The Love Songs of W E B  Du Bois Book
Score: 4
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The Love Songs of W E B Du Bois


  • Author : Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-08-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 816
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062942968

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION • A FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION • SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE • A NOMINEE FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD A New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year • A Time Must-Read Book of the Year • A Washington Post 10 Best Books of the Year • A Oprah Daily Top 20 Books of the Year • A People 10 Best Books of the Year • A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year • A BookPage Best Fiction Book of the Year • A Booklist 10 Best First Novels of the Year • A Kirkus 100 Best Novels of the Year • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10 Best Southern Books of the Year • A Parade Pick • A Chicago Public Library Top 10 Best Books of the Year • A KCRW Top 10 Books of the Year An Instant Washington Post, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller "Epic…. I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family…. A combination of historical and modern story—I’ve never read anything quite like it. It just consumed me." —Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Book Club Pick An Indie Next Pick • A New York Times Book Everyone Will Be Talking About • A People 5 Best Books of the Summer • A Good Morning America 15 Summer Book Club Picks • An Essence Best Book of the Summer • A Washington Post 10 Books of the Month • A CNN Best Book of the Month • A Time 11 Best Books of the Month • A Ms. Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A BookPage Writer to Watch • A USA Today Book Not to Miss • A Chicago Tribune Summer Must-Read • An Observer Best Summer Book • A Millions Most Anticipated Book • A Ms. Book of the Month • A Well-Read Black

The Love Songs of W E B  Du Bois Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

The Love Songs of W E B Du Bois


  • Author : Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2021-08-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 816
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008516468

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK ‘Deeply moving’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life ‘Remarkable’ Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish) ‘A sweeping epic ... Outstanding’ Daily Mail

The Love Songs of W E B  Du Bois Book
Score: 4
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The Love Songs of W E B Du Bois


  • Author : Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2021-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 816
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008518363

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK ‘Deeply moving’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life ‘Remarkable’ Afua Hirsch ‘A sweeping epic ... Outstanding’ Daily Mail

The Age of Phillis Book
Score: 5
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The Age of Phillis


  • Author : Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-20
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9780819579515

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In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's "age"—the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual "mercies" is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history. mothering #1 Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753 after the after-birth is delivered the mother stops holding her breath the mid-wife gives what came before her just-washed pain her insanity pain an undeserved pain a God-given pain oh oh oh pain drum-talking pain witnessing pain Allah a mother offers You this gift prays You find it acceptable her living pain her creature pain her pretty-little-baby pain

The Souls of Black Folk Book
Score: 4
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The Souls of Black Folk


  • Author : W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Publisher : Phoemixx Classics Ebooks
  • Release Date : 2021-08-29
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : 9783985944125

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The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. Du Bois - One of the Most Important Books on Civil Rights, Race, and Freedom Ever Written. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology and a cornerstone of African-American literature and a monumental collection of essays that examines race and racism in America during the early 1900s and prior. To develop this work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African American in American society. Outside of its notable relevance in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the early works in the field of sociology. The Souls of Black Folk is perfect for anyone interested in African-America literature and history

The Gospel of Barbecue Book

The Gospel of Barbecue


  • Author : Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : Kent State University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN 10 : 0873386736

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The title poem of this collection tells of the creation of barbecue, how slaves cooked their masters' scraps into a survival food that became a cuisine. Powerful and moving, these poems teach how the nasty leftovers in life can be transformed into music, scripture, celebration.

The Carousel Carver Book

The Carousel Carver


  • Author : Perdita Buchan
  • Publisher : Plexus Publishing Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 1940091047

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"Set principally in Philadelphia and the fictional New Jersey shore community of Riverbeach in the days leading up to WWII, The Carousel Carver explores the relationship between Giacinto, an elderly Italian immigrant who works as a carver of carousel horses, and Rosa, eight, a half-gypsy girl from Trieste. In a letter from the unrequited love of his life back in Italy, Giacinto learns that the Nazi campaign of ethnic cleansing in Europe is targeting the gypsies of Trieste, and that Rosa, the correspondent's orphaned granddaughter, is in imminent danger. With nowhere else to turn, the woman implores Giacinto to help Rosa make a new home in America. The Carousel Carver is a story about tolerance, second chances, and the power of love. Its central image is an exquisite carousel horse carved by Giacinto as a tribute to his lost love, inspired by the famed Lipizzaner stallions he recalls from his youth. The novel follows Giacinto's and Rosa's struggles to assimilate in America, aided by friendships that blossom in unexpected places. A climactic hurricane strikes the Jersey shore, destroying the Riverbeach carousel but sparing Rosa and bringing hope and purpose to Giacinto"--

W E B  Du Bois Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

W E B Du Bois


  • Author : David Levering Lewis
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2009-08-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 912
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466843073

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The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of W. E. B. Du Bois from renowned scholar David Levering Lewis, now in one condensed and updated volume William Edward Burghardt Du Bois—the premier architect of the civil rights movement in America—was a towering and controversial personality, a fiercely proud individual blessed with the language of the poet and the impatience of the agitator. Now, David Levering Lewis has carved one volume out of his superlative two-volume biography of this monumental figure that set the standard for historical scholarship on this era. In his magisterial prose, Lewis chronicles Du Bois's long and storied career, detailing the momentous contributions to our national character that still echo today. W.E.B. Du Bois is a 1993 and 2000 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction and the winner of the 1994 and 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Bolla Book
Score: 3
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Bolla


  • Author : Pajtim Statovci
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524749200

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April 1995. Arsim is a recently married student at the University of Pristina, keeping his head down to gain a university degree in a time and place deeply hostile to Albanians. In a café he meets a young man named Milos. Before the day is out everything has changed, and two milestones soon erupt in Arsim's life. His wife announces her first pregnancy, and he begins a life in secret

Red Clay Suite Book

Red Clay Suite


  • Author : Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release Date : 2007-03-26
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 88
  • ISBN 10 : 9780809387588

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In her third book of poems, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers expresses her familiarity with the actual and imaginary spaces that the American South occupies in our cultural lexicon. Her two earlier books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue and Outlandish Blues, use the blues poetic to explore notions of history and trauma. Now, in Red Clay Suite, Jeffersapproaches the southern landscape as utopia and dystopia—a crossroads of race, gender, and blood. These poems signal the ending movement of her crossroads blues and complete the last four “bars” of a blues song, resting on the final, and essential, note of resolution and reconciliation.

Ruby Book
Score: 3
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Ruby


  • Author : Cynthia Bond
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Release Date : 2014-04-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804139106

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A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city—the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village—all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love. Ruby was a finalist for the PEN America Robert Bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discove

The Black Romantic Revolution Book

The Black Romantic Revolution


  • Author : Matt Sandler
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781788735469

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The prophetic poetry of slavery and its abolition During the pitched battle over slavery in the United States, Black writers—enslaved and free—allied themselves with the cause of abolition and used their art to advocate for emancipation and to envision the end of slavery as a world-historical moment of possibility. These Black writers borrowed from the European tradition of Romanticism—lyric poetry, prophetic visions--to write, speak, and sing their hopes for what freedom might mean. At the same time, they voiced anxieties about the expansion of global capital and US imperial power in the aftermath of slavery. They also focused on the ramifications of slavery's sexual violence. Authors like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, George Moses Horton, Albery Allson Whitman, and Joshua McCarter Simpson conceived the Civil War as a revolutionary upheaval on par with Europe's stormy Age of Revolutions. The Black Romantic Revolution proposes that the Black Romantics' cultural innovations have shaped Black radical culture to this day, from the blues and hip hop to Black nationalism and Black feminism. Their expressions of love and rage, grief and determination, dreams and nightmares, still echo into our present.

How Beautiful We Were Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

How Beautiful We Were


  • Author : Imbolo Mbue
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2022-02-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593132449

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A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers. ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Ms. magazine, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews “Mbue reaches for the moon and, by the novel’s end, has it firmly held in her hand.”—NPR We should have known the end was near. So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of cleanup and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price. Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

Dopamine Nation Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

Dopamine Nation


  • Author : Dr. Anna Lembke
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-08-24
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524746735

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES and LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER “Brilliant . . . riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, as heard on Fresh Air This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting . . . The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain . . . and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.

An Island Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

An Island


  • Author : Karen Jennings
  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Release Date : 2022-05-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593446522

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NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • A “beautifully and sparingly constructed” (The New York Times) novel about a lighthouse keeper with a mysterious past, and the stranger who washes up on his shores—An Island is the American debut of a major voice in world literature. “An Island by Karen Jennings is quite simply a revelation—a ferocious, swift chess game of a novel.”—Paul Yoon, author of Run Me to Earth Samuel has lived alone on an island off the coast of an unnamed African country for more than two decades. He tends to his garden, his lighthouse, and his chickens, content with a solitary life. Routinely, the nameless bodies of refugees wash ashore, but Samuel—who understands that the government only values certain lives, certain deaths—always buries them himself. One day, though, he finds that one of these bodies is still breathing. As he nurses the stranger back to life, Samuel—feeling strangely threatened—is soon swept up in memories of his former life as a political prisoner on the mainland. This was a life that saw his country exploited under colonial rule, followed by a period of revolution and a brief, hard-won independence—only for the cycle of suffering to continue under a cruel dictator. And he can’t help but recall his own shameful role in that history. In this stranger’s presence, he begins to consider, as he did in his youth: What does it mean to own land, or to belong to it? And what does it cost to have, and lose, a home? A timeless and gripping portrait of regret, terror, and the extraordinary stakes of companionship, An Island is a story as page-turning as it is profound.