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Sunday, January 22, 2017

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde

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"Stunning...Maryse Conde's imaginative subversion of historical records forms a critque of contemporary American society and its ingrained racism and sexism."
THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE At the age of seven, Tituba watched as her mother was hanged for daring to wound a plantation owner who tried to rape her. She was raised from then on by Mama Yaya, a gifted woman who shared with her the secrets of healing and magic. But it was Tituba's love of the slave John Indian that led her from safety into slavery, and the bitter, vengeful religion practiced by the good citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. Though protected by the spirits, Tituba could not escape the lies and accusations of that hysterical time.
As history and fantasy merge, Maryse Conde, acclaimed author of TREE OF LIFE and SEGU, creates the richly imagined life of a fascinating woman.

From Publishers Weekly
The author of the highly recommended intergenerational saga Tree of Life (Fiction Forecasts, June 29) moves from her native Guadeloupe to colonial New England in this potent novel. Revising the legend of a slave woman accused of practicing witchcraft and imprisoned in Salem, Mass., in 1692, Conde freely imagines Tituba's childhood and old age, endows her with what Davis calls a contemporary social consciousness, and allows her to narrate the tale.

Her pointedly political story indicts the Puritans' racism and hypocrisy and their contemporary manifestations. Conceived when an English sailor rapes an Ashanti captive on the slave ship Christ the King , Tituba grows up in Barbados but follows her beloved, John Indian, into servitude in America when he is sold to minister Samuel Parris. Charged with witchcraft when she heals Parris's wife and daughters, she shares a jail cell with Hester Prynne, who helps her plan her testimony before the Salem judges. Eventually reprieved, Tituba is bought by a Jew, himself persecuted, who frees her and gives her passage to Barbados. At once playful and searing, Conde's work critiques ostensibly white, male versions of history and literature by appropriating them.

Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Yellow Journalism by Daniel Cohen

taken from Amazon:

From School Library Journal Grade 5-9-A history of sensational news reporting, beginning with the story of life on the moon as described by the New York Sun in 1835. The public's appetite for the scandalous and salacious is not peculiar to our time; Cohen tells how lurid reporting, accompanied by shocking photographs, helped William Randolph Hearst and others to increase circulation of their newspapers.
The author provides accounts of media coverage of some specific events such as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Sam Sheppard case, and the O. J. Simpson trial. Well-chosen, black-and-white illustrations, including several graphic photographs, appear throughout.

For a pro/con assessment of the media, William Barbour's The Mass Media (Greenhaven, 1994; o.p.) is still a good choice. However, Cohen's title is a worthy introduction for curious students. Linda W. Tilden, Cherry Hill Public Library, NJ Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Beginning with a comical takeoff on sensational journalism, Cohen takes a look at journalism gone awry, making the facts every bit as absorbing as the most exaggerated tabloid.

Tracing the history of modern yellow journalism back to an 1835 New York Sun article describing alien life discovered on the moon, he strings together one fascinating story after another, illustrating how the public's voracious appetite for scandal empowers hack journalists.

Most of the book focuses on print media, though later chapters include discussion of the influence of television and the Internet on shaping public opinion on everything from Kennedy's election to Monica Lewinsky's notoriety. The book also treats readers to a brief history lesson that highlights people (Hearst, Winchell), places (death row, O.J.'s courtroom), and trials (Lindbergh, Sheppard) that have become part of popular culture.

Enhanced by vivid if occasionally gruesome photos, this is nonfiction so riveting it's almost impossible to put down. Roger Leslie Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Zorro: Una Novela by Isabel Allende

taken from Wikipedia

Zorro is a 2005 novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende. Its subject is the pulp hero Diego de la Vega, better known as El Zorro (The Fox), who was featured in an early 20th-century novel. The novel takes the form of a biography and is the first origin story for this legendary character. In terms of material, it is a prequel to Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella The Curse of Capistrano, which first featured the character of Zorro. The story incorporates details from a variety of works that have featured the pulp hero, including the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.

taken from Isabel Allende's website

A swashbuckling adventure story, Zorro reveals the history behind the legendary masked man. Born in Southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. From his father, Diego receives lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding; from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, he learns the ways of her tribe. As a child he also witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and begins to feel the inner conflict of his dual heritage. At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Barcelona to be educated. Spain is chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, and Diego, following the example of his celebrated fencing master, joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With this tumultuous period as a backdrop, Diego falls in love, saves the persecuted, and confronts a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege. After many adventures—duels at dawn, fierce battles with pirates at sea, and daring rescues—Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, returns to America to reclaim the hacienda where he was raised and to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it themselves. Spanning the globe from California to Barcelona—the New World and the Old—Zorro celebrates the birth of a great hero and legend.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America--An Anthology by Herb Boyd

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So when I came across Brotherman: The Odyssey Of Black Men In America - An Anthology, I was impressed, when I flipped it open, by its voluminous table of contents. There are one hundred and fifty excerpts from essays, novels, and speeches written by African American men, divided thematically into six sections, that span practically the whole of our existence here in America. The large span of time that these authors represent has a leavening effect right off the bat, largely allowing it to escape the ideological boundaries that often limit the appeal of a compilation.

Taken from Publisher's Weekly

This outstanding collection of writings by African-American males has been edited by Boyd (Down the Glory Road) and Allen (The Port Chicago Mutiny) with a commitment to inclusion and diversity. More than 100 pieces are organized by subjects such as forefathers, relationships, racism, sports, music and other themes that define the black man's experience. There are contributions from notables James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, Ralph Ellison, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., but the editors also include material from emerging creative writers and political thinkers. The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Wind's Twelve Quarters

Wikipedia:::The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, named after a line from A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad and first published by Harper & Row in 1975. Described by Le Guin as a retrospective, it collects 17 previously published stories, four of which were the germ of novels she was to write later: "The Word of Unbinding" and "The Rule of Names" gave Le Guin the place that was to become Earthsea; "Semley's Necklace," was first published as "Dowry of the Angyar" in 1964 and then as the Prologue of the novel Rocannon's World in 1966;"Winter's King" is about the inhabitants of the planet Winter, as is Le Guin's later novel The Left Hand of Darkness. Most of the other stories are also connected to Le Guin's novels. The story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" won the Hugo Award in 1974, while "The Day Before the Revolution" won the Locus and Nebula Awards in 1975.

From "Ursula K. Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing, rich characters & diverse worlds. The Wind's Twelve Quarters collects 17 stories, each with an introduction by the author, ranging from fantasy to intriguing scientific concepts, from medieval settings to the future." Including a foreword by Le Guin, describing her experience, inspirations & approach to writing, this collection explores human values, relationships & survival, showcasing the myriad talents of one of the most provocative writers of our time."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Kayaro Used Book Sale Summer Clean Out Sale

We have too many books over here! While we hate to see our collection go, it's past time for us to get rid of a few books! Make sure you visit our Amazon store to check out the full collection, and take a look at some of our picks below!

Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia $9.99

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time Greg Mortenson paperback $6.99

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller $6.99

Pocho by Jose Antonio Villarreal

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Calico Bush by Rachel Field $9.99

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Tangled Webs of Spider-Man

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

The Year Of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyui Choi $4.99

Journey to Topaz-Yoshiko Uchida $5.99

The Bluest Eye - by Toni Morrison $5.99