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Our Sister Killjoy

By: Aidoo, Ama Ata

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Longman Publishers: 1997

Edition: 3rd Printing

Seller ID: 2301305

ISBN: 0582308453

Condition: Near Fine


3rd printing. An exceptional copy. 1997 Trade Paperback. Sissie visits Europe, but finds it a far different place than her native Africa. View more info

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The Journey Within (African Writers Series 206)

By: Aniebo, I.N.C.

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Heinemann: 1978

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2135212

ISBN: 0435902067

Condition: Very Good


First edition - a paperback original. Spine faded, seller bookplate inside. 1978 Trade Paperback. xiv, 242 pp. A novel chronicling two Igbo marriages, one traditional and one Christian. View more info

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Pardoner's Tale

By: Beaver, Harold

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2204038

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Top page ridge lightly foxed. Very Good. 1966 Hard Cover. 200 pp. The place is Kenya after independence. The chief African characters are a taxi-driver, an occasional politician, and a not highly qualified schoolteacher. These three boon companions, sharing a tremendous zest for oratory and beer, find a box of bank-notes in the forest--a treasure which disrupts their happy relationship. Meanwhile, a group of five Europeans face their own problems with some wit and more uneasiness. They deplore the Congo, talk about books and witchcraft, attend a native funeral, become involved i... View more info

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Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa

By: Clarke, John Henrik; Garvey, Amy Jacques

Price: $12.00  $9.60

Publisher: Vintage Books: 1974

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2288949

ISBN: 0394718887

Condition: Very Good


First printing. Pages lightly toned. 1974 Mass Market Paperback. xxxii, 496 pp. Among Black leaders, Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was unique. His popularity was universal, his program for the return of African people to their motherland shook the foundations of three empires, all subsequent Black Power movements have owed a debt to his example, and his prophecy has been fulfilled in the independence that brought into being more than thirty African nations. This illuminating reader shows Garvey in all his dimensions. Among the many contributors are, in addition to Garvey himself, W. E. B. Du Bois,... View more info

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Soul on Ice

By: Cleaver, Eldridge; Gismar, Maxwell

Price: $9.00  $7.20

Publisher: Delta: 1968

Edition: 6th Printing

Seller ID: 2266364

ISBN: 0440181631

Condition: Very Good


Sixth printing. Spine faintly creased, wrappers and page ridges faintly foxed. 1968 Trade Paperback. xv, 210 pp. Soul On Ice is a memoir and collection of essays by Eldridge Cleaver. Originally written in Folsom State Prison in 1965, and published three years later in 1968, it is Cleaver's best known writing and remains a seminal work in African-American literature.[1][2] The treatises were first printed in the nationally-circulated monthly Ramparts and became widely read (even praised by Norman Mailer) for their illustration and commentary on Black America. Throughout his narrative, Cleaver d... View more info

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Age of Iron

By: Coetzee, J.M.

Price: $350.00  $280.00

Publisher: Secker & Warburg: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200388

ISBN: 0436200120

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Bookplate signed by author without inscription affixed to half-title page. Pages toned. 1990 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 180, [1] pp. 8vo. Coetzee received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, and is also a two-time recipient of the Booker Prize. Dying of cancer, Elizabeth Curren writes a testament to her lost daughter, now living in America. Her account describes her relationship with the tramp, Vercueil, who becomes her silent companion and confessor as she tries to make her peace with the world. The novel is an anguished lament for a country on th... View more info

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A Piece of Mine: Short Stories

By: Cooper, J. California; Walker, Alice

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Wild Trees Press: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2201014

ISBN: 0931125006

Condition: Very Good


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. Faint crease on front wrapper along spine. 1984 Trade Paperback. ix, 124 pp. With a foreword by Alice Walker. In her acclaimed novels and short stories, J. California Cooper portrays the lives of African Americans, bringing to light the impact of history, social and economic hardship, and enduring cultural strengths on the experiences of individuals and families. The questions, discussion topics, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's discussion of her works, which... View more info

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Nervous Conditions: A Novel

By: Dangarembga, Tsitsi

Price: $5.00  $4.00

Publisher: Seal Press: 1989

Seller ID: 2266447

ISBN: 0931188741

Condition: Good


Half-inch surface tear to spine-base, wrappers lightly rubbed, minor ink underlining (a few pages only), ink name on half-title page. 1989 Trade Paperback. 204 pp. Nervous Conditions is a novel by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, first published in the United Kingdom in 1988 by the Women's Press. The semi-autobiographical novel[1] focuses on the story of a Shona family in post-colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s. Nervous Conditions is the first of a proposed trilogy, with The Book of Not published in 2006 as the second novel in the series. The novel illustrates the dynamic themes of race, ... View more info

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The Strange Man

By: Djoleto, Amu

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Heinemann: 1968

Seller ID: 2208329

Condition: Good


Light stain to spine-base, wrapper edges, and page ridges. 1968 Trade Paperback. 279 pp. Mensa endures his Ghanaian childhood under the shadow of successive tyrannical headmasters. In his maturity he struggles with the trials that village jealousies and his own family lie upon him. KEYWORDS: AMU DJOLETO STRANGE MAN LITERATURE FICTION AFRICAN View more info

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The Ancient Egyptians: A Sourcebook of Their Writings

By: Erman, Adolf; Simpson, William K.

Price: $7.00  $5.60

Publisher: Harper Torchbooks: 1966

Seller ID: 2288071

Condition: Very Good


Spine lightly toned, two light red marks on page base. 1966 Trade Paperback. lxxii, 318, 10 pp. CONTENTS: Periodical Abbreviations; Introduction to the Torchbook Edition: The Study of Egyptian Literature, 1925-1965; Selective Bibliography, 1925-1965; Translator's Preface; Author's Preface; Outline of Egyptian History; By Way of Introduction: The Development of the Literature - The Learned Scribes - Singers and Story-Tellers - The Forms of the Poetry - Writing and Books - Our Understanding of Egyptian Texts; From the Oldest Poetry: From the Pyramid Texts - To the Crowns - Morning Hymns - Narrat... View more info

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Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

By: Erskine, John

Price: $7.00  $5.60

Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company: 1926

Seller ID: 2264164

Condition: Very Good


No jacket, ink name on front endpaper. 1926 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 340 pp. Twice in his life a woman asked Lancelot for his love. Two very different women, both named Elaine. But as the world knows, Lancelot cared for no woman except Guinevere. The second Elaine tried her best to get Lancelot to marry her, or at the very least be her paramour. From these two things, Lancelot excused himself, all the while thinking of his younger years and the other Elaine, King Pelles' daughter. She too had offered herself, heart and body, and though at first he had said no, ... View more info

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Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Classic African Novel

By: Fagunwa, D.O.; Soyinka, Wole; Onobrakpeya, Bruce

Price: $50.00  $40.00

Publisher: Random House: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2204368

ISBN: 0394534115

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Page ridges faintly foxed. Near Fine. 1982 Hard Cover. 140 pp. His total conviction in multiple existences within our physical world is as much an inspiration to some of the most brilliant fiction in Yoruba writing as it is a deeply felt urge to 'justify the ways of God to man.'—Wole Soyinka, translator and Nobel Laureate A classic work of African literature, Forest of a Thousand Daemons is the first novel to be written in the Yoruba language. First published in Nigeria in 1939, it is one of that country's most revered and widely read works, and its influence on Nigerian lit... View more info

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Atu, the Silent One

By: Jupo, Frank

Price: $5.00  $4.00

Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.: 1967

Seller ID: 2205351

Condition: Near Fine


Review copy. Endpapers lightly foxed. Stain to bottom edge of jacket rear, jacket edges lightly rubbed. 1967 Hard Cover. Unpaginated. A young African Bushman who is unable to speak joins the hunters for his first hunt, and later tells the story of the hunt in his own way. View more info

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The Only Son (African Writers Series 21)

By: Munonye, John

Price: $6.00  $4.80

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books: 1966

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2135541

Condition: Very Good


First printing. Spine faded. 1966 Trade Paperback. 201, [1] pp. An only son is wooed from a possessive mother by an enterprising and persistent Catholic mission in Nigeria. By the author of Oil Man of Obange. View more info

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Danda

By: Nwankwo, Nkem

Price: $5.00  $4.00

Publisher: Heinemann: 1970

Seller ID: 2119144

Condition: Very Good


Light rubbing to wrappers. 1970 Trade Paperback. A well-respected tribal leader attempts to reform his buffoonish son. View more info

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Cry, the Beloved Country

By: Paton, Alan; Gannett, Lewis

Price: $50.00  $40.00

Publisher: The Franklin Library: 1978

Edition: Reissue

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2298967

Condition: Fine


Signed by author without inscription on front flyleaf. An exceptional copy. 1978 Full-Leather. xxxii, 297, [3] pp. 8vo. Original brown full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Introduction by Lewis Gannett. Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. The book is written with such keen empathy and understanding that to read it is to share fully in the gravity of the characters' sit... View more info

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American Dreams

By: Sapphire

Price: $20.00  $16.00

Publisher: High Risk Books: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282434

ISBN: 1852423277

Condition: Fine


First edition - a paperback original. Signed by author without inscription. A fine copy. 1994 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. 175 pp. Author's second book. One of New York's most popular performance poets, Sapphire explores the raw edges that constitute urban life. In this collection, her poems have been inspired by incidents of violence, crime in Central Park and spiritual renewal after addiction. View more info

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Black Wings and Blind Angels: Poems

By: Sapphire

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282435

ISBN: 0679446303

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed and dated 10/1/99 by author with heart doodle and no inscription. A very nice copy. 1999 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 129 pp. Alive with the emotional honesty and intellectual force for which Sapphire has been admired as both a writer and a performance artist, these forty-seven poems take us into America's past and present, bearing testimony to the black experience in a country fragmented by war, racism, and urban and domestic violence. They tell the story of a search for the complicated spiritual path back to one's roots, a story of fami... View more info

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Push: A Novel

By: Sapphire

Price: $60.00  $48.00

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2282436

ISBN: 0679446265

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A very nice copy. 1996 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. Author's first novel. Inspiration for the Academy Award winning film Precious. An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and ... View more info

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Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter

By: Shange, Ntozake

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: St. Martin's Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271594

ISBN: 0312113102

Condition: Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. A fine copy. 1994 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xii, 288 pp. In Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter, Ntozake Shange brings the strands of memories, dreams, and expectations of a young black woman's life into ours. Through the voices of her childhood friends, Roxie, Lollie, and Bernadette, we encounter the last moments of legal segregation in Mississippi and the beginnings of class war within the black community of Queens. The voices of her lovers, Victor-Jesus, Zoom, Thayer, and Sawyer, reveal Liliane in the mor... View more info

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Ofay: A Novel

By: Shorris, Earl

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Delacorte Press: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2301638

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket spine head and spine base taped on rear side of jacket, jacket lightly rubbed. Stain on spine head. 1966 Hard Cover. 240 pp. O'fay: Negro slang for white person; from the Pig Latin for 'foe.' Josh didn't pity Negroes. He loved them - as individuals, and as a race. Negroes are the only people around who really feel things...the only people left who dare to do something without knowing how it's going to turn out. So, he left the square white world behind. He came to St. Louis to try to make it - on the worst street in the Negro ghetto - a world of junk, of jazzing, of hipst... View more info

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Shaihu Umar

By: Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji; Hiskett, Mervyn

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Longmans: 1968

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 2266787

Condition: Very Good


Second printing. Front wrapper lightly foxed, ink note on front wrapper verso. 1968 Trade Paperback. 80 pp. A family saga, written by the first Federal Prime Minister of Nigeria. It focuses on the struggles of Umar and his mother, and describes Umar's dramatic journey across the desert with a slave caravan. It provides a glimpse into the lives of women and children in a black Islamic society. View more info

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir

By: Soyinka, Wole

Price: $7.00  $5.60

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks: 2007

Seller ID: 2201082

ISBN: 0375755144

Condition: Very Good


Half-inch chip to bottom spine edge. 2007 Trade Paperback. xx, 499 pp. The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland. In the tough, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his plays and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to life the friends and family who bolstered and inspired hi... View more info

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Three Novels: Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly; The Minister's Wooing; Oldtown Folks (Library of America, No. 4)

By: Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Library of America: 1982

Seller ID: 2300599

ISBN: 0940450011

Condition: Near Fine


Includes publisher's slipcase. A near fine copy in a near fine slipcase. 1982 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 1478 pp. In this Library of America volume are the best and most enduring works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman,” as Abraham Lincoln said when he met her in 1861, “who wrote the book that made this great war.” He was referring, with rueful exaggeration, to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), which during its first year had sold over 300,000 copies. Contemporary readers can still appreciate the powerful effects of its melodramatic characterizations ... View more info

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Native Son

By: Wright, Richard

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Harper & Brothers: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2283830

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Second state binding. No jacket, gilt on spine rubbed. 1940 Hard Cover. xi, 359 pp. Native Son (1940) is a novel written by the American author Richard Wright. It tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, an African American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a systemic inevitability behind them. Bigger's lawyer, Boris Max, makes the case that there is no escape from this destiny for his client or any other black American since they are the necessary product of the soci... View more info