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  • A Little Yellow Dog: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    By Walter Mosley

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393039245
    • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
    • Published: June 1996
    It's 1963. Easy Rawlins has given up the street life but he hasn't been forgotten: suspected of murder, his old enemies are waiting to get even. His old friends aren't the same and the new friends might be his death. A murderer is running loose, and a little yellow dog plots revenge. 300p.
  • A Queer History of the United States

    By Michael Bronski

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807044650
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: May 2012
    "A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski's book takes the reader through the centuries--from Columbus' arrival and the brutal treatment the Native peoples received, through the American Revolution's radical challenging of sex and gender roles--to the violent, and liberating, 19th century--and the transformative social justice movements of the 20th. Bronski's book is filled with startling examples of often ignored or unknown aspects of American history: the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the effect of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the great backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. More than anything, A Queer History of the United States is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history--and why it should matter to both LGBT people and heterosexuals alike"--Provided by publisher.
  • A Red Death (Easy Rawlins #2)

    By Walter Mosley

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743451765
    • Publisher: Washington Square Press
    • Published: October 2002
    It's 1953 in red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles. A moral tarpit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of 'the hurting business' and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton , FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the first American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizxer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin. 312p.
  • Allegiance

    By Kermit Roosevelt

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781941393307
    • Publisher: Regan Arts.
    • Published: August 2015
    A thriller that centers on Supreme Court law clerk Caswell "Cash" Harrison plunges readers into the debate within the U.S. government surrounding the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II. By a winner of the Athenaeum Literary Award.
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

    By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807057834
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: 2014
    The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoplesToday in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and revealshow Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
  • Another Country

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679744719
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: December 1992
    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, this novel of passion - sexual, racial, political, artistic - is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, black and white,stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at their most elemental and sublime. First published in 1962.
  • Between the World and Me

    By Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Our Price: $13.00 - $23.40
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812993547
    • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
    • Published: July 2015
    Told through the author's own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America's racial history and its contemporary echoes. Illustrations. Tour.
  • Black Betty: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743451789
    • Publisher: Washington Square Press
    • Published: November 2002
    1961: for most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former PI Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles's mean streets were never meaner...or more deadly. ordinarily, Easy would have thrown the two Bills in the sleazy Shamu's face - the white man who wanted him to find the notorious Black Betty, an ebony siren whose talent for all things rich and male took her from Houston's 5th Ward to Beverly Hills. There was too much Easy wasn't being told. But he couldn't resist the prospect of seeing Betty again, even if it killed him. 360p.
  • Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II

    By Eric L. Muller

    Our Price: $36.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780807835739
    • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
    • Published: August 2012
    In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings, using Kodachrome film, a technology then just seven years old, to capture community celebrations and to record his family's struggle to maintain a normal life under the harsh conditions of racial imprisonment. Colors of Confinement showcases sixty-five stunning images from this extremely rare collection of color photographs, presented along with three interpretive essays by leading scholars and a reflective, personal essay by a former Heart Mountain internee.The subjects of these haunting photos are the routine fare of an amateur photographer: parades, cultural events, people at play, Manbo's son. But the images are set against the backdrop of the barbed-wire enclosure surrounding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the dramatic expanse of Wyoming sky and landscape. The accompanying essays illuminate these scenes as they trace a tumultuous history unfolding just beyond the camera's lens, giving readers insight into Japanese American cultural life and the stark realities of life in the camps.
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    By Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393350388
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: September 2014
    A collection of favorite essays on the cosmos, written by a well-known American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist and author of Origins, includes the title essay, "Holy Wars," "The Search for Life in the Universe," and "Hollywood Nights."
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    By Walter Mosley

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743451796
    • Publisher: Washington Square Press
    • Published: September 2002
    Los Angeles. 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job ast a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in. offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blond beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. Named 'one of the 100 favorite mysteries of the century' by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. 263p.
  • Disgraced

    By Ayad Akhtar

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316324465
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: September 2013
    Pakistani-American lawyer Amir and his wife Emily host a dinner party where such taboo topics as religion and politics are discussed, exposing the difficulties for Muslims in a post-9/11 America.
  • Floating City: A Nicholas Linnear Novel

    By Eric Van Lustbader

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781476778693
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: March 2015
    Seeking to destroy the Torch, an evil tool used for wanton destruction by the bloodthirsty leader of Vietnam's Floating City, Nicholas Linnear must confront his own personal demons in order to reach his target.
  • Giovanni's Room

    By James Baldwin

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345806567
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: September 2013
    Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
  • Globalization and Its Discontents

    By Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393324396
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: April 2003
    New Foreword. Rarely do we get such an insider's analysis of the major institutions of globalization, and how they systematically put the interests of Wall Street and the financial community ahead of the poorer nations of theworld. 304p. Pap.

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