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Corregidora
Oct 2010
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Genre: Classic
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"Gayl Jones's classic novel, the tale of blues singer Ursa, consumed by her hatred of the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her grandmother and mother. 'History and fiction have yielded little about those black slave women who were mistress and breeder to their white owners. There are some facts and figures, but they tell us nothing about the women themselves: their motives, their emotions, and the memories they passed on to their children. Gayl Jones's first novel is a gripping portrait of this harsh sexual and psychological genealogy.... Jones’s language is subtle and sinewy, and her imagination sure. 'Everything said in the beginning must be said better than in the beginning.' Ursa (Corregidora) vows. Gayl Jones fulfills that pledge.'--Margo Jefferson, Newsweek"

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Tricked
Sep 2010
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Genre: Novel/Popular Fiction
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"This thrilling work takes us into the halls and offices of RJP International, one of the largest and richest brokerage firms still standing. A stand out mathematician and corporate leader discovers that a theory she discovered in college could be used to decimate the stock market, as we know it. She begins a quest to plug the holes and finds herself hunted for who she is and hounded for what she knows. Complex character absorbed in a web of lies touch her life in ways that will astound and send you reeling. This book screams movie and sequel."

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The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
Aug 2010
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Genre: Novel/Popular Fiction
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"This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.""

Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel's last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven are the voices of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel's mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother's twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking, "Must race confine us and define us?"

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Say You're One of Them
May 2010
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Genre: Short Story Collection (same author)
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"Say You're One of Them is a collection of three short stories and two novellas set in varying countries in Africa, all told through the narration of vulnerable children during moments of extreme upheaval in their lives. "An Ex-Mas Feast" tells the story of eight-year-old Jigana's family struggle to deal with the extreme poverty that has forced them into street begging and sends their twelve-year-old daughter into a life of child prostitution. The story revolves around the family's decision to sacrifice their twelve-year-old to ensure that Jigana will be able to attend school and give the family a brighter future. Jigana is overwhelmed with guilt that his sister must work full-time as a prostitute for his own benefit and by the end of the story, he removes himself completely from the family - in the hopes that it will also remove him from the guilt - by running away."

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Sag Harbor
Apr 2010
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Genre: Historical (fiction or non-ficton)
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"Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead is a coming of age story set in 1985. In this novel, the narrator, Benji, is fifteen and spending the summer in his family's beach house on Sag Harbor. Benji is at an age at which he is still struggling to understand the person he is and the man he will one day be. This novel is a nostalgic story of one young man's search for an identity that is filled with colorful language and humor that will leave the reader laughing as they examine their own struggles with identity.""

Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

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