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The color purple : a novel

by:Walker, Alice, 1944-

Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival.

Editions:487  Date:1960 - 2019  Genre(s):Epistolary fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Epistolary fiction, Epistolary fiction



by:Morrison, Toni

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.

Editions:473  Date:1985 - 2019  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, History, Historical fiction, Domestic fiction


Their eyes were watching God : a novel

by:Hurston, Zora Neale

A novel about black Americans in Florida that centers on the life of Janie and her three marriages.

Editions:278  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Allegories, Romance fiction, Epic fiction


The help

by:Stockett, Kathryn

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Editions:293  Date:2007 - 2017  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Fictional Work, Domestic fiction, Historical fiction



by:Morrison, Toni

This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines -- from their growing up together in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. The one, Nel Wright, chooses to stay in the place of her birth, to marry, to raise a family, to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community. The other, Sula Peace, rejects all that Nel has accepted. She escapes to college, submerges herself in city life, and when she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel, a mocker, a wanton sexual seductress. Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices; both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other; and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America.

Editions:306  Date:1970 - 2016  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Novels, Novels


The secret life of bees

by:Kidd, Sue Monk

Set in South Carolina in 1964, [this book] tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love--a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.-Back cover.

Editions:205  Date:2000 - 2018  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans


Kindred : a graphic novel adaptation

by:Butler, Octavia E.

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.

Editions:88  Date:1979 - 2018  Genre(s):Science fiction, Psychological fiction, Science fiction, Psychological fiction, Graphic novels


The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman : a novel

by:Gaines, Ernest J., 1933-

Story of a black woman born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, freed at the end of the Civil War, who lives for one-hundred more years.

Editions:135  Date:1971 - 2015  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, History


The color purple

by:Spielberg, Steven, 1946-

The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who's forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.

Editions:205  Date:1885 - 2016  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Feature films, Film adaptations, Film adaptations


The member of the wedding

by:McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967

A story of black and white in the American South with Berenice Sadie Brown, a black cook who looks after the twelve-year-old motherless Frankie, a lonely, overly imaginative Georgia girl. Frankie sees a solution to her unhappiness in the approaching wedding of her elder brother.

Editions:270  Date:1941 - 2015  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Bildungsromans, History


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