A Delicate Affair (Decades: A Journey of African American Romance Book 1) by:Lindsay Evans
Golden Worth is a proud southerner. But when some “good” Georgia boys threaten to lynch him, he runs north to Washington DC to make music and a new life for himself. He doesn’t count on falling for the untouchable Leonie Harper, an aristocratic beauty with a mind for sin. He knows better than to want her, but the Radcliffe-bound girl who’s supposed to be a blushing debutante is anything but. She captivates him, tempting him to want things he once thought were out of reach.
All too easily, Golden falls into Leonie’s scented embrace, even though he suspects she’s only playing with him until something richer comes along.
A Night to Remember: A Novelette by: Barbara Joe Williams
Annette Green finally gets serious about losing weight, only she has no idea it will lead to losing her husband, too. Her best friend, Candice, takes her out on New Year’s Eve to lift her spirits. Will “Net” experience a Night to Remember when she lifts her new red dress instead?
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Josie and the Brood by:Jayde Brooks
Time didn’t mean anything out here. The only clock that mattered was the change of seasons and Josie had learned to live to nature’s rules a long time ago. She preferred it out here by herself because people couldn’t be trusted and vamps ruled the world. The biggest lie ever told was that there was safety in numbers. Human Revelers (traffickers) worked for the vamps and preyed on the weak, capturing other humans living in the sanctuaries, and selling them to the highest bidder. Josie had been bought and sold once, back when she was child, back when she was weak, but she had learned the truth after escaping sanctuary a long time ago. The truth that she was stronger than she ever thought she could be, and she was safer on her own.
Human beings had only ever been sustenance for his kind. But that was long time when demons fought to rule everything, the Brood numbered in the millions, and the world still hadn’t quite ended yet. He’d been human once. Like so many others, the plague got hold of him, and turned him into what he was an now, brood, a cannibal by nature, a beast by design. But thanks to a death wish, teeth pulling, some good, old fashioned cold-turkey starvation and a stubborn, pain-in-the-ass Djinn with a guilty conscience and who refused to let Chapman die, he was a reformed cannibal. She was pretty and she had no idea of how long he’d been watching her, which was probably for the best. Being stalked by a brood would’ve more than likely scared the hell out of her, so he figured it was best to keep his distance.
Brood weren’t supposed to save lives, they were supposed to take them, but for some reason, this one had saved hers. Still, Josie wasn’t stupid and knew better than to trust his kind. They were supposed to be dead. She was old enough to remember the terror of having to escape to survive an attack against her by her own mother who had caught the sickness and turned to brood. She remembered the world spiraling into chaos, loved ones turning on loved ones, with kids like her, orphaned and forced to try and survive on their own. It was hard enough hiding out from revelers and vamps, now she had to add a brood to that very short list, and knowing that he out there, scared her more than any of them.
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Life and Death in Kolofata by:Ellen Einterz
When Dr. Ellen Einterz first arrives in the town of Kolofata in Cameroon, the situation is dire: patients are exploited by healthcare workers, unsterilized needles are reused, and only the wealthy can afford care. In Life and Death in Kolofata: An American Doctor in Africa, Einterz tells her remarkable story of delivering healthcare for 24 years in one of the poorest countries in the world, revealing both touching stories of those she is able to help and the terrible suffering of people born in extreme poverty. In one case, a 6-year-old burn victim suffers after an oil tanker tips and catches fire; in another story, Dr. Einterz delivers a child in the front yard of her home. In addition to struggling to cure diseases and injuries and combat malnutrition, Einterz faced another kind of danger: the terrorist organization Boko Haram had successively kidnapped foreigners from Cameroon, and they had set their sights on the American in Kolofata. It would only be a matter of time before they would come for her.
Tragic, heartwarming, and at times even humorous, Life and Death in Kolofata illustrates daily life for the people of Cameroon and their doctor, documenting both the incredible human suffering in the world and the difference that can be made by those willing to help.
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A Sky Full of Stars by:Linda Williams Jacksons
After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community. Life might be easier in the North, but Mississippi is home and that’s worth fighting for. Mid-Century Mississippi comes alive in this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon.
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Mouths Don’t Speak by:Katia D. Ulysse
No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions more homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their three-year-old daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD.
Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial “closure.” Unfortunately, the Haiti she left as a child twenty-five years earlier has disappeared. Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter–the only one who must not die.
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Betty Before X by:Ilyasah Shabazz
In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can’t shake the feeling that her mother doesn’t want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.
Collaborating with author Renée Watson, Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood, painting a beautiful and inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young listeners today.
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From The Heart of Africa by:Eric Walters
A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more.
Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life’s issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think about where they came from or why they exist.
In this beautifully illustrated collection, Eric Walters brings us classic sayings from the places where this shared wisdom began. Ashanti, Sukuma, Akan and Kikuyu: all of these cultures use the portable and easily shared knowledge contained in aphorisms, and from these cultures and more this communal knowledge spread.
This book is a celebration of art, of community and of our common history.
Ages: 6 to 9, Grades: 1 to 4
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A Child’s Introduction to African American History by:Jabari Asim
Jabari Asim goes beyond what’s taught in the classroom and tells a fact-filled history of African Americans through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You’ll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You’ll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970’s.
You’ll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others.
Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominants athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Master’s Golf Tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the twentieth century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
Filled with beautiful illustrations that bring these figures and events to life, plus a removable historical timeline, A Child’s Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history.
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