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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 house on stilts - mothering in the age of opioid addiction, a memoir A house on stilts - mothering in the age of opioid addiction, a memoir

"A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to heroin. America's opioid crisis is a national emergency, a war at home. Within this battle, family members form the first line of defense. Their mission is hellishly risky: opioid overdose now kills more than 100 Americans each day, and that number is growing. Many who die are teens or young adults. In spite of this, no parent expects to be forced to confront their child's drug addic

Aug 29, 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
After the fall - the remarkable comeback of Richard Nixon After the fall - the remarkable comeback of Richard Nixon

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Aug 29, 2019
All the powers of Earth - the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856-1860 All the powers of Earth - the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856-1860

"After a period of depression that he would ever find his way to greatness, Lincoln takes on the most powerful demagogue in the country, Stephen Douglas, in the debates for a senate seat. He sidelines the frontrunner William Seward, a former governor and senator for New York, to cinch the new Republican Party’s nomination. All the Powers of Earth is the political story of all time. Lincoln achieves the presidency by force of strategy, of political savvy and determination. This is Abraham

Sep 3, 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
Call sign chaos - learning to lead Call sign chaos - learning to lead

"Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all."--Dust jacket flap.

Aug 28, 2019
Chasing my cure - a doctor's race to turn hope into action - a memoir Chasing my cure - a doctor's race to turn hope into action - a memoir

"The inspiring memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete who became a champion for people suffering from rare, under-researched diseases--all while battling his own. A former Georgetown quarterback nicknamed 'The Beast,' David Fajgenbaum was also a force in medical school, where he was known for his unmatched mental stamina. But things changed dramatically when he began suffering from inexplicable fatigue. In a matter of weeks, his organs were failing and he was read his last rites. Do

Sep 9, 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
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
Eyes to the wind - a memoir of love and death, hope, and resistance Eyes to the wind - a memoir of love and death, hope, and resistance

"At thirty-two, Ady Barkan had everything he wanted: a fulfilling career in the progressive movement, a brilliant wife, and a beautiful newborn son. Then his luck ran out. What he thought might be carpal tunnel was in fact ALS, a neurological disease that would probably paralyze and kill him quickly. But then, with his life slipping away and American democracy under grave threat, he turned a devastating diagnosis into his most potent tool. [This book] is a rousing memoir featuring intertwining n

Sep 9, 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
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
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
Love lives here - a story of thriving in a transgender family Love lives here - a story of thriving in a transgender family

"All Amanda Jette´ Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents, the situation was sometimes chaotic. At school, she was bullied mercilessly, and at the age of fourteen, she entered a counselling program for alcohol addiction and was successful. While still a teenager, she met the love of her life. They were wed at 20, and the first of three children followed shortly. Jette´ Knox finally had the stabili

Aug 29, 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
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

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