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12.7 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged
The 19th addition of this annual anthology exhibits a collection of short fiction from award-winning Southern authors and rising stars including Edward P. Jones and Silas House. Each story's derivation is explained in an illuminating note from the author following the rich and entertaining tales.Available Formats:12.5 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged
Pages magazine says this collection represents "the absolute best in short literary fiction." This installment exhibits a fresh batch of immensely talented writers, all of whom exemplify the level of accomplishment that has kept this acclaimed series running strong since 1985. Comprising 20 stories, this rich and varied collection features everything from a fresh take on the classic Southern gothic to a velvet-smooth work of erotic suspense.Available Formats:12.2 hrs • Feb/09/2017 • Unabridged
Jeff Stetson has received eight NAACP Theater Image Awards for his play The Meeting, which aired on American Playhouse on PBS. He offers a thought-provoking work of fiction with Blood on the Leaves. Old white men—alleged perpetrators of racial killings during the civil rights struggle—are being brutally murdered in the South. Now it’s up to the only black deputy district attorney to prosecute these racially motivated crimes.Available Formats:16.4 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
From noted journalist and professor David Dent comes this poignant and fascinating survey of contemporary African-American life. In Search of Black America is a compilation of eclectic personalities and rare insights. Dent spent five years researching and traveling across the continent interviewing America’s black middle-class. Filled with stories of real people and real places, this book examines the many ways in which blacks have carved out their own niche and emerged from the shadow of a racist history. With Dion Graham’s thoughtful, informative narration, In Search of Black America provides a major contribution to the ongoing discourse on race in America.Available Formats:4.9 hrs • Jan/25/2017 • Unabridged
American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat earned a National Book Award nomination for this brilliant collection of stories, which includes Pushcart Prize winner "Between the Pool and the Gardenias." A "remarkably gifted writer" (Publishers Weekly), Danticat examines the brutality of her native Haiti, particularly as it affects women, in tales that soar with raw emotion.Available Formats:4.6 hrs • Jan/03/2017 • Unabridged
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best of children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.Available Formats: Retail CD Buy-In10.2 hrs • Oct/26/2016 • Unabridged
A spirited and striking memoir, The Road South tells the story of a man who struggled to make his place in society. “I hope my story will do nothing if not inspire. If I can overcome the hurdles of poverty, abuse, and racism, then so can anyone.” Shelley Stewart’s memoir is full of hope and promise, even in the midst of the most dire situations.Available Formats:11.3 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged
The late Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today.With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band “that changed the sound of black pop” (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success.White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.My Life with Earth, Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD7.1 hrs • Sep/02/2016 • Unabridged
New York Times and Essence best-selling author Alexs D. Pate is also a professor of African American studies at the University of Minnesota. Set in the turbulent 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the story of 12-year-old Edward Massey’s summertime coming of age in the resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Edward and his family have escaped the heat and violence of inner-city Philadelphia every summer for the last 5 years. Staying at his Aunt Edna’s house in West Rehoboth—the black side of town—Edward has the whole summer to have fun and explore. First, Edward wants to learn about the mysterious man named Uncle Rufus living in the shack behind Aunt Edna’s. As Edward and Rufus form a tenuous friendship, Edward risks losing himself to the same negativity that torments his uncle. Pate’s richly imagined West Rehoboth and its inhabitants will surprise and intrigue listeners. The spellbinding voice of narrator Dion Graham brings out every nuance of Pate’s striving characters.Available Formats:7.1 hrs • Aug/03/2016 • Unabridged
After the Confederacy falls, newly-freed slave Rutherford Calhoun is eager to avoid marrying a prim schoolteacher and boards the first ship he finds moored at a New Orleans port. Unbeknownst to Calhoun, the vessel is a slave ship en route to Africa. On the return trip, Calhoun is put to work as a cabin boy and quickly assists the newly captured slaves in revolting against the drunken crew. This compelling adventure is filled with a perfect blend of colorful narrative, historical romance and suspense.Available Formats:9.7 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged
From New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey comes this sexy novel brimming with the steamy voices of three desperately intertwined lovers. Dickey centers the story on an LA-based writer who is obsessed with gorgeous, nubile Nicole—the very same woman who left him at the altar just three years before. Nicole is torn between her ongoing love for him and her passion for the beautiful Ayanna. It’s time for Nicole to make a decision—keep the writer and lose Ayanna, or try to accommodate both and risk losing everything in a conflagration of uninhibited sexuality. Fashionable and hot, this irresistible book will delight you with its sensuous view of the bedroom when the lights are out and the candles are lit.Available Formats:7.9 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment—and a moving story of how we got here.Available Formats:10.3 hrs • Jun/23/2016 • Unabridged
David Fulmer won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel for his debut, Chasing the Devil’s Tail. In The Dying Crapshooter’s Blues, he spins a riveting tale set amid the hustle and bustle of 1920s Atlanta. On the same night a drunk cop shoots a gambler, a haul of priceless jewels is stolen-setting the stage for a mystery as complex and steeped in the blues as the city of Atlanta itself.Available Formats:14.6 hrs • May/11/2016 • Unabridged
A Conversation with the Mann is the remarkable fictional story of the life of black comedian extraordinaire Jackie Mann. Jackie is a poor boy from Harlem and the victim of abuse from his widowed, alcoholic father. But everything changes on the day he discovers the power of comedy. When his classmates make fun of his tattered clothes, Jackie turns everything around by freely poking fun at himself and soon has everyone on the floor with laughter. His amazing talent -- and raging ambition -- take him through the local club circuit to become the most sought-after comedic entertainer in opulent, 50s Las Vegas and beyond.Available Formats:9.4 hrs • Mar/14/2016 • Unabridged
Paris is burning—and only Private’s Jack Morgan can put out the fire.When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead—murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Light, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.Available Formats: Retail CD Buy-In11.1 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Unabridged
From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America In this brilliant,heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.Available Formats:Loading more titles...
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