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    Read These Women

    by Meghan Kowalski on 2023-03-01T08:00:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

    March is Women's History Month. Congress has officially recognized this celebration since 1987, but women have been making an impact since long before that. Women's history is a subject rich in resiliency, courage, and innovation. This month, we are sharing some of our recommended African American women writers. They have played a crucial role in spotlighting the barriers and obstacles women have continued to face. Their writing speaks truth and holds power accountable. Each author's insights provide rich insights that have inspired generations of readers.


    Cover ArtThe Poems of Phillis Wheatley by Phillis Wheatley
    ISBN: 9780807818350
    Publication Date: 1989-01-01
    For nearly thirty-five years Julian Mason's The Poems of Phillis Wheatley (1966) has been the standard edition of the poems and letters of this young black poet of eighteenth-century Boston. This new edition has been extensively revised in light of Wheatley scholarship since its publication. It has been expanded to include all of the fifty-six poems and twenty-two letters now known to be by Wheatley, the significant variants of the poems, and the four Proposals for publication of her works, all of them annotated. This edition contains the recently discovered poem "Ocean," new information about Wheatley's library (including a southern connection), a more accurate reading of a letter central to understanding the response to her 1772 Proposals, new variants of two poems, and a new reading of her George Washington poem. By going back to the original manuscripts (and to first printings when the manuscripts are not extant), Mason has provided the fullest and most accurate edition of Wheatley's poems and letters yet produced. The new index and bibliography assure the volume's usefulness for the scholar, the student, and the general reader.
    Cover ArtSong of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    ISBN: 9781400033423
    Publication Date: 2004-06-08
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An official Oprah Winfrey's "The Books That Help Me Through" selection * The acclaimed Nobel Prize winner transfigures the coming-of-age story with this brilliantly imagined novel. Includes a new foreword by the author. 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. "Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality, and reveling in the sound of their voices and of her own, which echoes and elaborates theirs." --The New Yorker
    Cover ArtTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    ISBN: 0060199490
    Publication Date: 2000-10-24
    "A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." --Zadie Smith One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years--due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist--Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
    Cover ArtThe Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
    ISBN: 9780679455875
    Publication Date: 2000-10-03
    The author presents a collection of short fiction loosely based on her own life, including To My Young Husband, which describes life amid the turbulence of the Deep South at the dawn of the civil rights movement.
    Cover ArtUndersong by Audre Lorde
    ISBN: 9780393309751
    Publication Date: 1992-10-17
    "Undersong is a remarkable poetic document. It comprises a thoroughgoing revision of Lorde's early poems, 1950-1979, along with nine hitherto unpublished poems from that period, and an essay describing the revision process." --Adrienne Rich
    Cover ArtWild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
    ISBN: 0445205377
    Publication Date: 1988-12-01
    Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex--or design. He fears no one--until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu has also died many times. She can absorb bullets and make medicine with a kiss, give birth to tribes, nurture and heal, and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one--until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.
    Cover ArtSalvation by bell hooks
    ISBN: 9780060184940
    Publication Date: 2001-01-09
    "A manual for fixing our culture...In writing that is elegant and penetratingly simple, [hooks] gives voice to some things we may know in our hearts but need an interpreter like her to process."--Black Issues Book Review New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed visionary and cultural critic bell hooks continues her exploration of the meaning of love in contemporary American society, offering groundbreaking, critical insight about Black people and love. Written from both historical and cultural perspectives, Salvation takes an incisive look at the transformative power of love in the lives of African Americans. Whether talking about the legacy of slavery, relationships and marriage in Black life, the prose and poetry of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou, the liberation movements of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, or hip hop and gangsta rap culture, hooks lets us know what love's got to do with it. Combining the passionate politics of W.E.B. DuBois with fresh, contemporary insights, hooks brilliantly offers new visions that will heal our nation's wounds from a culture of lovelessness. Her writings on love and its impact on race, class, family, history, and popular culture will help us heal and create beloved American communities.

    Each of these books is available to be checked out at the UDC Library. 

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