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Historical Fiction - North America: Civil Rights/1960s
From the shores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic ship to a voting booth in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is a matter of souls. In this stirring collection of short stories, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black men and women across centuries and continents. In each, she takes the measure of their dignity, describes their dreams, and catalogs their fears. Brutality, beauty, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in each story, but the final impression is of indomitable, luminous, and connected souls.
My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow
Call Number: FIC SHA
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Call Number: FIC MAN
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.
Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis
Call Number: FIC DAV
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Isaac Stone desperately wants to participate in the Freedom march of 1963 in Washington D.C., but his father, a bitter Korean War veteran, forbids him from going and Isaac attempts to change his mind.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
Call Number: FIC GAI
Publication Date: 1982-07-01
A 110-year-old African American woman reminisces about her life, which has stretched from the days of slavery to the African American militancy and civil rights movements of the 1960's.
Spite Fences by Trudy B. Krisher
Call Number: FIC KRI
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
As she struggles with her troubled relationship with her mother during the summer of 1960, a young girl is also drawn into the violence, hatred, and racial tension in her small Georgia town.
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool--where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Call Number: FIC MAG
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Call Number: FIC CUR
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Mississippi Trial 1955 by Chris Crowe
Call Number: FIC CRO
Publication Date: 2003-11-24
In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African-American from Chicago.
Waterboys by Eric Gabriel
Call Number: FIC GAB
Publication Date: 1989-06-01
Set in 1965 A Hell's Kitchen street kid and his two friends are forced to choose between the conflicting values of home and New York streets.
When JFK Was My Father by Amy Gordon
Call Number: FIC GOR
Publication Date: 1999-04-26
Feeling neglected by her father in Brazil and her mother in Washington, D.C., Georgia Hughes tries to cope with life at a boarding school in Connecticut by imagining relationships with John Kennedy and Miss Beard, the ghost of the former head mistress of the school.
The Light of Common Day by John Herman
Call Number: FIC HER
Publication Date: 1997-04-14
Paul Werth, still struggling with the death of his father, endures a disruptive year, dealing with academic pressures, a failing baseball career, the mystery of girls, and a drug investigation.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: B WOO
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--Provided by publisher.
The Girls by Emma ClineNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong--this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged--a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence. Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction. Praise for The Girls "Spellbinding . . . A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry . . . [Emma] Cline gorgeously maps the topography of one loneliness-ravaged adolescent heart. She gives us the fictional truth of a girl chasing danger beyond her comprehension, in a Summer of Longing and Loss."--The New York Times Book Review "[The Girls reimagines] the American novel . . . Like Mary Gaitskill's Veronica or Lorrie Moore's Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, The Girls captures a defining friendship in its full humanity with a touch of rock-memoir, tell-it-like-it-really-was attitude."--Vogue "Debut novels like this are rare, indeed. . . . The most remarkable quality of this novel is Cline's ability to articulate the anxieties of adolescence in language that's gorgeously poetic without mangling the authenticity of a teenager's consciousness. The adult's melancholy reflection and the girl's swelling impetuousness are flawlessly braided together. . . . For a story that traffics in the lurid notoriety of the Manson murders, The Girls is an extraordinary act of restraint. With the maturity of a writer twice her age, Cline has written a wise novel that's never showy: a quiet, seething confession of yearning and terror."--The Washington Post "Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. She reminds us that behind so many of our culture's fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind."--Lena Dunham "Emma Cline's first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction."--Jennifer Egan "I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language."--Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Publication Date: FIC CLI
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Call Number: FIC TAL
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
In 1959 Virginia, Linda Hairston, who has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal," must work on a school project with Sarah Dunbar, one of the first African-American students at the all-white Jefferson High School.
Dark Dude by Óscar Hijuelos
Call Number: FIC HIJ
Publication Date: 2009-09-15
In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Call Number: FIC WOL
Presents a portrait of novelist Ken Kesey and the West Coast "Merry Pranksters" during a several year pursuit of the LSD experience and development of psychedelia.