“Superbly illustrates the emotional toll that
politics and race take on one especially gutsy
young girl’s development as she makes her
way through the parallel limbos between
black and white and between girl and young
woman.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Riverhead • 432 pp. • 978-1-57322-716-2 • $15.00
BOMC Stephen Crane First Fiction Award;
Whiting Writer’s Award
“A thoroughly original tale.... That rare thing:
a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining, as provocative as it is humane.”—The
New York Times.
Penguin • 464 pp. • 978-0-14-303774-3 • $15.00
Orange Prize; Anisfield-Wolf Book Award;
Man Booker Prize shortlist; a New York Times
Top Ten Book of the Year
Also available: Changing My Mind 978-1-59420-237-7,
The Book of Other People 978-0-14-303818-4
Rob Spillman, editor
f GODS AND SOLDIERS
The Penguin Anthology of
Contemporary African Writing
Thirty stories from northern Arabic-speaking
to southern Zulu-speaking writers provide a
vibrant glimpse of 21st-century Africa.
Penguin • 336 pp. • 978-0-14-311473-4 • $16.00
f THE HELP
Three women—two African-American maids
and a white socialite—band together to write
a tell-all book about work as a black maid in
the South. “A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time
and a place that is in many ways very much
still with us.”—Beth Henley, author of Crimes
of the Heart. “A story of social awakening as
seen from both sides of the American racial
divide.”— Washington Post.
Putnam • 464 pp. • 978-0-399-15534-5 • $24.95
Berkley • 528 pp. • 978-0-425-23220-0 • $15.00
Paperback available February 2010
f MORE THAN IT HURTS YOU
An African-American physician and single
mother suspects a white mother of
Munchausen syndrome by proxy. “
Contemplates the nature of marriage and familial
relationships, mental illness, privilege, class,
and bigotry, while indicting American culture as a whole.”—BookMarks Magazine.
Plume • 416 pp. • 978-0-452-29552-0 • $15.00
• Podcast available at www.penguin.com
COMPLETE WRI TINGS
Edited with an Introduction
and Notes by Vincent Carretta
“The definitive collection of her work...
expertly edited...a masterpiece of textual
scholarship. Every scholar and student seeking to understand Wheatley’s life and work
will want to obtain this book.”—Henry Louis
Gates, Jr. Appendices include poems by
Wheatley’s contemporaries, Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams.
Penguin Classics • 272 pp. • 978-0-14-042430-0 • $14.00
John Edgar Wideman
FEVER: Twelve Stories
“The stories combine Wideman’s anger and
his cold, keen intellect, his passion for imaginatively studying the present in light of the
past, his profound pity, and his heroic distrust of it.”—Chicago Tribune.
Penguin • 176 pp. • 978-0-14-014347-8 • $13.00
The moving drama of Troy Maxson, a man
who had everything needed to be a great ball
player…except that Jackie Robinson hadn’t
yet broken the color barrier.
Plume • 112 pp. • 978-0-452-26401-4 • $12.00
JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
“Flecked with hypnotic storytelling soliloquies
as grittily redolent of America as those in The
Iceman Cometh.”—The New York Times.
Plume • 112 pp. • 978-0-452-26009-2 • $12.00
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOT TOM
A play about black musicians working in a
Chicago recording studio in 1927 that
explores the themes of racism, self-hatred,
Plume • 112 pp. • 978-0-452-26113-6 • $12.00
THE PIANO LESSON
Embodies the painful past and expectant
future of black Americans. “Wilson’s most virtuosic writing to date.”—The New York Times.
Plume • 112 pp. • 978-0-452-26534-9 • $13.00
“The seven guitars of the title are the seven
characters whose straightforward story lines
Wilson turns into beautiful, complex musical—funky, wailing, irresistible Chicago
blues.”—The New Yorker.
Plume • 160 pp. • 978-0-452-27692-5 • $12.00
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best
Set in the 1970s in Pittsburgh’s Hill District
and depicting gypsy cabdrivers who serve
black neighborhoods. “Thoroughly engrossing...Jitney holds us in charmed captivity.”—
The New York Times.
Overlook • 96 pp. • 978-1-585-67370-4 • $14.95
John A. Williams
THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM
Introduction by Walter Mosley
“The best novel written about the 1960s....
Williams is probably the best African-American writer of the century.”—Ishmael Reed,
author of From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multi-cultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002.
Overlook • 410 pp. • 978-1-58567-580-7 • $14.95
AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 2009-2010 • PENGUIN GROUP (USA)
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