West Slope Library Booklist – February 2015


Black History Month honors the achievements, struggles, and personal stories of black Americans. It is a time for recognizing the central role African Americans have played throughout the course of U.S. history. This month, explore the poetry of Langston Hughes, the story of Henrietta Lacks, or the biography of Madame C.J. Walker, but don’t restrict yourself to just February—keep exploring and learning throughout the year!

Fiction

The Accidental Diva

The Accidental Diva

By Williams, Tia
2005-05 – New American Library
0451215079



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A vivacious, hilarious and genuinely universal new voice bursts onto the scene with Williams’s fiction debut about love, work and friendship.

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Middle Passage

Middle Passage

By Johnson, Charles R.
1998-07 – Scribner Book Company
0684855887



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Winner – 1990 National Book Awards for Fiction
From a critically acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author comes a compelling adventure that "The Seattle Times" hailed as "a work of art that is a rattling good sea yarn as well as a profound meditation on the nature of self-knowledge".


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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

By Hambly, Barbara
2010-05 – Severn House Publishers
9780727868671



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When musician and surgeon Benjamin January attends the funeral of a friend, an accident tips the dead man out of his coffin–only to reveal an unexpected inhabitant. The corpse is one of January’s closest friends, but he is unwilling to talk about his connection to the dead man.

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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

By Chabon, Michael
2013-09 – Harper Perennial
006149335X



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"New York Times"-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Chabon goes to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted novel that explores the lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white, and the pop culture that surrounds them.

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The Watery Part of the World

The Watery Part of the World

By Parker, Michael
2012-06 – Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
1616201436



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Inspired by two small moments in 1813, Parker’s vast and involving novel about pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world.

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Non-Fiction

The Delany Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom

The Delany Sisters’ Book of Everyday Wisdom

By Delany, Sarah Louise
Editor De Angelis, Paul
With Delany, Annie Elizabeth
1994-11 – Kodansha America/Tsai Fong Books
1568360428



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Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany, now 105 and 103 years old, took the reading public by storm with their surprise bestseller, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Since then, people all over the world have been writing and asking them questions.

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Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

By Hooks, Bell
1997-10 – Holt McDougal
0805055126



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Stitching together girlhood memories with the finest threads of innocence, feminist intellectual bell hooks presents a powerfully intimate account of growing up in the South.

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On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

By Bundles, A’Lelia Perry
2002-01 – Washington Square Press
0743431723



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Bundles, a journalist and great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, offers a lively portrait of an American businesswoman. Walker, the first freeborn child of slaves, rose from poverty to establish a successful hair-care business, became one of the wealthiest women in the United States, and devote herself to a life of activism and philanthropy toward race and women’s issues. 16 page photo

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Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today

Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today

By Morris, Robert V.
Foreword by Becton, Julius W., Jr.
2011-01 – Zenith Press
9780760339176



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This commemoration of African-Americans in the U.S. military includes contributions from W. Stephen Morris and Luther H. Smith, one of the most-celebrated Tuskegee Airmen. Other black military heroes featured in the book include Crispus Attucks, the first man to die in the Revolutionary War; Lt. James Reese Europe, who brought jazz music to Europe in 1918; Lt. Charity Adams, commander of the only

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Skloot, Rebecca
2010-02 – Crown Publishing Group (NY)
1400052173



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Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks?a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s?with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.



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Picture Books

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses

By Lester, Julius
Illustrator Pinkney, Jerry
1998-05 – Dial Books
0803717873



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CCBC Choices – 1998
Based on true accounts by Bob Lemmons, a former slave, "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses" chronicles Lemmons’ adventures as he tracks wild horses across the plains. Full color.


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Freedom's Gifts

Freedom’s Gifts

By Wesley, Valerie Wilson
Illustrator Wilson, Sharon
1997-04 – Jump at the Sun
0689802692



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Juneteenth–the day Texan slaves found out they had been freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation–is June’s favorite holiday. This year, though, her cousin Lillie will be there for the Juneteenth picnic. This could spoil everything, for Lillie has no interest in celebrating this Texas tradition. But great-great Aunt Marshall just may be able to convince Lillie otherwise. Full color.

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Bessie Smith and the Night Riders

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders

By Stauffacher, Sue
Illustrator Holyfield, John
2006-01 – Putnam Publishing Group
0399242376



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Stauffacher and Holyfield tell a powerful story of facing down danger and standing up for what’s right as it relates an event in which legendary blues singer Bessie Smith stood up against the Ku Klux Klan. Full color.

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Children’s Non-Fiction

Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

By Fradin, Dennis Brindell
Author Fradin, Judith Bloom
Joint Author Fradin, Judith Bloom
2000-01 – Clarion Books
0395898986



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CCBC Choices – 2001
The acclaimed civil rights leader Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) is brought vividly to life in this accessible and well-researched biography. Wells was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she helped black women win the right to vote. But what she is most remembered for is the success of her lifelong crusade against the


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The Story of Malcolm X, Civil Rights Leader

The Story of Malcolm X, Civil Rights Leader

By Stine, Megan
1995-01 – Gareth Stevens Publishing
0836813839



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A portrait of Malcolm X details the dramatic and successful struggle of an uneducated man to transform himself into an articulate African-American leader.

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Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Ain’t Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

By Nelson, Scott
With Aronson, Marc
2007-12 – National Geographic Society
142630000X



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Who was the real John Henry? The story of this legendary African-American figure has come down to us in so many songs, stories, and plays, that the facts are often lost. Historian Scott Nelson brings John Henry alive for young readers in his personal quest for the "true story" of the man behind the myth.

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One More Valley, One More Hill: The Story of Aunt Clara Brown

One More Valley, One More Hill: The Story of Aunt Clara Brown

By Lowery, Linda
Author Keep, Linda Lowery
Introduction by McKissack, Patricia
2003-12 – Random House Books for Young Readers
0375810935



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Lowery chronicles the extraordinary–but little-known–life of black pioneer Aunt Clara Brown, who bought herself out of slavery, became a wealthy entrepreneur, aided other freed slaves, and tracked down her lost daughter, sold away from her 47 years before.

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Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America

By Bolden, Tonya
2014-01 – Abrams Books for Young Readers
1419708465



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Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.

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