River, Cross My Heart

A Novel

Author: Breena Clarke

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759520070

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The acclaimed bestseller--a selection of Oprah's Book Club--that brings vividly to life the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, circa 1925, a community reeling from a young girl's tragic death. Five-year-old Clara Bynum is dead, drowned in the Potomac River in the shadow of a seemingly haunted rock outcropping known locally as the Three Sisters. River, Cross My Heart, which marks the debut of a wonderfully gifted new storyteller, weighs the effect of Clara's absence on the people she has left behind: her parents, Alice and Willie Bynum, torn between the old world of their rural North Carolina home and the new world of the city, to which they have moved in search of a better life for themselves and their children; the friends and relatives of the Bynum family in the Georgetown neighborhood they now call home; and, most especially, Clara's sister, ten-year-old Johnnie Mae, who must come to terms with the powerful and confused emotions stirred by her sister's death as she struggles to decide what kind of woman she will become. This highly accomplished first novel resonates with ideas, impassioned lyricism, and poignant historical detail as it captures an essential part of the African-American experience in our century.

Stand the Storm

A Novel

Author: Breena Clarke

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316032689

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Even though Sewing Annie Coats and her son, Gabriel, have managed to buy their freedom, their lives are still marked by constant struggle and sacrifice. Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, where the Coatses operate a tailor's shop and laundry, is supposed to be a "promised land" for former slaves but is effectively a frontier town, gritty and dangerous, with no laws protecting black people. The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses wage their daily battles-as they negotiate with their former owner, as they assist escaped slaves en route to freedom, as they prepare for the encroaching war, and as they strive to love each other enough-is what propels STAND THE STORM and makes the novel's tragic denouement so devastating.

The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

Author: Ted Striphas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231148151

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Ted Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption. This edition features a new preface in which Striphas considers the stakes of abandoning printed books in favor of digital readers.

Reading Oprah

How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791462577

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

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Time

Author: Briton Hadden,Henry Robinson Luce

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Washington History

Magazine of the Historical Society of Washington

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Washington (D.C.)

Page: N.A

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Gap Creek

Roman

Author: Robert Morgan,Isabella Nadolny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423209427

Category: Appalachian Region, Southern

Page: 333

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Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt

Author: Jesmyn Ward

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3956142284

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Jojo und seine kleine Schwester Kayla leben bei ihren Großeltern Mam and Pop an der Golfküste von Mississippi. Leonie, ihre Mutter, kümmert sich kaum um sie. Sie nimmt Drogen und arbeitet in einer Bar. Wenn sie high ist, wird Leonie von Visionen ihres toten Bruders heimgesucht, die sie quälen, aber auch trösten. Mam ist unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt, und der stille und verlässliche Pop versucht, den Haushalt aufrecht zu erhalten und Jojo beizubringen, wie man erwachsen wird. Als der weiße Vater von Leonies Kindern aus dem Gefängnis entlassen wird, packt sie ihre Kinder und eine Freundin ins Auto und fährt zur »Parchment Farm«, dem staatlichen Zuchthaus, um ihn abzuholen. Eine Reise voller Gefahr und Hoffnung. Jesmyn Ward erzählt so berührend wie unsentimental von einer schwarzen Familie in einer von Armut und tief verwurzeltem Rassismus geprägten Gesellschaft. Was bedeuten familiäre Bindungen, wo sind ihre Grenzen? Wie bewahrt man Würde, Liebe und Achtung, wenn man sie nicht erfährt? Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt ist ein großer Roman, getragen von Wards so besonderer melodischer Sprache, ein zärtliches Familienporträt, eine Geschichte von Hoffnungen und Kämpfen, voller Anspielungen auf das Alte Testament und die Odyssee.

No Man's Land

Leben an der mexikanischen Grenze

Author: Francisco Cantú

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446261419

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Was Francisco Cantú an der amerikanisch-mexikanischen Grenze erlebt, bringt ihn fast um den Verstand. Cantú hat Politik studiert und wollte am eigenen Leib erfahren, was an der Grenze wirklich geschieht. Als Mitglied der United States Border Patrol rettet er Verdurstende aus der Wüste, deportiert aber auch illegale Einwanderer oder erlebt, wie Familien auseinandergerissen werden. In seiner persönlichen Reportage zeigt er, was Grenzen für die Menschen wirklich bedeuten. No Man’s Land mutet wie eine Tragödie an und bildet doch die Realität wahrheitsgetreu ab, unverzerrt, grausam und zutiefst berührend.

Reading with Oprah

The Book Club that Changed America

Author: Kathleen Rooney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Exploring the myths and presuppositions surrounding the Oprah Book Club, this text reveals its complex and far-reaching cultural influence, confronting head-on how the club became a crucible for the heated clash between 'high' and 'low' literary taste.

Der Sterne Lauf

Roman

Author: Elizabeth Berg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442450411

Category:

Page: 286

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Samantha, 42, Mutter und Hausfrau, wird von ihrem Mann verlassen und muss sich ein neues Leben aufbauen. Sie sucht Untermieter für ihr Haus und nimmt diverse Jobs an. Dabei lernt sie den sympathischen, übergewichtigen King kennen.

Ebony

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: African Americans

Page: N.A

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Maiden USA

girl icons come of age

Author: Kathleen Sweeney

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 324

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Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age explores images of powerful, contradictory pop culture icons of the past decade, which run the gamut from Mean Girls and their Endangered Victims to Superheroines and Ingenue Goddesses. Are girls of the Title IX generation in need of Internet protection, or are they Supergirls evolving beyond gender stereotypes to rescue us all? Maiden USA provides an overview of girl trends since the '90s including the emergence of girls' digital media-making and self-representation venues on MySpace, Facebook and YouTube as the newest wave of Girl Power.

Mending the world

stories of family by contemporary black writers

Author: Rosemarie Robotham

Publisher: Basic Civitas Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

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The author reveals the many facets of the African-American family as revealed through literature, including the poetry and prose of Toi Derricotte, Debra Dickerson, Charles Johnson, and many others. 50,000 first printing.

Angels Make Their Hope Here

Author: Breena Clarke

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316253995

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Russell's Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family. Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan's homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer--so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she--expect her to become his helpmeet?. Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots--until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell's Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City's mean streets. With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels River, Cross My Heart and Stand the Storm, Breena Clarke weaves a richly dramatic story of interracial harmony in the Civil War era--and of one woman's triumph in the crucible of history.

Kaapse Bibliotekaris

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

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Issues for Nov. 1957- include section: Accessions. Aanwinste, Sept. 1957-

Euphoria

Roman

Author: Lily King

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406682049

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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Von realen Ereignissen im Leben der berühmten Ethnologin Margaret Mead inspiriert, erzählt Lily King in diesem grandiosen, spannenden und sinnlichen Roman ebenso anschaulich wie klug von Besitz und Begierde, Entdeckung und Macht, Liebe und Herrschaft. Neuguinea, Anfang der 1930er Jahre. Drei junge Ethnologen – die schon berühmte und faszinierende Amerikanerin Nell Stone, ihr Mann Fen und der Brite Andrew Bankson – stoßen nach Jahren einsamer Feldforschung aufeinander und entwickeln eine leidenschaftliche Dreiecksbeziehung. Erschöpft von den Versuchen, etwas Verwertbares über die Stämme am Sepikfluss herauszufinden, gelangen die drei Forscher zu den Tam, einem weiblich dominierten Stamm mit ungewohnten Ritualen. Während sie immer tiefer in das Leben der Tam eindringen, werden auch ihre unterschiedlichen Wünsche und Interessen immer deutlicher, die erotische Anziehung zwischen Nell Stone und Andrew Bankson immer intensiver. Schließlich schreitet Fen zu einer dramatischen Aktion mit tragischem Ausgang für alle.