Tag: black history

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Cindy: Basketball fans rejoice—have we got a book for you! I know there’s some Super Bowl hype ratcheting up, but I couldn’t care less (especially since the Bears are out). It’s officially Big 10 college basketball season at my house and my crimson-and-cream, candy-stripe Hoosier warm-up pants are at the ready, while Lynn cheers for her […]

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Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir,  Colson Whitehead, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir, Colson Whitehead, and more!

   Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney Russell and Corrine Calloway, the couple who anchored McInerney’s Brightness Falls (1992), are seemingly thriving. Corrine’s passionate post-9/11 affair, chronicled in The Good Life (2006), is over, and they navigate Manhattan’s fevered social whirl as if they’re born to it—when, in truth, they can barely afford it.   […]

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Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Monday June 6 If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas In a goofy bobblehead of Nathan Hale, created by waggish Yale alums, Metaxas discerns a disturbing symptom of a cultural disease afflicting America. Evident in the myriad ways that many Americans now ignore or deprecate all that is noble and inspiring in their country’s history, […]

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For Black History Month, or Any Month: The Warmth of Other Suns
By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

For Black History Month, or Any Month: The Warmth of Other Suns

Chances are, many book groups have already read and discussed Isabel Wilkerson’s marvelous The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2010). But, if you’re anything like me, and read more fiction than nonfiction, then you could have missed it. I will confess that I often find nonfiction harder to read, […]

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Required Reading: Between the World and Me
By August 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Required Reading: Between the World and Me

Not long ago, I wrote about James Baldwin’s seminal book about race in America, The Fire Next Time. In every era there are books that are popular and others that are important and some that are both. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is garnering the kind of praise, enthusiasm, and reverence that […]

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Reviews of the Week
By February 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from February 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, February 23rd A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of […]

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True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

As you’re restocking your African-American History Month displays, don’t forget to feature your nonfiction collection. Here are some compelling stories that deserve a second look. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Boy (American Hunger): A […]

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Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive
By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive

This post first appeared Thursday, February 5, on American Libraries’ The Scoop. Black History Illustrated Need to refresh your Black History Month offerings? Here are some graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, that address black history in dynamic, engaging ways. Follow the links to read full reviews on Booklist Online. Adult Books Darkroom: A Memoir in Black […]

Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
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Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend. James Baldwin was the American author of such classic works as Go Tell It […]

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A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

As news of Maya Angelou’s passing quickly spread, we find ourselves contemplating her tremendous accomplishments and universal resonance. The list of awards bestowed upon poet, writer, performer, professor, and activist Maya Angelou in recognition of her groundbreaking work and commanding persona is long and distinguished. Angelou received The National Medal of Freedom from President Obama […]