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Strength in What Remains: A Journey o...

Tracy Kidder

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the modern classics Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Soul of a New Machine returns with the extraordinary true story of a young man and his will to surviveIn this remarkable book, New York Time...

Unabridged CD
Published: Aug 2009

Black Boy

Richard Wright

One rises from the reading of such a book with mixed thoughts. Richard Wright uses vigorous and straightforward English; often there is real beauty in his words even when they are mingled with sadism....Yet at the result one is baffle...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2005

The Hemingses of Monticello: An Ameri...

Annette Gordon-Reed

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: "[A] commanding and important book."—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker This epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the Los Angeles Times...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2008

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journe...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In On the Shoulders of Giants, indomitable basketball star and bestselling author and historian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar invites readers on an extraordinarily personal journey back to his birthplace, through one of the greatest political, ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2007

The Ditchdigger's Daughters

Yvonne S. Thornton

Donald Thornton was a ditchdigger who wanted more for his six daughters, saying: "I love you better than I love life," he assured his children. "But I'm not always gonna be around to look after you, and no man's gonna come along and ...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Jul 2008

Letter to My Daughter

Maya Angelou

For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Sep 2008

The Life of an American Slave

Frederick Douglass

Written more than a century ago by Frederick Douglass, a former slave who went on to become a famous orator, writer, journalist, U.S. minister, and a leader of his people, this masterpiece is one of the most eloquent indictments of sl...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2005

Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography o...

Nelson Mandela

Read by Danny Glover, with an introduction by Kofi Annan. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Afr...

Abridged CD
Published: Dec 2004

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable

Unabridged, 10 CDs, 13 hours Read by TBA Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Unabridged CD
Published: Mar 2011

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Fam...

Anthony Shadid

When Anthony Shadid -- one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted -- was freed, he went home, not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma, where he was raised by his Lebanese American family, but to an ancient...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2012

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of...

Martha A. Sandweiss

Noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the uniquely American story of Clarence King, a man who hid from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family the fact that he lived a double life---as the celebrated white explorer, geologist,...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2009

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of...

Martha A. Sandweiss

Noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the uniquely American story of Clarence King, a man who hid from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family the fact that he lived a double life---as the celebrated white explorer, geologist,...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Feb 2009

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journe...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

From 1920 to 1940, the Harlem Renaissance produced a bright beacon of light that paved the way for African Americans all over the country. The unapologetic writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, the fervent fiction and poetry...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Apr 2007

Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It ...

Arlene Alda

"A down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled." -President Bill Clinton"Fascinating . . . . Made me wish I had been born in the Bronx." -Barbara WaltersA touching and provocative collection ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Mar 2015

Mom & Me & Mom

Maya Angelou

The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.  ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2013

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Mem...

Kao Kalia Yang

In the 70s and 80s, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United States-all in search of a new place to call home. Decades later, ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2011

The Color of Water

James McBride

The New York Timesbestselling story from the author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, y...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2006

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Do...

Frederick Douglass

Written more than a century ago by Frederick Douglass, a former slave who went on to become a famous orator, writer, journalist, minister, and a leader of his people, this masterpiece is one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2002

The Life and Times of Frederick Dougl...

Frederick Douglass

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2012

The Life and Times of Frederick Dougl...

Frederick Douglass

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the ...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Feb 2012

Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, ...

Paula Williams Madison

Thanks to her spiteful, jealous Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe was cut off from her Chinese father, Samuel, when she was just a baby, after he announced that he was taking a Chinese bride. By the time Nell was old enough to travel to...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Apr 2015

Life's Hidden Treasures: An Irish Wom...

Rose Marie Rivard

When the Lady Liberty came into view, many cheered and waved. It was an overwhelming scene. The Statue of Liberty symbolized hope for a better life. America was the land of opportunity. So very accurate and true were these words addre...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2010

Michelle Obama: A Life

Peter Selvin

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to t...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Jan 2016
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