Preview 2011: Adult

Black History Preview: 2011.
Wilkinson, Joanne (author).
First published December 15, 2011 (Booklist).

For those readers anxious to get a head start planning Black History Month activities or ordering relevant titles, we are offering our thirteenth annual Black History Preview. It is intended to provide an overview of some of the books by and about African Americans to be published in upcoming months. The titles are based on lists submitted to us by both adult and youth publishers. Because we have not seen many of these titles yet, we can’t offer recommendations at this point, but we will be considering them for review as galleys arrive in the office in the coming weeks. Think of this Preview as part 1 of our Black History Month coverage.


Adult Books


Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-racial America. By Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati. May 2012. 256p. Oxford, $29.95 (9780195382587).

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence. By Lean’tin Bracks. Jan. 2012. 700p. Visible Ink, paper, $24.95 (9781578593231).

African American Women Playwrights Confront Violence: A Critical Study of Nine Dramatists. By Patricia A. Young. Feb. 2012. McFarland, paper, $45 (9780786444557).

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta. By Nan Elizabeth Woodruff. Feb. 2012. 288p. Univ. of North Carolina, paper, $24.95 (9780807872307).

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul. By Mark Bego. Apr. 2012. 432p. Skyhorse, $24.95 (9781616085810).

Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography. By Randal Maurice Jelks. Apr. 2012. 368p. Univ. of North Carolina, $39.95 (9780807835364).

The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide. By Emmett G. Price III. Dec. 2011. 240p. Scarecrow, $65 (9780810882362).

Born along the Color Line: The 1933 Amenia Conference and the Rise of a National Civil Rights Movement. By Eben Miller. Feb. 2012. 368p. Oxford, $29.95 (9780195174557).

Bound for the Future: Child Heroes of the Underground Railroad. By Jonathan Shectman. May 2012. 192p. Praeger, $37 (9780313397271).

Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia. By Jill Ogline Titus. Dec. 2011. 296p. Univ. of North Carolina, $34.95 (9780807835074).

Children of the Changing South: Accounts of Growing Up during and after Integration. Ed. by Foster Dickson. Dec. 2011. 196p. McFarland, paper, $35 (9780786460489).

Coming for to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow. By J. Michael Martinez. Jan. 2012. 344p. Rowman & Littlefield, $45 (9781442214989).

Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics. By Cindy Hooper. May 2012. 192p. Praeger, $37 (9780313392146).

Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power. By Gene Dattel. Jan. 2012. 432p. Ivan R. Dee, paper, $18.95 (9781566639682).

Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II. By Françoise Nicole Hamlin. May 2012. 368p. Univ. of North Carolina, $39.95 (9780807835494).

Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Edward Ramsamy and others. Feb. 2012. 1,968p. Sage, $495 (9781412981767).

Daily Life during African American Migrations. By Kimberley L. Phillips. Feb. 2012. 248p. Greenwood, $58 (9780313343735).

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. By Tim Wise. Jan. 2012. 200p. City Lights, paper, $15.95 (9780872865211).

Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights. By Erik S. Gellman. Feb. 2012. 368p. Univ. of North Carolina, $39.95 (9780807835319).

Detroit: A Biography. By Scott Martelle. Apr. 2012. 288p. Chicago Review, $24.95 (9781569765265).

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. By Gilbert King. Mar. 2012. 384p. Harper, $25.99 (9780061792281).

Dictionary of African Biography. 4v. Ed. by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Emmanuel K. Akyeampong. Dec. 2011. 3,384p. Oxford, $1,200 (9780195382075).

The Dozens: A History of Rap’s Mama. By Elijah Wald. June 2012. 256p. Oxford, $24.95 (9780199895403).

The Emancipation of Robert Sadler: The Powerful True Story of a Twentieth-Century Plantation Slave. By Robert Sadler and Marie Chapian. Jan. 2012. 304p. Bethany, paper, $13.99 (9780764209406).

Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States, 1921–1955. By Ryan Ellett. Dec. 2011 216p. McFarland, $95 (9780786463152).

Enjoy the Same Liberty: Black Americans and the Revolutionary Era. By Edward Countryman. Jan. 2012. 208p. Rowman & Littlefield, $35 (9781442200289).

Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford. May 2012. 440p. Greenwood, $89 (9780313349089).

From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. By James H. Johnston. May 2012. 288p. Fordham, $29.95 (9780823239504).

Get a Bangin’ Body: The City Gym Boys’ Ultimate Body Weight Workout for Men & Women. By Charles LaSalle. Apr. 2012. 256p. Avery, paper, $20 (9781583334508).

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities. By Will Allen and Charles Wilson. May 2012. 288p. Gotham, $26 (9781592407101).

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: A Biography. By Meg Greene. Mar. 2012. 168p. Greenwood, $37 (9780313380464).

A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865. By George Washington Williams. Feb. 2012. 377p. Fordham, paper, $25 (9780823233854).

How to Be Black. By Baratunde Thurston. Feb. 2012. 256p. Harper, $19.99 (9780062003218).

I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival. Ed. by Hilda Twongyeirwe. Feb. 2012. 288p. Chicago Review/Lawrence Hill, paper, $17.95 (9781569768426).

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters. Ed. by Michael Long. Mar. 2012. 276p. City Lights, paper, $17.95 (9780872865785).

Inside Urban Teaching. By Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenreich. May 2012. 432p. New Press, paper, $18.95 (9781595584908).

In the Words of Frederick Douglass: Quotations from Liberty’s Champion. Ed. by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman. Jan. 2012. 280p. Cornell, $22.95 (9780801447907).

Jim Crow Laws. By Leslie V. Tischauser. Mar. 2012. 180p. Greenwood, $37 (9780313386084).

Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George “Boomer” Scott. By Ron Anderson. Jan. 2012. 308p. McFarland, paper, $29.95 (9780786449767).

Negro Leagues Baseball. By Roger Bruns. Apr. 2012. 278p. Greenwood, $58 (9780313386480).

New Bedford’s Civil War. By Earl F. Mulderink III. Apr. 2012. 320p. Fordham, $55 (9780823243341).

The New Black: What Has Changed—and What Has Not—with Race in America. By Kenneth Mack and Guy-Uriel Charles. May 2012. 256p. New Press, paper, $17.95 (9781595586773).

New Life for Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A 21st Century Perspective. Ed. by Vann R. Newkirk. Feb. 2012. McFarland, paper, $45 (9780786459032).

Of Monarchs and Black Barons: Essays on Baseball’s Negro Leagues. By James A. Riley. Mar. 2012. McFarland, paper, $35 (9780786465422).

Oh Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another. By Tia Mowry. May 2012. 256p. Gotham, $26 (9781583334829).

On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870. By David G. Smith. Dec. 2011. 260p. Fordham, $45 (9780823240326).

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. By RJ Smith. Mar. 2012. 464p. Gotham, $27.50 (9781592406579).
Origins of the African American Jeremiad: The Rhetorical Strategies of Social Protest and Activism, 1760–1861. By Willie J. Harrell Jr. Dec. 2011. 239p. McFarland, paper, $55 (9780786466894).

Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention. By Jamal Joseph. Jan. 2012. 279p. Algonquin, paper, $14.95 (9781616201296)
The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom. By Glenn David Brasher. Apr. 2012. 304p. Univ. of North Carolina, $39.95 (9780807835449).

Plessy v. Ferguson. By Thomas J. Davis. Apr. 2012. 271p. Greenwood, $58 (9780313391873).

The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics. By Fredrick Harris. June 2012. 224p. Oxford, $24.95 (9780199739677).

Race and Justice: Wrongful Convictions of African American Men. By Marvin D. Free Jr. and Mitch Ruesink. Dec. 2011. 330p. Lynne Rienner, $68 (9781588268105).

Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America. Ed. by Joanne Griffith. Feb. 2012. 200p. City Lights, paper, $16.95 (9780872865464).

Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball’s Greatest Visionary. By Larry Lester. Mar. 2012. McFarland, paper $40 (9780786439270).

Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By Jim Downs. June 2012. 320p. Oxford, $29.95 (9780199758722).

Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit. By Donna Michelle Beaudoin. Feb. 2012. 214p. Lantern, paper, $17.95 (9781590563182).

Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake. By Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales. Jan. 2012. 256p. Kumarian, paper, $24.95 (9781565495128).

This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son. By Charlotte Pierce-Baker. June 2012. 256p. Chicago Review/Lawrence Hill, $24.95 (9781613741085).

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper. By Bernard L. Herman. Mar. 2012. 224p. Univ. of North Carolina, $45 (9780807835296).

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography. By Glenn L. Starks and F. Erik Brooks. Mar. 2012. 168p. Greenwood, $37 (9780313349164).

Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics. By Yvette Christiansë. Feb. 2012. 224p. Fordham, paper, $23 (9780823239160).

The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges. Ed. by Andrew P. Jackson and others. Mar. 2012. 272p. Scarecrow, $80 (9780810882454).

Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers. 4v. Ed. by Vernon L. Farmer and Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn. Feb. 2012. 1,408p. Praeger, $257 (9780313392245).

War! What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq. By Kimberley L. Phillips. Jan. 2012. 368p. Univ. of North Carolina, $34.95 (9780807835029).

War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State. By Pamela Reynolds. May 2012. 272p. Fordham, paper, $26 (9780823243105).

What Would Michelle Do? A Modern Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style. By Allison Samuels. Illus. by Meg Hess. Apr. 2012. 256p. Gotham, $23 (9781592407088).

White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550–1812. 2d ed. By Winthrop D. Jordan. Feb. 2012. 671p. Univ. of North Carolina, $70 (9780807834022); paper, $29.95 (9780807871416).

Who’s Who Among African Americans. 27th ed. By Jim Craddock. Apr. 2012. 1,600p. Gale/Cengage Learning, $324 (9781414481272).

You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). By Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams. Apr. 2012. 304p. Gotham, $28 (9781592407071).

A Blind Bit of Difference. By Sefi Atta. June 2012. 288p. Interlink, paper, $15 (9781566568920).

All I Did Was Shoot My Man. By Walter Mosley. Jan. 2012. 304p. Riverhead, $26.95 (9781594488245).

Being Lara. By Lola Jaye. Mar. 2012. 324p. Morrow, paper, $14.99 (9780062069344).

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. By Lynn Nottage. Feb. 2012. 96p. Theatre Communications, $27.95 (9781559364010).

Can’t Stop Loving You. By Bette Ford. Jan. 2012. 384p. Avon, paper, $7.99 (9780061728853).

Deceit and Devotion. By RM Johnson. Feb. 2012. 288p. Simon & Schuster, $25 (9781439180570).

Freeman. By Leonard Pitts Jr. May 2012. 432p. Agate, paper, $16 (9781932841640).

The Gathering of Waters. By Bernice L. McFadden. Feb. 2012. 256p. Akashic, $24.95 (9781617750328); paper, $15.95 (9781617750311).

The Golddigger’s Club. By Jaye Cherié. Jan. 2012. 336p. Atria, paper, $15 (9781593093792).

The Grind Don’t Stop. By L. E. Newell. Jan. 2012. 336p. Atria, paper, $13 (9781593093648).

The Healing. By Jonathan Odell. Feb. 2012. 352p. Doubleday/Nan A. Talese, $26 (9780385534673).

Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless. By Kiki Swinson and Noire. Dec. 2011. 272p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $15 (9780758251800).

Love in Play. By Zuri Day. Dec. 2011. 384p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $6.99 (9780758260000).

Natural Born Liar. By Noire. May 2012. 320p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $15 (9780758266088).

One Way or Another. By Rhonda Bowen. Mar. 2012. 336p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $14 (9780758259585).

Scandals. By Sasha Campbell. Apr. 2012. 352p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $14 (9780758269423).

The Silence of Our Friends. By Mark Long. Jan. 2012. 208p. First Second/Macmillan, paper, $16.99 (9781596436183).

Taking Care of Business. By Lutishia Lovely. Apr. 2012. 320p. Kensington/Dafina, paper, $15 (9780758265807).

The Tinsmith. By Tim Bowling. Mar. 2012. 320p. Brindle & Glass, paper, $19.95 (9781926972435).

A Wish and a Prayer. By Beverly Jenkins. Apr. 2012. 320p. Morrow, paper, $13.99 (9780061990809).


Adult Audio

Long Walk to Freedom. By Nelson Mandela. Feb. 2012. AudioGO, CD, $84.99 (9781611131666).

Lost in Language and Sound; or, How I Found My Way to the Arts: Essays. By Ntozake Shange. Jan. 2012. AudioGO, CD, $59.95 (9780792784685).

Miles: The Autobiography. By Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe. Read by Dion Graham. Feb. 2012. AudioGO, CD, $79.95 (9780792784814).

NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights. By NPR. Hosted by Michele Norris. Dec. 2011. HighBridge, CD, $24.95 (9781611745085).

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