Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty - and fun - in their routine and the world around them.
"Good book for the family!"
The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
"Defending Your Life"
A bold, deeply moving, and highly imaginative debut novel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms.
In 1951, Carlotta Walls Lanier was one of the nine African-American students to integrate Little Rock High School, and the first to earn a diploma. Here she provides a firsthand account of her experiences - including the bombing that rocked her home, the constant threats she and her classmates faced, and the pressure and bullying her parents endured.
"Beautifully told story"
As did his father before him, Pierce Butler treats his plantation slaves like family. But massive gambling debts force him to sell 429 “family” members. When the auction begins, torrential rain falls - not stopping until the final slave is sold the next day. The ominous rainfall prompts these words: “This ain’t rain. This is God’s tears.” Based on the largest slave auction in U.S. history, this poignant montage is the fictionalized account of that 1859 Georgia tragedy.
Acclaimed author Sheila Williams tells the compelling story of a middle-aged woman who is looking for excitement and takes a chance at starting over. The adventures Juanita encounters in her new town, Paper Moon, test her hope and courage and give her a sense of self-confidence that she never had before.
"Something Is Funny In Paper Moon"
For Sister Betty, the marriage proposal from trustee Freddie Noel is a once-in-a-lifetime surprise blessing. Unfortunately, she knows the chances of having a peaceful ceremony in their beloved Crossing Over Sanctuary Church are slim to none. But she’s armed with enough sense and scripture to keep contentious church busybodies Bea Blister and Sasha Pray Onn from sowing even more chaos amid the congregation - until a rehearsal disaster and an unexpected secret causes Freddie to break off the engagement without explanation.…
>Like Sheep Gone Astray posits a sweeping circumspection of one man's redemption. Focusing on executive success and pursuit of His abundance, minister Anthony Murdock withdraws from reconciling past sins. But now those sins threaten to destroy his success and harm his relationship with God.
Mary Monroe is the author of Essence best-sellers including The Upper Room. Here, she examines the emotional webs that are woven between friends, lovers, and families. Carmen Taylor is absolutely dependable; she feels responsible for everyone she knows. It will take one reckless night to make Carmen realize that she might be able to lay her burdens down and take a chance on real happiness.
Camille Brousarde is tired and discouraged. She lives in the Watts area of Los Angeles, which has never recovered from the race riots. Her seven grown children seem directionless and adrift. When she decides to open a local restaurant, Camille's Gumbo Kitchen, she hopes that its tasty offerings will pull together not just her family, but her neighborhood, too. Crawfish Dreams is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Essence and New York Times best-selling author Tananarive Due has established herself as a premier figure in paranormal suspense - with champions including horror master Stephen King. My Soul to Take continues the saga of a line of immortals destined to save the world from the apocalypse. Telepath Fana and the Life Brothers are attempting to prevent the spread of a devastating plague, but their efforts are challenged by an unlikely opponent - Fana’s fiancé, Michel.
"Amazing Story Telling"
Imagine having everything taken away from you - permanently - with no hope of resuming a normal life. This is the case for many teenagers in America who are tried and convicted as adults for the crime of murder. Here Susan Kuklin takes you behind bars for frank interviews with a collection of young men who will spend the better part of their lives in jail. She lets them speak for themselves, providing the raw details of their incarceration and the anger, despair, and surprising hope they experience every day. Kuklin also provides an in-depth look at the American penal system, highlighting its many intricacies and inequities while focusing on capital cases involving juveniles.
Emmy Award winner Rita Coburn Whack's writing has been favorably compared to the work of Maya Angelou. In Meant to Be, Whack tells the story of a wise young woman named Patience who is about to embark upon a journey of the soul. When a traumatic incident causes Patience to lose sight of God's path, she must find a way to regain her spirituality and cross the bridge into womanhood. With a heartfelt dual narration, listeners will savor this tale of reflection and spiritual awakening.
Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, Dorothy Height is a heroine of the Civil Rights movement. At age 91 she takes listeners back through 70 explosive years in search of equality as a black and as a woman.
Pastor George Landris and his one true love Johnnie Mae have faced many obstacles on their journey to the altar, and now they are finally about to be married. But while Landris is planning the wedding, his fiancée gets wrapped up in the mystery of a valuable necklace and a mix-up in a hospital nursery that occurred more than 50 years ago. Johnnie Mae knows that it all has something to do with the enigmatic Sarah Flemming, an elderly woman she met in Alabama.
"This book has changed my life!!"
Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.
In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.
"Sweeping--a fabulous read"
Pat G’Orge-Walker injects healthy doses of humor into her faith-based fiction tales of church-going folks and their many adventures. Holy Mayhem stars down-on-their-luck cousins Patience Kash and Joy Karry as they attempt to turn themselves into crime-solving, miracle-working private detectives. Their first cases are doozies - someone’s stolen a precious family Bible, and church funds have disappeared without a trace. And as these two amateurs work to solve these mysteries, they manage to stir up all manner of trouble in the congregation.
During the 1960s, as four kids become best friends in Philly, they form the Justus Girls, a precision drill team. Peaches, Sally Mae, Jan, and Roach vow to be close forever, but as the years pass, they drift apart. Now Peaches has been murdered, and the three remaining Justus Girls are determined to find out who killed her. Slim Lambert’s gritty yet warmhearted first novel has received rave reviews from critics and fans.
When Bonnie Wilder's husband, Naz, finds an abandoned baby by the river, she thinks her prayers have been answered. But Naz refuses to raise another man's child.
"NOT an attention getter"
In exuberant verse, Patricia Hruby Powell creates an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by the author, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself