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An American Marriage: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2018 Selection)
by Tayari Jones

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<DIV><B>THE INSTANT <I>NEW YORK TIMES</I> BESTSELLER!<BR /><BR /> OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION<BR /><BR /> LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION<BR /><BR /> “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . <I>An American Marriage</I> by Tayari Jones is 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<B>—</B>with hope and pain<B>—</B>into the future.</DIV>
Washington Black: A novel
by Esi Edugyan

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><b><b>• </b></b>TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: <i>New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate</i><br /><b>• ONE OF THE </b>BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: <i>Boston Globe, </i><b>NPR, </b><i>Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, Bustle</i><br /><b><b>• </b></b>WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE<br /><b><b>• </b></b>FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE<br /><b><br />"Enthralling" --<i>Boston Globe</i>  "Extraordinary" --<i>Seattle Times</i>  "A rip-roaring tale" --<i>Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.</b><br /><br />George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, 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. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, <i>Washington Black</i> tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International)
by James Baldwin

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

September 17, 2013

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<p>In this honest and stunning novel, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. <br /><br />Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.</p>
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)
by N. K. Jemisin

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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<b>At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution <i>(The New York Times).</i></b><div><br /><i>This is the way the world ends...for the last time.</i></div><div><b><i><br /></i></b> A season of endings has begun. <br /><br /> It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. <br /><br /> It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. <br /><br /> It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. <br /><br /> This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. <br /> <br /><br /> For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:<br /><br /> <b>The Inheritance Trilogy </b><br /> <i>The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Broken Kingdoms</i><br /> <i>The Kingdom of Gods</i><br /><br /> <i>The Inheritance Trilogy </i>(omnibus edition) <br /> <i>Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych</i> (e-only short fiction) <br /> <i>The Awakened Kingdom </i>(e-only novella) <br /><br /> <b>Dreamblood Duology</b><br /> <i>The Killing Moon</i><br /> <i>The Shadowed Sun</i><br /><div> </div> </div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><b>The Broken Earth</b></div><div><i>The Fifth Season</i></div><div><i>The Obelisk Gate</i></div>
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>Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South</b><br /><br /> Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.<br />      In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.<br />      Like the protagonist of <i>Gulliver’s Travels,</i> Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. <i>The Underground Railroad</i> is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
The Havilah Gaie Cozy Mystery Series Vol 1-2 (The Havilah Gaie Se...
by Tracy Whiting

Language

English

Pages

430

Publication Date

November 23, 2018

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<p><b>MURDER IN PROVENCE</b> – with a riveting second act in Paris.</p><p>It’s <i>An American in Paris</i> meets <i>Wait Until Dark</i>, wherein author Tracy Whiting serves up <b>a refreshing international cozy mystery series </b>with heroine Havilah Gaie at the helm—<b>an American professor turned female sleuth-abroad</b> who calls to mind “an academic version of Pam Grier’s characters: <b>smart, quick on their feet, loyal with a keen sense of purpose</b>.” There’s plenty of <b>heart-racing intrigue</b>, fistfuls of <b>posh French culture</b>—including elegant fashion and irresistible cuisine—and, not to worry, <b>a dashing male love-interest</b>—who happens to be a French agent. </p><p>A two-part <b>cozy armchair adventure</b>, but with a bit of <b>action-adventure bite</b>, Havilah’s travels and misadventures are sure to delight <b>murder mystery fans who prefer their female sleuths brilliant, bold, and daring</b>—and who like their French culture delicately authentic. </p><p>THE 13TH FELLOW<br /><br />Against the panoramic backdrop of the Cassis cliffs of Provence, France, the beautiful people of poetry—poets, academics, and patrons of the arts—are assembling at a centennial honoring the founder of the Félibrige Foundation. Finding itself with a surplus of talent, the Foundation has awarded one more than its customary dozen fellowships, but even before the gathering can get underway, the unlucky 13th fellow has fetched up dead.<br /><br />But what's the motive? Professional jealousy? Romantic rivalry? Or something to do with a dark secret about the Félibrige’s founder? Havilah’s at the center of the mystery, and so is Thierry Gasquet, a dashing French agent who doesn't care much for amateur detectives.<br /><br />A specialist in several academic disciplines, fluent in several languages,honored for her academic achievements by the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and equally appreciated for her accomplishments in filling out a bikini, Havilah is shocked by her colleague’s murder and determined to ferret out the truth. But she’ll have to stay a few steps ahead of Gasquet, who’s been assigned to protect her and avert an international scandal. <br /></p><p>PARIS A GO-GO</p><p>When a right-wing media personality is fished out of the Seine, two extremist factions start shooting at each other. Havilah, aka <i>La Belle Américaine</i>, has become a darling of the Parisian media, cast in the role of the voice of the left-wing American intellectual. Both groups try to use her as a pawn in the power struggle, and, after two more killings occur in her very presence, she becomes a suspect as well as a target.</p><p>Protection is close at hand, however, in the person of her current romantic interest, Thierry Gasquet, the handsome and debonair French police agent who protected her as a key witness during a murder investigation three months earlier. </p><p>Luckily, just as things are reaching the boiling point, Havilah’s Aunt Neet swoops in for charming, light-hearted comic relief—as Havilah and Thierry, now unsure of whom to trust in his agency, work together to solve the mystery—and do a little asskicking.</p><p><br /><b>Sassy, savvy</b> Havilah Gaie will appeal to <b>fans of Attica Locke and of African-American sleuths like Charlotte Justice, Talba Walllis, Tamara Hayle, and especially Frankie Bailey’s Professor Lizzie Stuart</b>—not to mention fans of <b>Pam Grier</b>! Set in Paris and Venice with a surprise journey on the Orient Express, this <b>perfect blend of cozy mystery and action-adventure thriller will also delight those who enjoy international locales.</b></p><p> </p>
Binti: Home
by Nnedi Okorafor

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English

Pages

168

Publication Date

January 31, 2017

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<p><b>The thrilling sequel to the Hugo and Nebula-winning <i>Binti </i>by Nnedi Okorafor, and a finalist for the 2018 Hugo and Nommo Awards</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.</p><p>And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.</p><p>But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.</p><p>After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?</p><p><b>The Binti Series</b><br />Book 1: <i>Binti</i><br /><i></i>Book 2: <i>Binti: Home</i><br />Book 3: <i>Binti: The Night Masquerade</i></p><p><i>Praise</i> <i>for Nnedi Okorafor</i>:</p><p>"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" - <i>Wanuri Kahiu, award winning Kenyan film director of </i>Pumzi <i>and </i>From a Whisper</p><p>"A perfect dove-tailing of tribal and futuristic, of sentient space ships and ancient cultural traditions, <i>Binti</i> was a beautiful story to read.” – Little Red Reviewer</p><br /><p>“<i>Binti</i> is a wonderful and memorable coming of age story which, to paraphrase Lord of the Rings, shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy.” – Geek Syndicate</p><br /><p>“<i>Binti</i> packs a punch because it is such a rich, complex tale of identity, both personal and cultural… and like all of Nnedi Okorafor’s works, this one is also highly, highly recommended.” – Kirkus Reviews</p><br /><p>"There's more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." -<i>Ursula Le Guin</i></p><br /><p>"Okorafor's impressive inventiveness never flags." - <i>Gary K. Wolfe on</i> Lagoon</p><p>At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.</p>
The House Girl: A Novel (P.S.)
by Tara Conklin

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

February 12, 2013

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<p><em>The House Girl, </em>the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.</p><p>Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, <em>The House Girl</em> follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.</p><p>Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's <em>The House Girl</em> is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.</p>
The Solace of Water: A Novel
by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

June 05, 2018

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<p>“Younts has set herself apart with this exquisite story of friendship and redemption . . . I’ll be talking about this book for years to come.” —Rachel Hauck, <em>New York Times </em>bestselling author of <em>The Wedding Dress</em></p><p><strong>In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.</strong></p><p>After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.</p><p>Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.</p><p>With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.</p><p>Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, <em>The Solace of Water </em>offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.</p>
Salvage the Bones: A Novel
by Jesmyn Ward

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

August 30, 2011

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<b>Winner of the National Book Award</b><br /><b><br />Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i>, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.</b><br /><br />A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn't much to save. Lately, Esch can't keep down what food she gets; she's fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull's new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child's play and short on parenting.<br /><br />As the twelve days that make up the novel's framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family--motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce--pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, <i>Salvage the Bones</i> is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

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