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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB PICK 鈥⒙?lt;/b>From the National Book Award鈥搘inning author of <i>Between the World and Me, </i>a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.<br /><br />鈥淭his potent book about America鈥檚 most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.鈥濃€?lt;i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br />鈥淣early every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her鈥攂ut was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he鈥檚 ever known.<br /><br /> So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia鈥檚 proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he鈥檚 enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram鈥檚 resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.<br /><br /> This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children鈥攖he violent and capricious separation of families鈥攁nd the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today鈥檚 most exciting thinkers and writers, <i>The Water Dancer </i>is<i> </i>a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.<br /><br /><b>Praise for聽<i>The Water Dancer</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚n prose that聽sings聽and imagination that聽soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation鈥檚 most important writers, tackling one of America鈥檚 oldest and darkest periods with聽grace聽and聽inventiveness.聽This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Publishers Weekly聽</i>(starred review)<br /><br /></b>鈥淐oates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擝ooklist聽</i>(starred review)</b>
The Nickel Boys: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

July 16, 2019

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<b><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD </b><br /><br /><b>In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 </b><b><i>New York Times </i></b><b>bestseller </b><b><i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><b>, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.</b></b><br /><br />As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."<br />In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. <br />The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.<br />Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, <i>The Nickel Boys</i> is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
Red at the Bone: A Novel
by Jacqueline Woodson

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT<i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />"An exquisite tale of family legacy鈥?The power and poetry of Woodson鈥檚 writing conjures up Toni Morrison." 鈥?<i>People</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>"In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss鈥?With聽<i>Red at the Bone,</i>聽Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen 鈥?even further into the ranks of great literature." 鈥?NPR</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /><b>"This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." 鈥揟ayari Jones, bestselling author of聽<i>An American Marriage</i>, in O Magazine</b><br /><br />An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the聽<i>New York Times</i>-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of聽<i>Another Brooklyn</i>聽and聽<i>Brown Girl Dreaming</i>.</b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.<br /><br /> As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.<br /><br /> Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood,聽<i>Red at the Bone</i>聽most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
by Tayari Jones

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> AND <i>WASHINGTON POST</i> NOTABLE BOOK<br /><br /> A 2018 BEST OF THE YEAR SELECTION OF <i>NPR</i>聽 *<i> TIME</i>聽 * <i>BUSTLE</i>聽 * <i>O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE</i>聽 * <i>THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS</i>聽 * AMAZON.COM<br /><br /> OPRAH鈥橲 BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION<br /><br /> LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淎 moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.鈥?鈥擝arack Obama<br /><br /> 鈥淗aunting . . . Beautifully written.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淏rilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.鈥?鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淐ompelling.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淓pic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Elle</i></b><br /><br /> Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn鈥檛 commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy鈥檚 time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy鈥檚 conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.<br /> 聽<br /> This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. <i>An American Marriage</i> is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward鈥攚ith hope and pain鈥攊nto the future.
Have You Seen Luis Velez?
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Language

English

Pages

315

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<p><b>An Amazon Charts and <i>Wall Street Journal</i> bestseller.</b></p><p><b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.</b></p> <p>Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn鈥檛 belong. Not with his mother鈥檚 new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father鈥檚 wife. Not at school, where he鈥檚 an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he鈥檚 tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who鈥檚 introduced herself with a curious question: <i>Have you seen Luis Velez?</i></p><p>Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.</p><p>Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there鈥檚 hope if you have someone to hold on to.</p>
Beloved (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 24, 2007

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller<br /><br />Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. </b><br /><br />Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe鈥檚 new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, <i>Beloved </i>is a towering achievement.<br /><br /><b>"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison.聽<i>Beloved</i>,聽<i>Song of Solomo</i>n,聽<i>The Bluest Eye</i>,聽<i>Sula</i>,聽everything else 鈥?they're transcendent, all of them. You鈥檒l be glad you read them."--Barack Obama</b>
The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book A...
by Colson Whitehead

Language

English

Pages

300

Publication Date

August 02, 2016

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<b>#1聽<i>New York Times聽</i>Bestseller 鈥?Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 鈥?Winner of the National Book Award 鈥?Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 鈥?Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize<br /><br /> One of the Best books of the Year:聽<i>The New York Times, The Washington Post,聽</i>NPR<i>, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>Look for Whitehead鈥檚 acclaimed new novel, <i>The Nickel Boys, </i>available now!</b><br /><br />Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood鈥攚here greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.聽<i>The Underground Railroad聽</i>is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage鈥攁nd a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Washington Black: A novel
by Esi Edugyan

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR聽<i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />One of the Best Books of the Year<br /><i>The Boston Globe</i>聽<i>鈼?lt;/i>聽<i>The Washington Post 鈼?Time 鈼?Entertainment Weekly 鈼?San Francisco Chronicle 鈼?Financial Times 鈼?Minneapolis Star Tribune 鈼?NPR 鈼?The Economist 鈼?Bustle 鈼?The Dallas Morning News 鈼?Slate 鈼?Kirkus Reviews</i><br />One of Barack Obama鈥檚 Favorite Books of the Year</b><br /><br />Eleven-year-old George Washington Black鈥攐r Wash鈥攁 field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master鈥檚 brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. <br /> 聽<br /> But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash鈥檚 head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, <i>Washington Black</i> is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1)
by Evan Winter

Language

English

Pages

544

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b><i>Game of Thrones</i> meets <i>Gladiator</i> in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.</b><br /><br />The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.<br />Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war.<br />Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He's going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn't get the chance. <br />Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He'll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.<br /><i>The Rage of Dragons</i> launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling "the best fantasy book in years."<br /><b>The Burning</b><i>The Rage of Dragons</i>
Hand Of Fate
by Duane Boehm

Language

English

Pages

231

Publication Date

August 19, 2019

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<b> Bestselling Western author Duane Boehm has written another western novel with enough humor, heartbreak, love, and outlaws to keep you turning the page.</b><br />While the ranchers around Trinidad are circling like buzzards in wait for Flannery Vogel to fail, the downtrodden widow with a young daughter refuses to surrender as she struggles to save the ranch that cost her husband his life. The arrival of Boone Youngblood, her husband's old friend from his Texas Ranger days, sets the wheels in motion that will change three families' lives forever. Grudges will be settled, battles will be fought, and just maybe, Flannery and Boone will find new beginnings and a chance for happiness.

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