Tales first appeared in 1967 and is an impressionistic and sometimes surrealistic collection of short fiction, showcasing Amiri Baraka’s great impact on African American literature of the 1950s and 1960s. While known primarily for his plays, and criticism of black music, Baraka was also a master of the short story form, poems, as this collection attests.
Tales: Short Stories AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series #ad - A clutch of early stories from the poet, playwright, and provocateur, infused with jazz and informed by racial alienation” Kirkus Reviews. They deal, it might be said, with the black man in black America. The last seven stories endeavor to place that same man within the context of his awareness of and participation in a rapidly emerging and powerfully felt negritude.
Tales is a critical volume in Amiri Baraka’s oeuvre, and an important testament to his remarkable literary legacy. Henry louis Gates Jr. The sixteen artful and nuanced stories in this reissue of Amiri Baraka’s seminal 1967 collection fall into two parts: the first nine concern themselves with the sensibility of a hip, perceptive young black man in white America.
Turf: StoriesSoft Skull Press #ad - It’s hilarious. And you just know she’s having a great time, because suddenly you are, too. Lindsay hunter, electric literature “A daring piece of literature delicately teetering between story and observation . . . It’s . . . The end of the world as seen through a young couple in brooklyn, able to unlock all the secrets of the universe except for the unknowable mystery of love; a woman and her dog walker whose friendship is uprooted by an incident at the park; these are dark, who find a baby in a bucket on their front step; a group of geniuses who meet every Wednesday, intriguing vistas explored in Crane’s glowing collection.
It’s unsettling. Elizabeth crane mines the everyday and reveals what we’re missing. Crane demonstrates insight into our deepest fears and desires and what makes people tick. Publishers weekly “Crane’s imagination is delightful, ebullient . . . Autobiography and imagination walking hand in hand into the sunset.
Turf: Stories #ad - Kirkus reviews an electric literature best short story collection of 2017 Through her three story collections and two novels, Elizabeth Crane’s singular literary vision has created worlds of characters standing boldly in the face of their complicated circumstances. And that has never been truer than in her new collection, Turf.
Mumbo Jumbo: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Working to combat the jes grew infection are the puritanical Atonists, a group bent on cultivating a “Talking Android, ” an African American who will infiltrate the unruly black communities and help crush the outbreak. His style throughout is as avant-garde and vibrant as the music at its center.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author. But papa labas, a houngan voodoo priest, is determined to keep his ancient culture—including a key spiritual text—alive. Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history.
Mumbo Jumbo: A Novel #ad - Ishmael reed’s inspired fable of the ragtime era, in which a social movement threatens to suppress the spread of black culture—hailed by Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred greatest books of the Western canonIn 1920s America, a plague is spreading fast. Anyone is vulnerable and when they catch it, they’ll bump and grind into a frenzy.
From new orleans to chicago to new york, the “Jes Grew” epidemic makes people desperate to dance, overturning social norms in the process. In addition to ragtime, blues, and jazz, reed’s allegory draws on the Harlem Renaissance, the Back to Africa movement, and America’s occupation of Haiti.
The System of Dante's Hell: A NovelAkashic Books #ad - Much of the novel is an expression of the intellectual and moral lost motion of the age . . . The episodes contained within the novel represent both states of mind and states of the soul—lyrical, fragmentary, and allusive. A fevered and impressionistic riff on the struggles of blacks in the urban North and rural South, as told through the prism of The Inferno.
Kirkus reviews this 1965 novel is a remarkable narrative of childhood and youth, fraud, structured on the themes of Dante’s Inferno: violence, incontinence, and treachery. With a poet’s skill, and with dramatic power he reconstructs the brutality of the black slums of Newark, a small Southern town, Baraka creates the atmosphere of hell, and New York City.
The System of Dante's Hell: A Novel #ad - The special agony of the American Negro. The new york times book review “It’s a tortured nightmare, excruciatingly honest and alive, painful and beautiful . . . Michael rumaker, author of A Day and a Night at the Baths. With an introduction by Woodie King Jr.
The Man Who Cried I Am: A NovelThe Overlook Press #ad - Through the eyes of max, with penetrating fictional portraits of Richard Wright, among other historical figures, and Malcolm X, James Baldwin, author John A. On a warm spring afternoon in 1964, Max Reddick sits at an outdoor café in Amsterdam, nursing a glass of Pernod. From the streets of new york city to the jazz clubs of paris and amsterdam, from the battlefields of World War II to the Oval Office, Max’s journey as an African American author and journalist has brought him into the nexus of hypocrisy and duplicity surrounding segregation and civil rights time and again.
A black expat writer uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the American civil rights movement in this exceptionally powerful novel, which includes an introduction by bestselling author Walter Mosley. Along with the large doses of morphine running through his veins, the alcohol allows him to forget the painful disease ravaging his body, but it also prompts him to reflect on the circumstances that have brought him to this point—made him who he is today.
The Man Who Cried I Am: A Novel #ad - Infused with powerful artistry and searing anger, and vision, as well as insight, humanity, The Man Who Cried I Am is a modern American classic. Williams reveals the hope, courage, and bitter disappointment of African American intellectuals in the postwar era. But nothing he has encountered could have prepared him for the devastating and dangerous truth he now faces.
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight: And Other Stories of AfricaGrove Press #ad - The lion sleeps tonight is rian malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. He follows the trial of winnie mandela; he writes about the last afrikaner, an old boer woman who settled on the slopes of Mount Meru; he plunges into President Mbeki’s AIDS policies of the 1990s; and finally he tells the story of the Alcock brothers sons of Neil and Creina whose heartbreaking story was told in My Traitor’s Heart, two white South Africans raised among the Zulu and fluent in their language and customs.
. In the title story, malan investigates the provenance of the world-famous song, recorded by Pete Seeger and REM among many others, which Malan traces back to a Zulu singer named Solomon Linda. An essay collection that offers “a fascinating glimpse of post-apartheid South Africa” from the bestselling author of My Traitor’s Heart The Sunday Times.
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The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular EducationCounterpoint #ad - It is told by a writer of deep wisdom, self-knowledge and charm . . . What begins as a flirtation with zen deepens into a lifelong avocation, ordination as a priest, and finally the road to Transmission—acknowledgement that he is ready to be an independent teacher. I gobbled it up. Anne Lamott. Peter’s coyote’s new memoir is just plain wonderful—richly textured, sometimes funny, beautifully written, sad, sweet, always wise.
With a title inspired by a bob dylan lyric that peter coyote considers representative of two competing forces—the transcendental, and ecstatic world of love, status-seeking world of wealth and power—this spiritual autobiography tells the tale of a young man caught between these options, and the competitive, and the journey that leads him from the privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to jail, to the White House, inclusive, to lessons from a man who literally held the power of life and death over others, to government service and international success on stage and screen.
It is about childhood losses and joy, transcendence, the search for Truth, the seventies, loyalty, healing, survival, the sixties, growing up, mentors, disasters. Through zen, reflective and intelligent memoir, and in this energetic, Coyote discovers a third option, he shares both his experiences and the wisdom he has gained from them.
The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education #ad - Moving beyond the 1960s counterculture covered in his previous memoir, and finally fashion designer nino cerruti, who introduces him to Zen practice, Coyote provides intimate portraits of mentors who shaped him—a violent, intimidating father; a bebop bass player who teaches him that life can be improvised; a Mafia consiglieri who demonstrates to him that men can be bought and manipulated; an ex-game warden who initiates him into the laws of nature; a gay dancer in Martha Graham’s company who introduces him to Mexico and marijuana; beat poet Gary Snyder, who made the world of haute monde Europe available to him.
An “unforgettable” memoir of searching for enlightenment, from the actor, Zen teacher, and bestselling author of Sleeping Where I Fall San Francisco Chronicle.
The Memory of LoveAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - A soft-spoken story of brutality and endurance set in postwar Sierra Leone . . . Tragedy and its aftermath are affectingly, memorably evoked in this multistranded narrative from a significant talent. Kirkus Reviews. For elias’s doctor, kai mansaray, it’s desperately battling his nightmares by trying to heal his patients.
The memory of love is a beautiful and ambitious exploration of the influence history can have on generations, and the shared cultural burdens that each of us inevitably face. Winner of the commonwealth writers’ prize for best Book As a decade of civil war and political unrest comes to a devastating close, three men must reconcile themselves to their own fate and the fate of their broken nation.
The Memory of Love #ad - For adrian lockheart, it means listening to Elias’s tale and following his own heart into a heated romance. For elias cole, this means reflecting on his time as a young scholar in 1969 and the affair that defined his life. A luminous tale of passion and betrayal” set in the post-colonial and civil war eras of Sierra Leone The New York Times.
As each man’s story becomes inexorably bound with the others’, they discover that they are connected not only by their shared heritage, pain, and shame, but also by one remarkable woman.
Bullwhip Days: The Slaves RememberGrove Press #ad - Here are twenty-nine full narrations, as well as nine sections of excerpts related to particular aspects of slave life, from religion to plantation life to the Reconstruction era. Twenty-nine oral histories and additional excerpts, selected from 2000 interviews with former slaves conducted in the 1930s for a WPA Federal Writers Project, document the conditions of slavery that .
. . Lie at the root of today’s racism. Publishers weekly in the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of Africans in America.
Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember #ad - Vivid, moving, and beautifully cadenced. The new Yorker. Remarkably articulate . . . Skillfully edited, reveal the wide range of conditions of human bondage, these chronicles bear eloquent witness to the trials of slaves in America, and provide sobering insight into the roots of racism in today’s society.
Live or Die: PoemsOpen Road Media #ad - Sexton described the volume, which depicts a fictionalized version of her struggle with mental illness, as “a fever chart for a bad case of melancholy. From the halls of a psychiatric hospital—“the scene of the disordered scenes” in “Flee on Your Donkey”—to a child’s playroom—“a graveyard full of dolls” in “Those Times.
. . These gripping poems offer profound insight on the agony of depression and the staggering acts of courage and faith required to emerge from its depths. Live or die features these topics in candid and unflinching detail, as Sexton represents the full experience of being alive—and a woman—as few poets have before.
Live or Die: Poems #ad - Through bold images and startlingly precise language, Sexton explores the broad spectrum of human emotion ranging from desperate despair to unfettered hope. Along with other confessional poets like Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell, Sexton was known for grappling with intimate subjects traditionally considered taboo for poetry such as motherhood, menstruation, and drug dependence.
Winner of the pulitzer prize: a gripping poetry collection mapping the thorny journey from madness to hope With her emotionally raw and deeply resonant third collection, Live or Die, Anne Sexton confirmed her place among the most celebrated poets of the twentieth century.