African American

A Yankee Should Never Be Black (signed by author) (USED)

A Yankee Should Never Be Black (signed by author) (USED)
A Yankee Should Never Be Black (signed by author) (USED)
$50.00

Bascom Books, NY, 1973, nod.  Signed by author.  VG/VG

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SKU: 
76724369
Author: 
Publication Date: 
1973
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Art and the Color Line (1939 appeal to DAR for permission for Marian Anderson to be heard in Constitution Hall) (USED)

Art and the Color Line (1939 appeal to DAR for permission for Marian Anderson to be heard in Constitution Hall) (USED)
$65.00

A primary document in a key moment of the American Civil Rights movement. Stokes seminal proposal printed for the consideration of the executive committee of the DAR October 23, 1939 and for the Marian Anderson Committee.  VG

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SKU: 
60887243
Binding: 
Pamphlet

Black Boy

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$16.99

Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.

When Black Boy exploded onto the literary scene in 1945, it caused a sensation. Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote that "if enough such books are written, if enough millions of people read them maybe, someday, in the fullness of time, there will be a greater understanding and a more true democracy." Opposing forces felt compelled to comment: addressing Congress, Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi argued that the purpose of this book "was to plant seeds of hate and devilment in the minds of every American." From 1975 to 1978, Black Boy was banned in schools throughout the United States for "obscenity" and "instigating hatred between the races."

The once controversial, now classic American autobiography measures the brutality and rawness of the Jim Crow South against the sheer desperate will it took to survive. Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those about him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. At the end of Black Boy, Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to "hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo."

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ISBN: 
9780061130243
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Publication Date: 
April 1, 2007
Binding: 
Paperback

Bunk

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$18.00

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

"There Kevin Young goes again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential." --Marlon James

Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture?

The award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon--the legacy of P. T. Barnum's "humbug" culminating with the currency of Donald J. Trump's "fake news." Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and "What Is It?," an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.

Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and frauds invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from the pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. This brilliant and timely work asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of "truthiness" where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a contagious cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.

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9781555978167
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Publication Date: 
September 4, 2018
Binding: 
Paperback

Characteristics of the American Negro (USED)

Characteristics of the American Negro (USED)
$35.00

From "The Negro in American Life Series" which Harper published under the general direction of Dr. Gunnar Myrdal, sponsored by The Carnegie Corporation. Harper & Brothers, 1944 1st ed. Church library stickers.  VG/VG

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SKU: 
31779364
Publication Date: 
January 1, 1943
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Clever Hands of the African Negro (USED)

Clever Hands of the African Negro (USED)
Clever Hands of the African Negro (USED)
$35.00

The Associated Publishers, 1945. First edition. Complete with dustjacket (which has some small tears). VG/VG

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SKU: 
43171444
Author: 
Publication Date: 
January 1, 1945
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Driving While Black

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$28.95
It's hardly a secret that mobility has always been limited, if not impossible, for African Americans. Before the Civil War, masters confined their slaves to their property, while free black people found themselves regularly stopped, questioned, and even kidnapped. Restrictions on movement before Emancipation carried over, in different forms, into Reconstruction and beyond; for most of the 20th century, many white Americans felt blithely comfortable denying their black countrymen the right to travel freely on trains and buses. Yet it became more difficult to shackle someone who was cruising along a highway at 45 miles per hour.

In Driving While Black, the acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car--the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility--has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. She recounts the creation of a parallel, unseen world of black motorists, who relied on travel guides, black only businesses, and informal communications networks to keep them safe. From coast to coast, mom and pop guest houses and tourist homes, beauty parlors, and even large hotels--including New York's Hotel Theresa, the Hampton House in Miami, or the Dunbar Hotel in Los Angeles--as well as night clubs and restaurants like New Orleans' Dooky Chase and Atlanta's Paschal's, fed travelers and provided places to stay the night. At the heart of Sorin's story is Victor and Alma Green's famous Green Book, a travel guide begun in 1936, which helped grant black Americans that most basic American rite, the family vacation.

As Sorin demonstrates, black travel guides and black-only businesses encouraged a new way of resisting oppression. Black Americans could be confident of finding welcoming establishments as they traveled for vacation or for business. Civil Rights workers learned where to stay and where to eat in the South between marches and protests. As Driving While Black reminds us, the Civil Rights Movement was just that--a movement of black people and their allies in defiance of local law and custom. At the same time, she shows that the car, despite the freedoms it offered, brought black people up against new challenges, from segregated ambulance services to unwarranted traffic stops, and the racist violence that too often followed.

Interwoven with Sorin's own family history and enhanced by dozens of little known images, Driving While Black charts how the automobile fundamentally reshaped African American life, and opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.

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ISBN: 
9781631495694
Author: 
Publication Date: 
February 11, 2020
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Dunbar Critically Examined (USED)

Dunbar Critically Examined (USED)
Dunbar Critically Examined (USED)
$11.99

The Associated Publishers Inc, 1941, nod. Blue boards, library markings.  Good-

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SKU: 
34398433
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Publication Date: 
January 1, 1941
Binding: 
Hardcover

Frederick Douglass

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$22.00
**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

*Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

"Extraordinary...a great American biography" (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

In this "cinematic and deeply engaging" (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. "Absorbing and even moving...a brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass's" (The Wall Street Journal), Blight's biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. "David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass...a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century" (The Boston Globe).

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ISBN: 
9781416590323
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Publication Date: 
January 7, 2020
Binding: 
Paperback

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

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$15.95
In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that "Freedom is a constant struggle."

Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision." His many books include Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

Frank Barat is a human rights activist and author. He was the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and is now the president of the Palestine Legal Action Network. His books include Gaza in Crisis and Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation.

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ISBN: 
9781608465644
Publisher: 
Publication Date: 
February 9, 2016
Binding: 
Paperback

Harriet Tubman (USED)

Harriet Tubman (USED)
Harriet Tubman (USED)
$35.00

The Associated Publishers, 1943 (nod), green cloth scuffed, light internal staining.  Library markings otherwise.  Good-

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SKU: 
82462381
Author: 
Publication Date: 
1943
Binding: 
Hardcover

I Am Not Your Negro

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$15.00
National Bestseller

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary

To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin's published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck's film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin's private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

This edition contains more than 40 black-and-white images from the film.

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ISBN: 
9780525434696
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Publication Date: 
February 7, 2017
Binding: 
BC

If Beale Street Could Talk

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$14.95

In this honest and stunning novel, now a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

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ISBN: 
9780525566120
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Publisher: 
Publication Date: 
October 30, 2018
Binding: 
Paperback

In Our Terribleness (Some Elements and Meaning in Black Style) (USED)

In Our Terribleness (Some Elements and Meaning in Black Style) (USED)
$175.00
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SKU: 
91873843
Author: 
Publication Date: 
1970
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Jim and Mr. Eddy, A Dixie Motorlogue (USED)

Jim and Mr. Eddy, A Dixie Motorlogue (USED)
Jim and Mr. Eddy, A Dixie Motorlogue (USED)
$95.00

A travelogue recounting Jackson and his wife's roadtrip from Washington DC through the Jim Crow South in the late 1920s, documenting their experience as Black travelers in large cities and small communities across the South.The Associated Publishers, 1930, nod, bookplate of Howard University Library. Good+

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SKU: 
45234413
Publication Date: 
January 1, 1930
Binding: 
Hardcover

Jule (USED)

Jule (USED)
Jule (USED)
$95.00

A first edition with (VG dust jacket) of Henderson's only two novels. George Wylie Henderson was born in 1904 in Warriorstand, Alabama, an unincorporated area of Macon County. He attended the limited and segregated rural school. He went to Tuskegee Institute, where he learned printing as a trade. Henderson moved to New York in the Great Migration and supported himself as a printer for the New York Daily News, also becoming associated with writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Henderson lived in New York City until his death.
Creative Age Press, Inc, NY, 1946. VG/VG

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SKU: 
83285341
Publication Date: 
1946
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Kindred

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$16.00
The visionary author's masterpiece pulls us--along with her Black female hero--through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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ISBN: 
9780807083697
Author: 
Publisher: 
Publication Date: 
February 1, 2004
Binding: 
Paperback

Negro Art Music and Rhyme for Young Folks (USED)

Negro Art Music and Rhyme for Young Folks (USED)
Negro Art Music and Rhyme for Young Folks (USED)
$39.99

Clean and tight within. The Associated Publishers, Washington, DC, 1938, nod. VG

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SKU: 
77938702
Publication Date: 
1938
Binding: 
Hardcover

Negro Folk Tales for Pupils in the Primary Grades, illustrations by Lois Mailou Jones Book 1 (USED)

Negro Folk Tales for Pupils in the Primary Grades, illustrations by Lois Mailou Jones Book 1 (USED)
$25.00
$55.00
$25.00 - $55.00

The Associated Publishers Inc, 1938, library markings but interior vg.  1st ed.

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SKU: 
25548004
Publication Date: 
1938
Binding: 
Hardcover

Negro History in Thirteen Plays (USED)

Negro History in Thirteen Plays (USED)
$35.00

The Associated Publishers Inc, 1935, nod. Ex-library, some water damage.  As is.

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SKU: 
41503163
Publication Date: 
1935
Binding: 
Hardcover

Notes of a Native Son

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$15.00

#26 on The Guardian's list of 100 best nonfiction books of all time, the essays explore what it means to be Black in America

In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With films like I Am Not Your Negro and the forthcoming If Beale Street Could Talk bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction.

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in "The Harlem Ghetto" to a sobering "Journey to Atlanta."

Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.

Notes is the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.

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ISBN: 
9780807006238
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Publication Date: 
November 20, 2012
Binding: 
BC

Patterns of Negro Segregation (USED)

Patterns of Negro Segregation (USED)
$55.00

From "The Negro in American Life Series" which Harper published under the general direction of Dr. Gunnar Myrdal, sponsored by The Carnegie Corporation. Harper & Brothers, 1943, stated first edition, church library bookplate. VG/VG

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SKU: 
44977199
Author: 
Publication Date: 
1943
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover

Pioneers of Long Ago (USED)

Pioneers of Long Ago (USED)
Pioneers of Long Ago (USED)
$49.99

The Associated Publishers Inc, 1951, first edition, Jessie Hailstalk Roy and Geneva Calcier Turner, illustrated by Lois Mailou Jones, introduction by C. Go Woodson. For use in schools, and deaccessioned from school library.  Vg

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SKU: 
91725968
Publication Date: 
1951
Binding: 
Hardcover

Plays and Pageants from Life of the Negro (USED)

Plays and Pageants from Life of the Negro (USED)
$70.00

Tight, clean and bright inside and out. In-text illustrations after woodcuts by James L. Wells. Plays by the editor, Thelma Myrtle Duncan, Maud Cuney-Hare, John Matheus, May Miller, Inez M. Burke, Dorothy C. Guinn, Frances Gunner and Edward J. McCoo.The Associated Publishers Inc, 1930, nod. VG

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SKU: 
15764409
Author: 
Publication Date: 
1930
Binding: 
Hardcover

Race Against Time

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$28.00
"For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed." --John Grisham, author of The Guardians

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the "Mississippi Burning" case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers' identities, including the sheriff's deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed.

It took forty-one years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took. If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

In Race Against Time, Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion's den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans.

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ISBN: 
9781451645132
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Publisher: 
Publication Date: 
February 4, 2020
Binding: 
DJ Hardcover