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Click for more detail about I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots: A Novel by Susan Straight I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots: A Novel

by Susan Straight
Open Road Media (Oct 21, 2014)
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A historic novel about a young woman forced to grow up quickly, and whose life—as well as those of her twin sons—changes with the current of the times
Beginning in the late 1950s, this novel tells the story of Marietta Cook, a tall girl growing up in Pine Gardens, a Gullah-speaking village in South Carolina. When Marietta’s mother passes, she heads to Charleston in search of her uncle—only to find a lover and return pregnant with twins two years later. She raises her sons back home in the low country before moving the family to Charleston, where she takes a growing interest in football and the civil rights movement. The boys grow huge and talented at the game, playing pro football in California. A new world and new travails await, but Marietta’s great resilience endures.

This is the life of an extraordinary soul, and a novel with a beautifully vivid sense of place.

Click for more detail about Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade by Manu Herbstein Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Manu Herbstein
Open Road Media (Sep 23, 2014)
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Winner of the 2002 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. Thrust into a foreign land, passed from owner to owner, stripped of her identity. This is the life of Nandzi, who was given the name Ama, a name strange to her and her tribal culture. A life of struggle and resignation, bondage and freedom, passion and indifference, intense love and remorseless hate. Though forced into desperation, Ama never lets her soul be consumed by fear. While the stories of individual slaves have been blurred into one mass, Ama’s story personifies the experience of eighteenth-century Africans in an unforgettable way. Her entrancing story of defiance and spiritual fire starts from the day she is brutally seized, raped, and enslaved, and ends with her breathing the pure air of freedom.†Ama†is a deeply engrossing and colorful novel, packed with violence, sex, and action. The resilience of her spirit will grip readers from the first page to the last of Manu Herbstein’s spellbinding novel.

Click for more detail about Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler Unexpected Stories

by Octavia Butler
Open Road Media (Jun 24, 2014)
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The novella “A Necessary Being” showcases Octavia E. Butler’s ability to create alien yet fully believable “others.” Tahneh’s father was a Hao, one of a dwindling race whose leadership abilities render them so valuable that their members are captured and forced to govern. When her father dies, Tahneh steps into his place, both chief and prisoner, and for twenty years has ruled without ever meeting another of her kind. She bears her loneliness privately until the day that a Hao youth is spotted wandering into her territory. As her warriors sharpen their weapons, Tahneh must choose between imprisoning the newcomer—and living the rest of her life alone.

The second story in this volume, “Childfinder,” was commissioned by Harlan Ellison for his legendary (and never-published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions™. A disaffected telepath connects with a young girl in a desperate attempt to help her harness her growing powers. But in the richly evocative fiction of Octavia E. Butler, mentorship is a rocky path, and every lesson comes at a price.

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