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MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER: A YOUNG BLACK MAN IN AMERICA, by NathanMcCall (Vintage, 416 pp., $12). Nathan McCall details his journey from gang member to Washington Post reporter in this chilling memoir. McCall's formative years were riddled with violence as he inwardly struggled with racism in the 1960s and `70s; 12 years in prison eventually turned his life around. David Holmstrom wrote in his review of March 29, 1994: ``As brutal as it is, this is an important book that explains the causes of violence and rage in black youths today. And by extrapolation it indicates the terrible price society will pay until racist attitudes are defeated.''

AFRICAN WOMEN: THREE GENERATIONS, by Mark Mathabane (HarperCollins, 366 pp., $13). The effects of sexism in South Africa are explored in Mark Mathabane's book about the lives of his grandmother, mother, and sister. Mathabane, author of several memoirs including one of his coming of age (``Kaffir Boy''), reveals arranged marriages, beatings, unfaithful men - and a tenacious sense of hope. It is ``a finely crafted book that makes it easier to understand how the vicious cycles of abuse and oppression of women snowballed under apartheid,'' Elizabeth Levitan Spaid wrote in her review of April, 25, 1994.

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