emphasizes issues of particular concern to black men. The lifesaving advice offered here is interspersed with real-life case studies and each chapter has suggested reading lists and resources for further information.


No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
E840.8.R48 A3 2011x

From one of the world's most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America's chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.


The Kid

The story of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine Precious, opens on the day of his mother's funeral. It is a story of survival and awakening and of one young man's remarkable strength.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
RC265.6.L24 S55 2010x

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons -- as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances including in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions


Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through
BF637.C5 V364 2011x

New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned -- from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah and the Iyanla TV show to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter's 15 months of illness and subsequent death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.


The History & Heritage of African American Churches: A Way Out of No Way
BR563.N4 W486 2011

Drawing on a wide array of sources to document cultural influences from Africa, the author vividly describes the emergence of an independent church tradition among African Americans. L.H. Whelchel demonstrates the struggles of Africans in the United States to build and maintain their own churches before showing how those churches and their ministers were often at the center of seminal events in the history of America. Dr. Whelchel provides an engaging and provocative narrative with detailed documentation and end notes for each chapter along with critical analyses which will be of benefit to ministers, scholars, teachers, students and the general reading public.


The Choir Director

When the popular choir director of First Jamaican Ministries, the biggest church in Queens, New York, is presented a Man of the Year award his wife announces to the congregation that he is gay, forcing him out of the closet and out of the church.


Zone One

A pandemic has devastated the planet. Sorted into two types: uninfected and infected, the provisional government manages to return to a civilization plan. But pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain who must be removed.


Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care
RD27.35.W53 A3 2011

If you're going to have a heart attack, an organ transplant or a joint replacement, here's the key to getting the very best medical care: be a white, straight, middle-class male. This book by a pioneering black surgeon takes on one of the few critically important topics that haven't figured in the heated debate over health care reform -- the largely hidden yet massive injustice of bias in medical treatment.