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Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...
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Another great book club read!
Yes. Now- I'm always about 365 days behind everyone else in the reading world, simply because I boycott popular books for as long as I can stand to: like, say, Emily Giffin novels... can't possibly be any good if that many of my girlfriends actually read them! But The Help, my dears, is worth reading. I didn't want it to end! Now that's the sign of a truly good book... and well-written too! GAsp!
My favorite book in a long time. And it was a great movie!
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Currently in the Information Store we are promoting books to boost your mood! We're calling it 'Feel Good February'. Everyone's favourite feel good book is Kathryn Stockett's 'The Help'. Click the image to check the availability of this amazing book...or even check out the film adaptation! Have a look at the display by the main desk for more mood boosting books! #thehelp #kathrynstockett #feelgood #moodboost
Great book, and better than the great movie adaptation. Kathryn Stockett, Author of The Help
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. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free.
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Beloved ~ Toni Morrison (my favorite book)
Beloved ~ Toni Morrison. One of my top five favorite novels.
Not an easy read, but still a thought-provoking story worth reading. Beloved | This suspenseful novel follows Sethe, who was freed from slavery but never really escapes her memories. It’s an unflinching look into the horrors of slavery, but even more than that, it will fill you with hope.
12 Banned Books Every Woman Should Read. This 1987 novel won the Frederic G. Melcher Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for its stunning narrative of a mother haunted by her young child's death. It also contains violence, sexual content and discussions of bestiality. As recently as 2013, parents have tried to remove Beloved from high school reading lists.
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Beloved: Central SF Classic Lit Book Club, Sweet Inspiration Cafe, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
The inspiring, never-before-published autobiography of the world's greatest civil rights leader--constructed from his writings, correspondence, and interviews, many of them never before made public.
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Audiobook download read by the author. From one of the world's most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.
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Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under the George W. Bush administration, is one of the most accomplished women and African-Americans in national politics and therefore of interest to readers across the political spectrum. Her current memoir, No Higher Honor, focuses on her eight years in Washington, D.C. as part of the Bush administration.
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement
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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis. The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.
A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. A novel about a black family that visits Birmingham during the time of segregation. A good book to tie together literacy, language arts, and social studies content.
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Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family
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Check out "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis for your Nook, iPad, or other EPUB-compatible e-reader with your Vernon Area Public Library card. #OprahsBookClub
Over the years, I've developed an affinity for the short story format that I once despised. Mathis uses the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the North to kick off this saga of a family's history told through linked short stories. Sew Transformed: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
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Memoir of the first African American president.
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The journey of another black man dealing with issues raised by the absence of his father.
The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama http://www.amazon.com/dp/1400082773/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_gCLZub046TJQJ
When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow "Flip" Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as "TV's first black superstar"?
Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism, and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination
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Even if you've read Autobiography of Malcolm X, this one is worth reading too.
A powerful look at Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam (NOI). NOI has arguably had the greatest impact of any movement in advancing free enterprise and economic development in African-American communities. #MalcolmX #BlackEmpowerment
Congratulations! Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable, 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History
Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.
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Devil in the Grove - Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction. #Kobo #eBook
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In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion
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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel, by Jennifer Chiaverini (18 Nov 2013) -- Genre: Literary, Historical Fiction [Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln, Women dressmakers, first ladies, female friendship]
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley. I thought the book was worth reading but with a better writer it could have been much more compelling,
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini (book club pick, Jan '14)
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls...
the story of Elizabeth Keckley, who began her life as a slave and became a privileged witness to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
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Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House. By: Elizabeth Keckley, 9/9/2013
The thrilling story of a free colored man, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, sold into slavery, and after twelve years of bondage is reclaimed by state authority from a cotton plantation in Louisiana.
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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup ($0.99) - Solomon Northup seems to have been a well spoken man, who tells an amazing story! - Wanted to read the book before I went to see the movie. - Once you got used to the authors form of speaking, I found the book very well written, with excellent characterization. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FUKLJZK/hpb2-20/ASIN/B00FUKLJZK
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.
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Nonfiction Book Club. June 2014.
I really like this book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, is an amazing true story about a poor black woman who's cells were taken , without her knowledge because they was something very unique about them. They were used countless time for remarkable research. Heneritta's cells are still alive and thriving today. They have been bought sold countless times but she never made a penny. I have read that Oprah has plans to make an HBO movie based on the book.
2013 Book Club Book - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. To see this book in LCL catalogue click on the book cover.
Raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education, Ben Carson lacked motivation. He had terrible grades. And a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son he could make something of his life, even though everything around him said otherwise.Read the story of how he beat the odds to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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BESTSELLER! Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story $6.99. This definitely looks worth reading :)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize--winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.