{2015 New Releases} Week 15: April 6-12

Michelle Obama; A Life by Peter SlevinMichelle Obama by:Peter Slevin
An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with élan, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side.

The journey winds from the intricacies of her upbringing as the highly focused daughter of a gregarious city water-plant worker afflicted with multiple sclerosis to the tribulations she faces at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s. And then returning to Chicago, where she works in an elite law firm and meets a law student from Hawaii named Barack Obama. Unsatisfied by corporate law, Michelle embarks on a search for meaningful work that takes her back to the community of her South Side youth, even as she struggles to find balance as a mother and a professional—while married to a man who wants to be president.

Slevin deftly explores the drama of Barack’s historic campaigns and the harsh glare faced by Michelle in a role both relentlessly public and not entirely of her choosing. He offers a fresh and compelling view of the White House years when Michelle Obama casts herself as mentor, teacher, champion of nutrition, supporter of military families, and fervent opponent of inequality.
Release:4/7/15
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Bad Girl Blvd Part 3 by Erica HiltonBad Girl Blvd Part 3 by:Erica Hilton
Deadly By Design
An attempt on Luca’s life has left her shaken up and her new man, Clyde, left for dead. With no time to pick up the pieces, she has to act strategically and think quickly in order to outsmart her enemies.

Phaedra is no longer a ride-or-die bitch for her mentor, Luca. With Kool-Aid murdered, Phaedra feels alienated from her former crew and makes decisions she’ll soon regret. She’s in love with Clyde and wants to see Luca six feet deep.

With growing numbers of enemies and friends in short supply, Luca formulates and flawlessly executes a plan to permanently destroy those who are gunning for her.
Release:4/7/15
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My Journey with Maya by Tavis SmileyMy Journey with Maya by:Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley recounts the story of his friendship with Maya Angelou

Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.

Smiley stumbled into a relationship with her that shaped his future and affected the man he became. Like a mother to him, she was generous, challenging, and inspirational–as she was to so many. Here he shares his portrait of Angelou–a highly complex individual who left an indelible imprint on American culture.
Release:4/7/15
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Instinct for Graduates by T.D. JakesInstinct for Graduates by:T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes’s Instinct skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Now this companion gift book, INSTINCT FOR GRADUATES, shows grads of all ages how to unleash their God-given instincts and embrace the future with unlimited success.

INSTINCT FOR GRADUATES encourages readers to thrive using their new diplomas, and demonstrates ways to:

      • Create a plan with clear direction for your life that makes the most of your potential
      • Make new friends, and maintain (or let go of) old relationships
      • Choose and live with roommates
      • Form an adult relationship with your parents-cut the cord, without tearing the relationship
      • Manage your finances and debt
      • Hunt for the right jobs, interview successfully, and begin an outstanding career
      • Navigate the ins-and-outs of dating, relating, and getting married
      • Embrace new adventures, have fun, and expand your horizonsEquipped with the wisdom of Instinct, graduates will discover their potential, become equipped to succeed in every opportunity, and stride confidently into the future.
        Release:4/7/15
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Suffer the Little Children by Jodi Eichle-LevineSuffer the Little Children by:Jodi Eichler-Levine
This compelling work examines classic and contemporary Jewish and African American children’s literature. Through close readings of selected titles published since 1945, Jodi Eichler-Levine analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. In the wake of the Holocaust and lynchings, of the Middle Passage and flight from Eastern Europe’s pogroms, children’s literature provides diverse and complicated responses to the challenge of representing difficult collective pasts.

In reading the work of various prominent authors, including Maurice Sendak, Julius Lester, Jane Yolen, Sydney Taylor, and Virginia Hamilton, Eichler-Levine changes our understanding of North American religions. She illuminates how narratives of both suffering and nostalgia graft future citizens into ideals of American liberal democracy, and into religious communities that can be understood according to recognizable notions of reading, domestic respectability, and national sacrifice.

If children are the idealized recipients of the past, what does it mean to tell tales of suffering to children, and can we imagine modes of memory that move past utopian notions of children as our future? Suffer the Little Children
asks readers to alter their worldviews about children’s literature as an “innocent” enterprise, revisiting the genre in a darker and more unsettled light.
Release:4/8/15
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Azziie says:

    Reblogged this on Brilliant Millennial Women and commented:
    WE ARE EXCITED FOR MICHELLE TO TELL US HER STORY FROM IVY LEAUGES TO THE WHITE HOUSE AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT

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