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Carter, Stephen L.

Summary: "She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in the New York of the 1930s--and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 CARTER, EUNICE HUNTON CAR

Brown, India Hill

Summary: When eleven-year-old Iris sneaks out at night to make snow angels, she was not expecting to raise the ghost of Avery Moore, a girl her own age; but bringing to light the segregated and abandoned black cemetery seems like the perfect way to help Avery get the recognition she craves, and it will also be a good idea for the school project about the history of her small North Carolina town, where...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2019

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Summary: Andre "Dre" Johnson has it all...a job as a top ad exec, a beautiful doctor wife, four great kids and a lovely, well-appointed house in the suburbs. And he's not about to let his family forget how they got there. Keeping cultural identity alive is not without its challenges for this man on a mission. With perpetual pushback from clueless coworkers, an outspoken father, and even the wife and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV BLA

Summary: The comical adventures of an African American family living in suburbia. This animated series brings the hilarious exploits of Huey, Riley, Granddad, Ruckus, Jazmine and the rest of the crew to life.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2008

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV BOO

Hansberry, Lorraine

Summary: A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a middle-class African American family living on Chicago's Southside in the 1950s.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The Modern Library 1995

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 812.54 HAN

Ward, Jesmyn.

Summary: Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2012

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC WAR

Summary: The final season of the Boondocks finds Granddad, Huey and Riley neck deep in all kinds of new trouble as money woes lead to desperate measures. From breaking bad in an RV chem-lab to senior citizen street fights, times have never been wilder in the sleepy suburbs of Woodcrest.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in NEW Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD TV BOO

Kearse, Bettye

Summary: A descendant of a slave named Coreen, and-according to oral tradition-her owner, President James Madison, finally shares her family's story.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2020

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 920 KEA

Summary: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2007

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV ROO

Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson

Summary: "Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Counterpoint 2017

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Summary: When his new album tanks, Thugnificent is faced with the horror of getting a real job, and Ruckus finds his musical soulmate in famed racist country-western singer Jimmy Rebel. After a checkup, Granddad meets a young black woman who asks him out on a date, but the only person who can spoil Granddad's new romance is Granddad, and more.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Music Home Entertainment 2010

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV BOO

Wiles, Deborah

Summary: It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.--From publisher description.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2014

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC WIL

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JFIC WIL

Summary: Genealogical investigations and DNA analysis help participants discover where they come from and who they are.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Home Video 2008

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV AFR

Jones, Tayari

Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company 2018

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Jones, Tayari

Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit....

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: HighBridge Audio 2018

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC JON

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC JON

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC JON

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD Fiction Jones 2018

Jones, Tayari

Summary: "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit....

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

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Burg, Ann E.

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Summary: The day nine-year-old Grace is called to work in the kitchen in the Big House, everyone warns her to keep her head down and her thoughts to herself, but the more she sees of the oppressive Master and his hateful wife, the more she questions things until one day her thoughts escape--and to avoid being separated she and her family flee into the Dismal Swamp, to join the other escaped slaves who...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2016

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Summary: Tyler Perry does quadruple duty, playing three characters plus the popular Aunt Madea. Madea is summoned to rural Georgia for a family get-together that turns tragic with an unexpected death. Now it's up to Madea to plan the funeral, hold the family together, and make sure no dirty family secrets get leaked. Of course, in Madea's world nothing ever goes exactly to plan, but she's determined to...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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Summary: The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa to his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions through successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV ROO

Summary: For the first time in years, the entire Whitfield clan comes home to celebrate Christmas and learn through the drama and emotional baggage how to be a family once again.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2008

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in KBL Holiday Storage, Call number: DVD Holiday T

Buckley, Gail Lumet

Summary: Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of actress Lena Horne, delves deeply into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to civil rights.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Atlantic Monthly Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 BUC

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 920 BUC

Gordon-Reed, Annette.

Summary: Historian and legal scholar Gordon-Reed presents this epic work that tells the story of the Hemingses, an American slave family and their close blood ties to Thomas Jefferson.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Co. 2008

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B Hemings Gor

Gray, Anissa

1 hold on 6 copies

Summary: The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials, as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest, but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC GRA

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2 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC GRA

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC GRA

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC GRA

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: Fiction Gray 2019

Smith, Nikki Shannon

Summary: In 1854 in Eastern Maryland twelve-year-old Ann is a slave, grateful that her family is still all together; but when their master, in need of money, decides to sell Ann and her younger brother, their parents decide to take the dangerous step of running away north to freedom--a journey filled with danger, especially since they are not sure how to find the first station on the Underground Railroad.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint 2019

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1 available in Beginning Readers - Independent Reader (Red), Call number: JBR RED SMI

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