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181 Taylor, Mildred D. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
New York: Dial Books, (copyright 1976). 0803774737 / 9780803774735 Reprint. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered brown cloth shelfback over maroon boards; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket, with wraparound artwork by Jerry Pinkney. Frontispiece also by Pinkney. 
The story of one African American family, fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s. Newbery Award Winner, 1977. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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182 Tervalon, Jervey ALL THE TROUBLE YOU NEED
New York: Atria Books, (2002). 0743422384 / 9780743422383 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Fourth novel from the acclaimed South Central-raised author of DEAD ABOVE GROUND and UNDERSTAND THIS. Henry Louis Gates called Tervalon "a powerful new voice in American fiction." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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183 Van Dyke, Henry LADIES OF THE RACHMANINOFF EYES
London: The Bodley Head, (1965). First U.K. edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in gilt-stamped brown boards, in a very good plus dust jacket that shows general age-toning, mild staining, rubbing and two short closed edge tears to the spine head. Jacket by Ronald Clyne. 
"...one of the most idiosyncratic novelists of the postwar era, as well as one of the most macabre. A dazzling stylist, reading any of the Michigan native's four books is like taking a drink with charming Hannibal Lecter." Van Dyke's heralded debut. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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184 Walcott, Derek THE ANTILLES: Fragments of Epic Memory, The Nobel Lecture
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1993). 0374105308 / 9780374105303 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Walcott's 1992 Nobel Lecture evokes "the multivalent wholeness of the culture of the Antilles, forged out of a violent history against a land- and seascape of immemorial dimensions." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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185 Walker, Alice POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY
New York/San Diego/London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, (1992). 0151731527 / 9780151731527 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. 
"A peripheral character in THE COLOR PURPLE, Tashi, becomes the focus...her compelling story is every Eve's account of those 'whose chastity belt was made of leather, or of silk and diamonds, or of fear and not of our own 'flesh.' "--Faye A. Chadwell. 
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186 Walker, Alice THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, (1989). 0151885338 / 9780151885336 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 

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187 Walker, Blair S. UP JUMPED THE DEVIL
New York: Avon Books, (1997). 0380974207 / 9780380974207 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Tiny ink spot to the fore-edge of the pages, and very minor wear to the spine head, else very nearly fine; in an illustrated dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Clifford Faust and design by Patricia Barrow. 
First outing for African-American reporter, Darryl Billups, who works for the BALTIMORE HERALD and receives a warning about an impending wave of white supremacist violence. Walker is the author of the non-fiction WHY SHOULD WHITE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN? 
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188 Walker, Margaret JUBILEE
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1966. First edition. Hardcover. A thin band of fading to the top shelf edge of the cloth binding, else a near fine copy; in a lightly shelfworn pictorial dust jacket with a one and one-half inch tear to the upper front panel and with several short edge tears. 
A Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award novel by the esteemed poet and novelist who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the heritage of black culture. Jacket by William Hofman. Map endpapers. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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189 Watkins, Mel ON THE REAL SIDE: Laughing, Lying, and Signifying--The Underground Tradition of African-American Humor that Transformed American Culture From Slavery to Richard Pryor
New York/London/Toronto/Sydney/Tokyo/Singapore: Simon & Schuster, (1994). 0671689827 / 9780671689827 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Near fine; in a fine dust jacket. Royal Octavo. 
Based on ten years research, Watkins's delightful work traces the history, evolution and modes of African-American comedy, and its employment by some of its most gifted performers. 652 pages; notes; selected bibliography; and index. 
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190 Wesley, Valerie Wilson DEVIL'S GONNA GET HIM
New York: Putnam, (1995). 0399140271 / 9780399140273 First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
A Tamara Hayle mystery. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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191 Wesley, Valerie Wilson WHEN DEATH COMES STEALING
New York: Putnam, (1994). 0399139494 / 9780399139499 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
The debut Tamara Hayle mystery. Dated and SIGNED by the author to the title-page. 
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192 Wesley, Valerie Wilson WHERE EVIL SLEEPS
New York: Putnam, (1996). First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
A Tamara Hayle mystery. Review copy with materials laid in. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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193 Whitehead, Colson THE INTUITIONIST
New York: Anchor Books/ Doubleday, (1999). 0385492995 / 9780385492997 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Literary fantasy novel of politics and race, with deadpan satirical elements. "Colson Whitehead's THE INTUITIONIST is an enormously accomplished first novel, a meditation on race and technology and imagination that is absolutely dazzling."--Susan Isaacs. 
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194 Wideman, John Edgar "The Statue of Liberty"
[no place]. Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1989. First edition, first printing: a chapbook original. Chapbook. Fine, in slick, illustrated wraps. 
Short story from the then upcoming collection, FEVER "to be published in November 1989" and distributed free to promote the release of the book. 13 pages. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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195 Wideman, John Edgar PHILADELPHIA FIRE
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1990). 0805012664 / 9780805012668 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a photo-pictorial dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Diana Klein and design by Raquel Jaramillo. 
PHILADELPHIA FIRE, based on an actual incident, describes the police bombing of a militant, heavily armed black commune. This novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award, distinguishing Wideman as the first writer to receive the honor twice. 
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196 Wilson, August SEVEN GUITARS
(New York): A Dutton Book, (1996). 0525941967 / 9780525941965 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very fine in like dust jacket with cover illustration by Constanza Romero. 
Play by the Tony, Pulitzer, Drama Desk and NY Drama Critics Circle award-winner who recently passed away after completing his remarkable 10-play cycle . SEVEN GUITARS won Wilson yet another NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play of the year. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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197 Wise, Leonard DOC'S LEGACY
New York: Richardson & Steirman, (1986). First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in slightly yellowed dust jacket with light offsetting to rear panel. 
"Doc" Ella returns home to the small farm community of Layton, Iowa after ten years in a Vietnamese prison. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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198 Woods, Paula L. INNER CITY BLUES
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, (1999). 039304680 First edition, second printing. SIGNED by the author! Hardcover. Near fine in dust jacket. 
Woods' debut introduces Charlotte Justice, a black woman "in the very white, very male, sometimes very hostile Los Angeles Police Department." 
Price: 12.50 USD
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199 Wright, Charles ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO GET ALARMED ABOUT
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1973). 0374114080 / 9780374114084 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in white-lettered maroon cloth shelfback over yellow salt-and-pepper boards; maroon top-edge tint; in a fine, if age-toned, illustrated dust jacket, with artwork by Milton Glaser...one of his best designs. 
"Wright has worked out a language and a landscape that is a kaleidoscope of mystery and simplicity, filled with miracles and puzzles...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO GET ALARMED ABOUT is terrific! It is surreal, erotic, comic, satirical, alive!"--Clarence Major. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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200 Wright, Charles THE MESSENGER
New York: Farrar, Straus & Company, (1963). B0006AYKSC First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near fine; in a lightly rubbed photo-pictorial dust jacket with several closed tears at the spine ends. 
THE MESSENGER is Wright's critically acclaimed first novel in his African-American New York City trilogy. The other two published works are: THE WIG (1966), and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO GET ALARMED ABOUT (1973). He is currently writing a memoir. 
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