years of working in a factory, Ginger decides to go back to school and join the 9-to-5
white-collar world. The higher she climbs, however, the more her jealous, controlling
husband tries to pull her back down. Desperate to hold onto the things she loves, yet
driven to achieve more, Ginger must make choices that are both extraordinary
difficult--and ultimately freeing. HC: Warner. (Fiction--General)
Morrison's eagerly awaited new novel--her first
since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993--is extraordinary for its
breathtaking drive, stylistic panache, and enlivening moral gravitas. Spanning the time
from the Reconstruction to the 1970s, this powerful work deftly manipulates past, present,
and future as it reveals the interior lives of the citizens of a fictional, all-black town
A refreshingly original approach...Alice Walker presents [the] family
objectively, leaving it to the reader to decide how much of it has been influenced by a
heritage of bondage and by a knowledge of being surrounded by prejudice and hatred. --
Bailey's Cafe - Gloria
Welcome to Bailey's Cafe, the most mythically real eating place you've ever
walked into. Presided over by Bailey himself and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that
draws a wide variety of society's detritus, each with her own story to tell. There is
Sadie, whose addiction to alcohol is second only to her mania for cleanliness; Sweet
Esther, who takes nothing but white roses for her very particular favors; Peaches, whose
badly mutilated face is in sharp contrast to her goddess's body; Miss Maple, a
transvestite who makes a handsome living by entering soap flake contests; and Mariam, the
Ethiopian child who may be the bearer of a miracle. One would call them misfits all, but
in the magical aura of Bailey's Cafe, as the new year approaches, each becomes a universal
creature of biblical stature.
second novel is an epic saga of three families whose paths intertwine with the devil in
their quests for wealth, power and love. The history of the town is inextricably linked to
Josephus, a freed slave, and his two dauthers, Ruth and Yinyang. In seeking the legacy
left by their father, the sisters pull each other into the vortex of powerful emotion.
for the first time in a Laurel edition, Just Above My Head is a monumental saga of love
and rage that traces a network of family, friends, and lovers through Harlem and the
American South of the last 30 years.
A stirring portrait of
21st-century America by the author of Wild Seed. Forced to flee an America where anarchy
and violence have completely taken over, empath Lauren Olamina--who can feel the pain of
others and is crippled by it--becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a new
faith christened "Earthseed." Previous publisher: Four Walls/Eight Windows.
With the shimmering, startling detail that is the
hallmark of the author's engaging style, this book evokes 1960s west Philadelphia in a
spicy story of a mother and daughter forced to confront the brutal secret that has locked
their hearts against one another.
FromSacred Fire: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire
So opens James Baldwin's The Fire Next
Time. It comprises two previously published essays in the form of personal letters.
The first is a letter to his nephew written on the hundredth anniversary of the
Emancipation Proclamation that attacks the idea that blacks are inferior to whites. The
second, a much longer letter addressed to all Americans, recounts Baldwin's coming-of-age
in Harlem, appraises black nationalism, and discusses in detail the connection between
racism and Christianity. Written in the heat of the civil rights era, the book reflects
Baldwin's passion for justice and his iconoclastic ideas about the revolutionary power of
love in the battle for America's survival.
We now are nearing the final decade of the 20th century. Recently, there
has been an unraveling and an analysis of the core issue of the first global
power sysem of mass oppression-- the power system of racism (white
supremacy). One the collective victim (non-white population) understands
this fundamental issue, the ultimate organizing of all of the appropriate
behaviors necessary to neutralize the great injustice of the white supremacy
power system will only be a matter of time. The length of time required to
neutralize global white supremacy will be inversely proportional to
1) the level of understanding of the phenomenon; plus 2) the evolution of
self- and group-respect, the will, determination and discipline to practice
the appropriate counter-racist behaviors--on the part of the non-white
victims of white supremacy."
in rural Virginia during 1948, Miss Ophelia is a remarkable debut novel that
explores the issues of abortion, illegitimacy, adultery, and skin color. Belly Anderson,
now in the autumn of her life, reminisces about the last summer of her childhood, a time
when she learns a terrible secret about a close friend--a secret that forces Belly to grow
up and learn what it really means to be an adult.
From the beloved and highly successful
author of "Family" and "In Search of Satisfaction" comes a dramatic
and thought-provoking new novel of one African-American family's triumph in the face of
the hardships and challenges of the post-Civil War South.
The New York Times Book Review's Notable Book of
the Yearhild at the moment of her birth, with the power to see ghosts and predict the
future. But only one nurse knows the spells to ensure that Lena will see good ghosts, not
French's harrowing debut novel of 10-year-old Billy Lee Turner, convicted and executed for
murdering a white girl in Baines, Mississippi, in 1937, is an unsentimental and ultimately
heartrending vision of racial injustice. "A work of art . . . Billy never lets up,
not for one minute. . . . magnificent."--New York Daily News.
A brilliant new mystery in the highly acclaimed Easy
Rawlins series. In 1961 L.A., Easy is tracking down Elizabeth Eady, a.k.a. "Black
Betty"--a stunning beauty with mayhem in her wake. Easy's search takes readers deep
into America's racial dilemmas and the mysteries of human character.
of a two-volume set of works by Zora Neale Hurston, Novels and Stories features the
acclaimed 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God--plus Jonah's Gourd Vine, Moses Man of
the Mountain, Seraph on the Suwanee, and selected stories. Includes a newly researched
chronology of Hurston's life, detailed notes, and a brief essay on the texts.