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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
FORTY MILLION DOLLAR SLAVES

Author:William C. Rhoden

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden?s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings and at the first Kentucky Derby to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden makes the cogent argument that black athletes? ?evolution? has merely been a journey from literal plantations?where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings?to today?s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. Weaving in his own experiences growing up on Chicago?s South Side, playing college football for an all-black university, and his decades as a sportswriter, Rhoden contends that black athletes? exercise of true power is as limited today as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today?s shackles are often of their own making.

Every advance made by black athletes, Rhoden explains, has been met with a knee-jerk backlash?one example being Major League Baseball?s integration of the sport, which stripped the black-controlled Negro League of its talent and left it to founder. He details the ?conveyor belt? that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they?re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.

Retails:$13.95
C&B Price:$11.00
ISBN-10: 0307353141
ISBN-13: 978-0307353146
Publisher: Three Rivers Press BR> Paperback: 286 pgs



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LL Cool J's Platinum Workout
LL COOL J'S PLATINUM WORKOUT

Author:LL Cool J, Dave Honig, Jeff O'Connell

LL didn't always have a diesel body--he chiseled it the old-fashioned way, with hard work and discipline. Here he shares the secrets of his transformation in a uniquely creative, yet no-nonsense regimen--enlivened with humor and sheer force of personality--that will inspire readers to enjoy working out as never before, while building a body they never thought possible. The book offers four levels of fitness, from Bronze to Platinum, including: - a 4-week beginner's program that takes inches off the waist and boosts energy - a 5-week program for intermediates that increases strength while maintaining muscular and cardiovascular endurance - an advanced 9-week program that turns the body into a muscle-building and fat-burning machine - complete with 6-pack ABS and as much energy as LL Cool J - the hard-core 3-week fat-torching program LL used for the "Control Myself" video - a new level in ripped-to-the-bone fitness and sex appeal - a special 4-week "Diamond" program for women seeking to shape up fast for the summer or upcoming event meal plans and recipes that fuel workouts while burning fat with food

Retails:$27.95
C&B Price:$16.00
Publisher: Rodale Books
Hardcover: 256pgs
ISBN-10: 1594866082
ISBN-13: 978-1594866081



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Alex Haley
ALEX HALEY

Author:Alex Haley

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots is a collection of articles the Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote for Reader's Digest from 1954 to 1991. Haley's stories are timeless, as powerful and relevant today as when they were first written.

In 1966, Alex Haley, a contributing writer for Reader's Digest, wanted to tell his family's "story-history." For ten years, Reader's Digest financed Haley's research and travel. The result of this historic collaboration was Roots, the Pulitzer-winning book.

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of that epic classic and a recognition of a lifetime of writings that changed the nation. In this 176-page paperback book, Haley shares stories of triumph and resilience, of race and inequality, and the search that led to the groundbreaking book and TV miniseries, Roots. The collection includes an excerpt from Roots and the candid article "Aboard the African Star," in which Haley reveals his struggles as a professional writer and as a man. This edition also features an introduction from Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nation's leading experts on race, politics and class in America.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price:$12.00
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (Aug 6, 2007)
Paperback: 176 pgs
ISBN-10: 0762109165
ISBN-13: 978-0762109166



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Believe to Acheive
BELIEVE TO ACHEIVE

Author:Howard White

Sometimes we need a hand to help us get to the gifts locked inside us. Believe to Achieve is that helping hand, daring readers of all ages to reach for their most cherished dream and giving them the tools to get there.

Author Howard "H" White tells us extraordinary people are simply ordinary people on fire with desire -- and he knows. As Nike, Incr.'s liaison for athletes such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, "H" has had plenty of experience with superstars. But he did not start there. He has known extraordinary people his whole life, from his family and friends to his coaches and teachers. All along the way, Howard has met people who have opened his eyes to his own abilities, and he has spent his life doing the same for others.

Full of behind-the-scenes moments with favorite athletes as well as funny anecdotes, Believe to Achieve is an exuberant collection of wisdom that will help you recognize the potential in yourself and see the path to success. It is a handbook for all people who have a goal they do not know how to reach or who want to help others discover their gifts.

As Howard says, you can never tell what people are capable of just by looking at them -- even you.

Retails:$14.95
C&B Price:$10.00
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words(Feb 6, 2007)
Paperback: 143 pgs
ISBN-10: 1582701725
ISBN-13: 978-1582701721



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The Vixen Diaries
THE VIXEN DIARIES

Author:Karrine Steffans

This titillating expos?hronicles the personal and professional adventures of this tabloid-laden socialite, dispelling some rumors, while confirming others. Diaries unveils the heavily shrouded Hollywood backrooms and its coveted secrets. Offering her ardent fans answers to burning questions and presenting lessons learned, this book will surely not disappoint.

Karrine Steffans continues to dish out juicy gossip and the much sought after details of her star studded lifestyle and the celebrity men that helped her get where she needed to be.

Karrine draws you in to get an up-close and personal look at the Hollywood life of fast money and sex; all the things that make for a great movie. She discusses her interactions with people after the release of Confessions of a Video Vixen and how she copes with it all.

Retails:$24.99
C&B Price:$16.50
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing (Sept 25, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0446582263
ISBN-13: 978-0446582261
Hardcover: 208 pgs



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Dear G-Spot
DEAR G-SPOT

Author:Zane

Dear G-Spot is New York Times bestselling author Zane's long-awaited guide to what she knows better than anyone else: love and sex.

Dear G-Spot includes real letters from real people, both women and men, who have sought Zane's advice over the years -- the preacher's wife worrying about being judged, the virgin, the guy next door, the gay man next door, the woman with low self-esteem, and the other woman with a sex drive over the moon.

In her own uniquely can-did and humorous way, Zane answers all your questions -- even questions you never thought to ask -- about making whoopee.

Retails:$25.00
C&B Price:$16.00
Publisher: Atria; 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed(July 10, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0743457056
ISBN-13: 978-0743457057
Hardcover: 256 pgs



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Pimpology
PIMPOLOGY

Author:Pimpin'Ken, Karen Hunter

The names change, but the game remains the same.
The pimp has reached nearly mythical status. We are fascinated by the question of how a guy from the ghetto with no startup capital and no credit -- nothing but the words out of his mouth -- comes not only to have a stable of sexy women who consider him "their man," but to drive a Rolls, sport diamonds, and wear custom suits and alligator shoes from Italy.
His secret is to follow the "unwritten rules of the game" -- a set of regulations handed down orally from older, wiser macks -- which give him superhuman powers of charm, psychological manipulation, and persuasion.
In Pimpology, star of the documentaries Pimps Up, Ho's Down and American Pimp and Annual Players Ball Mack of the Year winner Ken Ivy pulls a square's coat on the unwritten rules that took him from the ghetto streets to the executive suites. Ken's lessons will serve any person in any interaction: Whether at work, in relationships, or among friends, somebody's got to be on top. To be the one with the upper hand, you've got to have good game, and good game starts with knowing the rules.
If you want the money, power, and respect you dream of, you can't just "pimp your ride," you need to pimp your whole life. And unless you've seen Ray Charles leading Stevie Wonder somewhere, you need Ken's guidelines to do it. They'll reach out and touch you like AT&T and bring good things to life like GE. Then you can be the boss with the hot sauce who gets it all like Monty Hall.
Law 1: Purse First, Ass Last
If a pimp is going to take a chance, a bitch must give him money in advance.
-- Father Divine

The Life
A pimp associate of mine, Little Bear, came from a distinguished line of pimps. His daddy was one of the biggest pimps in Milwaukee when I was growing up. Pimpin' was in Little Bear, not on him. Years ago, Little Bear was running an after-hours joint. Many pimps had these little clubs back in the day as a way of catching hoes. A bunch of us were in his joint when one of the finest hoes I ever saw walked in. She had a body like an hourglass. She was so fine her mama should have had triplets. She was just a gorgeous ho. The scene was live, but when this ho walked in, the place stopped.
Sammy, a half-ass pimp who was sitting in the corner blurted out, "That bitch so fine, she don't need no choosing fee to fuck with my pimpin'!"
Out of nowhere Little Bear jumped up and said, "Bitch, break yourself!"
She walks up to Little Bear and asks, "Mr. Bear, what can you do with this money that I can't do with it myself? If you can answer that, I will break myself."
"Bitch, I'm the pimp and you're the ho," he said. "So act like the quarterback and pass the motherfucking bankroll."
She smiled and gave him the trap money. Little Bear then turned to me. "That's a fine-ass bitch," he said. "As soon as she makes me twenty Gs, I'm going to have some buck-naked fun with her." Then he posed the same question he'd been asked to me. "Pimpin', what could you do with that money?"
I stood up, because I was about to perform, and I wanted everyone to hear. "For the record," I started, "I mean to say, for the album -- because the record is too short -- if any of you suckers want to know what a pimp can do with that money that a bitch can't, go to the motherfucking hardware store, get you some duct tape, tape that money on the wall, and piss on it. That's what a pimp can do that a bitch can't!"

The Ism
"Purse first, ass last" is the motto of pimpin', the very foundation on which pimpin' is built. What separates a pimp from a trick is that a pimp completely flips the game. A trick pays a ho for the pussy, but a ho doesn't get to fuck a pimp until she pays him. A ho has got to put it in a pimp's pocket like a rocket before pimpin' can begin. It's not about a pimp breaking a ho, it's about a ho breaking herself. Violating this first law will guarantee a pimp a career of troubles and stress. If a woman can try you before she buy you, then, as B.B. King says, "The thrill is gone."
In life what is expensive seems valuable, and what's available for free seems worthless. You've heard that no one buys the cow when the milk is free, but what they didn't tell you is that after a while, no one even wants that free milk. To be valued, the key is not to give, but to receive -- the more, the better. You don't want to "earn" your price, you want to "cost" it. This is the psychology behind the whole game: anything worth having, you must pay for up front.

Retails:$20.00
C&B Price:$13.50
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (July 24, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1416938443
ISBN-13: 978-1416938446
Hardcover: 256 pgs



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Have You Met Miss Jones?
HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?

Author:Tarsha Jones

Even though I've tried to wear glass slippers, somebody has deliberately knocked them off my feet. Because of that, I have walked the earth emotionally barefoot, and expressed my lack of self-esteem and rage in ways that clouded my judgment. I was a participant in a lot of drama. Didn?t mean to be . . . it was never my intention.?
So confesses Tarsha Jones, host of New York's popular radio show Miss Jones in the Morning. Jonesy, as she's known to her fans, captivates millions of Hot 97 listeners with her daily dish on hip-hop and rap celebrity. But within these pages are the juicy scandals that even this no-holds-barred DJ has kept off the airwaves. For the first time, Jones reveals everything?from candid stories of her early singing career under Doug E. Fresh?s wing (and between his sheets) to a wild affair with Busta Rhymes; from bitter feuds with Wendy Williams and shock jocks Star and Buc Wild to friendships with Patti LaBelle and Isaac Hayes; from collaborations with Fat Joe and Big Pun all the way to catfights with Christina Milian and Beyonc? mother, Tina Knowles. Jones lets it all hang out and doesn?t tiptoe around anyone?s feelings?including her own.
Beginning with her volatile upbringing as the child of alcoholic parents and the target of bullying peers, Jones takes us on a journey of self-exploration, recounting how she survived abusive relationships, twisted coworkers, and backstabbing bosses to ultimately rise through the radio ranks and make it to the top of her game. But more than just a tell-all tale, this inspirational memoir is a testament to the struggles of a black woman trying to succeed in a white male-dominated industry, where the sharks never stop circling no matter how much you achieve. For those who love steamy entertainment gossip, admire coming-of-age chronicles of resilience, or just like to see emperors (and moguls) without clothes, so to speak, the pages will fly. Even devoted listeners who think they already know radio?s rowdiest diva will have to ask themselves . . . Have You Met Miss Jones?

Retails:$21.95
C&B Price:$14.95
Publisher: One World/Ballantine(July 10, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0345497481
ISBN-13: 978-0345497482
Hardcover: 224 pgs



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Ghettonation
GHETTONATION

Author:Cora Daniels

ghet-to n. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Italian, from Venetian dialect gh? island where Jews were forced to live; literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghet? to cast; from Latin jactare to throw 1: a quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live 2: a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure 3a: an isolated group <a geriatric ghetto> b: a situation that resembles a ghetto especially in conferring inferior status or limiting opportunity <stuck in daytime TV?s ghetto>

ghet-to adj. (twenty-first-century everyday parlance) 1a: behavior that makes you want to say ?Huh?? b: actions that seem to go against basic home training and common sense 2: used to describe something with inferior status or limited opportunity. Usually used with ?so.? <That?s so ghetto> ; <He?s so ghetto> 3: a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure. 4: common misusage: authentic, Black, keepin? it real

As current and all-consuming as ?ghetto? is in these days of gold teeth, weaves (blond and red), Pepsi-filled baby bottles, and babymamas, ghetto has a long history. The original ghetto was in the Jewish quarter of Venice, a Catholic city. Before it became the Jewish quarter, this area contained an iron foundry or gh?, hence the name. These days, ghetto no longer refers to where you live, but to how you live. It is a mindset, and not limited to a class or a race. Some things are worth repeating: ghetto is not limited to a class or a race. Ghetto is found in the heart of the nation?s inner cities as well as the heart of the nation?s most cherished suburbs; among those too young to understand (we hope) and those old enough to know better; in little white houses, and all the way to the White House; in corporate corridors, Ivy League havens, and, of course, Hollywood. More devastating, ghetto is also packaged in the form of music, TV, books, and movies, and then sold around the world. Bottom line: ghetto is contagious, and no one is immune, no matter how much we like to suck our teeth and shake our heads at what we think is only happening someplace else?

From an award-winning journalist and cultural commentator comes a provocative examination of the impact of ?ghetto? mores, attitudes, and lifestyles on urban communities and American culture in general.

Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America?s embrace of a ghetto persona that demeans women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of corporate America in exploiting the idea of ghetto-ness as a hip cultural idiom, despite its disturbing ramifications, as a means of making money. She showcases Black rappers raised in privileged families who have taken on the ghetto persona and sold millions of albums, and non-Black celebrities, such as Paris Hilton, who have adopted ghetto attitudes and styles in pursuit of attention and notoriety. She explores, as well, her own relationship to the ghetto and the ways in which she is both part of and outside the Ghettonation.

Infused with humor and entertaining asides?including lists of events and people that the author nominates for the Ghetto Hall of Fame, and a short section written entirely in ghetto slang?Ghettonation is a timely and engrossing report on a controversial social phenomenon. Like Bill Cosby?s infamous, much-discussed comments about the problems within the Black community today, it is sure to trigger widespread interest and heated debate.

About the Author Cora Daniels is an award-winning journalist. Her work has been published in Fortune, the New York Times, Essence, O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Heart & Soul, FSB: Fortune Small Business, and Savoy. She has also been a staff writer at Fortune and an editor at Working Mother, and she is currently a contributing writer for Essence. Daniels has served as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, BET, NPR, ABC News, and Charlie Rose. As an author Daniels has been called ?dynamic,? ?perceptive,? and ?a powerful voice from the younger generation.? Her first book, Black Power Inc., was dubbed ?thought provoking? by the Washington Post and ?a must read? by Black Issues Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Retails:$23.95
C&B Price:$16.00
Publisher: Doubleday (March 20, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0385516436
ISBN-13: 978-0385516433
Hardcover: 224 pgs



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Bamboozled
BAMBOOZLED

Author:Angela McGlowan

Hard-hitting and chock-full of original interviews with some of America's biggest political players and insiders, Angela McGlowan exposes liberals' 50 year

Retails:$25.99
C&B Price:$17.00
ISBN-10: 1595550909
ISBN-13: 978-1595550903
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Hardcover: 288 pgs



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Mr Untouchable
MR UNTOUCHABLE

Author:Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, Tom Folsom

From inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, the "Black Godfather" chronicles the 1970s New York City underworld and the most devastating urban crime wave in history.
1962 LEROY "NICKY" BARNES walks out of Green Haven State Prison. There are an estimated 153,000 heroin abusers in the United States.
1977 Two million junkies score $100 million worth of Barnes's smack a year. Sporting flashy suits, riding in a CitroŽn with a Maserati engine and satisfying a wife while pleasuring a harem of mistresses, Barnes presides over a staggering multinational dealership that pushes dope and launders money with the efficiency of a Fortune 500 company. Despite President Nixon's creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration and New York State's adoption of the no tolerance Rockefeller drug laws, Barnes's operation seems impregnable.
How does a small-time hustler and heroin addict end up on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as MR. UNTOUCHABLE, the one gangster the Feds can't touch? And how is the future Mayor of New York City Rudolf Giuliani involved? With Machiavellian pragmatism matched with biblical fury, Barnes lays bare his life's remarkable trajectory--a rise, fall and resurrection defined by brutality, brotherhood and betrayal.
Book Description
From inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, the "Black Godfather" chronicles the 1970s New York City underworld and the most devastating urban crime wave in history.
1962 LEROY "NICKY" BARNES walks out of Green Haven State Prison. There are an estimated 153,000 heroin abusers in the United States.
1977 Two million junkies score $100 million worth of Barnes's smack a year. Sporting flashy suits, riding in a CitroŽn with a Maserati engine and satisfying a wife while pleasuring a harem of mistresses, Barnes presides over a staggering multinational dealership that pushes dope and launders money with the efficiency of a Fortune 500 company. Despite President Nixon's creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration and New York State's adoption of the no tolerance Rockefeller drug laws, Barnes's operation seems impregnable.
How does a small-time hustler and heroin addict end up on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as MR. UNTOUCHABLE, the one gangster the Feds can't touch? And how is the future Mayor of New York City Rudolf Giuliani involved? With Machiavellian pragmatism matched with biblical fury, Barnes lays bare his life's remarkable trajectory--a rise, fall and resurrection defined by brutality, brotherhood and betrayal.

Retails:$24.95
C&B Price:$16.50
Publisher: Rugged Land
Hardcover: 352 pgs
ISBN-10: 159071041X
ISBN-13: 978-1590710418



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The Covenant In Action
THE COVENANT IN ACTION

Author:Tavis Smiley

The Covenant in Action was developed to continue the inspirational spirit of the Covenant With Black America and to empower people to take effective action to achieve THE Covenant goals. The information, tools, and ideas presented in The Covenant in Action will enable and inspire people to become agents of change in their respective communities and to become partners in a larger Covenant movement.

The Covenant in Action is organized into three parts: (1) stories about the projects and actions that everyday people have undertaken over the past year that were inspired by the Covenant With Black America; (2) motivational essays from young Black activists who are on the ground impacting their environments; and (3) a toolkit outlining steps you can take to organize, connect, and act. The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but includes innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result in stronger, more bonded communities that are reflective of their history and past experiences. The Covenant With Black America was only the first step. The Covenant in Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and communities to actually move the Covenant book into action.

Retails:$10.00
C&B Price:$8.00
ISBN-10: 1401918522
ISBN-13: 978-1401918521
Publisher: Smiley Books (Jan 18, 2007)
Paperback: 216 pgs



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Malcolm X:The Seeker of Justice
MALCOLM X:THE SEEKER OF JUSTICE

Author:Magnus O. Bassey
Dr. Magnus O. Bassey brings Malcolm X back to life for those who were not fortunate enough to have heard him when he was alive. Malcolm started his life in poverty, saw his father lynched, spent a great deal of time in foster care and finally went to prison, but was able to rise from the rubble and become one of America's foremost leaders. He frequently said pushing for civil rights was not what Afro-Americans should be about, but rather they should be pushing for human rights because then their plight could be brought to the United Nations as well as getting buy-in from African leaders. He wanted to show the world what the mighty, democratic America was doing to her very own citizens.

Retails:$24.95
C&B Price:$20.99
Paperback:148 Pages
Publisher:Xlibris Corp (November, 2003)
ISBN: 1413413722



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The South Beach Diet
THE SOUTH BEACH DIET

Author:Arthur Agatston
The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
Forget those crazy low-carb diets that claim to help you lose ten pounds in two weeks! Here's a sensible one that really works. Florida cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston developed the plan after watching his patients fail to lose weight on one fad diet or another. Although the first two weeks are tough, you get to "add back" all the foods you love, remembering just a few simple rules. Phases 2 and 3 are just normal, healthy eating habits -- habits that you may retain for a heart-healthy, high-energy life. This might be the last diet you ever try !!!!

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ISBN: 0060530308
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ISBN: 0060530316
Retail Price: $22.00
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Martin's Big Words
MARTIN'S BIG WORDS

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,ED
Author:Doreen Rappaport-Bryan Collier

In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

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ISBN: 0786807148



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Stolen Women
STOLEN WOMEN:RECLAIMING OUR SEXUALITY, TAKING BACK OUR LIVES

Author:Gail Wyatt

"STOLEN WOMEN gives us what Mama couldn't-a way to be in charge of our own bodies. This probing, fact-based book dissects the myths, discards the stereotypes, and unshackles our minds."-BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL Author of Brothers and Sisters
"The culmination of twenty-two years of clinical practice and in-depth interviews with hundreds of African American women."-Ebony
"Groundbreaking research breaks down why we came to be at increased risk and how we can protect ourselves for the future."-Essence
"Finally, we have the first book that breaks the silence. Dr. Wyatt presents a well-researched and balanced perspective of the sexual experiences of African American women. It explodes the myths, examines our past, and sets the path for our healing and our future survival. This is a book that should be read by anyone who knows or cares about African American women."-Gloria Johnson Powell, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University
Retails:$14.95
ISBN: 0471297178



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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
AGE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER

Forty-five black women writers-known and new-discuss midlife in the first anthology of its kind
Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes "midlife" from a black woman"s point of view. Age Ain"t Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women"s lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other topics.
Midlife today isn"t your grandmother"s "change of life." Today, black women call hot flashes "power surges," and menopause, the "pause that refreshes." These days, middle-aged women may be newlyweds or new mothers, as well as grandmothers or widows. They may experience the empty-nest syndrome and then the "return-to-the-nest syndrome" as adult children move back home. They may navigate the field of Internet dating, travel the world, teach homeless women, take up pottery, or study international business.
This anthology captures all of these aspects of midlife as experienced by some of the finest voices in African-American writing today. Featuring the work of Maya Angelou, J. California Cooper, Pearl Cleage, Nikki Giovanni, Susan L. Taylor, Alice Walker, and dozens of others, Age Ain"t Nothing but a Number will make readers think, laugh, and cry and will be the perfect gift book for spring.
Retails:$14.00
ISBN: 0807028231



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The First Part Last
THE FIRST PART LAST

Author:Angela Johnson

This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom's room and have her do the whole thing. It's not going to happen....

Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby's going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as they're replaced by visits to Nia's obstetrician and a social worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption.
With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man's struggle to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it. No matter what the cost
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48 Laws of Power
48 LAWS OF POWER

Author:Robert Greene

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention--grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), but like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded--or been victimized by--power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

Retails:$17.00
ISBN: 0140280197



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Climbing Higher
CLIMBING HIGHER

Author:Montel Williams

Television icon, New York Times bestselling author-and powerful example of the strength to overcome obstacles-Montel Williams reveals his true story of struggle and triumph in this compelling memoir that proves not only a fascinating read, but an inspiration.
In 1999, after almost twenty years of mysterious symptoms that he tried to ignore, Montel Williams, a decorated former Naval intelligence officer and Emmy(r) Award-winning talk show host, was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Like others suffering from the devastating and often disabling disease, which attacks the central nervous system, Montel was first struck with denial, fear, depression, and anger. Next came the emotional trial of informing friends and family, and finally going public with the news. What followed was a fierce determination not to be beaten down by MS, and to live the most vital and productive life possible while becoming a dedicated spokesperson and fundraiser for the disease.
Montel Williams's Climbing Higher is a penetrating and insightful look at a remarkable man, his extraordinary career, and the illuminating life that graced him with strong values, courage, and wisdom. Now he shares that wisdom in this uplifting book on the divergent roads a life can take, and recounts his own resourceful approach to the challenges he has faced. Deeply personal, Climbing Higher is as straight-forward, honest, inspiring, and motivating as its author

Retails:$25.95
ISBN: 0451211596



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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED

Author:E. Lynn Harris

In his most daring act yet, Harris writes the memoir of his life--from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy to his rise as a "New York Times" bestselling author.

Retails:$22.95
ISBN: 0385502648



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Kate Remembered
KATE REMEMBERED

Author:A. Scott Berg

For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century -- reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time.
In 1983 - at the age of seventy-five, her career cresting -- the four-time Academy Award winner opened the door to biographer A. Scott Berg - then thirty-three -- and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious life.
From the start, Scott Berg felt that Katharine Hepburn intended his role to be not just that of a friend but also of a chronicler, a confidant who might record for posterity her thoughts and feelings. Over the next twenty years, Kate used their many hours together to reveal all that came to mind, often reflecting on the people and episodes of her past, occasionally on the meaning of life.
Here are the stories from those countless intimate conversations, and much more. In addition to recording heretofore untold biographical details of her entire phenomenal career and her famous relationships with such men as Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes, Kate Remembered also tells the amusing, often emotional story of one of the most touching friendships in her final years. Scott Berg provides his own memories of Katharine Hepburn offstage -- quiet dinners in her town house in New York City, winter swims (she swam, he watched) in the Long Island Sound at Fenwick, her home in Connecticut, weekend visits with family members and dear friends...even some unusual appearances by the likes of Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty. Finally, Kate Remembered discusses the legendary actress's moving farewell, during which her mighty personality surrendered at last to her failing body -- all the while remaining true to her courageous character.
Kate Remembered is a book about love and friendship, family and career, Hollywood and Broadway - all punctuated by unforgettable lessons from an extraordinary life.
Retails:$25.95
ISBN: 0399151648



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Somebody's Someone
SOMEBODY'S SOMEONE

Author:Regina Louise

This poignant memoir of one abandoned child's wrenching search for some-one to love--and to be loved by--gives compassionate voice to the plight of abused and unwanted children everywhere. What happens to a child when her own parents reject and abandon her? At birth, Regina Louise is deposited by her mother in a foster home where she grows up with the constant specter of severe beatings and other harrowing abuses. But at 10 years old, this extraordinarily bright and resilient child strikes out on her own. Set adrift, she re-encounters her mother, who chooses the men in her life over her daughter's safety, and is then foisted upon a father she has never known, who is at first indifferent and then emotionally abusive. She inhabits over 30 foster and group homes in her painful quest to be loved. Distinctive and arresting, Regina's story offers a scalding look at the life of a child no one wanted--and her discovery of the love that for so long had eluded her.
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW

Author:Richard Wormser

1880 and 1954, African Americans dedicated their energies, and sometimes their lives, to defeating segregation. During these times, characterized by some as "worse than slavery," African Americans fought the status quo, acquiring education and land and building businesses, churches, and communities, despite laws designed to segregate and disenfranchise them. White supremacy prevailed, but did not destroy, the spirit of the black community.
As the twenty-first century rolls forward, we are losing the remaining survivors of this pivotal era. Rich in historical commentary and eyewitness testimony by blacks and whites who lived through the period, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a poignant record of a time when indignity and terror constantly faced off against courage and accomplishment.
Retails:$17.95
ISBN: 0312313268



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Finding Fish
FINDING FISH

Author:Antwone Quenton Fisher
Fisher's "New York Times" bestselling autobiography is the basis for the upcoming film "Antwone Fisher" from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by and starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. Ordered to see a psychiatrist as a young sailor to help him control his anger, Fisher is inspired to seek out the family that abandoned him as a child.

Retails:$13.95
ISBN: 0060007788



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The Hidden Lover
THE HIDDEN LOVER

What Women Need to Know That Men Can't Tell Them
Author:William July II
Every Woman Should Own a Copy of this Book
I have nothing but absolute praise for "The Hidden Lover" by William July. Ladies, this is the answer book of the new millennium. William July tells it like it is without the fluff that is usually found in books of this type. You will never view your man the same after reading it. His use of Journaling and Things to Think About at the end of each chapter is an added bonus into how we can better apply the information he's providing. It's refreshing to hear the truth from a man in a time where truth is questionable. He definitely did his research. I wish I could purchase a copy of this book for every woman walking on the planet.

Retails:$12.95
ISBN:0385501358



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50 of the Most Inspiring African Americans
50 OF THE MOST INSPIRING AFRICAN AMERICANS

Author:Editors of Essence Magazine
This extraordinary commemorative book takes an inside look at some of today's most inspiring African-Americans. With dynamic photos and captivating biographies, it features prominent women and men who have enriched readers lives and brought them joy. Introduction by Susan L. Taylor

Retails:$24.95
ISBN: 1931933200



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Only the Strong Survive
ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

The Odyssey of Allen Iverson
Author:Larry Platt
Filled with exclusive interview material granted through unprecedented access to Allen Iverson, the iconic basketball superstar himself, "Crossover" provides an in-depth look at the truth behind this newly minted legend. Photos. 16-page color insert.

Retails:$12.95
ISBN: 00600097744



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