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Flander, Scott, FOUR TO MIDNIGHT. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. William Morrow & Company, 312 pages.
~~~ When a black city councilman is badly beaten on a West Philadelphia street and blames two of Sergeant Eddie North's best cops, they deny it. Called to the scene, Eddie - uncertain of what really happened - decides to back his men and finds himself accused of a conspiracy to cover up the truth. The media, the politicians, and the public are outraged. And then a man in a black ski mask begins a campaign to assassinate cops. As Eddie races to learn what was really behind the beating, more trouble erupts. A fellow sergeant has taken advantage of the tension in the city and formed a ring of corrupt officers that includes one of the two cops for whom Eddie is risking everything. The widening conflict between the police and the black community is mirrored by the battle of cop against cop. And with the stakes so high, there are no winners . . . just those strong enough - and lucky enough - to survive.

$24.95







Wideman, John Edgar, SENT FOR YOU YESTERDAY. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK, Mariner Books, 208 pages.
~~~ Winner of the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, Sent for You Yesterday is the stunning first book in John Edgar Wideman's highly acclaimed Homewood trilogy. Reimagining Homewood, the black Pittsburgh neighborhood of his youth, Wideman creates a dazzling and evocative milieu. From the wild and uninhibited 1920s to the narcotized 1970s, "he establishes a mythological and symbolic link between character and landscape, language and plot" (New York Times).

$14.00

Wideman, John Edgar, TWO CITIES. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Houghton Mifflin Company, 107 pages.
~~~ Two Cities is a redemptive, healing love story that brings to brilliant culmination the themes John Edgar Wideman has developed in fourteen previous acclaimed books. It is a novel of bridges - bridges spanning the rivers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, bridges arching over the rifts that have divided our communities, our country, and our hearts.

$24.00

Wilson, August, JITNEY. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK, Overlook Press, 96 pages.
~~~ A thoroughly revised version of a play August Wilson first wrote in 1979, Jitney was produced in New York for the first time in the spring of 2000, winning rave reviews and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as the Best Play of the Year. Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh's Hill District, and depicting gypsy cabdrivers who serve black neighborhoods, Jitney is the seventh in Wilson's projected 10-play cycle (one for each decade) on the black experience in twentieth century America. He writes not about historical events or the pathologies of the black community, but, as he says, about "the unique particulars of black culture . . . I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us . . . through profound moments in our history in which the larger society has thought less of us than we have thought of ourselves".

$22.00

Wilson, August, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK, Plume Books, 94 pages.
~~~ When Herald Loomis arrives at a black Pittsburgh boarding house after seven years impressed labor on Joe Turner's chain gang, he is a free man - in body. But the scars of his enslavement and a sense of inescapable alienation oppress his spirit still, and the seemingly hospitable rooming house seethes with tension and distrust in the presence of this tormented stranger. Loomis is looking for the wife he left behind, believing that she can help him reclaim his old identity. But through his encounters with the other residents he begins to realize that what he really seeks is his rightful place in a new world - and it will take more than the skills of the local "People Finder" to discover it.

$11.00

Wilson, August, SEVEN GUITARS. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK, Plume Books, 107 pages.
~~~ It is the spring of 1948. In the still cool evenings of Pittsburgh's Hill district, familiar sounds fill the air. A rooster crows and screen doors slam. The laughter of friends gathered for a backyard card game rises just above the wail of a mother who has lost her son. And there's the sound of the blues, played and sung by young men and women with little more than a guitar in their hands and a dream in their hearts. August Wilson's Seven Guitars is the sixth chapter in his continuing theatrical saga that explores the hope, heartbreak, and heritage of the African-American experience in the twentieth century. The story follows a small group of friends who gather following the untimely death of Floyd Barton, a local blues guitarist on the edge of stardom. Together, they reminisce about his short life and discover the unspoken passions and undying spirit that live within each of them.

$11.00





Kelly, Jack, MOBTOWN. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Hyperion Books, 271 pages.
~~~ Kelly sets this novel in Rochester, New York, circa 1959. Kelly's Rochester is a dark and glamorous place, not unlike Los Angeles in the forties - filled with dapper mobsters and slightly dangerous, mysterious women. Rochester is home to, among others, gangsters, a dead heiress, and a savvy private detective named Ike Van Savage. Enter a beautiful mystery woman in the flesh, the wife of a notorious local gangster, who believes her husband is out to kill her. Van Savage takes on the case despite its dangers - perhaps even because of them - and finds himself drawn into a dark world of seduction, suspicion, and violence.

$23.95






Hecht, Daniel, CITY OF MASKS. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Cree Black, 438 pages.
~~~ Cree Black didn't believe in ghosts until she encountered her dead husband. Now she not only sees ghosts, she feels, hears, and even talks to them. Seeking answers to life's mysteries as well as to riddles from her past, she's putting her newfound abilities to use. Based out of Seattle, Cree and her partner are detectives of the spirit, scientific ghost busters who study ghosts as they try to exorcise them from people's lives. But the ghost in their latest client's life has Cree fearing for her own.

$24.95

Moody, Fred, SEATTLE AND THE DEMONS OF AMBITION. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, St. Martin's Press, 303 pages.
~~~ A fascinating yet unsettling account of the transformation of America's most conflicted city. Once a paradise for artists, slackers, and utopians, Seattle's spectacular ocean and mountain scenery has long beckoned to those seeking an ideal city. Seattle and the Demons of Ambition tracks the astonishing ten years during which Seattle became the "it" destination for new urbanites - and began to lose the struggle for its soul. Tracing the rise of Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and other avatars of the new economy, balanced against the growing homelessness, child abuse, and cultural disenchantment that culminated in the 1999 World Trade Organization riots, Fred Moody offers a remarkable account of urban boosterism and underground rage. Seattle's struggle with itself mirrors our larger American dilemma, where technology and development build wealth, but leave behind troubling human consequences that go unnoticed at our peril.

$24.95






Eliach, Yaffa, THERE ONCE WAS A WORLD. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK, Little Brown & Company, 818 pages.
~~~ In the soaring, three-story space that is the Tower of Life at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., sixteen hundred photographs collected by the historian Yaffa Eliach give face to a murdered people. In There Once Was a World, Eliach brilliantly and movingly records the history of that people. Nineteen years of scholarship, a poet's ear, and a storyteller's voice have yielded what is perhaps the richest, fullest, most detailed portrait of Eastern Jewish life that we will ever have, a book that encompasses both the sweep of history and an intimate view of the day-to-day lives of generations of small-town Jews, in all their uniqueness and universality. Eliach's own roots in Eishyshok - she is a descendant of one of the five founding families and herself one of only twenty-nine survivors - give her work an unrivaled depth and passion.

$25.00

Solomon, Burt, THE WASHINGTON CENTURY: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capitol. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, William Morrow & Company, 498 pages.
~~~ Solomon focuses on the families of three individuals - black activist Julius Hobson Sr., southern congressman Hale Boggs, and real-estate developer Morris Cafritiz - to reveal various perspectives in our nation's capital during the last century. Solomon juxtaposes the lives of these families with administrations from Roosevelt through Clinton, providing perspectives that allow for a panoramic view of Washington, D.C.

$26.95

Williams, Edward Christopher, WHEN WASHINGTON WAS IN VOGUE. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket, Amistad Press, 285 pages.
~~~ When Washington Was in Vogue casts a loving but critical eye on Black high society of 1920s Washington, D.C. A novel told in letters, this sly, humorous story was first published anonymously in the Black journal The Messenger from 1925 to 1926. This is the first time When Washington Was in Vogue is being published as a book.

$23.95




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