Description : From the time she was a little girl, Edie Lynch has been listening to family stories,starting with her beloved grandmother Josie, where they sat together on an old swing couch on Josies front porch and Edie learned that Josie was the daughter of a white doctor and her beautiful and ambitious slave mother, Missy. The doctor came to the plantation one day where Josie and her mother were laboring in the cotton fields of Alabama and he leaned down from his big black horse and handed Josie a pair of little red shoes, declaring that the shoes were from her Pa. The doctor and Missys child, Josie, met for the first time that fateful day and they never saw each other again. Edie was troubled and fascinated with Josies story and began documenting it as well as the story of her own father, known as the Joy Boy. The Joy Boy was a well-known club owner whose neon lit night spot drew the likes of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, and Count Basie. Edie went on to marry a charismatic man, like her own father, and to put her husband through medical school, she became Pennsylvanias first black model, doing fashion shoots and television commercials before earning two Master Degrees in International Affairs and Media Studies at The New School. Edie shares riveting life lessons she learned when her husband deserted the family, her son became ill, and the painful search for her missing, lost grandson. Both Edies son and daughter would make a mark for themselves in the Arts, the son as a world class composer, and the daughter as a Marketing Director for top music stars. Edie s memoir traces the colorful life she has lived as a film director, model, jeweler, and photographer, and the life she values the most, teaching homeless and poor children living in tough inner city neighborhoods the solace that comes from practicing the Creative Arts. Edies memoir spans six generations and shows her gifts as a natural storyteller.
Description : Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa … One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads her into her country's violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long ago concentration camp. Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller that calls to mind Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Tana French’s The Secret Place. With an explosive conclusion, it marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer. From the Hardcover edition.
Description : The Harlem Renaissance is the best known and most widely studied cultural movement in African American history. Now, in Harlem Renaissance Lives, esteemed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham have selected 300 key biographical entries culled from the eight-volume African American National Biography, providing an authoritative who's who of this seminal period. Here readers will find engagingly written and authoritative articles on notable African Americans who made significant contributions to literature, drama, music, visual art, or dance, including such central figures as poet Langston Hughes, novelist Zora Neale Hurston, aviator Bessie Coleman, blues singer Ma Rainey, artist Romare Bearden, dancer Josephine Baker, jazzman Louis Armstrong, and the intellectual giant W. E. B. Du Bois. Also included are biographies of people like the Scottsboro Boys, who were not active within the movement but who nonetheless profoundly affected the artistic and political statements that came from Harlem Renaissance figures. The volume will also feature a preface by the editors, an introductory essay by historian Cary D. Wintz, and 75 illustrations.
Description : From the bestselling author of Mallawindy and the Woody Creek series comes a story of love and rescue "The narrative is achingly engrossing" Weekend Australian She had felt a sad pulling feeling in her stomach that day as the car had driven off, like there was a bit of elastic tied around her insides, sort of joining her to those brothers like it went right through that door, and as the car had driven further up the road, that elastic got pulled so tight, it hurt. Lori Smyth-Owen is balancing on the edge of adolescence but feeling years older. She has eleven brothers, nine living at home and the twins, who were stolen by Aunty Eva ... which was lucky for them because there is never enough of anything to go around, except Mavis, Lori's mother, who is so overweight she can barely move. That doesn't stop her plotting to get those twins back. She'll do anything to get them home. Then tragedy strikes and the Smyth-Owen children take desperate measures to save themselves ... and in so doing, discover that blood ties mean everything. PRAISE FOR JOY DETTMAN "Dettman writes compulsively readable stories" The Age Fans of Rosalie Ham's The Dressmaker will love Joy Dettman.
Description : One generation saw the flood, another the fire, and now our generation is facing the same judgment as the generations of Noah and Lot for the same type of sins as their sins were fire, hail, earthquakes, darkness, and death. In this short period of time, one shall see the rise of BABYLON, THE GREAT, the destruction of the Antichrist and False Prophet, the binding of Satan in hell 1000 years after the battle of Armageddon, the nests in outer space fetched back, and the judgment of the living as the Lord Jesus Christs sits on the throne of His Glory in Jerusalem judging. Multiply and replenish the earth, for the new time of peace on the earth has come, the curse bing lifted, too.
Description : More Gold is the continuation of stories begun in my earlier book, Gold to Refine. I believe we all need stories funny stories, touching stories, loving stories, happy stories, stories with a moral, stories with hope. In this collection, I return to events of my childhood and youth with my brothers. The stories are about growing up in Nashville, Tennessee in very wonderful times, and include tales about my mother, father, grandparents, and friends. There are stories about our "rattletrap" cars and they make us wonder how we survived to adulthood. There are stories about the church and my co-workers in the church; and about teaching at the university. There are stories about my son and daughter to whom the book is dedicated. I hope that the collection continues to offer humor, healing, faith, and encouragement at a time in our history when these qualities are so desperately needed.
Description : This book is about the stigima imposed on Single Parents as the results of a few Single Parents who have fallen down and refused to get up. It is the author's intent to ignite discussion and ideas on how we as a people can reach back and help one single parent or the child of a single parent to become all he or she can be towards attaining the Ameican Dream. I hope you enjoy these "food for thought" and join me in my mission of changing the life of a child or a single parent.
Description : Lucky Santangelo. A fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Jackie Collins' Confessions of a Wild Child, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n' roll - Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules!
Description : Includes chapters for folklore, contemporary fiction, fantasy, biographies, and tales from around the world, and suggests classroom and library activities to accompany them