Books by Gerald Early

BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION 2010 by Gerald Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"A rich compilation, opening up territory for further exploration."
Running the gamut from accessible crime fiction to experimental efforts by critics' darlings, this ambitious anthology offers a snapshot of modern black culture without being tied to a single theme. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Lacking cohesiveness, this will likely lead the curious reader to other books."
The expansive criteria in terms of authors, genres and publication dates (2006-09) makes for a treasure trove of discovery in this volume, though it doesn't hold together as well as so many other best-of anthologies. Read full book review >
BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN ESSAYS: 2009 by Debra J. Dickerson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"A cracking good read, something that all too few essay anthologies manage to be."
Inaugural edition of a new series proves that there's always room for another delivery method for quality short nonfiction. Read full book review >
THE MUHAMMAD ALI READER by Gerald Early
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 18, 1998

"While that might be truthfully said about some of the contributions to this anthology (A. Bartlett Giamatti and Mailer offer particularly abstruse and bizarre thoughts), for the most part, this is a pleasure to read and a deserved and elegant salute to The Greatest."
Early (who also edited the recent Body Language: Writers on Sport, p. 168, etc.) compiles a formidable team of contributors to render honor to a man bigger than boxing, bigger than sports. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by Gerald Early
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1998

For volume two of Graywolf's Forum series, editor Early (Daughters, 1994, etc.) called for personal essays about an encounter with a sport and what significance that encounter held for the writer. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Many of the contributors are right or left of center but none are so conservative as to suggest that America is now colorblind."
Ninety years after W.E.B. DuBois posited the ``double- consciousness'' of African-Americans (``always measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity'' in a constant experience of ``twoness—an American, a Negro...two unreconciled strivings''), 18 African-American intellectuals offer thoughtful responses. Read full book review >