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Around this time last year, I took stock of my bookshelves.   I was already pretty well schooled in the European classics and my bookshelves were looking very unbalanced.  So I decided that for the next 365 days I would only read, borrow and buy books by and about black people.  There’s so much great work out there, I’m going to do it for another year!

Here are five I picked up at a used bookstore in Brooklyn on Saturday.


$2.00.  Looking forward to reading this next.  This novel has been following me all year!


$2.00.  Swift read.  Finished it up Sunday evening.  Chapter 7 was my favorite.


$1.00.  I paid for the brothers but I will check out Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner from the LIBRARY – after October 31.


$5.00.  Never been much of a Baldwin fan but that could change.  Just like how I grew to like Brussels Sprouts.  I  really dug his essay on Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones.  I read it while riding the B65 bus back home.


$4.00.  I paid $4.00 for a book that was last priced at $0.50.  But… if I had gone to Borders, I would have paid $12.95!  

What are you reading?

One Comment

  1. You’ve got to pick up Zora Neale Hurston, try “They’re Eyes Were Watching God”.

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