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Toni Morrison



America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.
Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he’s hated all his life. As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never possess again.
A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood–and his home.



Paper 14.00

Hot Girl

Hot Girl

It’s summertime in Bed-Stuy-Do or Die-Brooklyn, and Kate is feeling down in the dumps. Not only is she tired of her raggedy, tomboy image, but she’s also missing her best friend, Felicia, who’s away for the summer. Lonely and not exactly getting along with her new foster mother, Lynn, Kate so badly wants to be out and about, twirling pretty, and partying—and maybe catching the attention of her longtime crush, Charles.
Opportunity knocks one hot summer day when fly-girl Naleejah struts her stuff straight up to Kate and takes a seat. Full of smiles, Naleejah tells Kate that she remembers her from school, but Kate can’t remember ever having such a fabulous chick trying to befriend her. Kate’s suspicion turns to trust once Naleejah gives her a much-needed makeover.
Now a brand-new Kate suddenly has the attention of her dream boy. But is Naleejah checking for him, too? Against Kate’s better judgment, she ignores the warning signs, and continues to let Naleejah lead her down a treacherous path. Soon, what seems like a fun and exciting summer ends up being a harsh reality check. Now Kate must decide how to get back on the right track . . . or is it already too late?

Paper 9.95


History Of Marcus Bookstores







In 1960, in the thriving Black business district known as the Fillmore, Julian and Raye Richardson were co-owners of The Success Printing Co. and avid readers. When friends didn’t return their books, they realized the need for a Black bookstore. It was named Success Book Store. After reading Marcus Garvey’s Philosophy and Opinions, they decided to change the names of their 30 year-old printshop and ten year-old bookstore to Marcus Books Printing and Marcus Bookstores, opening another store in Oakland, California.

As Black people learned more about the legacy of consciousness, strength and creativity inherent in their history, many civic groups were sparked and nurtured. Black people and other progressives could feel at home and were “understood” at Marcus Books. They didn’t have to apologize for their difference, their pain from racism, or translate their philosophy or concerns into a second language. For example, a small group of Black parents, frustrated with the school district’s mis-education of their children, sought advice from Rich (Julian) and Raye. In the large meeting room of the stores’ Civic Center location, the Malcolm X School was established. At another time, the Richardsons put up their family home as collateral to pay bail for over one hundred students arrested for their participation in the strike at San Francisco State University. They printed the student newspaper, The Organ, for free after SFSU refused to continue publishing the paper during the strike. They printed many pamphlets, posters, flyers and newsletters for free, if they believed the individual events would have a beneficial effect upon Black people. Their community contributions were so vast, that we will have to devote ongoing chapters to describe their service.

Within the fifty years of supplying Black literature, Marcus Books has hosted many fledgling authors as well as most best selling Black authors in America. Actually, more Black writers have been to Marcus Bookstores than those published during the entire Harlem Renaissance. Some of the patrons, writers and speakers include:

James Baldwin, Huey Newton, Nancy Wilson, Ousmane Sembene, Earth Wind & Fire, Les Nubians, The Last Poets, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Dorothy Height, Haki Madhubuti, Bernice McFadden, Jesse Jackson, Hugh Masekela, Delroy Lindo, Elaine Brown, Dave Chappelle, Ernest Gaines, Ntosake Shange, Maya Angelou, Mary Monroe, Walter Mosley, Alvin Poussaint, B.B. King, Amiri Baraka, Ice T, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nalo Hopkinson, Gayl Jones, Wesley Snipes, Barry White, Della Reese, Stokeley Carmichael, Angela Davis, Pam Grier, James McBride, Queen Latifah, Toni Morrison, Danny Glover, Randal Keenan, Robert Allen, Nathaniel Mackey, Evelyn Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Barbara Lee, Jackie Robinson, Willie Brown, George Moscone, Paule Marshall, Ron Dellums, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal, David Bowie, Tavis Smiley, Oba T’Shaka, Oprah Winfrey, Claude Brown, John Edgar Wideman, Al Young, Ivan Van Sertima, Wanda Coleman, Nikki Giovanni, Wade Nobles, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Alice Walker, Cecil Taylor, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Heath, Charles Finch, Hunter Adams, III, Bebe Moore Campbell, Stanley Crouch, Bertrice Berry, Rosa Parks, Terry McMillan, Marita Golden, James Allen McPherson, Paul Mooney, Luisah Teish, Eric Jerome Dickey, Belva Davis, Morgan Freeman, Erica Huggins, Michelle Cliff, Runoko Rashidi, Hazaiah Williams, Marcus Miller, Randy Weston, Nathan McCall, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, John Handy, Zane, Ray Taliaferro, Femy Kuti, En Vogue, Geoffrey Canada, Asa Hilliard, III, bell hooks, Frances Bebey, Edward P. Jones, Mike Norris, Emory Douglass, August Wilson, James Van Der Zee, Opal Palmer Adisa, Stephen Carter, Russell Simmons, Bobby Seale, Maulana Karenga, J. California Cooper, Sister Souljah, Tina McElroy Ansa, Iyanla Vanzant, Trisha Thomas, Norman Bass, Omar Tyree, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Michael Baisden, Toni Cade Bambara, Tananarive Due, Jamaica Kincaid, Manning Marable, devorah major, Ismael Reed, Quincy Troupe, Derrick Bell, Connie Briscoe, Ed Bullins, Octavia Butler, Pearl Cleage, Debrena Jackson Gandy, Dick Gregory, E. Lynn Harris, Richard King and Carman McRae . . . (No disrespect if your name, or the name of someone you know isn’t listed but should be. Just call, write or email us.)

Unbarred Love

Marcus Books

In a society that is too young to appreciate depth, blackness itself is the most maligned word in the English language. Even though black is the color of creation, spirit, higher consciousness, humor, peace and eternity, it is portrayed negatively as evil, anger, low consciousness, the devil, the bad guys, the wicked withches, trouble, criminality, substandard, hateful, and uncivilized. Though the continent of Africa birthed civility, mathematics, religion, medicine, astronomy, government, agriculture, chemistry and architecture, African Americans are portrayed as any thing but civil in the media. Sometimes, in believing the stereotypes, we think they must be talking about some other Black people. We must be special because we’re different than the portrayed lie. Often, we believe the lie. Often, we act out the lie till it becomes true. In not knowing anything else, we grow low.

The first law of the universe is: what you see is what you get or energy follows thought. When we change our focus toward something positive, we change our reality. Our history is our vertibrae. The more truth we learn about ourselves, the more backbone we have. The truth about the gifts that Black people brought to the world is even more amazing then our present self-destruction. When we read about our real history, then we can stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone, anywhere, and hold our head up without fronting. We make peace with the self and the cell becomes a haven for our spirit. That’s where Marcus Books comes in.

Marcus Books is a true mirror of our existence and is uniquely qualified to know which books explain, heal, and fortify our folks. That has been our focus for over fifty years. There are many great books that Marcus Books can send to prisoners that mirror their beauty, strengthen their awareness and put their dreams back in their pockets. (Some books give a smack-down, some throw some facts down, but all lay some track down for the soul train to truth.)

(Some books give a hug.) We know which books can fulfill some of the needs of the children of incarcerated parent, as well: books that help their children understand their own strength, beauty and gifts. Marcus Books knows which books support their growth in a positive manner during this difficult time when their parents cannot hold them or guide them as they would like to.

We know which books teach to reach for higher powers where we find that the purpose of a challenge is just to make us stronger; where hurdles are meant for us to get over; where blocks in our path become stepping stones (once we halt and find the lesson); and where the weight of a burden is meant for lifting and learning leverage. We know which books bring peace. For recommendations of titles that heal, empower or just make them smile, call Marcus Books in Oakland 510 652 2344, San Francisco 415 346 4222, or email us at marcusbooks@hotmail.com.