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All blood runs red : the legendary life of Eugene Bullard-- boxer, pilot, soldier, spy

All blood runs red : the legendary life of Eugene Bullard-- boxer, pilot, soldier, spy

Keith, Phil, 1946- author.
2019

"The incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer."-- Publisher's description.

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Educated : a memoir

Educated : a memoir

Westover, Tara, author
2018

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one's closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019

Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019

2021

First single-volume history of African Americans - written entirely by African Americans - in a generation. This book will cover the full swathe of African American history, in the voices of African Americans. A community history collected by a historian of the African American community; most of the pieces are written in 2019 to commemorate the significance of four hundred years of storytelling.

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The glass castle : a memoir

The glass castle : a memoir

Walls, Jeannette, author
2017

Jeannette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric and severely misguided family. The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

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Hidden Valley Road : inside the mind of an American family

Hidden Valley Road : inside the mind of an American family

Kolker, Robert, author
2020

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the dream with their twelve children. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys were diagnosed as schizophrenic. Their shocking story also offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia. Unknown to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment and even the possibility of the eradication of the disease for future generations.

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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Skloot, Rebecca, 1972- author
2009


The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz

The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz

Larson, Erik, 1954- author
2020

On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London.

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The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation

The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation

Tubbs, Anna Malaika, author
2021

"Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning--from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety."-- Provided by publisher.

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