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Esther's Library Book Drive - Adult Selections
Inspired by Esther Mills, the protagonist of Lynn Nottage's play Intimate Apparel, McCarter Theatre Group is sponsoring a book drive to benefit local social justice and literacy organizations for children and adults. Organizations to benefit from the drive include Trenton Books and Breakfast, Trenton Makes Words!, HomeFront, Room to Read, and the Trenton Literacy Movement. .................................................................................................................................... IMPORTANT!! For your donation to be processed correctly you MUST follow these directions. .................................................................................................................................... Select and add to your cart books from the list below, curated to reflect the needs of recipient organizations. When you are ready to check out, enter discount code ESTHER to apply a 15 percent discount and remove shipping costs. When entering a shipping address, you must enter ESTHER (as the name AND street address), Princeton, NJ 08542. Labyrinth will collect and deliver the books to McCarter. For more information about the play and the inspiration behind this initiative, visit http://www.mccarter.org/bookdrive ..................................................................................................................................... This list contains Adult book selections. View Children's book selections here: http://www.labyrinthbooks.com/all_tables.aspx?list=664
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Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
Glaude Jr, Eddie S.
A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society
 
America’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police,... (more)

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Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
Steele, Shelby
From the author of the award-winning bestseller The Content of Our Character comes a new essay collection that tells the untold story behind the polarized racial politics in America today.

In his new book Shelby Steele argues that a second betrayal of black freedom in the United States--th... (more)

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Fire Next Time
Baldwin, James
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, t... (more)

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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Taylor, Keeanga
The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have directly challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and in the process has punctured the illusion of a p... (more)

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I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck
Baldwin, James & James Baldwin
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary

To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews tha... (more)

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I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway
Kot, Greg
This is the untold story of living legend Mavis Staples—lead singer of the Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the civil rights era. Now in her seventies, Mavis has been a fixture in the music world for decades. One of the most enduring artists of popular music, she and her fa... (more)

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Intimate Apparel/Fabulation
Nottage, Lynn

"Lynn Nottage's work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture and history-and the startling simplicity of desire-with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion." -Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

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Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
Sullivan, Patricia
The first major history of America's oldest civil rights organization. Sullivan unearths the little-known early decades of the NAACP's activism, telling stories of personal bravery, legal brilliance, and political maneuvering, then moves into the critical postwar era, when the NAACP knocked out the ... (more)

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Light of the World: A Memoir
Alexander, Elizabeth
A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRLE AWARDS FINALIST, AUTOBIOGRAPHY

New York Times Bestseller
First Lady Michelle Obama's Favorite Book of 2015
A New Yorker, NPR, Boston Globe, Publ... (more)

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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Alexander, Michelle
By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, Alexander argues, the US criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblin... (more)

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Notes of a Native Son
Baldwin, James

A new edition of the book many have called James Baldwin’s most influential work

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the ci... (more)

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Radical King
King, Martin Luther & Cornel West
A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X

“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies. . . . The response of the radical King to our catastr... (more)

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Ruined
Nottage, Lynn

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.”—Linda Winer, Newsday

“An intense and gripping new drama... (more)

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Sellout: A Novel
Beatty, Paul & Elizabeth Bruce, ed.

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movemen... (more)

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
Harris-Perry, Melissa V.
“The insight and grace with which Harris-Perry tackles the thorny issue of African American women’s identity politics makes it a must-read.”—Jordan Kisner, Slate
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Underground Railroad
Whitehead, Colson
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especiall... (more)

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We Should All Be Feminists
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensiv... (more)

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Americanah
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year and an NBCC Award Finalist
An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Nonfiction Book, a Ne... (more)

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Another Brooklyn
Woodson, Jacqueline

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place whe... (more)

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Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches
Marable, Manning & Myrlie Evers-Williams, eds.
The full story of one the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement. As the legal battles surrounding his death have often overshadowed the example and inspiration of his life, Evers-Williams and Marable have assembled previously untouched cache of personal documents, writings, and speeches, to ... (more)

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Black Boy
Wright, Richard

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were eithe... (more)

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Black Teachers on Teaching
Foster, Michele
A riveting and honest portrait of the politics and philosophies of the education of black children over the last fifty years. Foster, a leading expert on black educators and the history of black education, has interviewed pioneering teachers from across the country.... (more)

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Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a Memoir
West, Cornel

New York Times­ best-selling author Cornel West is one of America’s most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West’s penetrating br... (more)

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Brother/Sister Plays
McCraney, Tarell Alvin

“McCraney’s richly drawn characters and colloquial poetry . . . manages to sound both epic and rooted in a specific place. Listen closely, and you might hear that thrilling sound that is one of the main reasons we go to the theater, that beautiful music of a new voice.”—The New York Times... (more)

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Colored People: A Memoir
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
In this masterpiece of recollection by a renowned scholar and American Book Award-winning author, Gates revives the now-vanished "colored" world of his childhood in West Virginia. His memoir extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytell... (more)

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Cornel West Reader
West, Cornel
Reveals the dazzling range of West's work, from his explorations of "Prophetic Pragmatism" to his philosophizing on hip-hop, and traces the development of his extraordinary career as academic, public intellectual, and activist. West emerges as our social conscience, urging attention to issues of rac... (more)

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Hidden Figures
Shetterly, Margot Lee

The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle ... (more)

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jacobs, Harriet & R. J. Ellis, ed.

The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs ... (more)

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Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements
Breitman, George, ed.
Presents the major speeches made by Malcolm X during the last eight tumultuous months of his life, showing how his vision for abolishing racial inequality in the US underwent a vast transformation after his break from the Black Muslims.... (more)

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Ordinary Light: A Memoir
Smith, Tracy K.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.

Tracy K. Smith had a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the younge... (more)

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Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession
Terkel, Studs
"The kind of book that happens along once in a long while."—The New York Times

First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller. In a rare and revealing look how at how people in America tr... (more)

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Souls of Black Folk
Du Bois, W. E. B.
Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights ac... (more)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hurston, Zora Neale

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to l... (more)

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Up from Slavery
Washington, Booker T.
For the 50 years that followed its publication in 1901, Up from Slavery was the most widely known book written by an African American. The life of Booker T. Washington embodied the legendary rise of an American self-made man, and his autobiography gave voice for the first time to a vast group that h... (more)

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All about Love: New Visions
hooks, bell
"The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers o... (more)

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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
Angelou, Maya
"Thoroughly enjoyable . . . an important document drawing more much-needed attention to the hidden history of a people both African and American."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.... (more)

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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Boyle, Kevin
An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturin... (more)

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Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life, My Bondage & My Freedom: Life & Times
Douglass, Frederick
Frederick Douglass, born a slave, educated himself, escaped, and went on to become the most influential black American of the 19th century. His autobiographical narratives stunned the world, and have shocked, moved, and inspired readers ever since. Here, complete for the first time in one authoritat... (more)

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Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X
"Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, and important book." THE NEW YORK TIMES If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the result of a unique collaboration between Alex Haley and ... (more)

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Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carson, Clayborne
Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson is the director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project; with thousands of King's essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons at his disposal, Carson has organized King's writings into a posthumous autobiography. In an early stu... (more)

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Beloved
Morrison, Toni
A comprehensive account of Atwood's 40 years of writing across a wide range of genres, while paying attention to her Canadian cultural context and the multiple dimensions of her celebrity. Atwood as writer is at the center, but there is also the media star and public performer, cultural critic, envi... (more)

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Black Boy
Wright, Richard

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were eithe... (more)

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Black Prophetic Fire
West, Cornel & Christa Buschendorf
An unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American lead... (more)

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Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more ferven... (more)

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Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a Memoir
West, Cornel

New York Times­ best-selling author Cornel West is one of America’s most provocative and admired public intellectuals. Whether in the classroom, the streets, the prisons, or the church, Dr. West’s penetrating br... (more)

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Coming of Age in Mississippi
Moody, Anne
Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till’s lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear ... (more)

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Complete Poetry
Angelou, Maya
Timeless and prescient, this definitive compendium will warm the hearts of Maya Angelou's most ardent admirers even as it introduces new readers to the legendary poet, activist, and teacher -- a phenomenal woman for the ages.... (more)

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Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
West, Cornel
In this volume, West analyzes the arrested development of democracy both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. He argues that, if we are to become the steward of democratization around the world, we must first awaken to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own f... (more)

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Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom
West, Cornel
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angelou, Maya
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Douglass, Frederick
Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.... (more)

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Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart
Walker, Alice
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey. In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has creat... (more)

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Up from Slavery
Washington, Booker T.
Autobiography of influential spokesman and former slave who became a major figure in the struggle for equal rights.... (more)

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Souls of Black Folk
Du Bois, W. E. B.
In this founding work in the literature of black protest, first published in 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white ... (more)

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Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow
Litwack, Leon F.
A searing history of life under Jim Crow. Drawing on new documentation and first-person accounts by blacks and whites, Litwack describes the injustices -- both institutional and personal -- inflicted against a people. Here, too, are the black men and women whose activism, literature, and music prese... (more)

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Citizen: An American Lyric
Rankine, Claudia
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the ... (more)

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Color Purple
Walker, Alice & Andre Bernard, ed.
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her.... (more)

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Home
Morrison, Toni
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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Rhimes, Shonda
The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s ... (more)

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