Thursday, June 28, 2007

Black History Month 2003

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Many African Americans have contributed to the Literary Arts and to the Historical Record of the United States. Here are but few of them.


Baldwin, James. Blues for Mr. Charlie. PS3552.A45 B5

Baldwin, James. Go Tell it on the Mountain. PS3552.A45 G5

Baldwin, James. Just above My Head. PS3552.A45 J87 1990

Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man. PS3555.L625 I6

Foster, Sharon. Ain’t No River. PS3556.O7724 A74 2001

Foster, Sharon. Passing By Samaria. PS3556.O7724 P37 2000

Hughes, Langston. Simple’s Uncle Sam. PS3515. U274 S6

Hurston, Zora Neal. Folklore, Memoirs, and other Writings. GR55.H86 A3 1995

Hurston, Zora Neal. Moses, Man of the Mountain. PS3515.U789 M67

Morrison, Toni. Beloved. PS3563.O8749 B4 1987 .

Morrison, Toni. Jazz. PS3563.(8749 J38 1992

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. PS3573.A425 C6 1992 (10th anniversary ed.)

Walker, Alice. In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women. PS3573.A425 I54

Walker, Alice. The Third Life of Grange Copeland. PS3573.A425 T38 2000

Wright, Richard. Uncle Tom’s Children. PS3545.R815 V6

Children’s Literature

Banks, Jacqueline Turner. Egg-drop blues. PZ7.B22593 Eg 1995

Bridges, Ruby. Through My eyes. F379.N59 N435 1999

Christie, R. Rock of Ages PS3552.O6828 R63 2001

Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster. PZ7.F23814.Gi 1996.

Hamilton, Virginia. The House of Dies Drear. PZ7.H1828.H0 1966

Hamilton, Virginia. The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl. PZ7.H1828 Maj 1998

McKissack, Patricia. Run Away Home. Pz7.M478693 Ru 1997

Miller, William. Richard Wright and the Library Card. Pz7.M63915Ri 1997

Myers, Walter Dean. Fast Sam, Cool Clyde & Stuff. PZ7.M992 Fas 1966

Myers, Walter. Slam! PZ7.M992 S1 1996

Thomas, Joyce. I have Heard of a Land. PZ7.T36696 Iae 1998

Poetry & Drama

Angelou, Maya. I shall not be moved. PS3551.N464 I17 1990

Cullen, Countee. My Soul’s High Song. PS3505.U287 A6 1991.

Dove, Rita. The Darker Face of the Earth: A verse play in fourteen scenes. PS3554.O884 D68 1994

Major, Clarence, Ed. The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African American Poetry.
PS591.N4 G37 1996

Nelson, Marilyn. Carver: A Life in Poems. PS3573.A4795 C37 2001


Angelou, Maya. Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now. PS3551.N464 W68 1993

Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name. E185.61.B197

Leeming, David Adams. James Baldwin: A Biography. PS3552.A45 Z77 1994

Weatherby, W. James Baldwin: Artist on Fire. PS3552.A45 Z94

Dash, Leon. Rosa Lee: A Mother and her Family in Urban America. E185.86.D37 1996

Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. E449.D738 1968

Foner, Philip S. Lift Every Voice. African American Oratory, 1787-1900. E185.18.L54 1998

Harris, Frederick. Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism. BR563.N4 H368 1999

Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea: An Autobiog raphy. PS3515.U274 Z5 1963.

Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. E444.J17 A3 1987

Kelly, Robin. To Make Our World Anew. E185.T68 2000

Hurston, Zora Neal. Dust Tracks on a Road: An autobiography. PS3515.U789 Z5 1991.

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Witness and the literary imagination. PS173.N4 M67 1993

Taylor-Guthrie, Kathleen Danille.Conversations with Toni Morrison. PS3563.08749 Z464 1994

Weill, Susan. In a Madhouse’s Din: Civil Rights Coverage by Mississippi’s Daily Press. 1948-1968. E185.93.M6 2002

Winchell, Donna Haisty. Alice Walker. PS3573.A425 Z94 1992

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Books to Read on Vacation 2002

Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is the season for trips, leisurely walks on the beach, softball, and picnics. In other words: vacation. These books are either good reading for those idle days or books about people traveling either in imaginary spaces or real adventurers. While some of the books are not available at the Sprague Library (*), they are definitely “summer stock.”

Philip, N. & Moxley, S. The Arabian Nights. PZ8.A8525

If you like short exotic stories, try these favorite tales from the Near East. Includes Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Adams, Douglas. The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. PR6051.D3352 H5 1989

A humorous account of traveling throughout the galaxy with Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Cahill, Thomas:
The Hinges of History. BM165 .C25 1998
How the Irish saved civilization. DA930.5 .C34 1996
The Gifts of the Jews. BM165.C25 1998
These three books give a picture of some great and small events which changed the course of history.

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. HV6533. K3 C3
Set in Kansas this docudrama chronicles the murder of the Clutter family and the investigation and capture of the murderers. This is the forerunner of the true crime stories now dominating television.

*Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone.
Travel back to a “First.” Written in the 19th century, this novel is considered to be the first great mystery novel, and it set the standard for those to follow. A fabulous diamond has disappeared. No one is who they seem and nothing can be taken for granted in this classic who dunit.

Flagg, Fannie. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ©. PS3556.L26 F7 1988. Yes, people really do eat fried green tomatoes. Whistle Stop Alabama isn’t the only place to serve them, but no one else has the story of four women, two in the 1980’s and two in the1930’s with a little murder tossed in for a piquant flavor.

Gallico, Paul. Coronation. PS3513.A413 C6
Travel to London in 1952 to see the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth with the Claggs.

Girzone, Joseph F.:
Joshua. PS3557.I77 J6 1986
Joshua and the children. PS3557.I77 J64 1989
Two parables about a stranger who changes all around him.

Karon, Jan:
At Home in Mitford. PS3562.A678 A92 1994
A New Song. PS3561.A678 N49 1999
*In This Mountain.
Out to Canaan. PS3561.A678 O78 1997

Perhaps North Carolina is your favorite spot. Jan Karon has created a town people really believe exists and often take trips to the area looking for it. Meet Father Tim and his neighbors and friends in these light hearted books and learn about the prayer that never fails.

Lewis, C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia series in reading order:
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. PZ7.L58474 Li 1994
Prince Caspian. PZ7.L58474 Pr1994
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. PZ7.L58474 Vo 1994
The Silver Chair. PZ7.L58474 Si 1994
The Horse and His Boy. PZ7. L58474 Ho1994
The Magician’s Nephew. PZ7. L58474 Mag 1994
The Last Battle. PZ7.L58474 Las 1994
Narnia is an intriguing kingdom to explore alone or with a child in tow.

Manguel, Alberto. The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Ref.GR650.M36 1999.
This reference work is a travel guide to those places conceived and developed in literature.

Sandburg, Carl. Rootabaga Stories and More Rootabaga Stories. PZ8.S25 Ros 1988.
A collection of fairy tales with such villages as Liver-and-Onions and Cream Puffs.

Santmyer, Helen. "---And Ladies of the Club." PS3537.A775 A82 1985.
This is a “thick book” perfect for lazy days. It chronicles the lives of ladies in WaynesBoro Women’s Club in Waynesboro,Ohio from the post Civil War Days to the 50’s, and in particular, the Evans and Tucker families.

Sleator, William. Interstellar Pig. PZ7.S6313 ik 1995.
How Barney spent his summer vacation and saved the universe.

*Smith, Dodie. I Capture the Castle.
A funny coming of age story about a young girl in England and her rather eccentric family who has lost everything and must move to a “castle.”

Tolkien, J. R.R. The Hobbit. PZ7. T5744 Ho 1984
Always great summer reading. A good series to read again since the books have been turned in to motion pictures. Travel to Middle Earth and reacquaint yourselves with Bilbo Baggins and Gollum.

*Wells, Rebecca. Divine Secrets of the Ya—Ya Sisterhood.
Travel to Louisiana and the close friendship of four women in mid-century.

Willis, Connie:
Doomsday Book. PS3573.I4562 D66 1993.
To Say Nothing of the Dog. PS3673. J45652 T6 1998x
Travel back in time to another world set in England.
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