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Bernice McFadden

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  • The Book of Harlan | Bernice McFadden

    The Book of Harlan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

    Ezinwanyi says: "An insightful account of an eventful period"
  • Finding Amos | J. D. Mason,ReShonda Tate Billingsley,Bernice L. McFadden

    Finding Amos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
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    Three daughters, connected only through their relationship to Amos, a now elderly ex-musician struggling with Alzheimer's disease, find their lives intertwining as a car accident reunites them at Amos' bedside - bringing some long-buried issues to light.

    D. Stokes says: "Soulful"
  • This Bitter Earth: The Story of Sugar Lacey | Bernice McFadden

    This Bitter Earth: The Story of Sugar Lacey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
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    Recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award and a national best-selling author, Bernice L. McFadden returns with her sequel to Sugar. Sugar Lacey comes back home to a past she hoped to forget. She must face many obstacles and deal with secret truths about her family. This Bitter Earth is a striking novel about strength and victory.

    Taprn says: "Excellent"
  • Loving Donovan | Bernice L. McFadden,Terry McMillan - introduction

    Loving Donovan

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bernice L. McFadden, Terry McMillan - introduction
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist Bernice L. McFadden has also been twice honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. One of Library Journal's 25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, this heartbreaking tale follows two damaged but hopeful souls as they struggle to find love despite the ravages of their pasts.

    Candace Reynolds says: "Beautiful emotional novel"
  • Nowhere is a Place | Bernice McFadden

    Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    BJ says: "Richly textured and captivating"
  • Gathering of Waters | Bernice McFadden

    Gathering of Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi - a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families. Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit

    Naima says: "Loved it!!"
  • Glorious | Bernice L. McFadden

    Glorious

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard
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    Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

    Marilyn says: "Gruesome violence"
  • Camilla’s Roses | Bernice McFadden

    Camilla’s Roses

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Patricia Floyd
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    Winner of two Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Awards and an Honor Award from the American Library Association, Bernice L. McFadden has authored several national best-sellers, including Suger and This Bitter Earth. Camilla spent years disassociating herself from her dysfunctional family, creating a new life and new self-image. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, however, she must reconnect with her painful past.

    Ellen says: "A multigenerational family story"
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