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Welcome to the monkey house : a collection of short works / by Vonnegut, Kurt.; Sumner, Gregory D.; Vonnegut, Kurt.Where I live.;
A collection of twenty-five short works by the American author written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including "The Atlantic Monthly," "Esquire," and "Ladies' Home Journal."
Subjects: Science fiction.; Short stories.; Science fiction, American.;
Available copies: 1 / Total copies: 1
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The world of a few minutes ago : stories / by Driscoll, Jack,1946-;
Prowlers -- Wonder -- After everyone else has left -- Saint ours -- This season of mercy -- Long after the sons go missing -- The dangerous lay of the land -- Travel advisory -- Sky riders -- The world of a few minutes ago.In The World of a Few Minutes Ago, award-winning author Jack Driscoll renders ten stories from the point of view of characters aged fourteen to seventy-seven with a consistently deep understanding of each character's internal world and emotional struggles. All of the stories are set against the quiet, powerful northern Michigan landscape and share a sense of longing, amplified by the beautiful but often unforgiving surroundings. With keen attention to the nuances of his characters and their lives, Driscoll explores both their attachments to the past and their as-yet-unseen futures as he considers relationships between loves, old friends, and parents and their children.
Subjects: Domestic fiction, American.;
© c2012., Wayne State University Press,
Available copies: 1 / Total copies: 1
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The color purple : [electronic resource] : the color purple series, book 1. by Walker, Alice.;
Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning 20 years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all. -- provided by Amazon.com.Grade 2 - Grade 3UG/Upper grades (9th-12)6704Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2477 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Historical Fiction.;
© 2011., Open Road Media,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=645084 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Sister mother warrior : [electronic resource] : A novel. by Riley, Vanessa.; Andoh, Adjoa.;
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh.Acclaimed author of Island Queen Vanessa Riley brings readers a vivid, sweeping novel of the Haitian Revolution based on the true-life stories of two extraordinary women: the first Empress of Haiti, Marie-Claire Bonheur, and Gran Toya, a West African-born warrior who helped lead the rebellion that drove out the French and freed the enslaved people of Haiti. Gran Toya : Born in West Africa, Abdaraya Toya was one of the legendary minos—women called "Dahomeyan Amazons" by the Europeans—who were specially chosen female warriors consecrated to the King of Dahomey. Betrayed by an enemy, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, Toya wound up in the French colony of Saint Domingue, where she became a force to be reckoned with on its sugar plantations: a healer and an authority figure among the enslaved. Among the motherless children she helped raise was a man who would become the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines. When the enslaved people rose up, Toya, ever the warrior, was at the forefront of the rebellion that changed the course of history. Marie-Claire : A free woman of color, Marie-Claire Bonheur was raised in an air of privilege and security because of her wealthy white grandfather. With a passion for charitable work, she grew up looking for ways to help those oppressed by a society steeped in racial and economic injustices. Falling in love with Jean-Jacques Dessalines, an enslaved man, was never the plan, yet their paths continued to cross and intertwine, and despite a marriage of convenience to a Frenchman, she and Dessalines had several children. When war breaks out on Saint Domingue, pitting the French, Spanish, and enslaved people against one another in turn, Marie-Claire and Toya finally meet, and despite their deep differences, they both play pivotal roles in the revolution that will eventually lead to full independence for Haiti and its people. Both an emotionally palpable love story and a detail-rich historical novel, Sister Mother Warrior tells the often-overlooked history of the most successful Black uprising in history. Riley celebrates the tremendous courage and resilience of the revolutionaries, and the formidable strength and intelligence of Toya, Marie-Claire, and the countless other women who fought for freedom. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 529921 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Historical Fiction.;
© 2022., HarperAudio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=7227483 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Beloved / [electronic resource]. by Morrison, Toni.; Morrison, Toni.;
Narrator: Toni Morrison.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's 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, Beloved is a towering achievement.Text Difficulty 4 - Text Difficulty 5870Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 339849 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2006., Random House Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=109825 -- Click  to access title on Overdrive.;
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The bluest eye / [electronic resource]. by Morrison, Toni.; Morrison, Toni.;
Narrator: Toni Morrison.Pecola Breedlove, a young eleven-year-old black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dreams grow more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.--From publisher's description.Text Difficulty 4 - Text Difficulty 5920Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 200104 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2011., Random House Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=509204 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Black cake : [electronic resource] : A novel. by Wilkerson, Charmaine.; Freeman, Lynnette R..;
Narrator: Lynnette R. Freeman."In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother's death and her hidden past--a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett's death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking journey Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their family, and themselves. Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor's true history, and fulfill her final request to 'share the black cake when the time is right?' Will their mother's revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever? Charmaine Wilkerson's debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch"--Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 338585 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2022., Random House Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=6328745 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Maame : [electronic resource] : A today show read with Jenna book club pick. by George, Jessica.; Agyepong, Heather.;
Narrator: Heather Agyepong.It's fair to say that Maddie's life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson's. At work, her boss is a nightmare and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting. When her mum returns from her latest trip to Ghana, Maddie leaps at the chance to get out of the family home and finally start living. A self-acknowledged late bloomer, she's ready to experience some important "firsts": She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But it's not long before tragedy strikes, forcing Maddie to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the perils -- and rewards -- of putting her life on the line. Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures?and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 286188 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2023., Macmillan Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=8916760 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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The final revival of Opal & Nev / [electronic resource]. by Walton, Dawnie.; Edwards, Janina.;
Narrator: Janina Edwards.Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can't imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job -- despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar's amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records. In early seventies New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth. Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 373696 KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2021., Simon & Schuster Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=5589553 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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The unsettled : [electronic resource] : A novel. by Mathis, Ayana.; Turpin, Bahni.;
Narrator: Bahni Turpin.From the moment Ava Carson and her ten-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia 1985, Ava is already plotting a way out. She is repulsed by the shelter's squalid conditions: their cockroach-infested room, the barely edible food, and the shifty night security guard. She is determined to rescue her son from the perils and indignities of that place, and to save herself from the complicated past that led them there. Ava has been estranged from her own mother, Dutchess, since she left her Alabama home as a young woman barely out of her teens. Despite their estrangement and the thousand miles between them, mother and daughter are deeply entwined, but Ava can't forgive her sharp-tounged, larger than life mother whose intractability and bouts of debilitating despair brought young Ava to the outer reaches of neglect and hunger. Ava wants to love her son differently, better. But when Toussaint's father, Cass, reappears, she is swept off course by his charisma, and the intoxicating power of his radical vision to destroy systems of racial injustice and bring about a bold new way of communal living. Meanwhile, in Alabama, Dutchess struggles to keep Bonaparte, once a beacon of Black freedom and self-determination, in the hands of its last five Black residents -- families whose lives have been rooted in this stretch of land for generations -- and away from rapidly encroaching white developers. She fights against the erasure of Bonaparte's venerable history and the loss of the land itself, which she has so arduously preserved as Ava's inheritance. As Ava becomes more enmeshed with Cass, Toussaint senses the danger simmering all around him -- his well-intentioned but erratic mother; the intense, volatile figure of his father who drives his fledgling Philadelphia community toward ever increasing violence and instability. He begins to dream of Dutchess and Bonaparte, his home and birthright, if only he can find his way there.Requires the Libby app or a modern web browser.
Subjects: Electronic books.; Fiction.; African American Fiction.; Literature.;
© 2023., Books on Tape,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=9611967 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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