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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
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
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
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
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
The autobiography of Malcolm X The autobiography of Malcolm X

Sep 20, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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