08 27 2014
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'Wench' by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Wench" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones's "The Known World" as it tells the story of four Black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War...


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Book Review: 'Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays'

How did Christmas come to be more closely associated with consumerism than with spiritualism? What sort of toll does the emotional and financial pressure to buy gifts we can't afford take on today's society? Should it matter that the recipients generally aren't even very appreciative since they tend to get things they neither want nor would ever consider buying for themselves?


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Black Non-Fiction Books of 2009: Best and Worse

Who even knew that any children of slaves were still alive? A debt of gratitude is owed to Sana Butler for compiling this bittersweet collection of revealing interviews with the offspring of folks freed by the Emancipation Proclamation well over a century ago. What makes this book special is how seamlessly the author contrasts her aging subjects' fading recollections with her own expectations of them and her intimate reflections about being Black and female in present-day America.


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Author Bases Novel on Own Ancestors

In "Who Will Cry for the Little Girl" author Alexander Lee Barrett follows the life of his own great-great-great-great-great Grandmother, Chaney Rice as she deals with life as a slave on the plantation of one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Greene County, Alabama


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