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Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints

Author : Alice Randall
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2020-08-18
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780062968654

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An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit’s famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city’s African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he’s rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats. As he lays dying in the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it. Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom’s venerable "52 Saints." Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life "Saints" with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City’s Harlem. Accompanying these “tributes” are thoughtfully paired cocktails—special drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggy’s saints—libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall’s wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other.

Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints

Author : Alice Randall
Publisher : Amistad
Release : 2021-07-06
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 0062970860

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An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit's famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city's African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he's rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats. As he lays dying in the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it. Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom's venerable "52 Saints." Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life "Saints" with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City's Harlem. Accompanying these "tributes" are thoughtfully paired cocktails--special drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggy's saints--libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall's wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other.

Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints

Author : Alice Randall
Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print
Release : 2021-03-10
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1432885138

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Book Black Bottom Saints Description/Summary:

A celebrated columnist, nightclub emcee, and fine arts philanthropist draws inspiration from the Catholic Saints Day books to reflect on his encounters with black artists in Detroit's legendary Black Bottom neighborhood, from the Great Depression through the post-World War II years.

The Wind Done Gone

The Wind Done Gone

Author : Alice Randall
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release : 2001
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0618219064

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Book The Wind Done Gone Description/Summary:

A literary parody of Gone With the Wind finds Scarlett O'Hara's beautiful Tara-born mulatto half-sister Cyrnara escaping her life of slavery in the world of the Old South to emerge into full life as a daughter, lover, and mother. A first novel. Reprint.

The Talented Miss Farwell

The Talented Miss Farwell

Author : Emily Gray Tedrowe
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2020-09-29
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780062897732

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Catch Me If You Can meets Patricia Highsmith in this “stylish” (New York Times Book Review) page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist. At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie’s in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she’s known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she’s a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make. But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely—a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family’s farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town’s treasurer and controller. No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson’s accounts better than Becky; she’s the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn’t see—and can never discover—is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, “borrowed” funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable. But as Reba Farwell’s deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell’s debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?

The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

Author : Ursula Hegi
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Release : 2020-08-18
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781250156815

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"A joy to read." —New York Times Book Review From beloved bestselling author Ursula Hegi, a new novel about three mothers, set on the shores of the Nordsee, perfect for fans of Water for Elephants and The Light Between Oceans. In the summer of 1878, the Ludwig Zirkus arrives on Nordstrand in Germany, to the delight of the island’s people. But after the show, a Hundred-Year Wave roars from the Nordsee and claims three young children. Three mothers are on the beach when it happens: Lotte, whose children are lost; Sabine, a Zirkus seamstress with her grown daughter; and Tilli, just a girl herself, who will give birth later that day at St. Margaret’s Home for Pregnant Girls. After the tragedy, Lotte’s husband escapes with the Zirkus, while she loses the will to care for their surviving son. Tilli steps in, bonding with him in a way she isn’t allowed to with her own baby, taken away at birth. Sabine, struggling to keep her childlike daughter safe in the world, forms a complicated friendship with Lotte. But the mothers' fragile trio is threatened when Lotte and her husband hatch a dangerous plan to reunite their family, and Tilli and Sabine must try to find a way to pull them back to reality. As full of joy and beauty as it is of pain, and told with the luminous power that has made Ursula Hegi a beloved bestselling author for decades, The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls is a shining testament to the ways in which women hold each other up in the most unexpected of circumstances.

Bones of a Saint

Bones of a Saint

Author : Grant Farley
Publisher : Soho Press
Release : 2021-03-16
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9781641291187

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Set in Northern California in the late ’70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his deadend hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty crime. For years, they’ve left RJ alone, but now they have a job for him: prey upon an old loner in town. In spite of the danger, RJ begins to resist. He fights not only for himself, but for his younger brother, Charley, whose disability has always made RJ feel extra protective of him. For Roxanne, the girl he can’t reach, and the kids in his crew who have nothing to live for. Even for the old loner, who has secrets of his own. If RJ is to break from the Blackjacks’ hold, all of Arcangel must be free of its past.

The Patron Saint of Ugly

The Patron Saint of Ugly

Author : Marie Manilla
Publisher : HMH
Release : 2014-06-17
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780544133488

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Book The Patron Saint of Ugly Description/Summary:

Catholic lore, American tales, and Sicilian superstition blend in this “clever, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming” novel (Publishers Weekly). Born with unruly red hair, a sharp tongue, and wine-colored marks all over her body—marks that oddly mimick a map of the world and make her subject to endless ridicule—Garnet Ferrari would hardly consider herself blessed. So when an emissary from the Vatican shows up at her door, convinced that her seeming ability to cure the skin ailments of others qualifies her for sainthood, she’s not quite convinced—or pleased. Garnet sets off on a quest to better understand who she is and where she and her unusual gifts came from. Tracing a twisted path that leads from Sicily to West Virginia, poverty to riches, romance to loss, reality to mythology, Garnet uncovers a truth far more powerful than any dermatological miracle: that the things of which we are most ashamed often become our greatest strengths. “A cleareyed, touching fable of a girl learning the hard truths about herself and others.” —Kirkus Reviews

Sister Wendy's Book of Saints

Sister Wendy s Book of Saints

Author : Wendy Beckett
Publisher : Dk Pub
Release : 1998
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020140849

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Book Sister Wendy's Book of Saints Description/Summary:

The popular art historian traces the lives of more than thirty-five beloved saints, illustrated with rarely seen icons and manuscripts from the Vatican

Saints, Sinners, Saviors

Saints  Sinners  Saviors

Author : T. Harris
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-04-30
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9781137051790

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Book Saints, Sinners, Saviors Description/Summary:

Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature posits strength as a frequently contradictory and damaging trait for black women characters in several literary works of the twentieth century. Authors of these works draw upon popular images of African American women in producing what they believe to be safe literary representations. Instead, strength becomes a problematic trait, at times a disease, in many characters in which it appears. It has a detrimental impact on the relatives and neighbors of such women as well as on the women themselves. The pattern of portraying women characters as strong in African American literature has become so pronounced that it has stifled the literature.

Saints

Saints

Author : Weldon Owen
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2021-08-24
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781681887487

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Book Saints Description/Summary:

Start each day with this beautifully illustrated gift book on 365 saints in the Christian heritage. Organized by saints’ specific feast days, each page of this beautifully illustrated book provides a day’s worth of history, tradition, and inspiration from the lives and teachings of the saints in the Christian canon, from St. Apollonia to St. Zita. This illustrated book of days tells the life stories, ministry, and beatification of 365 Saints, each beautifully rendered with classic paintings and historic iconography. Designed to become a family heirloom, this reference book lists each saint’s common patronages so readers can call upon them with prayers for intercession during times of trouble, sickness, or loss. A perfect gift for Christenings, Confirmations, birthdays, and holidays.

Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

Author : Eleanor Henderson
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2011-06-07
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780062021021

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Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy's memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to straight edge has its own dangerous consequences. While these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents struggle with this new generation's radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss. Moving back and forth between Vermont and New York City, Ten Thousand Saints is an emphatically observed story of a frayed tangle of family members brought painfully together by a death, then carried along in anticipation of a new and unexpected life. With empathy and masterful skill, Eleanor Henderson has conjured a rich portrait of the modern age and the struggles that unite and divide generations.

That They Lived

That They Lived

Author : Rochelle Riley,Cristi Smith-Jones
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-02-02
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 0814347541

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Book That They Lived Description/Summary:

In February 2017, Rochelle Riley was reading Twitter posts and came across a series of black-and-white photos of four-year-old Lola dressed up as different African American women who had made history. Rochelle was immediately smitten. She was so proud to see this little girl so powerfully honor the struggle and achievement of women several decades her senior. Rochelle reached out to Lola's mom, Cristi Smith-Jones, and asked to pair her writing with Smith-Jones's incredible photographs for a book. The goal? To teach children on the cusp of puberty that they could be anything they aspired to be, that every famous person was once a child who, in some cases, overcame great obstacles to achieve. That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World features Riley's grandson, Caleb, and Lola photographed in timeless black and white, dressed as important individuals such as business owners, educators, civil rights leaders, and artists, alongside detailed biographies that begin with the figures as young children who had the same ambitions, fears, strengths, and obstacles facing them that readers today may still experience. Muhmmad Ali's bike was stolen when he was twelve years old and the police officer he reported the crime to suggested he learn how to fight before he caught up with the thief. Bessie Coleman, the first African American female aviator, collected and washed her neighbors' dirty laundry so she could raise enough money for college. When Duke Ellington was seven years old, he preferred playing baseball to attending the piano lessons his mom had arranged. That They Lived fills in gaps in the history that American children have been taught for generations. For African American children, it will prove that they are more than descendants of the enslaved. For all children, it will show that every child can achieve great things and work together to make the world a better place for all.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Author : Anissa Gray
Publisher : Berkley
Release : 2020-01-14
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781984802446

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Book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Description/Summary:

"If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness."--The Washington Post "A fast-paced, intriguing story...the novel's real achievement is its uncommon perceptiveness on the origins and variations of addiction."--The New York Times Book Review One of the most anticipated reads of 2019 from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo! "The Mothers meets An American Marriage" (HelloGiggles) in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials--as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest--but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister's teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.

Black Detroit

Black Detroit

Author : Herb Boyd
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2017-06-06
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780062346643

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Book Black Detroit Description/Summary:

NAACP 2017 Image Award Finalist 2018 Michigan Notable Books honoree The author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, present, and future and its significance to the African American legacy and the nation’s fabric. Herb Boyd moved to Detroit in 1943, as race riots were engulfing the city. Though he did not grasp their full significance at the time, this critical moment would be one of many he witnessed that would mold his political activism and exposed a city restless for change. In Black Detroit, he reflects on his life and this landmark place, in search of understanding why Detroit is a special place for black people. Boyd reveals how Black Detroiters were prominent in the city’s historic, groundbreaking union movement and—when given an opportunity—were among the tireless workers who made the automobile industry the center of American industry. Well paying jobs on assembly lines allowed working class Black Detroiters to ascend to the middle class and achieve financial stability, an accomplishment not often attainable in other industries. Boyd makes clear that while many of these middle-class jobs have disappeared, decimating the population and hitting blacks hardest, Detroit survives thanks to the emergence of companies such as Shinola—which represent the strength of the Motor City and and its continued importance to the country. He also brings into focus the major figures who have defined and shaped Detroit, including William Lambert, the great abolitionist, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, Coleman Young, the city’s first black mayor, diva songstress Aretha Franklin, Malcolm X, and Ralphe Bunche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. With a stunning eye for detail and passion for Detroit, Boyd celebrates the music, manufacturing, politics, and culture that make it an American original.

The Revelation of Saint Bruce

The Revelation of Saint Bruce

Author : Tres Seymour
Publisher : Orchard Books (NY)
Release : 1998
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 0531301095

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Book The Revelation of Saint Bruce Description/Summary:

When high-school senior Bruce Wells inadvertently snitches on his friends, he learns painful lessons about being true to himself and different from his classmates.

City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints   Thieves

Author : Natalie C. Anderson
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2017
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9780399547584

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Book City of Saints & Thieves Description/Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother's murder but uncovering startling secrets.

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

Author : Erin Kathleen Rowe
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2019-11-30
Category : History
ISBN : 9781108421218

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Book Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism Description/Summary:

This is the untold story of how black saints - and the slaves who venerated them - transformed the early modern church. It speaks to race, the Atlantic slave trade, and global Christianity, and provides new ways of thinking about blackness, holiness, and cultural authority.

The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess

The Diary of B  B  Bright  Possible Princess

Author : Alice Randall,Caroline Randall Williams
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2012
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 1618580159

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Book The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess Description/Summary:

Held captive on an island, thirteen-year-old orphan Black Bee Bright must pass her Official Princess Test and undertake a dangerous journey to the east side of the island, where eight princesses help her discover what it truly means to be a princess.

Pushkin and the Queen of Spades

Pushkin and the Queen of Spades

Author : Alice Randall
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release : 2004
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0618562052

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Book Pushkin and the Queen of Spades Description/Summary:

The author of The Wind Done Gone explores the racial divide in America through the character of Harvard-educated African-American professor of Russian literature Windsor Armstrong--a liberal black woman who is troubled by her son's romantic interest in a white Russian stripper. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.