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The Black Prep Primer

A Listmania! list by Alexandra Eliza (Washington, DC)
The list author says: "Spent summers on the Vineyard? Learned to sail and golf by age 9? Played polo in college? Have reserve tickets to the Congressional Black Caucus's annual closing gala? Attended a ludicrously-priced private school along the East Coast, where you wore Lilly dresses and Eliza B flip flops on warm weekends after field hockey games? Joined Jack & Jill? Quit Jack & Jill?

If these things sound familiar, or at least very interesting, this list should suit you. An introduction to that rare jewel - the authentic Black prep - this list should prove useful for the curious, the preening, the indulgent, the self-flagellant, the historically-inclined, and new admittees to Howard University, who are all of the above."
Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class
1.  Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class by Lawrence Graham
The list author says:
  "The definitive starter text. Not comprehensive, by any means, and occasionally unfair and ill-representative, but certainly kicks off the genre."
$13.20   Used & New from: $1.72
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Howard University: The First Hundred Years 1867-1967
2.  Howard University: The First Hundred Years 1867-1967 by Rayford W. Logan
The list author says:
  "Naturally."
Used & New from: $195.29

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
The list author says:
  "It wouldn't be a black preppy list without at least one book by President Barack Obama. The man served as president of The Harvard Law Review, for goodness' sake."
Used & New from: $1.85
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (919 customer reviews) | 15 customer discussions

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The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality
4.  The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro
$12.32   Used & New from: $4.65
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Finding Martha's Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island
5.  Finding Martha's Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island by Jill Nelson
The list author says:
  "Know it, love it."
Used & New from: $2.94
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Emperor of Ocean Park
6.  The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

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Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
7.  Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Martim De Avillez
The list author says:
  "Understanding one's surroundings is critical."
$9.33   Used & New from: $0.71
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

The New Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times -- Revised Edition
8.  The New Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times -- Revised Edition by Karen Grigsby Bates
$23.88   Used & New from: $1.90
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The BAP Handbook: The Official Guide to the Black American Princess
9.  The BAP Handbook: The Official Guide to the Black American Princess by Kalyn Johnson
The list author says:
  "Cutesy, but classic - and much more lighthearted than its preppy parallels."
$13.41   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World
10.  True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach
The list author says:
  "Intended as an update on the original, but seems to lack the widespread acceptance that The Preppy Handbook has enjoyed."
$14.86   Used & New from: $0.01
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Beautylicious!: The Black Girl's Guide to the Fabulous Life
11.  Beautylicious!: The Black Girl's Guide to the Fabulous Life by Jenyne M. Raines
The list author says:
  "Another cutesy primer - suitable for younger girls, as well."
$10.25   Used & New from: $0.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Taste: Acquiring What Money Can't Buy
12.  Taste: Acquiring What Money Can't Buy by Letitia Baldrige
The list author says:
  "Useful for those who need it."
Used & New from: $5.15
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Official Filthy Rich Handbook
13.  The Official Filthy Rich Handbook by Christopher Tennant
The list author says:
  "Although the author's biography tells us that he's from Boston, I find myself hard-pressed to believe that this could possibly have been written by a lifelong East Coaster. Check it out, however, for an excellent insight into concepts of wealth & behavior on the West Coast."
$10.05   Used & New from: $2.10
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 50th Anniversary Edition
14.  Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 50th Anniversary Edition by Julia Child
The list author says:
  "Because every well-bred black prep should be able to make a simple soufflé."
$22.60   Used & New from: $10.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (960 customer reviews)

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine
15.  Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry
The list author says:
  "Because we love our culture, but don't love heart disease."
$10.99   Used & New from: $6.41
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition (Thumb Indexed)
16.  Emily Post's Etiquette, 17th Edition (Thumb Indexed) by Peggy Post
The list author says:
  "Know this book by heart, disregard half of it, and you'll be ahead of the curve."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
17.  Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style by Jeffrey Banks
$28.59   Used & New from: $25.34
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing - An Illustrated Pocket Guide
18.  The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing - An Illustrated Pocket Guide by Graham Marsh
The list author says:
  "The clothes make the man."
$14.52   Used & New from: $8.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining
19.  Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining by Lilly Pulitzer
Used & New from: $5.42
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Style
20.  Style by Kate Spade
$16.36   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
21.  Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
$19.34   Used & New from: $5.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience (5 Volume Set)
22.  Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience (5 Volume Set) by Henry Louis Gates
$546.25   Used & New from: $99.97
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty
23.  The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty by Lawrence Graham
The list author says:
  "An interesting read to give some context to our history."
$14.06   Used & New from: $1.78
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite, 1880-1920 (Black Community Studies)
24.  Aristocrats of Color: The Black Elite, 1880-1920 (Black Community Studies) by Willard B. Gatewood
$23.29   Used & New from: $15.60
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Leading the Race: The Transformation of the Black Elite in the Nation's Capital, 1880-1920
25.  Leading the Race: The Transformation of the Black Elite in the Nation's Capital, 1880-1920 by Jacqueline M. Moore
$35.52   Used & New from: $18.36
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Elite of Our People: Joseph Willson's Sketches of Black Upper-Class Life in Antebellum Philadelphia
26.  The Elite of Our People: Joseph Willson's Sketches of Black Upper-Class Life in Antebellum Philadelphia by Joseph Willson
$23.12   Used & New from: $17.21
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Style and Grace: African Americans at Home
27.  Style and Grace: African Americans at Home by Michael Henry Adams
The list author says:
  "Mom would be proud."
$7.98   Used & New from: $2.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Bespoke: The Men's Style of Savile Row
28.  Bespoke: The Men's Style of Savile Row by James Sherwood
$40.19   Used & New from: $32.05
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Jumping The Broom
29.  Jumping The Broom DVD Angela Bassett
$9.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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Something New
30.  Something New DVD Simon Baker
The list author says:
  "Cotillions & second homes among the California set."
$2.99
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Brown Sugar
31.  Brown Sugar DVD ~ Taye Diggs
The list author says:
  "Look to Nicole Ari Parker (herself a prep school alum) for guidance in this one."
$9.24   Used & New from: $1.44
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

I Will Follow
32.  I Will Follow DVD ~ Salli Richardson-Whitfield
$9.02   Used & New from: $4.44
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Metropolitan (The Criterion Collection)
33.  Metropolitan (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Carolyn Farina
$25.56   Used & New from: $6.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

Gossip Girl: Season 1
34.  Gossip Girl: Season 1 DVD ~ Blake Lively
The list author says:
  "The first season and the first season only."
$17.78   Used & New from: $6.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Medicine for Melancholy
35.  Medicine for Melancholy DVD ~ Tracey N. Heggins
$4.99   Used & New from: $1.25
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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