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1844089150
Paperback:Mom & me & mom:2014 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'In the first decade of the twentiety century, it was not a good time to be born black, or woman, in America'. So begins this stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures. General adult
195 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085058
Paperback:All God's children need travelling shoes:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this fifth volume of her autobiography, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to find that 'you can't go home again'. She comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa. General adult
228 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085066
Paperback:A song flung up to heaven:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: The final volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography begins in 1964 when the author returned to the USA during its great period of upheaval and social change. She reports on this tragic period in her own inimitable and insightful way. General adult
173 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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184408504X
Paperback:The heart of a woman:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Heart of a Woman' is the fourth volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography. Here she is immersed in the world of black writers in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King. General adult
346 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844085031
Paperback:Singin' and swingin' and gettin' merry like Christmas:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. In this third volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'. General adult
310 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1471168956
Paperback:The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, the autobiography:2019 Paperback
Author: Zephaniah, Benjamin
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
Resource type: Physical
Note: Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life. In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin's poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor. His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn't read books. His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant. By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world and he hasn't stopped performing and touring since. Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin's tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin's work with children in South Africa. General adult
333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0140439021
Paperback:Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands:2005:New ed. Paperback
Author: Seacole, Mary
Author: Salih, Sara
Year: 2005
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This text is an engaging self portrait. The author emerges as am independent and respected maternal figure, the model of female achievement in Victorian culture. She also gives the reader an insight into the life of a Jamaican woman in the 19th century.
Title series: Penguin classics
224p ; 200mm (pbk)
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1844085023
Paperback:Gather together in my name:2008 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this sequel to 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', Maya Angelou describes her life as an unemployed young mother in California, turning to prostitution and the world of narcotics. General adult
219 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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086068511X
Paperback:I know why the caged bird sings:1984 Paperback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 1984
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this, the first volume of her autobiography, writer and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her childhood spent growing up in the American South of the 1930s. There she learned the power of the white townsfolk and suffered the trauma of rape. General adult
281 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Reading Group reivew. This turned out to be a popular choice. Surprisingly, quite a number of our group were unfamiliar with the author, and interested to discover her involvement with the freedom movement, as well as her theatrical connections. We liked the style of the book - once adapted to the language - and appreciated its simplicity. The discussion ranged widely and was centred on several key situations in th author's early life, as detailed in the book. Recommend this and subsequent volumes of her autobiography.
23/11/17
Reading Group Shropshire
Shropshire
0252079094
Paperback:King, a biography:[2013]:Third edition Paperback
Author: Lewis, David L.
Year: [2013]
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Third edition
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 1978 Published outside the British Isles Updated with a new preface and more than a dozen photographs of King and his contemporaries, this edition presents the unforgettable story of King's life and death for a new generation. General adult
xxiv, 468 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
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1331798752
Paperback:Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, Or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery:2015 Paperback
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Resource type: Physical
120 (Pbk)
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1784081698
Paperback:Triumph, Jesse Owens & Hitler's Olympics:2014 Paperback
Author: Schaap, Jeremy
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Sport
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: As hosts of the summer Olympics of 1936, Nazi Germany would open its doors to a world divided between admiration and horror. No one was more aware of this than the Führer himself. Hitler was determined these games would promote his regime, but a young American athlete threatened to ruin his plan. Jesse Owens, the 22-year-old son of African-American sharecroppers, had been building a reputation for himself as a formidable athlete. He went on to win four gold medals, demonstrating better than any politican could the flaws in Hitler's racist beliefs. This is the incredible story of one of the most iconic clashes in sports and world history. General adult
xv, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1780745222
Hardback:Another man's war, the story of a Burma Boy in Britain's forgotten African army:2014 Hardback
Author: Phillips, Barnaby
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Wars & warfare
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: At age 16 Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his West African village to join the British Army. The Second World War was raging, and Nigeria's colonial masters were desperate to find men to defend the Empire. Veteran foreign correspondent Barnaby Phillips delivers the gripping, unforgettable story of a Burma Boy in the Second World War and the legacy of the British Empire in Africa and Asia. General adult
xv, 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1844081168
Paperback:Slave, the true story of a girl's lost childhood and her fight for survival:2007 Paperback
Author: Nazer, Mende
Author: Lewis, Damien
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: Living & learning
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mende Nazer tells the horrifying story of her kidnap, at age 12, from an idyllic life with her family in a small village in Sudan, to be sold into slavery. Trafficked to Europe and the London home of a Sudanese diplomat, Mende escaped - only to find she had to fight for asylum in a supposedly free country. General adult
325 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1910376140
Hardback:King of Kings, the triumph and tragedy of Haile Selassie I:2015 Hardback
Author: Asfa-Wossen Asserate
Translator: Lewis, Peter
Year: 2015
Language: English, German
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Haus Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, was as brilliant as he was formidable. A descendant of King Solomon and an early proponent of African unity and independence, Haile Selassie fought with the Allies against the Axis powers during World War II and was a messianic figure for the Jamaican Rastafarians. Written by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Haile Selassie's grandnephew, this is the first major biography on this final 'king of kings.' General adult
420 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1844089142
Hardback:Mom & me & mom:2013 Hardback
Author: Angelou, Maya
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures. Anyone who's read the classic, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', knows Maya Angelou was raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. In 'Mom & Me & Mom', Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result. General adult
195 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
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0316880205
Hardback:The illustrated Long walk to freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela:1996:Abridged ed. Hardback
Author: Mandela, Nelson
Year: 1996
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Edition: Abridged ed.
Publisher: Little Brown
Resource type: Physical
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1471246795
Large print:Twelve years a slave:2013 Large print
Author: Northup, Solomon
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society. General adult
320 pages (large print) (pbk)
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0316909653
Hardback:Long walk to freedom:1994 Hardback
Author: Mandela, Nelson
Year: 1994
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
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1847674380
Hardback:Dreams from my father, a story of race and inheritance:2009:[New] ed Hardback
Author: Obama, Barack
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Edition: [New] ed
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: Crown, 2004; Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007 In this memoir written at the age of 33, Barack Obama, son of a black African father and a white American mother, describes the search for meaning in his life as a black American. General adult
xvii, 442 p. ; 25 cm (hbk)
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1471294587
Large print:Triumph, Jesse Owens & Hitler's Olympics:2015 Large print
Author: Schaap, Jeremy
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard format edition originally published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007 As hosts of the summer Olympics of 1936, Nazi Germany would open its doors to a world divided between admiration and horror. No one was more aware of this than the Führer himself. Hitler was determined these games would promote his regime, but a young American athlete threatened to ruin his plan. Jesse Owens, the 22-year-old son of African-American sharecroppers, had been building a reputation for himself as a formidable athlete. He went on to win four gold medals, demonstrating better than any politican could the flaws in Hitler's racist beliefs. This is the incredible story of one of the most iconic clashes in sports and world history. General adult
320 pages (large print) (pbk)
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1843549956
Hardback:From Harvey River, a memoir of my mother and her island:2009 Hardback
Author: Goodison, Lorna
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic
Resource type: Physical
Note: In her lovingly written, richly imaginative and effortlessly joyful memoir, poet Lorna Goodison weaves the history of her family - 'the fabulous Harvey girls' - with the history of Jamaica. It is a powerful love letter to the people and places that have shaped her. General adult
279 p., 1 ill., ports. ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0141393823
Paperback:Twelve years a slave:2014 Paperback
Author: Northup, Solomon
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society. General adult
229 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141032723
Paperback:The autobiography of Malcolm X:2007:[New] ed. Paperback
Author: X, Malcolm
Author: Haley, Alex
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: Government, law & politics
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed: New York: Grove, 1965; London: Hutchinson, 1966 General adult
512 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0330533444
Paperback:The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks:2011 Paperback
Author: Skloot, Rebecca
Year: 2011
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells became one of the most important tools in medicine. Rebecca Skloot takes the reader on an extraordinary journey in search of Henrietta's story. General adult
xii, 431 p., [8] p. of plates, ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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