New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

April 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

African American folklore : an encyclopedia for students

April 26, 2017
xviii, 413 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Alphabetical list of entries -- Suggested research clusters -- The encyclopedia.
"African American folklore dates back 240 years and has had a significant impact on American culture from the slavery period to the modern day. This encyclopedia provides accessible entries on key elements of this long history, including folklore originally derived from African cultures that have survived here and those that originated in the United States. Inspired by the author's passion for African American culture and vernacular traditions, African American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students thoroughly addresses key elements and motifs in black American folklore - especially those that have influenced American culture. With its alphabetically organized entries that cover a wide range of subjects from the word "conjure" to the dance style of "twerking," this book provides readers with a deeper comprehension of American culture through a greater understanding of the contributions of African American culture and black folk traditions. This book will be useful to general readers as well as students or researchers whose interests include African American culture and folklore or American culture. It offers insight into the histories of African American folklore motifs, their importance within African American groups, and their relevance to the evolution of American culture. The work also provides original materials, such as excepts from folktales and folksongs, and a comprehensive compilation of sources for further research that includes bibliographical citations as well as lists of websites and cultural centers"--Publisher's website.

42 faith : the rest of the Jackie Robinson story

April 26, 2017
Henry, Ed, author.
xxii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
"Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson's family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie's humanity that few have taken the time to see. With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Branch Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized. This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson's already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too" -- publisher's description.

A $500 house in Detroit : rebuilding an abandoned home and an American city

April 19, 2017
Philp, Drew, author.
xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: best bid -- Raw material -- Clapboard siding -- Someone else's trash -- Windows and doors and airplanes -- A fence between me and the world -- Load-bearing walls -- The furnace -- A chimney to the sky -- A knock on the door -- Progress gallops -- The years roll by -- Someone else's home.
"A young writer's sincere search (with his dog) for an authentic life--buying a ruined house in Detroit for $500, fixing it up nail by nail, and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself."--Provided by publisher.

Through darkness to light : photographs along the underground railroad : a photographic essay

April 18, 2017
Michna-Bales, Jeanine, author, photographer.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2017.
191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 x 28 cm
The Underground Railroad. Bound for freedom : the history of the Underground Railroad ; Let freedom ring : the Underground Railroad comes alive ; The spirituals --The journey : a photographic essay.
"They left in the middle of the night-- often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. An estimated one hundred thousand slaves between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 embarked on a journey of untold hardship in search of freedom, many with the aid of the Underground Railroad. Through Darkness to Light : Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad imagines how this journey may have appeared through a series of atmospheric and evocative photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales. A pieced together route of Underground Railroad sites from the cotton plantations just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, all the way north to the Canadian border, a path encompassing roughly two thousand miles. Complementing the compelling photographs are essays on the history and figures of the Underground Railroad "--Provided by publisher.

Serena Williams : tennis ace

April 18, 2017
Pina, Andrew.
New York, N.Y. : LUCENT Books, 2017.
104 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A superstar on and off the court -- All in the tennis family -- Training for the pros -- From the sidelines to the court -- Four in a row: the serena slam -- Personal trials and family tragedy -- Back on top.

Solomon Northup's kindred : the kidnapping of free citizens before the Civil War

April 17, 2017
Fiske, David (David A.), 1954- author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
ix, 170 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Factors that led to and enhanced the business of kidnapping -- The kidnappers and their methods -- Interaction of kidnappers and slave traders -- Ways kidnapping was fought -- How victims were kept enslaved -- Honest men, north and south -- Lessons for today -- Victims' case studies.

Lebron James : basketball's king

April 14, 2017
Nagelhout, Ryan.
New York : LUCENT Books, 2017.
104 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
From prodigy to pro -- The young King James -- King of Cleveland -- The decision -- Winning in Miami -- Coming home.

How exceptional black women lead : unlocking the secrets to phenomenal success in career and life

April 11, 2017
Jones-Deweever, Avis A., author.
Woodbridge, Va. : Incite Publishing, ©2016.
vii, 180 pages ; 22 cm

Blue hand mojo : hard times road

April 7, 2017
Jennings, John, 1970-
Greenbelt, Maryland : Rosarium Publishing, [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
"1931. Bronzeville. Chicago. The mage, Frank "Half Dead" Johnson, is a marked man. Literally. A drunken decision fueled by tragedy has left him with half a soul, sorcerous powers, and two centuries to work off his debt to Scratch (aka The Devil) himself. This graphic novel chronicles three adventures with this tragic conjure man. Watch as "Half Dead" attempts to save his own soul, pay his debt, and help as many people as he can along the way" -- provided by publisher.

Fire!! : the Zora Neale Hurston story

April 3, 2017
Bagge, Peter, author, illustrator.
Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
71 pages, 30 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Hurston challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. The fifth of eight kids from a Baptist family in Alabama, Hurston's writing prowess blossomed at Howard University, and then Barnard College, where she was the sole black student. She arrived in NYC at the height of the Harlem Renaissance and quickly found herself surrounded by peers such as Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. Hurston went on to become a noted folklorist and critically acclaimed novelist, including her most provocative work Their Eyes Were Watching God. Despite these landmark achievements, personal tragedies and shifting political winds in the midcentury rendered her almost forgotten by the end of her life. With admiration and respect, Bagge reconstructs her vivid life in resounding full-color."-- Provided by publisher.

At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white

March 14, 2017
Ryan, April, 1967- author.
viii, 137 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword -- Introduction -- More than a headline -- Born a statistic -- A mother's love -- The N-word -- The faith of our mothers -- Mothers, presidents, and race -- A tale of two cities -- Assimilation -- Work-life balance -- Educating the future -- Conclusion--a prayer for harmony -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author.
"In her first book, The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan examined race in America through her experience as a White House reporter. In this book, she shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America. At Mama's Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children,"--NoveList.

Incendiary art : poems

March 9, 2017
Smith, Patricia, 1955- author.
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2017.
132 pages ; 22 cm
Incendiary -- When black men drown their daughters -- Accidential -- Shotting into the mirror.

My brown baby : on the joys and challenges of raising African American children

March 7, 2017
Millner, Denene, author.
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2017]
xiii, 273 pages ; 22 cm
"A Denene Millner book."
Birthing while black: the journey to motherhood -- New motherhood -- Raising them up: the nuts and bolts of parenting black children -- Behind the lights: loosening pop culture's hold on black children -- Hair stories: the joys, pains, and politics of black children's kinky curls -- The souls of black folks: parenting beyond stereotypes -- They'll wear the armor: black children and racism -- The martyrs: on black children, race, and lives that mattered -- My brown baby matters: the politics of raising black children -- Mother love.
"Full of essays that readers of all backgrounds will find provocative, My Brown Baby acknowledges that there absolutely are issues that African American parents must deal with that white parents never have to confront if they're not raising brown children. This book chronicles these differences with open arms, a lot of love, and the deep belief that though we may come from separate places and have different backgrounds, all parents want the same things for our families, and especially for our children."--Back cover.

Black history in its own words

March 3, 2017
Wimberly, Ronald, compiler, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 21 cm
Angela Yvonne Davis -- MC Ride -- George Joseph Herriman -- Ice Cube -- Saul Williams -- Dave Chappelle -- Spike Lee -- Arturo Alfonso Schomburg -- Laverne Cox -- James Baldwin -- Audre Lorde -- Lena Horne -- Kimberly Bryant -- Fred Hampton -- Serena Williams -- Poly Styrene -- Mykki Blanco -- Octavia Butler -- Zadie Smith -- Kanye West -- Shirley Chisholm -- Jean-Michel Basquiat -- Lee "Scratch" Perry -- Marsha P. Johnson -- Assata Shakur -- Prince -- Cathay Williams -- Nina Simone -- Muhammad Ali -- Young M.A. -- Sojourner Truth -- Cheryl Dunye -- Emory Douglas -- Rammellzee -- Jimi Hendrix -- Katherine Johnson -- Mary Ellen Pleasant -- Eugene Bullard -- Bell Hooks.

Haint : poems

March 3, 2017
Cross Davis, Teri Ellen, author.
90 pages : portrait ; 21 cm.
Fade to Black -- Why Persephone Should Be a Black Name -- East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl) -- Complected -- My Monthly -- Ode to Now 'n' Laters -- Fifteen -- Dear Diary -- I'll Be There -- Scar Tissue -- Akron at Night -- Free -- Mercy -- The Handicapped Stall -- Sixteen -- Brown Sugar -- Understood -- Membrane -- Wrath -- Passover -- Searching -- Nights at Maya's -- Southern Cross -- Piece -- Perspective -- The kink in the fantasy -- One Night Stand -- Morning When a Dream Lingers -- Kiwi -- Church -- Process -- After Earl Came Home -- Work Calendar -- Lily51 -- the blond on his arm -- Odalisque -- Gaze -- She Talks to Michael Fassbender -- The small of my back (your hand here) -- Permission -- He Can Get The Panties -- The Dark Lady Speaks -- Haint -- Charting -- Knell -- The First IVF Fails -- Going Through With It -- bough breaks -- Hunger -- Slip Skin Study: Broken -- At 5 weeks -- The Return of the Prodigal Mother -- Induced -- Letdown -- Family Bed -- All The King's Horses -- Thick of It -- Two Glasses of Milk -- Lament for Things Found Under a Child's Bed.

The President's kitchen cabinet : the story of the African Americans who have fed our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

March 1, 2017
Miller, Adrian, author.
xvii, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes twenty recipes.
The key ingredients of presidential foodways -- Feeling at home : the White House steward and the evolution of presidential provisioning -- Bittersweet : African American presidential cooks in Antebellum America -- Semisweet : personal and professional presidential cooks after Emancipation -- Eating on the run : presidential foodways in motion -- Seeing through a glass darkly : African Americans and presidential drinkways -- Above measure : the future of African American presidential chefs.
Award winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation's history.

Drop the ball : achieving more by doing less

February 28, 2017
Dufu, Tiffany, author.
xiii, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Part one: Doing it all. A woman's place ; Prince Charming ; Working mom ; Home control disease ; Life-go-round -- Part two: Something's gotta give. The turning point ; What matters most ; The law of comparative advantage ; On the precipice of change -- Part three: Drop the ball. Go ahead, drop the ball ; Clarify who does what ; Believe in team ; Recruit a village -- Part four: All-in partners. Done is another person's perfect ; Affirm with gratitude ; Don't buy the stereotype ; Happiness motivates everyone ; Why we need men -- Part five: Looking ahead. The four go-tos ; Final frontier ; Freedom.
"A renowned expert in the women's leadership movement, Tiffany Dufu was once like so many other driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all. But after she gave birth to her first child, she struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others--freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Even though women make up half the workforce, they still represent only 18 percent of the highest-level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management, they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women's leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection and to expect less of themselves and more from others--only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding lives we all desire."--Dust jacket.

The lost eleven : the forgotten story of black American soldiers brutally massacred in World War II

February 28, 2017
George, Denise, author.
New York : Caliber, 2017.
xvi, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1: The world's greatest democracy -- A quiet forest -- The Berlin Olympics -- The banning -- A wall of photographs -- Lebensraum -- The baseball pitcher from Piedmont -- The meeting at Berchtesgaden -- Invasion! -- The Belgian family -- The war begins -- The baker's son and the butcher's apprentice -- The trip to Paris -- The Einsatzgruppen -- Part 2: The world at war -- The surprise attack -- The news at Wolfschanze -- The date that will live in infamy -- The changing world -- The Christmas Eve message -- The Louisiana riot -- Drafted! -- The risk -- The Army's Jim Crow -- The GI from Pontotoc County -- Christmas of '42 -- The 155mm Howitzer -- The early months of '43 -- The urgent message -- The training manuals -- The baby -- Training -- The helper -- The visitor -- The new POW compound -- Operation Citadel -- Disillusioned -- The song -- Late-night reflections -- The weakening Reich -- Part 3: Leaving Camp Gruber -- Training in the U.K. -- A stir in Britain -- Planning an assault -- D-Day -- An invasion from the west -- Arriving at Utah Beach -- "Ready! Fire!" -- The Symphony Serenade -- The plot -- The terrifying news -- The push out of Normandy -- Onward into battle -- The surrender -- Brest -- The battle, fierce and deadly -- The capture of Brest -- The liberation of Paris -- The bivouac -- The young, the old, and the wounded -- The reports -- The long march to Belgium -- The City of Light -- The plan -- Bivouacking in Belgium -- Operation Greif -- Part 4: The Battle of the Bulge -- Life at the west wall -- The rockets -- The secret revealed -- A sleepless night -- "Just a phonograph" -- "Too quiet!" -- Darkness in the Schnee Eifel -- The attack -- "Screaming meemies!" -- The death sentence -- A long and deadly day -- The breakthrough -- Captured! -- The P-47 Thunderbolt -- Massacre at the Baugnez crossroads -- The farmhouse -- Unexpected hospitality -- The arrest -- The long wait -- "Though l walk through the valley" -- The rest of the story -- What happened to the others? -- Appendix 1: The Wereth 11 Memorial speech -- Appendix 2: U.S. Memorial Wereth: info about Memorial and annual services, etc.
"Nearly forgotten by history, this is the story of the Wereth Eleven, African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII--only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge,"

There are more beautiful things than Beyoncé

February 27, 2017
Parker, Morgan, author.
Portland, OR : Tin House Books, 2017.
85 pages ; 22 cm

Bestiary : poems

February 27, 2017
Kelly, Donika, author.
xii, 70 pages ; 23 cm
Out West -- Catalogue -- Fourth grade autobiography -- Where she is opened. Where she is closed -- Love poem: chimera -- Bower -- Hermit thrush -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a block of ice -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a door -- Swallow -- Love poem: Pegasus -- Handsome is -- How to be alone -- Whale -- Ceremony at the end of a season -- Ostrich -- Arkansas love song -- A man goes west and falls off his horse in the desert -- Love poem: centaur -- Secretary -- Love poem: centaur -- Love poem: satyr -- Balloon -- Love poem: mermaid -- Love letter -- Love poem: werewolf -- Little box -- Self-portrait as a wooden flower -- Commandments -- Love poem: griffon -- Archaeology -- Tender -- Winter poem -- Love poem: Donika -- Red bird -- What gay porn has done for me -- Sonnet in which only one bird appears -- Love poem: minotaur -- Santa Rosa -- Love poem -- Back East.

Kehinde Wiley

February 24, 2017
Wiley, Kehinde, 1977-
New York : Rizzoli, 2012.
248 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 33 cm
Kehinde Wiley's conceptual realism / Robert Hobbs -- Celebration and critique / Sarah E. Lewis -- Quiet as it's kept / Brian Keith Jackson -- A conversation with Kehinde Wiley and Peter Halley.

Hitler's American model : the United States and the making of Nazi race law

February 17, 2017
Whitman, James Q., 1957- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
viii, 208 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Making Nazi flags and Nazi citizens. The first Nuremberg law: of New York Jews and Nazi flags ; The second Nuremberg law: making Nazi citizens ; America: the global leader in racist immigration law ; American second-class citizenship -- The Nazis pick up the thread ; Toward the citizenship law: Nazi politics in the early 1930s ; The Nazis look to American second-class citizenship -- Protecting Nazi blood and Nazi honor. Toward the blood law: battles in the streets and the ministries ; Battles in the streets: the call for "unambiguous laws" ; Battles in the ministries: the Prussian memorandum and the America example ; Conservative juristic resistance: Gürtner and Lösener ; The meeting of June 5, 1934 ; The sources of Nazi knowledge of American law ; Evaluating American influence ; Defining "mongrels": the one-drop rule and the limits of American influence -- America through Nazi eyes. America's place in the global history of racism ; Nazism and American legal culture.


February 16, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : YWCA Greater Cincinnati
volumes : portraits ; 28 cm
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room (2015 and 2016) have original black printed wrappers.

Princess Pamela's soul food cookbook : a mouth -watering treasury of Afro-American recipes : the beloved classic now back in print after 45 years

February 14, 2017
Strobel, Pamela, author.
New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 2017.
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Meats complete'n -- Sweet garden greens -- Grits, 'taters, rice, 'n mush -- Batter 'n butter -- Soulful goodies.

I am not your negro : a major motion picture directed by Raoul Peck

February 14, 2017
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, author.
xxiii, 118 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction / by Raoul Peck -- Note from Gloria Baldwin Karefa-Smart -- Paying my dues -- Heroes -- Witness -- Purity -- Selling the negro -- I am not a nigger.
Transcript of the documentary film, I am not your negro, by Raoul Peck composed of unpublished and published writings, interviews, and letters by James Baldwin on the subject of racism in America.


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