The Bluest Eye - NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.
In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Here, Morrison’s writing is “so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times).
Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching ... Pulitzer Prize Board citation to Ida B. Wells, as an early pioneer of investigative journalism and civil rights icon
From a thinker who Maya Angelou has praised for shining “a brilliant light on the lives of women left in the shadow of history,” comes the definitive biography of Ida B. Wells—crusading journalist and pioneer in the fight for women’s suffrage and against segregation and lynchings
Ida B. Wells was born into slavery and raised in the Victorian age yet emerged—through her fierce political battles and progressive thinking—as the first “modern” black women in the nation’s history.
Wells began her activist career when she tried to segregate a first-class railway car in Memphis. After being thrown bodily off the car, she wrote about the incident for black Baptist newspapers, thus beginning her career as a journalist. But her most abiding fight would be the one against lynching, a crime in which she saw all the themes she held most dear coalesce: sexuality, race, and the law.
The Black Book is a collage-like book compiled by Toni Morrison published by Random House in 1974, which explores the history and experience of African Americans in the United States through various historic documents, facsimiles, artwork, obituaries, advertisements, patent applications, photographs, sheet music, and more.
The book was co-edited by Roger Furman, Middleton A. Harris, Morris Levitt, and Ernest Smith, and features an introduction by Bill Cosby. Toni Morrison, who was then an editor at Random House, was The Black Book's uncredited compiler, and a poem by her appeared on the book's slipcover. Morrison said it was important to include documents such as patents to demonstrate that African Americans were "busy, smart and not just minstrelized".
The Black Book was nominated for a 1975 National Book Award, and received an award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Song of Solomon is a 1977 novel by American author Toni Morrison, her third to be published. It follows the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead III, an African-American man living in Michigan, from birth to adulthood.
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. As Morrison follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, she introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized Black world.
Milkman is mentally enslaved and spiritually dead, but with the help of his eccentric aunt, Pilate, and his best friend, Guitar Bains, he embarks on a physical and spiritual journey that enables him to reconnect with his past and realize his self-worth.
The work examines the destructive legacy of slavery as it chronicles the life of a Black woman named Sethe, from her pre-Civil War days as a slave in Kentucky to her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873. Although Sethe lives there as a free woman, she is held prisoner by memories of the trauma of her life as a slave.
Sethe, its protagonist (she slit her child's throat so she would not grow up in slavery), was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
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Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”
Imagine how wonderful life would be if you REALLY KNEW--without a doubt--that no one really dies. Think of how your life would change for the better if you were convinced that life is a totally safe and magnificent adventure amidst eternity. Consider how reassuring it would be if irrefutable evidence proved we each are indestructible spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience. "Soul Proof" by Dr. Mark Pitstick provides that proof. Bernie Siegel, M.D., wrote a long and fascinating forward. Exclusive contributions were made by esteemed researchers and teachers Drs. Wayne Dyer, Raymond Moody, Brian Weiss, Ken Ring, and others. Nine categories of proof include scientific, clinical, religious, and firsthand evidence that we each really are immortal souls who are forever one with Creator. This knowledge supplants our faith and helps us cope--and even thrive--despite common challenges like deaths of loved ones, aging, loss of relationships, financial reversals, serious illness and disability, abuse, and so on.
The pages of To Dance With Angels hold a key to the meaning of life on planet Earth and all that lies beyond, revealed to the authors of this book, Don and Linda Pendleton, in clear and simple language, often with humor, and always with love, by one who has experienced it all.
To Dance With Angels is structured around a series of in-depth interviews with spirit guide, Dr. James Martin Peebles through the trance-mediumship of Thomas Jacobson. Born in Vermont, Dr. Peebles lived from 1822-1922 and was a clergyman, physician, prolific author, leading Spiritualist and humanitarian of the 19th century.
These conversations with Dr. Peebles from his home on the Other Side, are frequently startling, always entertaining and enlightening.
They touch upon every facet of human and nonhuman experience: life and death, past and future lives, ghosts and guardian angels, world politics, cosmic realities, and so much more.
Volume II of Essays in Esoteric Erudition, like Volume I, is a compilation of essays written over the past 10 years related to metaphysics, race in America, politics, physical death, pre-Christian literature, along with a critique of organized religion. The author is not an Atheist but doesn't subscribe to the biblical depiction of God.
If you're a reader who is unfamiliar with metaphysical concepts, you will probably not like this book. The author's expertise regarding the subject of the essays comes from over 40 years of research, reading, writing, and life experiences. Our trials and tribulations provide a blueprint for us to follow.
Our success or lack thereof is predicated on how well we adapt to the challenges we face and what we learn from our missteps. Whether we believe it or not, we chose to come into this space, this dimension, for the purposes of growth, for the maturation of the soul. Therefore, it is not in our best interest to cling to the role of the victim. Every chance we get, it is important to live, laugh, and love. Accept whatever challenge you face head-on, with humility, dignity, and the awareness that all is well in the bigger picture, aka, the spiritual realm.
As a kid, there was a sense of knowing that this life was not as tough as religion made it out to be. Having been raised in the Christian faith by fundamentalist parents, it was something inside that told me that the regimented practices needed to avoid eternal hell-fire and brimstone, just didn't sit well, didn't resonate with my soul, and was not logical. Therefore, at the age of 15, I began to read voraciously, to get an understanding of what appeared to be the predominant theme of the life I'd come into, and that was religion.
Grace Duffie Boylan (1861–1935) was an American writer who wrote "Thy Son Liveth: Messages From A Soldier To His Mother" It is her account of what her son communicated to her about death using morse code and automatic writing after his death on the battlefield in France during World War I. This book served as the basis for his movie A Rumor of Angels (2001), starring Vanessa Redgrave.
Learn the latest details and most recent groundbreaking discoveries that reveal, for the first time, the mystery of life in the spirit world after death on Earth―proof that our consciousness survives―in Journey of Souls by Michael Newton, PhD. Using a special hypnosis technique to reach the hidden memories of subjects, Dr. Newton discovered some amazing insights into what happens to us between lives. Journey of Souls is the record of 29 people who recalled their experiences between physical deaths.