In "700 Sundays" (Warner, $21.95), Billy Crystal, one of America's most beloved entertainers, takes us home. Crystal opens the front door to a time in his life when he shared joy, love, music and laughter with an eccentric family headed by the hardworking father who left them all too soon.
In "Coretta: The Story of Coretta Scott King" (Fortress Press, $17), the first biography of Coretta Scott King, written by her friend Octavia Vivian, the reader meets a determined young girl who grew up in Alabama and worked her way through Antioch College only to discover that she was not allowed to teach in the White schools in Ohio.
Bill Garrett was the Jackie Robinson of college basketball. In 1947, the same year Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball, Garrett integrated big-time college basketball. By joining the basketball program at Indiana University, he broke the gentleman's agreement that had barred Black players from the Big Ten, college basketball's most important conference.
A 1992 study by the Centers for Disease Control found that 49 percent of African American women…