Description : "This dramatic sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a powerful novel . . .capable of touching readers of any age." --The Christian Science Monitor
Description : Martha Johnson wants a new lease on life, but like so many other sistahs, she does not know how to get it. Born into a family of weak-minded women, she, despite her education and improved social status, cannot seem to break the mold. Like the road-weary Johnson women before her, she is hampered by low self-esteem and afflicted by poor decision-making skills. Sadly, Martha blames her mother for infecting her with the same virus that had, over time, killed the spirits of her foremothers. Even after her mother repents and begins to live like Jesus, Martha cannot bring herself to forgive her-cannot find the strength to break the curse. As a result, her relationship with her own daughter has gradually disintegrated. Will Martha Johnson learn to look deeply into her own mirror? Can she successfully confront the demons that dwell in the caverns of her own mind? Will she ever realize that the disappointment she feels for her mother is only a front for her own feelings of personal failure and that the resentment toward her daughter is merely a masquerade for motherly love turned inside-out? Or will the circle be unbroken?
Description : One of Studs Terkel’s most important oral histories, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? turns to the ultimate human experience—that of death. Called "extraordinary…a work of insight, wisdom, and freshness" by the Seattle Times when it was first published fifteen years ago, the book explores—with unrivaled compassion and wisdom—the indelible variety of reactions to mortality and the experience of death and the possibility of life afterward. Here a wide range of people addresses the unknowable culmination of our lives and its impact on the way we live, with memorable grace and poignancy. Included in this remarkable treasury of oral history are Terkel’s interviews with such famed figures as Kurt Vonnegut and Ira Glass as well as with a range of ordinary people, from policemen and firefighters to emergency health workers and nurses, who confront death in their everyday lives. Whether a Hiroshima survivor or an AIDS caseworker, a death-row parolee or a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees offer tremendous eloquence as they deal with a topic many are reluctant to discuss openly and freely. Rich, moving, and inspiring, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is a stunning capstone to Terkel’s extraordinary career. Only Terkel, whom Cornel West called "an American treasure," could have elicited such honesty and grace from people reflecting on the lives they have led and what lies before them still.
Description : Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure.... Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choices. Sparks and zingers fly across the table....Love lives, secrets, and friendships go up in candle flame. Who will win -- the romantics or the realists? How can working women triumph in such trying times? While the cell phones chime and the biological clocks rewind, the friends enact a timeless ceremony. Here is our urban "friends-as-family" generation -- Beautiful Bodies is a dazzling comedy of manners in the grand tradition of Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy.
Description : Look behind the scenes, and learn more about the 76 fascinating authors who have garnered the prestigious Newbery Medal since it was established in 1922.