Which authors do you turn to for comfort?

For fun?

For soul?

For straight-up knowledge?

What makes a 'good' book, in your book? A 'great' book?

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My titles are here:

Uncovering RaceUncovering Race, A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention (Beacon Press), will be published October 2011

“Amy Alexander writes with the precision of the seasoned journalist she is and the expansiveness of the wise cultural critic she has become. Her book is at once a trenchant look at the competitive world of the highest reaches of journalism and an on-the-ground narrative of the transformations in the ways we understand race, identity, and work. Her experience is unique, but her perspective is universal.” —Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr.,  Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

"Amy Alexander has done it! A gifted storyteller with an inviting style, she has written the essential memoir for journalists of color. The result is a powerful and irresistible narrative that introduces us to one of the most important African-American journalists in the United States and helps us better understand the world of print and online journalism.... More than ever, we rely on the media to decode our world. All the more reason that we need people like Amy Alexander to decode the media."—Ruben Navarrette Jr., syndicated columnist and author, A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano

“Amy Alexander's analysis of the damage done to public awareness and understanding throughout the 20th century because of the failure of traditional journalism to adequately integrate staff could not come at a better time. Uncovering Race reminds consumers today that though they now have access to an integrated rainbow of sources of news online,  the responsibility now shifts to them to integrate the sources of news and opinion they aggregate.”—Bill Kovach, author of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and The Public Should Expect

Fifty WomenFifty Black Women Who Changed America

About the book: The contributions of Black women have helped to make America a place of freedom and opportunity. Yet their monumental importance has long been ignored in the media and classroom. While Oprah Winfrey's astonishing success is widely recognized, the work of trailblazers such as June Jordan, advocate and author, and Johnetta Cole, president of Spellman College, remains unsung. Now, this informative anthology, spotlights the shining accomplishments of fifty African American women. From the courage of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer to the high-energy performances of Tina Turner, here are portraits strong women whose personal journeys will inspire a new generation of women, including: -- Sojourner Truth, a slave who became a feminist.-- Madame C.J. Walker, the first African American woman millionaire.-- Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and activist.-- Hattie McDaniel, the first African American Academy Award "RM" winner.-- Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer and international celebrity.-- Barbara Jordan, stateswoman and breaker of the color barrier.-- Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.-- Charlayne Hunter-Gault, groundbreaking TV journalist.In "Fifty Black Women Who Changed America," Amy Alexander offers vivid pictures of these women, whose personal journeys will encourage a new generation of women to embark on journeys of their own.

Lay My Burden DownLay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans

"A remarkable achievement." —Harriet A. Washington, The New England Journal of Medicine, author of Medical Apartheid. 

"As a black woman thrashing with the new class divide and an intermittent but chronic depression that feels as old as rivers, I found [Lay My Burden Down] a relief, an assured voice in a wilderness [that I felt I was essentially wandering alone." —Erin Aubry Kaplan, Salon


Farrakhan FactorThe Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan

"As the heir to Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan's vernacular black nationalism is an important movement in our own time. 'The Farrakhan Factor' helps us comprehend who he is and what he signifies." —Richard Newman, Director of Fellows, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University

"The well-chosen essays in 'The Farrakhan Factor' express the complexity, contradictions, intelligence, talent and vision of Louis Farrakhan. They take full measure of the man and delineate his place in the 20th Century U.S. political, social, and cultural history. Amy Alexander deserves hearty congratulations for the selection of highly engaging articles." —Florence Ladd, former Director, The Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University











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