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Clemmons, Zinzi

Summary: "From a debut author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age--a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Zinzi Clemmons's heroine Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Clemm

Shetterly, Margot Lee

Summary: Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ).

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2018

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1 available in Juvenile Non-fiction, Call number: J 920 She

Hale, Nathan

Summary: Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she'd be free. Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amulet Books 2015

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 741.5 Hale

Mathis, Ayana.

Summary: Traces the story of Great Migration-era mother Hattie Shepherd, who in spite of poverty and a dysfunctional husband uses love and Southern remedies to raise nine children and prepare them for the realities of a harsh world.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2013

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Morrison, Toni

Summary: Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2019

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English, Karen

Summary: "In the summer of 1965, Sophie's family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. When riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life and her own place in it are a lot more complicated than they had seemed"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FICTION ENG

Jones, Tayari

Summary: "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated byforces beyond their control"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2018

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION JONES

Schmidt, Gary D

Summary: Shows how the hardships of slavery, particularly the loss of her family, caused Isabella Baumfree to walk towards freedom, to re-invent herself as Sojourner Truth, and to continue walking to abolish slavery and for other reforms.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Roaring Brook Press 2018

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE Schmidt

Mathis, Ayana.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2012

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Mathis

Angelou, Maya.

Summary: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Ballantine Books 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 Angel

Dove, Rita.

Summary: A collection of poems expresses both the disappointments and awakenings of everyday life, and the acts of subtle heroism that can have resounding effects.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2000

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 811.5 Dove,

Contents: pt. 1. Fighting for my rights : one SNCC woman's experience, 1961-1964 -- pt. 2. Entering troubled waters : sit-ins, the founding of SNCC, and the freedom rides, 1960-1963 -- pt. 3. Movement leaning posts : the heart and soul of the southwest Georgia movement, 1961-1963 -- pt. 4. Standing tall : the southwest Georgia movement, 1962-1963 -- pt. 5. Get on board : the Mississippi movement through...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: University of Illinois Press 2010

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.433 Hols

Gray, Anissa

Summary: The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials, as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest, but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest...

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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Contents: Introduction : the quilts of Gee's Bend / Alvia Wardlaw -- River Island / John Beardsley -- On the map / William Arnett and Paul Arnett -- Reflections on the art of Gee's Bend / Jane Livingston -- (Quilt portfolios) Work clothes -- My way -- Annie Mae Young -- Housetop -- Family -- Triangles -- Patterns -- Sears corduroy.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Tinwood Books in Association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2002

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 746.4609 Beard

Ward, Jesmyn.

Summary: Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury 2012

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Ward

Collins, Jackie.

Summary: "Legendary mega-seller Jackie Collins chronicles passion and power in one of America's most glamorous families. A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all, while Max--her teenage daughter is becoming The "It" girl in Europe's modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Collins

Tanabe, Karin.

Summary: "Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Washington Square Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Tanabe

Love, Dorothy

Summary: "A general's wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War. Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E Lee, and heiress to Virginia's storied Arlington house and General Washington's personal belongings. Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write...

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Love

Summary: As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Movies, Call number: DVD DVD Hidden

Stockett, Kathryn.

Summary: In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Amy Einhorn Books 2009

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FICTION Stock

Copeland, Misty.

Summary: American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE Copel

Obama, Michelle

Summary: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history,...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Books on Tape 2018

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Mosley, Walter.

Summary: When Zella Grisham is accused of both shooting her boyfriend and stealing more than six million dollars from the Rutgers Assurance Corp., Leonid McGill investigates, while his own family life begins to unravel around him.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Riverhead Books/Penguin Group 2012

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1 available in Adult Mystery, Call number: MYSTERY Mosley

Mosley, Walter.

Summary: Easy Rawlins, a private investigator in Vietnam-era Los Angeles, is in need of a source of quick money in order to secure a needed medical treatment for his daughter, so he agrees to take on what he knows is a shady case, trying to track down a storefront attorney who has disappeared along with a case of unspecified documents.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown 2005

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1 available in Adult Mystery, Call number: MYSTERY Mosley