An update from the library!
Over the break we purchased a few more books! All the more reason to come check it out!
The Bluest Eye Beloved Jazz – Toni Morrison
Morrison’s first novel, The Blues Eye (1970), explores the aesthetics of beauty in the tale of a young black girl coming of age into a white society that recognizes only blue eyes. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved (1987) tells the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who works at “beating back the past”. Jazz(1992) takes place in the glittery Harlem of 1926 – the time of the Harlem Renaissance – around which Morrison sets the tragic story of Joe Trace, a married 50-year-old salesman who kills his young lover. Toni Morrison has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature.
Just Ask Us (A Conversation with First Nations Teenage Moms) – Sylvia Olsen
n 2003, Sylvia Olsen began a community study with aboriginal teen parents, believing that the best way to shed light on the issue is to listen first to the parents themselves. Just Ask Us is a result of this project, in which thirteen Tsartlip teen moms participated. Just Ask Us takes a comprehensive, first-hand look at First Nations teen mothers, offering ways to counteract the intractable cycle of poverty and turn reserve communities into places of hope for the next generation. Olsen explores issues of teenage sexuality and relationships, birth control, abortion, and violence. She examines aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultural attitudes and practices and how they affect the lives of young moms and their children. Her book weaves the threads of these young mothers’ lives together with colours of desperation, enthusiasm, impossibility, and hope.
The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own. Aminata’s eventual return to Sierra Leone – passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America – is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey.
women and the Israeli occupation – Tamar Mayer
Threads of My Life – Mauricio Carlos Quintana
he loves life in spite of everything. Conceived as the result of a rape, she herself was raped at the age of 14. Her name is Hilaria Supa Huamán. She is 47 years old and self-educated. She has lived in Lima, the capital of Peru. She now lives in Huallaccocha, in Cuzco. She campaigns for agriculture and for the women of the countryside. For more than 20 years, she has been dedicated to organizing women and preserving the ancient wisdom and culture of the Andes. For the last six years, she has also been working in search of justice for women who were forcibly sterilized.—1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize
Prairie Fire (Canadian Women’s Stories From Overseas) – Timothy Findley and Linda Holeman