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              Our Gen
                

              Our Gen (Hardback)

              By McKinney-Whetstone, Diane

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              Residents of an active-living retirement community revert to lives of youthful indulgence, even as time-bomb secrets of their pasts tick toward explosion. The Gen--short for Sexagenarian--is an upscale fifty-five-plus community located in the bucolic suburbs of Philadelphia. Main... character Cynthia befriends the Gen's two other Black residents, Bloc and Tish, as well as Lavia, who everyone assumes is from India. They regularly convene to smoke weed, line dance, and debate politics and philosophy as the wine goes down like silk. Their camaraderie is exhilarating. But beneath the fun and froth, storms gather. With its walls of windows gushing light and air, the Gen becomes the catalyst for secrets to be exposed. Shifting the narrative between the characters' pasts and the present day, Diane McKinney-Whetstone deftly builds suspense as she captures with insight, poignancy, and humor, the scars, tenderness, and swagger of those not yet old, but no longer young, coming to the mean acceptance that life is finite after all, who knew.
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              ISBN 9780063140110
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              Street Love
                

              Street Love (Hardback)

              By Myers, Walter Dean

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              This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.

              ISBN 9780060280796
              Published NZ 22 Nov 2006
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              Ida: A Sword Among Lions
                

              Ida: A Sword Among Lions (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Giddings, Paula J.

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              Heralded as a landmark achievement upon publication, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching--a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and... riven by race. At the center of the national drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells began her activist career by refusing to leave a first-class ladies' car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation's first campaign against lynching. For Wells, the key to the rise in violence was embedded in attitudes not only about black men, but also about women and sexuality. Her independent perspective and percussive personality gained her encomiums as a hero--as well as aspersions on her character and threats of death. Exiled from the South by 1892, Wells subsequently took her campaign across the country and throughout the British Isles before she married and settled in Chicago. There she continued her activism as a journalist, suffragist, and independent candidate in the rough-and-tumble world of the Windy City's politics. With meticulous research and vivid rendering of her subject, Giddings also provides compelling portraits of twentieth-century progressive luminaries, blacks and whites who worked with Wells during some of the most tumultuous periods in American history. In this groundbreaking work, Paula J. Giddings brings to life the irrepressible personality of Ida B. Wells and gives the visionary reformer her due.
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              ISBN 9780060797362
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              Wade in the Water
                 

              Wade in the Water (Hardback)

              By Nkrumah, Nyaneba

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                17 Jan 23

              Resonant with the emotional urgency of Alice Walker's classic Meridian and the poignant charm of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, a gripping debut novel of female power and vulnerability, race, and class that explores the unlikely friendship between a precocious black gir...l and a mysterious white woman in a small Mississippi town in the early 1980s. Eleven-year-old Ella lives in the racially divided town of Ricksville, Mississippi, not far from where the Freedom Summer Murders occurred. Too smart for her own good, she loves God, Mr. Macabe, and Nate, the tough owner of the local diner. To her perpetually irritated Ma, and Leroy, her mother's lover, Ella is an unwanted nuisance. But Ella pays them no mind. She has a precious secret, and she isn't telling. One day, a sharply dressed, well-to-do white woman appears on Ella's street, looking for the girl. The arrival of Ms. St. James puts the Black side of town on edge. Why is this white woman making friends with a little Black girl? Who is she and what does she want? When Ms. St. James begins tutoring Ella, the bond between these two unlikely friends deepens, and soon Ella is willing to risk anything and everything to keep Ms. St. James in a community itching to see her gone. Like Ella, Ms. St. James has secrets--knowledge she keeps in a black notebook filled with scribbled pages. Secrets that will ultimately come out with devastating consequences. Alternately told in Ella and Ms. St. James's captivating voices, and moving back and forth in time from the 1960s to the 1980s, Nyaneba Nkrumah's engrossing coming-of-age story explores the search to define ourselves, free from the tangled web of truths and lies we are told--the lies that we tell ourselves, and the historical facts that are told as fiction.
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              ISBN 9780063226616
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              The Known World
               

              The Known World (Paperback)

              By Jones, Edward P.

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              In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, this two-time National Book Award finalist tells the story of a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia.

              ISBN 9780060557553
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              Living by the Word
               

              Living by the Word (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Walker, Alice

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              This latest collection of Walker's essays interspersed with journal entries is the most deeply spiritual of her works thus far. Here are her meditations on matters both planetary and personal--a powerful collection sure to please readers of her previous masterpieces.

              ISBN 9780156528658
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              Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic
               

              Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hunt, Kenya

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              A People Pick! One of the year's must-reads. -ELLE [A] provocative, heart-breaking, and frequently hilarious collection. -GLAMOUR Essential, vital, and urgent. -HARPER'S BAZAAR In the vein of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist and Issa Rae's The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but wh...olly its own, a provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world. Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated than they are now. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, every new face elected to public office, the reality of everyday life for black women remains a complex, conflicted, contradiction-laden experience. An American journalist who has been living and working in London for a decade, Kenya Hunt has made a career of distilling moments, movements, and cultural moods into words. Her work takes the difficult and the indefinable and makes it accessible; it is razor sharp cultural observation threaded through evocative and relatable stories. Girl Gurl Grrrl both illuminates our current cultural moment and transcends it. Hunt captures the zeitgeist while also creating a timeless celebration of womanhood, of blackness, and the possibilities they both contain. She blends the popular and the personal, the frivolous and the momentous in a collection that truly reflects what it is to be living and thriving as a black woman today.
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              ISBN 9780062987662
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              Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete
               

              Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Walker, Alice

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              Walker s complete poems, including new and previously unpublished verse, collected for the first time-with author s notes that provide historical perspective on spiritual and political issues of the last three decades.This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (G...rades 9-10, Poetry)
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              Cack-Handed: A Memoir
               

              Cack-Handed: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Yashere, Gina

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              The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir. According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born t...o fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark--a sign that she was her grandmother's chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience's dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man's job, and travel the world with a free spirit. Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn't ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective Mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she'd had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes. A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina's unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian.
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              ISBN 9780062961723
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              Dick Gregory's Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin' with Mother Nature
               

              Dick Gregory's Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin' with Mother Nature (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gregory, Dick; McGraw, James R.

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              ...Dick Gregory's Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat is for real people who are concerned about their health and wellness. Gregory offers an enlightening introduction to natural foods, and offers a wickedly amusing and informative assessment of how our modern diet damages the human d...igestive tract, and raises our consciousness about the political power of food. --
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