The Nickel Boys pdf

The Nickel Boys  pdf

Title: The Nickel Boys pdf

Author: Colson Whitehead

Genre: ,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Historical,Audiobook,Literary Fiction,Cultural,African American,Race,Adult Fiction,Adult,Novels

Pages: 224 pages

The Nickel Boys pdf

The story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.,As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.”,In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. ,The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy.,Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children.


We Cast a Shadow pdf

We Cast a Shadow  pdf

Title: We Cast a Shadow pdf

Author: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Genre: ,Fiction,Science Fiction,Race,Contemporary

Pages: 336 pages

We Cast a Shadow pdf

A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout , about a father who will do anything to protect his son–even if it means turning him white. ,How far would you go to protect your child?,Our narrator faces an impossible decision. Like any father, he just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is growing larger by the day. In this near-future society plagued by resurgent racism, segregation, and expanding private prisons, our narrator knows Nigel might not survive. Having watched the world take away his own father, he is determined to stop history from repeating itself.,There is one potential solution: a new experimental medical procedure that promises to save lives by turning people white. But in order to afford Nigel’s whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few Black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly surreal hoops–from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups–in an urgent quest to protect his son.,This electrifying, suspenseful novel is at once a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. Writing in the tradition of Ralph Ellison and Franz Kafka, Maurice Carlos Ruffin fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.


Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America pdf

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America  pdf

Title: Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America pdf

Author: Sharmila Sen

Genre: ,Autobiography,Memoir,Nonfiction,Race,Social Movements,Social Justice

Pages: 224 pages

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America pdf

A memoir manifesto about race, immigration and assimilation; how an Indian American woman navigated through her journey into the heart of “not whiteness”,When Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. in 1982 at the age of 12, she was asked to “self-report” her race. Never identifying with a race previously, she rejects her new “not quite white” designation, and spends much of her life attempting to become “white” in the American sense. After her teen years trying to adapt to American culture, including watching General Hospital and The Jeffersons and perfecting recipes with Campbell’s soup or Jell-O, Sen is forced to reckon with hard questions: what does it mean to be “white,” who is allowed to be white, why does whiteness retain the power of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness? Exploring hot-button topics such as passing, cultural appropriation, class inequality, bias within Indian immigrant communities, and code-switching, Sen offers new angles to the debate on race and immigration with emotional honesty, humor, and thoughtful criticism. Sen discovers her eventual acceptance of her “not whiteness” is actually what makes her American, and as a mother of three not white American children, looking at their own possible future, Sen brings the reader of Not Quite Not White to imagine how America might, by the end of the century, end up being defined outside its borders, in a new diaspora.


Cenzontle pdf

Cenzontle  pdf

Title: Cenzontle pdf

Author: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Genre: ,Poetry,LGBT,GLBT,Queer,Race

Pages: 112 pages

Cenzontle pdf

In this lyrical, imagistic debut, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo creates a nuanced narrative of life before, during, and after crossing the US/Mexico border. These poems explore the emotional fallout of immigration, the illusion of the American dream via the fallacy of the nuclear family, the latent anxieties of living in a queer brown undocumented body within a heterosexual marriage, and the ongoing search for belonging. Finding solace in the resignation to sheer possibility, these poems challenge us to question the potential ways in which two people can interact, love, give birth, and mourn―sometimes all at once.


Keurium pdf

Keurium  pdf

Title: Keurium pdf

Author: J.S. Lee

Genre: ,Parenting,Adoption,Fiction,Race,Literature,21st Century

Pages: 368 pages

Keurium pdf

Shay Stone lies in a hospital bed, catatonic-dead to the world. Her family thinks it’s a ploy for attention. Doctors believe it’s the result of an undisclosed trauma. At the mercy of memories and visitations, Shay unearths secrets that may have led to her collapse. Will she remain paralyzed in denial? Or can she accept the unfathomable and break free?,KEURIUM threads through one adopted Korean American’s life of longing and letting go. On a quest for family, sanity, and survival, it challenges saviorism and forced gratitude. Woven through its heartbreaking fabric is a story of love and resilience.


Training School for Negro Girls pdf

Training School for Negro Girls  pdf

Title: Training School for Negro Girls pdf

Author: Camille Acker

Genre: ,Short Stories,Fiction,Cultural,African American,Race

Pages: 248 pages

Training School for Negro Girls pdf

As unapologetic and resilient as the DC neighborhoods they live in, these women challenge monolithic assumptions of black identity.,A TSA agent who has never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. In this debut collection of stories, each of them navigate life’s “training school”—with its lessons on gentrification and respectability—while fighting to create a vibrant sense of self in this love letter to Washington, DC.


The Souls of Yellow Folk pdf

The Souls of Yellow Folk  pdf

Title: The Souls of Yellow Folk pdf

Author: Wesley Yang

Genre: ,Writing,Essays,Nonfiction,Race,Politics

Pages: 215 pages

The Souls of Yellow Folk pdf

One of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all. His powerful debut, The Souls of Yellow Folk, does more than collect a decade’s worth of cult-reputation essays—it corrals new American herds of pickup artists, school shooters, mandarin zombies, and immigrant strivers, and exposes them to scrutiny, empathy, and polemical force.,,In his celebrated and prescient essay “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho,” Yang explores the deranged logic of the Virginia Tech shooter. In his National Magazine Award–winning “Paper Tigers,” he explores the intersection of Asian values and the American dream, and the inner torment of the child exposed to “tiger mother” parenting. And in his close reading of New York Magazine’s popular Sex Diaries, he was among the first critics to take seriously today’s Internet-mediated dating lives.,,Yang catches these ugly trends early because he has felt at various times implicated in them, and he does not exempt himself from his radical honesty. His essays retain the thrill of discovery, the wary eye of the first explorer, and the rueful admission of the first exposed.


Friday Black pdf

Friday Black  pdf

Title: Friday Black pdf

Author: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Genre: ,Short Stories,Fiction,Science Fiction,Race,Cultural,African American

Pages: 194 pages

Friday Black pdf

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.,Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage, and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.


The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes and Racism in America’s Law Enforcement and the Search for Change pdf

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes and Racism in America's Law Enforcement and the Search for Change  pdf

Title: The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes and Racism in America’s Law Enforcement and the Search for Change pdf

Author: Matthew Horace

Genre: ,Nonfiction,Race,Mystery,Crime,Crime,True Crime,Politics,Cultural,African American

Pages: 238 pages

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes and Racism in America’s Law Enforcement and the Search for Change pdf

Veteran police officer and CNN law enforcement analyst Matthew Horace offers an unforgettable account of the racism, bigotry, and colorlines that permeate America’s law enforcement culture, institution, and system, and lays out a blueprint for change.,Matthew Horace was a police officer for 28 years in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of service when Horace found himself face-down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a fellow white officer, that he fully understood the racism seething within America’s police departments.,Using heart-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider’s critical examination of police bias and tactics in what he concludes is an “archaic system” built on “toxic brotherhood.” He dissects some of the nation’s most highly publicized police shootings to explain how the bias’ that black and white police harbor bring detrimental outcomes to the people they serve. Horace shares fresh analysis on communities experiencing the harm of racist policing such as Ferguson, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Chicago to uncover what has sown the seeds of violence.,Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves pdf

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves  pdf

Title: Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves pdf

Author: Glory Edim (Editor, Introduction),

Genre: ,Nonfiction,Writing,Essays,Feminism,Writing,Books About Books,Race,Short Stories

Pages: 272 pages

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves pdf

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.,Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their lives–but it doesn’t come around as frequently for all of us. In this timely anthology, “well-read black girl” Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black female writers and creative voices to shine a light on how we search for ourselves in literature, and how important it is that everyone–no matter their gender, race, religion, or abilities–can find themselves there. Whether it’s learning about the complexities of femalehood from Their Eyes Were Watching God, seeing a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her incredible book-club-turned-online-community Well-Read Black Girl, in this book, Edim has created a space where black women’s writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world, and ourselves.,Contributors include: Jesmyn Ward (Sing Unburied Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), N. K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and more.