Casey gerald comes to our fractured times as a uniquely visionary witness whose life has spanned seemingly unbridgeable divides. There will be no miracles here has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but it stands the American Dream narrative on its head. His story begins at the end of the world: dallas, New Year's Eve 1999, when he gathers with the congregation of his grandfather's black evangelical church to see which of them will be carried off.
If to live as we are is destroying us, shot through with sly humor and quiet fury, it asks, incantatory, what would it mean to truly live? Intense, There Will Be No Miracles Here inspires us to question--even shatter--and reimagine our most cherished myths. And he sees, most painfully, how his own ascension is part of the scheme.
There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir #ad - Named a best book of 2018 by npr and the new york timesa pbs newshour-new york times book club pick"somehow casey gerald has pulled off the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time by just looking outside his window and inside himself. He sees how the elite perpetuate the salvation stories that keep others from rising.
When casey--following in the footsteps of his father, the anteroom to secret societies and success on Wall Street, a gridiron legend who literally broke his back for the team--is recruited to play football at Yale, he enters a world he's never dreamed of, in Washington, and beyond.
How to Be an AntiracistOne World #ad - New york times bestseller • from the national book award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” Time approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.
The new york times antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi’s new book, how to Be an Antiracist, couldn’t come at a better time.
At it's core, gender identities, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, and body types. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
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Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism.
The Water Dancer Oprah's Book Club: A NovelOne World #ad - This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. So begins an unexpected journey that takes hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North.
Oprah’s book club pick • from the national book award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. This potent book about america’s most disgraceful sin establishes Ta-Nehisi Coates as a first-rate novelist.
San francisco chronicle“nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary. Entertainment Weekly Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life.
The Water Dancer Oprah's Book Club: A Novel #ad - Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
Praise for the water dancer“in prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography RevisitedVintage #ad - Speak, including lolita, the real life of sebastian knight, pnin, the gift, memory, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov's life and times, Despair, and The Defense.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America National Book Award WinnerBold Type Books #ad - The national book award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. Praise for stamped from the beginning: "We often describe a wonderful book as 'mind-blowing' or 'life-changing' but I've found this rarely to actually be the case.
He uses the life stories of five major american intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Thomas Jefferson, W. E. B. I found both descriptions accurate for Ibram X. I will never look at racial discrimination again after reading this marvellous, ambitious, and clear-sighted book.
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In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Du bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.
The People Could Fly: American Black FolktalesKnopf Books for Young Readers #ad - All are beautifully readable. Vintage. The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. Fantasy science fiction. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by the Dillons, this collection should be snapped up.
Starred School Library Journal. This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards text Exemplar Grade 6-8, Stories in Appendix B.
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave RouteFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In lose your mother, saidiya hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade.
Vintage. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams. Fantasy science fiction. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route #ad - The slave, is a stranger―torn from family, home, Hartman observes, and country. Written in prose that is fresh, insightful, and deeply affecting, Lose Your Mother is a "landmark text" Robin D. G.
Men We Reaped: A MemoirBloomsbury USA #ad - As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Named one of the best books of the century by new york magazinetwo-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones, Sing contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, Unburied, Sing, and the risk of being a black man in the rural South. We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.
Men We Reaped: A Memoir #ad - Harriet tubmanin five years, accidents, suicide, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life―to drugs, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. Vintage. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships.
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The Nickel Boys: A NovelDoubleday #ad - 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. In reality, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, 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. 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. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
The Nickel Boys: A Novel #ad - 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, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. The tension between elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
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.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of FreedomSimon & Schuster #ad - His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.
In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. In this “cinematic and deeply engaging” the new york times Book Review biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom #ad - Fantasy science fiction. By the civil war, douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. Vintage. Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time.
Winner of the 2019 pulitzer prize in history** *winner of the bancroft, and time “extraordinary…a great american biography” the new yorker of the most important african-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, The Boston Globe, and Christopher Awards* Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, Plutarch, Lincoln, Parkman, Los Angeles Times biography, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.
As a young man frederick douglass 1818–1895 escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.
My BrotherFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Fantasy science fiction. My brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction. Jamaica kincaid's brother devon drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, a constellation centered on the powerful, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother.
Vintage. My brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.