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A colored woman in a white world A colored woman in a white world

Describes the important events and people in Terrell's life, including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Ingersoll, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, and others. Terrell was the leading spokesperson for the National American Woman Suffrage Asso., the first president of the National Asso. of Colored Women, and the first Black woman appointed not only to the District of Columbia Board of Education but also to the American Asso. of Universit

Sep 20, 2019
A guest of the Reich - the story of American heiress Gertrude Legendre's dramatic captivity and escape from Nazi Germany A guest of the Reich - the story of American heiress Gertrude Legendre's dramatic captivity and escape from Nazi Germany

"From the co-author of The Zhivago Affair, a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award, comes the riveting story of a wealthy heiress who joined the OSS and was the only American woman in uniform to be captured by the Germans; her imprisonment among the Nazi elite and daring escape in 1945 comprise one of the more remarkable untold episodes of WWII. Gertrude "Gertie" Legendre was a society heiress from South Carolina who lived a charmed life during the 1920s and 1930s. But the attack

Sep 27, 2019
A taste of power - a Black woman's story A taste of power - a Black woman's story

Evident than in the complex character of Huey Newton, who became Elaine's lover and ultimately her nemesis. More than a journey through a turbulent time in American history, this is the story of a black woman's battle to define herself. Freedom, Elaine Brown discovered, may be more than a political question.

Sep 20, 2019
A year without a name A year without a name

Amazon.com.

Oct 11, 2019
An impossible life - the inspiring true story of a woman's struggle from within An impossible life - the inspiring true story of a woman's struggle from within

"When thirty-five-year-old Sonja Wasden is involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital by her husband and father, she is sure it is a mistake. A mother of three, living in a beautiful suburb, Sonja's life appears ideal. How did she get here? In a gripping and breathtaking narrative that makes the reader feel as though they are listening in on a private conversation, Sonja tells the compelling true account of her struggle with depression, mania, an eating disorder, suicide, marriage, and mot

Oct 14, 2019
Baghdaddy - how Saddam Hussein taught me to be a better father Baghdaddy - how Saddam Hussein taught me to be a better father

"As a child, he was raised in an unstable and violent home by a mother struggling with mental illness. An absent father with a firm belief in tough love left him with only his sister to understand or comfort him as they faced a home full of harshness, resentment, and physical abuse. As a man, he braved the war-torn landscapes of Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Having learned early from his father that only the strong survive, he enlisted in the Air Force after high school and began an impressive

Sep 26, 2019
Bone black - memories of girlhood Bone black - memories of girlhood

Stitching together girlhood memories with the finest threads of innocence, feminist intellectual bell hooks presents a powerfully intimate account of growing up in the South. A memoir of ideas and perceptions, Bone Black shows the unfolding of female creativity and one strong-spirited child's journey toward becoming a writer. She learns early on the roles women and men play in society, as well as the emotional vulnerability of children. She sheds new light on a society that beholds the joys of m

Sep 20, 2019
Confessions of a bookseller Confessions of a bookseller

""Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?" Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for rive

Sep 17, 2019
Confessions of a Greenpeace dropout - the making of a sensible environmentalist Confessions of a Greenpeace dropout - the making of a sensible environmentalist

"Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist is Dr. Patrick Moore's engaging firsthand account of his many years spent as the ultimate Greenpeace insider, a co-founder and leader in the organization's top committee. Moore explains why, 15 years after co-founding it, he left Greenpeace to establish a more sensible, science-based approach to environmentalism. From energy independence to climate change, genetic engineering to aquaculture, Moore sheds new light on

Oct 4, 2019
Daughters of chivalry - the forgotten princesses of King Edward Longshanks Daughters of chivalry - the forgotten princesses of King Edward Longshanks

"Revealing the truth behind the life of a royal princess in medieval England, the colorful story of the five remarkable daughters of King Edward I."--

Sep 27, 2019
Diamond Doris - the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief Diamond Doris - the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief

"Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, the bright and willful Doris Payne dreamed big. Fascinated by the fine clothes, jewels, and lifestyles in magazines such as Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, she imagined a world beyond herself, one in which she did not carry the weight of limitations that others imposed on her and where her beloved mother was free from her father's abuse. After the owner of a local store threw her out when a whit

Sep 20, 2019
For the record For the record

Amazon.com.

Oct 7, 2019
Freedom's child - the life of a Confederate general's Black daughter Freedom's child - the life of a Confederate general's Black daughter

The author presents the tale of her mother, the daughter of a retired brigadier general in the Confederate States Army and of a freed slave who had been his servant.

Sep 20, 2019
Good husbandry - growing food, love, and family on Essex farm Good husbandry - growing food, love, and family on Essex farm

Amazon.com.

Oct 11, 2019
Hitler - a biography Hitler - a biography

"While many previous portraits have speculated about Hitler's formative years, Peter Longerich focuses on his central role as the driving force of Nazism itself. You cannot separate the man from the monstrous movement he came to embody. From his ascendance through the party's ranks to his final hours as Fu¨hrer in April 1945, Longerich shows just how ruthless Hitler was in his path to power. He emphasizes Hitler's political skills as Germany gained prominence on the world's stage. Hitler's rise

Oct 4, 2019
Homesick - a memoir Homesick - a memoir

"The coming of age story of an award-winning translator, HOMESICK is about learning to love language in its many forms, healing through words and the promises and perils of empathy and sisterhood. Sisters Amy and Zoe grow up in Oklahoma where they are homeschooled for an unexpected reason: Zoe suffers from debilitating and mysterious seizures, spending her childhood in hospitals as she undergoes surgeries. Meanwhile, Amy flourishes intellectually, showing an innate ability to glean a world beyon

Sep 27, 2019
Hopey - from commune to corner office Hopey - from commune to corner office

"Hopey" chronicles the story of a courageous girl in a '70s Southern Indiana commune, complete with flowers for dinner, and a ball of acid in the freezer, and orgies on the living room floor. The chaos of her formative years, which are littered with violent episodes, periods of hunger and assaults, leads Hope to set off on he own at the age of fifteen. Written as intense past moments, reflective chapters, and flash-forwards, these three noices come together to transcend time and connect the past

Oct 3, 2019
I see the promised land - a life of Martin Luther King Jr. I see the promised land - a life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Describes the apartheid South in Martin Luther King's time, which in many ways was not very different from the early days of slavery, with descriptions of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the formation of civil rights groups, and mass movements against segregation.

Sep 20, 2019
If the creek don't rise - my life out West with the last Black widow of the Civil War If the creek don't rise - my life out West with the last Black widow of the Civil War

When Rita Williams was four, her mother died in a Denver boarding house. This death delivered Rita into the care of her aunt Daisy, the last surviving African American widow of a Union soldier and a maverick who had spirited her sharecropping family out of the lynching South and reinvented them as ranch hands and hunting guides out West. But one by one they slipped away, to death or to an easier existence elsewhere, leaving Rita as Daisy's last hope to right the racial wrongs of the past and to

Sep 20, 2019
In Hoffa's shadow - a stepfather, a disappearance in Detroit, and my search for the truth In Hoffa's shadow - a stepfather, a disappearance in Detroit, and my search for the truth

"As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O’Brien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected by the FBI of perpetrating Hoffa’s disappearance on behalf of the mob. It was only years later, when Goldsmith was serving as assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and questioning its misuse of surveillance and other powers, that he began

Sep 27, 2019
It's how we play the game - build a business, take a stand, make a difference It's how we play the game - build a business, take a stand, make a difference

For readers of Phil Knight's Shoe Dog and Howard Schultz's Onward comes an inspiring memoir from the CEO of DICK's Sporting Goods about building a multibillion-dollar business and taking a principled--and highly controversial--stand against the types of guns that are too often used in mass shootings and other tragedies.

Oct 4, 2019
Joe Biden - a life of trial and redemption Joe Biden - a life of trial and redemption

Oct 10, 2019
King - a biography King - a biography

Acclaimed by leading historians and critics when it appeared shortly after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this foundational biography wends through the corridors in which King held court, posing the right questions and providing a keen measure of the man whose career and mission enthrall scholars and general readers to this day. Updated with a new preface and more than a dozen photographs of King and his contemporaries, this edition presents the unforgettable story of King's life and d

Sep 20, 2019
Know my name - a memoir Know my name - a memoir

"She was know to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by almost eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousan

Sep 27, 2019
Life undercover - coming of age in the CIA Life undercover - coming of age in the CIA

Amaryllis Fox's riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter. Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to a master's program in conflict and terrorism at Georgeto

Oct 11, 2019
Make believe - a true story Make believe - a true story

Sex, Race, and Politics are all at the heart of this extraordinary account of the short life and violent death of Hakim Jamal. A black American radical who was born Alan Donaldson in a Boston ghetto and reborn in prison as a follower of Malcolm X, Hakim took the movie star Jean Seberg as lover, wrote and published the story of his life, and finally came to believe that he was God. Diana Athill, a well known British editor, liked the man in Hakim, and saw the book in his life. She became his frie

Sep 20, 2019
Martin Luther King Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is as relevant today as he was when he led civil rights campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s. Now from one of Britain's most experienced political observers comes a new, accessible biography of the man and his works. This book allows the charisma and power of King's personality to shine through, showing in gripping narrative style exactly how one man helped America to progress toward its truest ideals. Hodgson's extensive research and detail help paint an accurate, complex

Sep 20, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sep 20, 2019
Mortality and faith - reflections on a journey through time Mortality and faith - reflections on a journey through time

"Mortality and Faith is the second half of an autobiography of David Horowitz whose first installment, Radical Son, was published more than twenty years ago. It completes the account of his life from where the first book left off to his seventy-eighth year."--Amazon.com.

Oct 9, 2019
Motherhood so white - a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America Motherhood so white - a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America

"In America, Mother = White. That's what Nefertiti, a single African American woman, discovered when she decided she wanted to adopt a Black baby boy out of the foster care system. Eager to finally join the motherhood ranks, Nefertiti was shocked when people started asking her why she wanted to adopt a 'crack baby' or said that she would never be able to raise a Black son on her own. She realized that American society saw motherhood through a white lens, and that there would be no easy understan

Sep 17, 2019
Narrative of Sojourner Truth Narrative of Sojourner Truth

The autobiography of the pioneer for racial and sexual equality discusses her years as a slave in upstate New York and describes the spiritual revelations that turned her into an abolitionist.

Sep 20, 2019
On my own at 107 - reflections on life without Bessie On my own at 107 - reflections on life without Bessie

On My Own at 107 is Sarah "Sadie" Delany's tribute to Bessie, her beloved younger sister and century-long companion, who died on September 25, 1995, at age 104. Just four years earlier, Bessie and Sadie, along with former New York Times reporter Amy Hill Hearth, co-wrote the bestselling Having Our Say, which told the story of the sisters' remarkable lives as witnesses to a century. Here, Sadie reflects on the first year following Bessie's death.

Sep 20, 2019
Passing - a memoir of love and death Passing - a memoir of love and death

"In the tradition of The Year of Magical Thinking comes a legendary editor's unflinching love song about his radiant wife, Margaret, and her battle with cancer. It was a warm April in Pleasant Valley when Margaret Korda, normally a fearless horsewoman, dropped her horsewhip while she was riding. Such a mild slip was easy to ignore, but when other troubling symptoms accumulated, she confided to her husband, 'Michael, I think something serious is wrong with me.' Within a few rapid weeks, the fierc

Oct 4, 2019
Piety & power - Mike Pence and the taking of the White House Piety & power - Mike Pence and the taking of the White House

"A revealing, in-depth biography of Mike Pence, the most secretive and ingratiating vice president in modern history, from a reporter with remarkable access. No journalist has covered Mike Pence for as long or as closely as Tom LoBianco. The seasoned political reporter was at the first campaign rally governor Pence held in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana. He was there when Pence returned to Washington as Donald Trump's vice president. Drawing on his deep ties both within the Beltway and in Ind

Sep 27, 2019
Poisoner in chief - Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA search for mind control Poisoner in chief - Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA search for mind control

In the 1950s and '60s, chemist Sidney Gottlieb was head of the CIA's MK-ULTRA mind control project. He directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents, made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace, paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. Kinzer brings to life a man whos

Sep 27, 2019
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. - his life and crusade in pictures Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. - his life and crusade in pictures

A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explores his diverse roles as a minister, activist, family man, eloquent speaker, and advocate for peaceful change, in a volume that blends thoughtful text with photographs.

Sep 20, 2019
Roots - the saga of an American family Roots - the saga of an American family

The author shares the saga of an African American family that extends from his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an African brought to mid-eighteenth-century America as a slave, to himself.

Sep 20, 2019
Self-portrait in black and white - unlearning race Self-portrait in black and white - unlearning race

"A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a 'black' father from the segregated South and a 'white' mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop

Oct 11, 2019
Stealing green mangoes - two brothers, two fates, one Indian childhood Stealing green mangoes - two brothers, two fates, one Indian childhood

"A memoir about the divergent paths of two brothers - one who became a police officer and the other a murderer. Sunil Dutta was a twenty-year veteran of the LAPD. Before that, he was a biologist at the University of California and a translator of classic Indian poetry. Before that, he was a destitute refugee, his family uprooted by the genocidal violence surrounding the Partition of India. Back then, he had a brother. Back then, they were children together, chasing whatever fun and solace they c

Oct 4, 2019
Still life - a memoir Still life - a memoir

"Father, husband, athlete, medical doctor, Jeff Sutherland had built a perfect life for himself and his family...then he noticed that he was losing strength in his left arm. He visited a specialist and from that appointment, he writes, "deep personal loss for some unknown reason wrapped its tentacles around me and my family." Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), he lost his abilities to walk and speak within two years and, confined to a wheelchair, was forced to retire from his life's work

Sep 27, 2019
Swedenborg - an introduction to his life and ideas Swedenborg - an introduction to his life and ideas

An overview of the life and work of eighteenth-century Swedish scientist and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg, whose ideas influenced modern Western alternative spirituality--from mental healing and Spiritualism to New Age mysticism and the twelve-step recovery movement.

Oct 14, 2019
The autobiography of Malcolm X The autobiography of Malcolm X

Sep 20, 2019
The Black Russian The Black Russian

The Black Russian is the incredible story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, born in 1872 to former slaves who became prosperous farmers in Mississippi. A rich white planter's attempt to steal their land forced them to flee to Memphis, where Frederick's father was brutally murdered. After leaving the South and working as a waiter and valet in Chicago and Brooklyn, Frederick sought greater freedom in London, then crisscrossed Europe, and-- in a highly unusual choice for a Black American at the time-- wen

Sep 20, 2019
The butler - a witness to history The butler - a witness to history

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread, so embedded in the culture, as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no fewer than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. During his thirty-four

Sep 20, 2019
The core of Johnny Appleseed - the unknown story of a spiritual trailblazer The core of Johnny Appleseed - the unknown story of a spiritual trailblazer

Oct 14, 2019
The education of Brett Kavanaugh - an investigation The education of Brett Kavanaugh - an investigation

"From New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, a deeper look at the formative years of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his confirmation"--

Sep 27, 2019
The enigma of Clarence Thomas The enigma of Clarence Thomas

"Most people can tell you two things about Clarence Thomas: Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, and he almost never speaks from the bench. Here are some things they don’t know: Thomas is a black nationalist. In college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X. He believes white people are incurably racist. In the first examination of its kind, Corey Robin – one of the foremost analysts of the right -- delves deeply into both Thomas’s biography and his jurisprudence, masterfully reading hi

Sep 27, 2019
The grave on the wall The grave on the wall

"Born on an island off the cost of Hiroshima around 1908, Midori Shimoda died in North Carolina in 1996, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for two decades. A photographer, he was incarcerated in a Department of Justice prison during WWII under suspicion of being a spy for Japan. From his birth to contract laborer/picture-bride parents to his immigration and prewar life in Seattle's Nihonmachi, to wartime incarceration and postwar resettlement in New York City, his is a story of a man and

Sep 27, 2019
The man in the white sharkskin suit - my family's exodus from Old Cairo to the new world The man in the white sharkskin suit - my family's exodus from Old Cairo to the new world

Lagnado re-creates the cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business in his signature white sharkskin suit on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton. But with the fall of King Farouk, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of foreign influence, the La

Sep 30, 2019
The many lives of Michael Bloomberg The many lives of Michael Bloomberg

Randolph's account of Bloomberg's life and time reads almost like a novel, a quintessentially American story. She explains the "machine" he invented that gave and continues to give instant access to an infinite amount of information to bankers and investors on how, what, and where to invest, and how it changed the financial universe. Randolph recounts one day not long ago when the Bloomberg machine briefly blipped and the whole world's financial marketplace came to a halt. Randolph recounts Mayo

Sep 26, 2019
Things we didn't talk about when I was a girl - a memoir Things we didn't talk about when I was a girl - a memoir

"Jeannie Vanasco has had the same nightmare since she was a teenager. She startles awake, saying his name. It is always about him: one of her closest high school friends, a boy named Mark. A boy who raped her. When her nightmares worsen, Jeannie decides after fourteen years of silence to reach out to Mark. He agrees to talk on the record and meet in person. “It's the least I can do,” he says. Jeannie details her friendship with Mark before and after the assault, asking the brave and urgent quest

Sep 30, 2019
This little light of mine - the life of Fannie Lou Hamer This little light of mine - the life of Fannie Lou Hamer

"WITH A FOREWORD BY MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN The award-winning biography of black civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. ""Riveting. Provides a history that helps us to understand the choices made by so many black men and women of Hamer's generation, who somehow found the courage to join a movement in which they risked everything.""--New York Times Book Review ""One is forced to pause and consider that this black daughter of the Old South might have been braver than King and Malcolm.""--Washington

Sep 20, 2019
Toil & trouble Toil & trouble

"From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching...and just a little spooky. 'Here's a partial list of things I don't believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Vampires. Zombies. Homeopathy. Bigfoot. Canola oil, because there's no such thing as a canola. Note that 'witches' and 'witchcraft' are absent from this list. When really they should be right there at the top. The thing is, I wouldn't believe

Sep 30, 2019
Touched by the sun - my friendship with Jackie Touched by the sun - my friendship with Jackie

A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

Oct 11, 2019
Unashamed - musings of a fat, black Muslim Unashamed - musings of a fat, black Muslim

"Ever since she was little, Leah Vernon was told what to believe and how to act. There wasn't any room for imperfection. Good Muslim girls listened more than they spoke. They didn't have a missing father or a mother with mental illness. They didn't have fat bodies or grow up wishing they could be like the white characters they saw on TV. They didn't have husbands who abused and cheated on them. They certainly didn't have secret abortions. In Unashamed, Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfec

Oct 11, 2019
Up from slavery - with related documents Up from slavery - with related documents

"Up From Slaveryis one of the most widely read African American autobiographies in the English language. It details how prominent African American leader Booker T. Washington rose from slavery to become one of the nation's most prominent orators and educators at the turn of the 20th century. This reprint of the original 1901 edition is enhanced by 12 related documents and an essay by W. Fitzhugh Brundage that provides students with the necessary background and context to appreciate the role of U

Sep 20, 2019
When life gives you pears - the healing power of family, faith, and funny people When life gives you pears - the healing power of family, faith, and funny people

Amazon.com.

Sep 30, 2019
Zwicky - the outcast genius who unmasked the universe Zwicky - the outcast genius who unmasked the universe

Fritz Zwicky was one of the most inventive and iconoclastic scientists of the twentieth century. He predicted the existence of neutron stars, and his research pointed the way toward the discovery of pulsars and black holes. He was the first to conceive of the existence of dark matter, the first to make a detailed catalog of thousands of galaxies, and the first to correctly suggest that cosmic rays originate from supernovas. Not content to confine his discoveries to the heavens, Zwicky contribute

Sep 30, 2019