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The Nickel Boys: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>bestseller </b><b><i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><b>, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.</b></b><br /><br />As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."<br />In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. <br />The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.<br />Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, <i>The Nickel Boys</i> is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
So Many Tears 2
by nicole jackson

Language

English

Pages

381

Publication Date

September 16, 2019

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As things rapidly change for Rashad and Kim, the two struggle to keep their love alive. Hustling full-time isn’t conducive to having a healthy relationship. Soon, Kim feels more like a side chick to the streets and is left to decide if she should just let the main attraction fully have Rashad. At some point, a girl just simply gets tired of shedding the tears and is forced to do something different.
Broken Knight
by L.J. Shen

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English

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Publication Date

August 17, 2019

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<b>Now #1 Amazon Bestseller in the entire Amazon store</b><br /><br /><i>"Everyone needs to read this book. I’m certain you won’t feel a single regret. " - Harloe Rae, USA Today Bestselling author.</i><br /><br /><b>From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, standalone romance about first loves, betrayal and loss.</b><br /><br /><i>Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.</i><br /><br /><b>Luna Rexroth</b> is everyone’s favorite wallflower.<br />Sweet.<br />Caring.<br />Charitable.<br />Quiet.<br />Fake.<br />Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.<br />Who taught her how to laugh.<br />To live.<br />To love.<br /><br /><b>Knight Cole</b> is everyone’s favorite football hero.<br />Gorgeous.<br />Athletic.<br />Rugged.<br />Popular.<br />Liar. <br />This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna. <br />But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.<br />When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.<br />Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.<br />
An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (Oprah's Book C...
by Tayari Jones

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> AND <i>WASHINGTON POST</i> NOTABLE BOOK<br /><br /> A 2018 BEST OF THE YEAR SELECTION OF <i>NPR</i>  *<i> TIME</i>  * <i>BUSTLE</i>  * <i>O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE</i>  * <i>THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS</i>  * AMAZON.COM<br /><br /> OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION<br /><br /> LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION</b><br /><br /><b>“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama<br /><br /> “Haunting . . . Beautifully written.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br />  <br /> “Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.” —<i>USA Today</i><br />  <br /> “A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —<i>People</i><br />  <br /> “Compelling.” —<i>The Washington Post</i><br />  <br /> “Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.” —<i>Elle</i></b><br /><br /> Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.<br />  <br /> This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. <i>An American Marriage</i> is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.
Beloved (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller<br /><br />Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. </b><br /><br />Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, <i>Beloved </i>is a towering achievement.<br /><br /><b>"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. <i>Beloved</i>, <i>Song of Solomo</i>n, <i>The Bluest Eye</i>, <i>Sula</i>, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama</b>
Boone & Charly: Second Chance Love
by Mallory Monroe

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 12, 2019

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Bad boy and tortured police chief Robert “Boone” Ryan isn’t thinking about love. All he wants to do is keep his town clean and keep his love life uncomplicated. Already in his forties, he’s still partying like a frat boy and sleeping around with the kind of women he knows would never fall in love with a rascal like him.<br /><br />And then Charly comes to town.<br /><br />Charlene “Charly” Johnson isn’t looking for love either. After a disastrous marriage that cost her everything, including what was once a very promising career, she is shocked to learn that a small private school in Kentucky is interested in hiring her as their new dean of students. Once in town, she discovers that the school was forced to diversify their staff by hiring her as their first African-American faculty member, and nobody on the board of directors favors her selection. She also discovers, on her very first day, that there’s a dead body on campus.<br /><br />And then she meets Boone Ryan.<br /><br />They team up to find out why a woman died on campus. And when Charly’s past threatens to take her out, too, she turns to Boone, the only man she feels she can trust. And together two unlikely, broken people realize that the very thing neither one of them was looking for just might be the very thing that they need.<br /><br />Boone and Charly: Second Chance Love is their first book in the Rags to Romance Interracial Romantic Suspense Thriller series.<br />
Red at the Bone: A Novel
by Jacqueline Woodson

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><b>"An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – <i>People</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b>"In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss….With <i>Red at the Bone,</i> Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature." – NPR</b><br /> <b> </b><br /><b>"A treasure awaits readers who encounter<i> Red at the Bone</i>….A universal American tale of striving, failing, then trying again." – <i>Time</i></b><br /><br />An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of <i>Another Brooklyn</i> and <i>Brown Girl Dreaming</i>.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.<br /><br /> As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.<br /><br /> Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, <i>Red at the Bone</i> most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
He Who Is a Protector (Sadik Book 3)
by Love Belvin

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

August 29, 2019

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“You’ve discovered my weakness, Nalib?”<br />“I have the power, Sadik.”<br />“That you do. Be careful how you execute it. I’m an Ellis; abuse of power won’t be tolerated.”<br />“Only if your authority acts in favor of my heart.”<br /><br />She now has the power, but he remains in control.<br /><br />The Ellis family is in turmoil, facing their most challenging opponent yet. In addition, there’s death, illness, betrayal, confusion, and countless new adjustments the family must endure. Can Bilan and Sadik’s love withstand it all?<br /><br />Bilan has always wanted a family. Sadik proposed his was the one for her. Even during the Ellis’ weakness in trying times, can Bilan use her power to keep them together? Otherwise, what significance does this power hold?<br /><br />In the greatly anticipated conclusion, find out what happens when power and control bind a family.<br /><br /><br /><br />Publisher’s Note: He Who Is a Protector is book THREE of a THREE book series. This book contains angst, violence, profanity, sexually explicit content, and gory material. If any of these elements is not what you prefer between the pages of a novel, this is not the venture for you.
Have You Seen Luis Velez?
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Language

English

Pages

315

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Wall Street Journal</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.</b></p> <p>Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: <i>Have you seen Luis Velez?</i></p><p>Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.</p><p>Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.</p>
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

206

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><br />Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.<br /><br /><b>"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. <i>Beloved</i>, <i>Song of Solomo</i>n, <i>The Bluest Eye</i>, <i>Sula</i>, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama</b></p>

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