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Publication Date: 2013
The bestselling novel an the award-winning author. The story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
Parable of the Sower by
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others' emotions.
Books in Adler Library Collection
God Help the Child by
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 G63 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Adler University Common Book
Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child--the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.
Not available at Adler Library
The Underground Railroad by
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
The Bluest Eye by
Publication Date: 1993-12-28
The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who 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.
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
Maya Angelou's unforgettable autobiography, nominated for the National Book Award in 1969, recounts her struggle as a young black woman to overcome obstacles and realize her dreams. The new full-length essays in this title provide a comprehensive critical overview of this modern classic. This study guide also features an introduction by master scholar Harold Bloom, notes on the contributing writers, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index for easy reference.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
A classic of black literature, it tells with haunting sympathy and piercing immediacy the story of Janie Crawford's evolving sense of self through three marriages.
Native Son by
Publication Date: 2005-08-02
Native Son tells the story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.