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The beautiful struggle : a memoir
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

From the publisher. An exceptional father-son story about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us. Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence -- and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crack -- and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free. Among his brood of seven, his main challenges were Ta-Nehisi, spacey and sensitive and almost comically miscalibrated for his environment, and Big Bill, charismatic and all-too-ready for the challenges of the streets.The Beautiful Struggle follows their divergent paths through this turbulent period, and their father's steadfast efforts -- assisted by mothers, teachers, and a body of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled present -- to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction. With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his father's generation and the terrors and wonders of his own youth, Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in Black America and beyond.

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The Water Dancer
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and large print. "Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known."-- Provided by publisher. Age: Adult.

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We Were Eight Years in Power : An American Tragedy
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult nonfiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Age: Adult.

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The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
Author: J. Anderson Coats

Child fiction book. Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer's expedition to bring orphans and Civil War widows to Washington Territory, but life out west isn't at all what she expected. Grade: 4+

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Shelter : a Mickey Bolitar novel
Author: Harlan Coben

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

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Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella
Author: Jewell Reinhart Coburn

Child nonfiction book. Alternate Title: Ntsuag Nos : Ib Tug Cinderella Hmoob. Despite a cruel stepmother's schemes, Jouanah, a young Hmong girl, finds true love and happiness with the aid of her dead mother's spirit and a pair of special shoes. Age: 5-8.

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The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina
Author: Zoraida Codova

"The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won't ever leave their home in Four Rivers--even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers. Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly's daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea's line. Determined to save what's left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador--to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back. Alternating between Orquídea's past and her descendants' present, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is an enchanting novel about what we knowingly and unknowingly inherit from our ancestors, the ties that bind, and reclaiming your power."

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Boat of dreams
Author: Rogério Coelho

Inspired by Rogério Coelho's family vacation on a Brazilian coastal village in winter, the characters of the old man and the young boy popped into his imagination and compelled him to create a story that took him almost seven years to complete

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Mieko and the Fifth Treasure
Author: Eleanor Coerr

Child fiction book, and e-book. Staying with her grandparents after the atomic bomb has been dropped on Nagasaki, ten-year-old Mieko feels that the happiness in her heart has departed forever and she will no longer be able to produce a beautiful drawing for the contest at school. Grade: 3+

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Sister satellite
Author: Cathryn Cofell

In Sister Satellite Cathryn Cofell writes with power and a hard-earned, wide-ranging scope. As poet Oliver de la Paz writes, "the language of Cofell's debut collection shimmers in amplitudes of love." Love, yes, but hers is an engaged love that won't let us go easily. Her poems provide an answer to the politics and pressures of our times, as Cofell wrests the microphone for herself, turns up the volume and the heat and writes about women's lives and bodies in lines which are funny, bold, defiant, angry and celebratory. Married love and unvoiced lust, pregnancy, miscarriage, adoption, abortion and aging all figure into the mix. And Cofell writes her version of the truth bravely. "The only hard part about the abortion / was getting the car to start," she tells us in the poem "Her Religion." She also writes movingly about families ("When I do arrive it will be coffee all day hot in the pot / spoiled milk in the fridge / twin beds bunk beds bags on the floor" from "Getting Home") and about just how fragile our time is on this planet. In Cofell's vision, even a brain tumor can bless us with new vision and tenderness: "I will stay. Here. / I will lay by my lay. / From the behind of my heart." As Kelly Cherry says, "Every woman should read this book. So should every man." Sample poem: Appeal for Eclipse Enough about the damn moon. Bulimic bitch, four fits of clothes, all that cellulite and she still prances, still tries to light up the sky when he wants only to be dark, to be Johnny Cash and strum the train ride right out of her. Enough from the poets, the artists, the astronomers. Quit coveting her behind his back. She needs to learn the ways of a docile woman, to be viewed askew from inside a cardboard box, her trashy peep show ass puppeted from the earth, strung up behind the sun curtained by this ring of fire.

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Mai Ya's Long Journey
Author: Sheila Cohen

Child nonfiction book and e-book. Relates the personal story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family and their journey from the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin. Age: 8-13.

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The naked roommate : and 107 other issues you might run into in college
Author: Harlan Cohen

"Book orientation: the stuff before the tips -- Arriving on campus: so real you can smell it, touch it, taste it -- Residence halls: living, eating, and bathing with hundreds of strangers -- Roommates: good ones, bad ones, and everything in between -- Finding friends: your social or antisocial college life -- Getting involved on campus: an all-you-can-do buffet -- Greek life: behind the doors, windows, and walls of fraternity and sorority life -- Life inside the classroom: assuming you wake up and go to class -- Dating and relationships: your higher education in lust, love, and loss -- Sex: having it, not having it, hearing other people having it -- Drinking on campus: tapping the keg of truth -- Drugs on campus: the smoking, snorting and pill-popping truth -- Money, laundry, and cheap eats: assuming you have enough money to eat and do laundry -- Things not mentioned in the college brochure: what they don't tell you -- College: a higher education: it's almost time to say good-bye."

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Dream Carver
Author: Diana Cohn

Child picture book. Illustrated by Amy Cordova. In this story, inspired by the real life of Oaxacan woodcarver Manuel Jimenez, a young boy dreams of colorful, exotic animals that he will one day carve in wood. Age: 4-8.

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Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily
Author: Rachel Cohn

"Timed to coincide with the Netflix release of DASH AND LILY, Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily serves up a new helping of love, friendship and Christmas as best-selling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan send Dash and Lily to England - to find their futures, and hopefully find each other again as well."

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Author: Brandy Colbert

YA fiction book. Sixteen-year-old Dove "Birdie" Randolph's close bond with her parents is threatened by a family secret, and by hiding her relationship with Booker, who has been in juvenile detention. Age: 13+

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The Voting Booth
Author: Brandy Colbert

This timely, politically charged novel sees black first-time voters Marva Sheridan and Duke Crenshaw fulfilling their civic duty. Marva, passionate about politics, has been working to get out the vote. When Duke is unable to vote at their mutual polling place due to a registration mix-up, she makes it her mission to ensure he can cast his ballot. Still grieving the death of his political activist brother, biracial Duke knows exactly what’s at stake. As Election Day progresses toward its results, neither teen counts on the whirlwind journey that takes them from being strangers at the polls to confidantes on the road, discussing Marva’s white boyfriend’s refusal to vote, Duke’s fractured family’s grief, and Marva’s missing internet-famous cat. Colbert (The Only Black Girls in Town) aptly discusses matters of civil disobedience and social justice—including police brutality and voter suppression—without sacrificing the delicate, lighthearted relationship at the story’s center. Readers will find abundant food for thought in this vital fictional account of two teens intent on using their voices and engaging in a political system that makes it difficult for them to participate.  --Staff (Reviewed 06/15/2020) (Publishers Weekly, vol 267, issue 24, p)

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The Voting Booth
Author: Brandy Colbert

YA fiction book. “An African American teen activist is drawn to a young man she meets accidentally. Marva Sheridan was passionate about politics long before she was able to vote herself. It was not enough to anticipate voting for the first time, she’s also worked to make sure that others did so as well. When she witnesses Duke Crenshaw, another teen, being turned away on Election Day, she springs into action.“ Age: 12+

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An Unconditional Freedom
Author: Alyssa Cole

Adult fiction book. Third book in the Loyal League series. An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a hidden enemy that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes ... Daniel Cumberland, born free in Massachusetts, studied law with dreams of helping his people--dreams that died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Daniel is rescued, but he's a changed man. When he's offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it. Age: Adult.

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Spot, the cat
Author: Henry Cole

In this wordless picture book, a cat named Spot ventures out an open window and through a city on a journey, while his owner tries to find him.

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Circle of Fire
Author: Evelyn Coleman

Child fiction book. In 1958, Mendy puts herself in danger when she discovers that the Ku Klux Klan is planning to bomb the Highlander Folk School in order to disrupt a visit from Mendy's hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. Part of the American Girl series. Grade: 3+

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Freedom Train
Author: Evelyn Coleman

Child fiction book. Twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason's older brother is a guard on the Freedom Train, which is carrying the Bill of Rights and other documents throughout the country in 1948, but Clyde is also learning about rights and freedom as he is saved from a beating by an African American boy, and later returns the favor when men in their Atlanta suburb decide to show the "Nigras" their place. Grade: 4+

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Shadows on Society Hill : An Addy Mystery
Author: Evelyn Coleman

Child fiction book. When her family moves to Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood in 1866, Addy discovers that her new home holds dangerous secrets, including one connected to the North Carolina plantation she had escaped from only two years earlier. Part of then American Girl series. Grade: 4+

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The recruit
Author: K. R. Coleman

With her family's farm failing, Tessa's best hope of attending college is a soccer scholarship but the offer her best friend helps arrange would mean giving up her boyfriend.

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Tyler Johnson Was Here
Author: Jay Coles

YA fiction book. “When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 14+

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Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty
Author: Chris Colfer

"Queen Red Riding Hood from the Land of Stories gives advice and makes observations on how to rule"-- publisher.  

Book 1, Adventures from the Land of Stories Companions series

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer

"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about"-- publisher.  

Book 1, Land of Stories series

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The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

 

Book 1, The Land of Stories series

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My Brother Sam is Dead
Author: James Lincoln Collier

Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town. Grade: 6+

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Uptown
Author: Bryan Collier

Child picture book. A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River. Age: 4-8.

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With Every Drop of Blood
Author: James Lincoln Collier

Child fiction book, and audiobook on CD. While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier. Grade: 6+

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A small miracle
Author: Peter Collington

The figures in a nativity scene come to life to help an old woman in need at Christmas

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Alien Lockdown
Author: A. L. Collins

Yin Nova is excited to go on a field trip to the third International Space Station Museum. Her class will see the newest exhibit-the first alien plant ever discovered. But when they arrive, something is very, very wrong. The station is on lockdown. Eerie growls echo through the corridors. There's no sign of the crew. When Yin decides to investigate, can she and her friends survive long enough to discover what's on the loose?

Series:  Screams in Space

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Daughter of Winter
Author: Pat Lowery Collins

Child fiction book. In the mid-nineteenth-century shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts, twelve-year-old Addie learns a startling secret about her past when she escapes servitude by running away to live in the snowy woods and meets an elderly Wampanoag woman. Grade: 5+

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Gregor the Overlander
Author: Suzanne Collins

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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Gregor the Overlander
Author: Suzanne Collins

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

 

Book 1, Underland Chronicles series

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Author: Suzanne Collins

"Revisit[s] the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games"-- Provided by publisher.

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The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

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The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

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Draw!
Author: Raúl Colón

In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.

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ABC : a family alphabet book
Author: Bobbie Combs

Introduces the alphabet with whimsical illustrations portraying gay and lesbian parents and racial diversity.
For ages 2-5

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Crouching Tiger
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book. When Ming Da's Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather's traditions and begins to appreciate him. Age: 5-10.

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D Is for Dragon Dance
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book. Introduces the wondrous traditions of a Chinese New Year through an illustrated and alphabetized review of such components as firecrackers, acrobats, and red envelopes. Age: 3-6.

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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child fiction book. Through the stories of a terra-cotta soldier who has survived through the centuries, thirteen-year-old Ming, a village boy in 1970s China, learns the history of Emperor Qin, known both for building the Great Wall of China and for burying scholars alive, and how and why the terra-cotta soldiers came to be. Age: 9+

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The Runaway Rice Cake
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book, and e-book. After chasing the special rice cake, Nian Gao, that their mother has made to celebrate the Chinese New Year, three poor brothers share it with an elderly woman and have their generosity richly rewarded. Age: 3-9.

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The Story of Chopsticks
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book. When Kùai cannot get enough to eat, he begins using sticks to grab food too hot for the hands, and soon all of China uses Kùai zi, or chopsticks. Age: 6-9.

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The Story of Kites
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book. Long ago in China, three brothers become tired of chasing birds from their family's rice fields and experiment with ways to make the job easier. Age: 6-8.

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The Story of Noodles
Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Child picture book. Left alone to prepare their family's prize-winning dumplings for the annual cooking contest, the young Kang boys accidentally invent a new dish, "mian tiao," or noodles. Includes a cultural note and a recipe for long life noodles. Age: 6-8.

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Jenny Archer, Author
Author: Ellen Conford

Third humorous book about Jenny Archer:  Stymied by an assignment to write her autobiography, Jenny decides to enhance her life story by using her considerable imagination.  

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Brawler
Author: Neil O. Connelly

High school champion wrestler Eddie MacIntyre does not mind his well-earned reputation as a loose cannon, but when he punches a referee he not only loses his chance at the state championships, he gets expelled from school--facing the strong possibility of joining his father in prison, he runs away and joins an illegal underground fighting ring, where he and a girl fighter named Khajee find themselves trapped in a violent world, run by bad men and gamblers.

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Author: Leslie Connor

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth--and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the "outside" world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from .. but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?

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