Drama City

Lorenzo Brown just wants to stay straight After eight years in prison on a drug charge, he s come uptown back to the Washington, DC neighborhood where he grew up, where his old cohorts still work their corners and their angles, trying to get ahead and stay alive But Lorenzo s had enough of the

Welfare Brat

Mary Childers s intimate and frank memoir tells the story of growing up in a family in which five out of seven children dropped out of high school and four different fathers dropped out of sight With this lyrical and often humorous examination of how she became the first person in her family to


Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen year old, has up until now been invisible invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one of Harlem s casualties But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a