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American Authors Reinventing Italy

by Sirpa Salenius

American Authors Reinventing Italy: The Writings of Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Women is a collection of scholarly papers that examine Italy in the writings of such American women as Margaret Fuller, Harriet...


The Heart of Happy Hollow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Sixteen tales offer insights into the lives of African Americans after the Civil War, recounting the promise of northward migration, the horrors of lynching, and the complexity of relationships between former...


Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary

by Morty Diamond, Sassafras Lowrey, Shawna Virago & Silas Howard et al.

A ground-breaking anthology exploring radical frontiers of love, sex and relationships within gender-variant experiences


Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings

by Frederick Douglass

Selections of speeches and writings from the great abolitionist and statesman, focusing on the slave trade, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, suffrage for African-Americans, Southern reconstruction, and other...


Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby, Creator of the Blog BitchesGottaEat

by Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby’s debut features narrative essays by a sex-obsessed dummy laughing her way through tacos, Crohn's disease, and ridiculous dudes.


Early Black American Writers

by Benjamin Brawley

Definitive anthology of important Black writers: Banneker, Douglass, Delany, many others. With extensive commentary.


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt

A landmark in the history of African-American fiction, this gripping 1901 novel unfolds against the backdrop of the post-Reconstruction South, climaxing in a race riot based on an actual 1898 incident.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs

Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.


Book of African-American Quotations

by Joslyn Pine

This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African Americans from all walks of life, including Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, George Washington Carver,...


Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

by W. E. B. Du Bois

The distinguished American civil rights leader first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems nearly 80 years ago in various periodicals. This volume has long inspired readers with its militant cry...


When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

by Norman R. Yetman

More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as a newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.


For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough

by Keith Boykin

New York Times bestselling author and CNBC commenter Keith Boykin expands on the "It Gets Better" project by bringing together 25 essays by men of color on the topic of surviving growing up gay. In 1974, playwright...


In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?

by Charles M. Sheldon

A religious novel focused on different episodes focused on individual characters and how their lives are transformed by the challenge presented to his congregation by Henry Maxwell, pastor of the First Church...


Anne Of Green Gables

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anna is an orphan adopted by chance, he had nothing out of life until it has been accepted in the farm of Green Gables. Even combining one disaster after another, never loses his good humor. Due to its ability...


Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems

by Kwame Dawes & Matthew Shenoda

“The miracle of empathy,” Kwame Dawes once said in an interview, “is the ultimate aim of my writing.”


Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Kersuze Simeon-Jones

Literary and Sociopolitical Writings of the Black Diaspora in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries examines the literary movements of the black Diaspora, dating from the nineteenth to the twentieth century,...


Letters from Black America

by Pamela Newkirk

Letters from Black America fills a literary and historical void by presenting the pantheon of African American experience in the most intimate way possible—through the heartfelt correspondence of the men and...


The Terrible Threes

by Ishmael Reed

This adventure into the world of offbeat humor and on-target social criticism is a vision of America in the not-too-distant future, a portrait of a fairy-tale gone awry.