Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - The subtle musings of toni cade bambara, henry dumas, and harryette Mullen are bracketed by the profane and often loud ruminations of Langston Hughes, Steve Cannon, Wanda Coleman, Darius James, Tish Benson, and Hattie Gossett. Dubois. Selections also come from public figures and authors whose humor, Zora Neale Hurston, Suzan-Lori Parks, although incisive and profound, Sojourner Truth, is often overlooked: Malcolm X, and W.

E. B. This book is less a comprehensive collection than it is a mix-tape narrative dubbed by a trusted friend―a sampler of underground classics, political speeches, and timeless summer jams, hip-hop, poetry and prose juxtaposed with the blues, rare grooves, and the world's funniest radio sermon. Edited by the author of the sellout, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Hokum is a liberating, eccentric, savagely comic anthology of the funniest writing by black Americans.

Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor #ad - Some of the funniest writers don't write, so included are selections from well-known yet unpublished wits Lightnin' Hopkins, Mike Tyson, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Used book in Good Condition. Groundbreaking, fierce, this is a necessary anthology for any fan or student of American writing, with a huge range and a smart, and hilarious, political grasp of the uses of humor.

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The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel

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Picador #ad - Paul beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, downtrodden people.

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The Sellout: A Novel

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Picador #ad - Winner of the man booker prizewinner of the national book critics circle award in fictionwinner of the john dos passos prize for literaturenew york times bestsellerlos angeles times bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book ReviewNamed a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers WeeklyNamed a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" BlogA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, BuzzFeed, The Denver Post, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.

Picador USA. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes.

. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment.

The Sellout: A Novel #ad - It challenges the sacred tenets of the united States Constitution, the father-son relationship, urban life, the civil rights movement, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant. Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of dickens―on the southern outskirts of los angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake.

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Tuff: A Novel

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Anchor #ad - And when tuff decides to run for City Council, this dazzling novel goes from profoundly funny to acerbically sublime. Populated with an incisively hilarious supporting case and filled with meaning and irreverent, Tuff is satire at its hard-edged best. His best friend is a disabled muslim who wants to rob banks, and his wife, his guiding light is an ex-hippie Asian woman who worked for Malcolm X, Yolanda, he married from jail over the phone.

He’s funny and fierce, frustrated and feared. Picador USA. From the author of the 2016 man booker Prize winner The Sellout comes a novel as fast-paced and hard-edged as the Harlem streets it portrays. Age nineteen and weighing in at 320 pounds, winston “tuffy” foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams of millions from his idea Cap’n Crunch: The Movie, starring Danny DeVito.

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Slumberland: A Novel

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - After creating the perfect beat, a little know avant-garde jazzman, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified berlin, Teutonic gods, the prevent defense, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic-and spiritual-other.

Ferocious, colson whitehead, bombastic, and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is vintage Paul Beatty and belongs on the shelf next to Jonathan Lethem, and Junot Diaz. The hip break-out novel from 2016 man booker prize winning author, Paul Beatty, about a disaffected Los Angeles DJ who travels to post-Wall Berlin in search of his transatlantic doppelganger.

Slumberland: A Novel #ad - Hailed by the new york times and the los angeles Times as one of the best writers of his generation, Paul Beatty turns his creative eye to man's search for meaning and identity in an increasingly chaotic world. Picador USA.

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Blonde Roots

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Riverhead Books #ad - A poignant and dramatic story grounded in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely original, profoundly imaginative novel. Picador USA. A provacative and "dizzying satire" the new Yorker that "boldly turns history on its head" Elle from the Man Booker Prize longlisted author of Girl, Woman, Other. What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and africans had enslaved europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom.

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Joker, Joker, Deuce

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Penguin #ad - Used book in Good Condition. An electrifying  collection of poems from the author of the sellout, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize   Originally published in 1994, Paul Beatty’s second volume of poetry won praise for the way it “pushes the boundaries of free verse while assessing the landscapes of African American autobiography” Bomb Magazine.

In these  poems, which explore aspects of race, identity, and popular culture, Beatty was honing the comic, satirical voice and vivid imagination that  came to full realization in his acclaimed fiction. Joker, deuce “moves to fierce urban rhythms, both cool and hot, Joker, ” writes Jessica Hagedorn.

Joker, Joker, Deuce #ad - A rush of intense visual images and electric word music. Picador USA.

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Oreo New Directions Paperbook

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New Directions #ad - What ensues is a playful, and mixing standard English, modernized parody of the classical odyssey of Theseus with a feminist twist, black vernacular, immersed in seventies pop culture, and Yiddish with wisecracking aplomb. Picador USA. A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City Oreo is raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia.

Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note that triggers her quest to find him. New Directions. Used book in Good Condition. Oreo, our young hero, navigates the labyrinth of sound studios and brothels and subway tunnels in Manhattan, seeking to claim her birthright while unwittingly experiencing and triggering a mythic journey of self-discovery like no other.

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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

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Vintage #ad - She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires. Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, critics, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, and scholars of American literature.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. New Directions. The nobel prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination #ad - Toni morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She boldly. Reimagines and remaps the possibility of America. Chicago tribune"toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

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Scribner #ad - First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing. Every feeling and experience a woman has ever had, " for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Picador USA. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century.

A revolutionary, award-winning play by a lauded playwright and poet about the experiences of women of color. From its inception in california in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country.

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The Souls of Black Folk Dover Thrift Editions

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Dover Publications #ad - Picador USA. It is essential reading for everyone interested in African-American history and the struggle for civil rights in America. Washington, then the most influential black leader in America, would only serve to perpetuate black oppression. Publication of the souls of black folk was a dramatic event that helped to polarize black leaders into two groups: the more conservative followers of Washington and the more radical supporters of aggressive protest.

In this collection of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. Used book in Good Condition. W. Used book in Good Condition. Its influence cannot be overstated. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white supremacy advanced by Booker T.

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