Aug 25, 2011 — Fantine's light skin gets her mistaken for Algerian, Samoan and Hawaiian. It's her ticket to an independent jet-setting life. But when her godson gets in trouble, she's forced to go home. Host Michel Martin discusses Take One Candle Light A Room with author Susan Straight.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Take One Candle Light a Room by Susan Straight. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 1, 2010 — "You can no longer talk about what black America thinks or feels," says Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson. His new book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, describes how African-American communities are becoming increasingly disconnected from one another.
Oct 5, 2010 — Historically black neighborhoods were known for bringing people of different economic classes together — but that all changed during the civil rights movement. Eugene Robinson writes about how post-civil rights social mobility tore black communities apart in Disintegration.
Mar 18, 2010 — Ad man Tom Burrell calls out negative images of African Americans in the media for perpetuating the myth of black inferiority. In Brainwashed, he examines the history of the myth and how contemporary culture reinforces it.
Mar 15, 2010 — Conversations about race often focus on what it means to be black. But in her new book, The History of White People historian Nell Irvin Painter explores the concept of "whiteness" — and finds that who is "white" has actually changed throughout America's history.
Mar 10, 2009 — American literature is chock full of stories of light-skinned black people passing as whites. But, white people passing as blacks are a phenomena not so well mapped. It's the subject of a new book by Baz Dreisinger, called Near Black: White to Black, Passing in American Culture.
Feb 18, 2009 — Slavery in America is a well-documented era in our country's history. But the children of slaves are often overlooked. Newsweek special correspondent Sana Butler sought to document their stories in her book, Sugar of the Crop: My Journey to Find the Children of the Slaves.
Jan 6, 2009 — For five years, Frank Wilderson was one of just two Americans elected to Nelson Mandela's party, the African National Congress. That story is now the focus of a new book, called Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid.