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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.
Beloved (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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<b>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s <i>The Great American Read</i></b><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. 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.
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

206

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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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.
The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book A...
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

300

Publication Date

August 02, 2016

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<b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize • Winner of the National Book Award • Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction • Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize<br /><br /> One of the Best books of the Year: <i>The New York Times, The Washington Post, </i>NPR<i>, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b>Look for Whitehead’s acclaimed new novel, <i>The Nickel Boys, </i>available now!</b><br /><br />Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. <i>The Underground Railroad </i>is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Patsy: A Novel
by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Language

English

Pages

425

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>A TODAY Show "Read with Jenna" Book Club Selection<br /></strong></p><br /><p><strong>One of the "Most Anticipated Books of the Summer": <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> • <em>Vogue</em> • <em>TIME</em> • <em>Washington Post</em> • Buzzfeed • Vulture • <em>O Magazine</em> • <em>Vanity Fair</em> • <em>Elle</em> • <em>Real Simple</em> • <em>NYLON</em> • <em>New York Post</em> • <em>Newsday</em> • <em>Southern Living<br /></em></strong></p><br /><p><strong>A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.</strong></p><br />When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother—or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.<br /><br /><br /><br />Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, <em>Patsy</em> gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.<br /><br /><br /><br />Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, <em>Patsy</em> weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.<br /><br /><br /><br />As with her masterful debut, <em>Here Comes the Sun</em>, Nicole Dennis-Benn once again charts the geography of a hidden world—that of a paradise lost, swirling with the echoes of lilting patois, in which one woman fights to discover her sense of self in a world that tries to define her. Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, Patsy is a prismatic depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the lasting threads of love stretching across years and oceans.
An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
by Tayari Jones

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<DIV><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.</DIV>
Song of Solomon (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Language

English

Pages

434

Publication Date

August 20, 2013

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<b><b><b><b>Soon to be a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke</b></b></b></b> <br /><br /><b><b>Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction</b></b> <b><b> </b></b><br /><b><b> </b></b> <br /><b><b>A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year</b></b> <b><b> </b></b><br /><b><b> </b></b> <b><br /> <b>From the bestselling author of <i>The Color of Water,</i> <i>Song Yet Sung, Five-Carat Soul, </i>and <i>Kill 'Em and Leave</i>, a James Brown biography, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.</b></b><br /><br /> Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.<br /><br /> Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.<br /><br /> An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, <i>The Good Lord Bird</i> is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
A Gentle Heart II (Heart Series Book 12)
by Vivian Rose Lee

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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Robin Dillon was sick of the same ole, same ole issue with Jared “Jet Arm” Grant: Marriage. The couple was always the topic of discussion lately on the subject of forever after. Even though the words of marriage never left her mouth, Jay felt she was behind all of the marriage inquiries from their families. Robin grew tired of the accusations and called for a split. Jay needed to get ahold of his issues before she even considered taking him back. Plus, she had a stalker on her tail.<br /><br />Jay couldn’t believe Robin had the gall to break up with him. Yeah, he had issues, but he’d be damned if he would be pressured into marriage. After the emotional job his “ex” and mother did to his head, he honestly didn’t fully trust Robin either. Of course he loved her, but what did “love have to do with it?” He would soon get his answers when his wall comes tumbling down….<br /> <br />
Washington Black: A novel
by Esi Edugyan

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR <i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />One of the Best Books of the Year<br /><i>The Boston Globe</i> <i>●</i> <i>The Washington Post ● Time ● Entertainment Weekly ● San Francisco Chronicle ● Financial Times ● Minneapolis Star Tribune ● NPR ● The Economist ● Bustle ● The Dallas Morning News ● Slate ● Kirkus Reviews</i><br />One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year</b><br /><br />Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. <br />  <br /> But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, <i>Washington Black</i> is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.

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