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Rails Under My Back

By: Allen, Jeffery Renard

Price: $50.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2180

ISBN: 0374246262

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Jeffrey Renard Allen on the title page. Winner of a 2002 Whiting Writers' Award.Kirkus Reviews called it ".a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer." This novel has at its center two young men at the heart of America, and at the heart of a mysteriously complex family. View more info

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Rails Under My Back

By: Allen, Jeffery Renard

Price: $65.00

Publisher: NY, FSG: 2000

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4666

ISBN: 0374246262

Condition: Fine


This is a REVIEW COPY with Publishers' materials and author photo laid-in that has been SIGNED by Jeffrey Renard Allen on the title page. Kirkus Reviews called it "a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer." This novel has at its center two young men at the heart of America, and at the heart of a mysteriously complex family. Winner of a 2002 Whiting Writers' Award. View more info

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The Sellout

By: Beatty, Paul

Price: $950.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 2015

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8348

ISBN: 0374260508

Condition: Fine


This copy of "The Sellout" has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! "The Sellout" showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and an appeal of a race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the U.S Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality - the Black Chinese restaurant. A powerful novel of vital import, "The Sellout" is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time... View more info

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Big Bank Take Little Bank: New Cafe Poets, No.1

By: Beatty, Paul

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Nuyorican Poets Cafe: 1991

Edition: First Edition/Second Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7563

ISBN: 0962784273

Condition: Fine


This copy of the talented author's first book - a collection of poetry - has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! While it is a second printing, this is a scarce work (more so signed) from this talented author. Published by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. Praise by Allen Ginsberg who calls it "humorous, incisive, Americanist." The Village Voice says of it "Paul Beatty's a poet for us kids who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, video games, and rap, and have a jumble of media bites rattling in our brain cages...Beatty parts the curtain of retro respectable poetry,... View more info

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Joker, Joker, Deuce

By: Beatty, Paul

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Penguin: 1994

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7564

ISBN: 0140587233

Condition: Fine


This copy of the author's second book of poetry has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! Issued in paperback format. A cutting-edge collection of poems from the man "Newsweek" calls "the prmier bard of hip hop." Jessica Hagedorn praise stating "'Verbal Mugging' at its most dangerous. Paul Beatty's "Joker, Joker, Deuce" moves to fierce urban rhythms, both cool and hot. A rush of intense visual images and electric word music..." View more info

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Tuff

By: Beatty, Paul

Price: $95.00

Publisher: London, UK, Secker & Warburg: 2000

Edition: First U.K. Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8945

ISBN: 0436410656

Condition: Fine


This beautiful copy of the UK First Edition/First Printing of "Tuff" has been SIGNED by Paul Beatty on the title page! Fueled by the ferocious wit and outrage that drove Beatty's extraordinary debut, "The White Boy Shuffle," "Tuff" sees his manic energy taken to new heights of verbal dazzle. Unique artwork design graces the cover of this title. Paul Beatty went on to win the prestigious MAN Booker Prize later on for his book - "The Sellout." View more info

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The Emperor of Ocean Park

By: Carter, Stephen L.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Alfred A. Knopf Inc: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 5523

ISBN: 0375413634

Condition: Fine


This copy of the celebrated Yale University Law Professor's debut novel has been SIGNED by Stephen L. Carter on the title page! This title was warmly received and garnered praise from all quarters. It is a large, stirring novel of suspense that is, at the same time, a work of brilliantly asute social observation. "The Emperor of Ocean Park" is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the eastern seaboard - old families who summer on Martha's Vineyard - and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school. It tells the story of a complex family with a singl... View more info

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A Piece of Mine

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Navarro, CA, Wild Trees Press: 1984

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 632

ISBN: 0931125006

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by both J. California Cooper on the title page and by Alice Walker at her foreward! The celebrated author's first book - a collection of stories. In the foreward by Alice Walker she states "It is with both pleasure and pride that I introduce the wise and exhilarating stories of Joan California Cooper's 'A Piece of Mine'. Pleasure because I know others will now have the opportunity to enjoy Cooper's talent, humor, and insight into character, and pride because her book is the first to be published by Wild Trees Press, started in 1984 by my partner, Robert Allen, and... View more info

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The Matter Is Life

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1991

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 97

ISBN: 0385411731

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! Another collection of "exuberant tales of everyday people" that we come to expect from this author. Rich and lyrical, lively and brash, and full of wonder at the unexpected mysteries of life, these stories delve deeply into the enormous passions of every moment lived. View more info

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Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1995

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 99

ISBN: 0385467877

Condition: Fine


This copy of the Uncorrected Proof has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! Whether it be through her stories or her legenday readings, J. California Cooper's words have an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend. Her characters are plainspoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its everpresent struggles, is always worth the journey. View more info

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A Piece of Mine

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, UK, The Women's Press: 1986

Edition: First UK Paperback Edition/First Printi

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6279

ISBN: 0704339897

Condition: Fine


This copy of the UK trade paperback issue has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the half-title page and by Alice Walker (who contributed the forward) on the title page! In this collection - her larger-than-life women struggle for love, money, happiness, and sometimes, revenge. Told with enormous warmth and humour, these twelve stories centre on the lives of black women and their men in the small-town southern states of America. View more info

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A Piece of Mine

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Anchor Books: 1992

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6280

ISBN: 0385420870

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the half-title page! Her debut work - Alice Walker has said: "Her style is deceptively simple and direct, and the value of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard." This is a copy of the first Anchor Books edition. View more info

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Family

By: Cooper, J. California

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Doubleday: 1991

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8855

ISBN: 0385411715

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by J. California Cooper on the title page! The author's 1st novel following three critically acclaimed collections of short stories. Set in the years just before and after the Civil War "Family" tells the story of four generations of an African-American family whose emotional and spiritual center is Always, a willful, resourcefull, and gentle young woman born into slavery. To hear Ms. Cooper at a reading is "uplifting", to say the least. View more info

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The Farming of Bones

By: Danticat, Edwidge

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY: SOHO [1998].: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2954

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Edwidge Danticat. The very talented and popular author's most recent novel. She was also a "Granta 20" author and her first collection of stories "Krik? Krak!" was nominated for a National Book Award. Well reviewed, the New York Times Bo ok Review has said "Extraordinarily ambitious.extraordinarily successful." View more info

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Behind the Mountains

By: Danticat, Edwidge

Price: $40.00

Publisher: NY, Orchard Books: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4098

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Edwidge Danticat on the title page! First Person Fiction features authors from a variety of backgrounds writing about the experience of coming to America. The author was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1969. Her parents immigrated to New York when she was a small child, and she and her brother remained in Haiti, where they were raised by an aunt and uncle. At the age of twelve, she moved to Brooklyn to join her parents. View more info

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The Farming of Bones

By: Danticat, Edwidge

Price: $45.00

Publisher: London, Abacus: 1999

Edition: First U.K. Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4569

ISBN: 0349111642

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Edwidge Danticat! The very talented and popular author's recent novel. She was also a "Granta 20" author and her first collection of stories "Krik? Krak!" was nominated for a National Book Award. Well reviewed, the New York Times Book Review has said "Extraordinarily ambitious.extraordinarily successful." View more info

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After the Dance

By: Danticat, Edwidge

Price: $40.00

Publisher: NY, Crown Jouneys: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6268

ISBN: 0609609084

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Edwidge Danticat on the title page! The 2nd title in the Crown Journeys Series. One of Haiti’s most renowned daughters returns to her homeland, taking readers on a stunning, exquisitely rendered journey beyond the hedonistic surface of Carnival and into its deep heart. Part travelogue, part memoir, this is a lyrical narrative of a writer rediscovering her country along with a part of herself. It’s also a wonderful introduction to Haiti’s southern coast and to the true beauty of Carnival. View more info

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My Adopted Family

By: Dorin, Lenora

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Vantage Press: 1979

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7521

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Lenora Dorin on the title page! In "My Adopted Family," Lenora Dorin tells of the family she has helped, in the true spirit of love. In 1963, Lenora Dorin took a part-time job working for Mrs. Clara Brady. Mrs Brady's husband, Fred, was an invalid. Mrs. Brady had the responsibility of supporting him and their two daughters, Evelyn and Carol. Then, unexpectedly, Mrs. Brady herself was taken ill. She passed on. Caring for the family, Lenora Dorin asks Mr. Brady if he would like to come and live with her and her husband. His face lights up and he nods accepta... View more info

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Oscar Wilde Discovers America

By: Edwards, Louis

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, Scribner: 2003

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3971

ISBN: 0743236890

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Louis Edwards on the title page! In January 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in New York to begin a nationwide publicity tour. Mentioned in a few newspaper articles - but barely a footnote in the history books - was the black valet who accompanied him. Kirkus Reviews (Starred) calls this "One of the best road tours in American history.tremendous fun: a marvelous story animated with just the right savvy, melodrama, wit, and fantasy." View more info

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Ten Seconds

By: Edwards, Louis

Price: $40.00

Publisher: St. Paul, Graywolf: 1991

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 3973

ISBN: 1555971504

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Louis Edwards on the title page! The author's debut - a moving account of a young black man's life. Clarence Major said "Ten Seconds is so fluid that the reader is enraptured by its language. Louis Edwards is among the very few writers who can make the Faulkner-like long sentence work painlessly and brilliantly." View more info

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The First Thing Smoking

By: Eubanks, Nelson

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, One World/Random House: 2003

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4320

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED on the title page by Nelson Eubanks as "Nelson" (underlined). The author's debut–a stunning collection of seventeen interconnected short stories set in the urban and exotic locales of New York City and Brazil. In dazzling, jazzlike prose View more info

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Chinua Achebe: A Biography

By: Ezenwa-Ohaeto

Price: $22.00

Publisher: Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Seller ID: 7651

ISBN: 0253333423

Condition: Fine


This is the first biography of the author Chinua Achebe. His novels span the African experience of colonialism, independence, and of civilian and military corruption. His short stories in particular reflect his involvement in the Biafran civil war in Nigeria. His poetry, both in English and Igbo, reveals a sensitive talent. His children's stories introduced the young and their parents to the excitement of books. View more info

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In My Father’s House

By: Gaines, Ernest J

Price: $225.00

Publisher: NY, Knopf: 1978

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 915

Condition: Fine


An extraordinary copy of the Black author’s novel about a small, rural black community in the deep south, in a moment not long past that has been SIGNED by Ernest Gaines on the title page. A compelling novel of a man brought to reckon with his buried past. Reverend Martin—a respected minister and civil rights leader, devoted husband and father, a man of strength and rectitude—comes face to face with the sins of his youth when a sinister stranger arrives in town. View more info

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Ernest J. Gaines : A Critical Companion (Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers Ser.)

By: Gaines, Ernest J (Karen Carmean)

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Westport, CT, U.S.A., Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated: 1998

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 4410

ISBN: 0313302863

Condition: Fine


This copy has been SIGNED by Ernest Gaines on the title page! This study offers a clear, accessible reading of Gaines' fiction. It analyzes in turn all of Gaines' novels from 'Catherine Carmier' (1964) to 'A Lesson Before Dying' (1994), as well as his collection of short stories, 'Bloodline' (1968). A complete bibliography of Gaines' fiction, as well as selected reviews and criticism, completes the study. View more info

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Chasing Utopia

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $55.00

Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow: 2013

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9188

ISBN: 0688156975

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Chasing Utopia" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page! A collection of poems and essays. Her heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. With "Chasing Utopia" Giovanni demands that the prosaic--flowers, birdsong, winter--be seen as poetic, and reaffirms once again why she is as energetic, remarkable, wonderful outspoken, prolific, energetic, and relevant as ever. View more info

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My House

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow & Company, Inc.: 1972

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9189

ISBN: 0688000258

Condition: Fine


This copy of "My House" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page! A poetry collection about love conveys the black author's feelings toward family relationships and life. View more info

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A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow: 2017

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9190

ISBN: 0062399454

Condition: Fine


This copy of "A Good Cry" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page! An intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart. In "A Good Cry" she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her childhood. View more info

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Vacation Time: Poems for Children

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow & Company, Inc.: 1980

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9192

ISBN: 0688036570

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Vacation Time: Poems for Children" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page! A happy, romantic and fanciful collection of verses for children. This, her third children's book, will delight readers, whether young or old, with its carefree, joyous, and imaginative ventures into the realm of childhood fantasy and experience--from romping through a field of dandelions to boarding a ship bound for the moon. View more info

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Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow: 2002

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9193

ISBN: 0060099526

Condition: Fine


This copy of "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page! The author's meditation on humanity and soul. It's her revelatory gaze at the world in which we live--and her hopeful declaration of the world she dreams we will one day call home. View more info

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Re-Creation

By: Giovanni, Nikki

Price: $185.00

Publisher: Detroit, MI, Broadside Press: 1970

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 9194

ISBN: 910296448

Condition: Fine


This paperback issue of "Re-Creation" has been SIGNED by Nikki Giovanni on the title page. An early work dating back to 1970. View more info