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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned, and no one embodies that spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her daughter Pearl and rents a house from the Richardsons. When family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
"Winesburg, Ohio" is Sherwood Anderson's masterpiece, a cycle of short stories concerning life in a small Ohio town at the end of the nineteenth century. At the center is George Willard, a young reporter who becomes the confidant of the town's `grotesques' - solitary figures unable to communicate with others. George is their conduit for expression and solace from loneliness, but he has his own longings which eventually draw him away from home to seek a career in the city.
Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
In this book Erma comes out of the kitchen with these gems: No longer will she be the only woman on the block to wear a slip under a see-through sweater, or feel guilty if the sun sets on an empty crockpot, nor will she care that she flunked her paper towel test. Our Erma is on her way to becoming a sub-total woman.
Thirteen-year-old Sophie, her three uncles, and two cousins are sailing across the Atlantic toward England and Bompie, her grandfather. But for Sophie and her thirteen-year-old cousin Cody, the real journey is within. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, the experiences of these six wanderers and their perilous journey unfold. Stories of the past and daily challenges swirl together as they sail toward their destination, and search for their places in the world.
Hoping to be a real magician someday, Tim Swanson practices the tricks performed by his idol, Amaz-O, but when Tim attends one of Amaz-O's shows, he is disappointed to learn that his hero is a grump and decides to steal his bag of tricks.
When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back--she has sent a sign from the spirit world. Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood does. So at Cletus' suggestion, Ob and Summer (with Cletus in tow) set off in search of Miriam B. Young, Small Medium at Large, whom they hope will explain May's departure and confirm her possible return.
George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school - and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
O'Rourke runs hilariously amok by tackling the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War.
A complete anthology of the poetry of Langston Hughes presents 860 poems that capture the rhythms, emotions, cultural significance, and political awareness of African-American life, from his earliest works to his final collection.
Luke has never been to school, never had a birthday party, never spent the night at a friend's house. Luke is a shadow child, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's always lived in hiding. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows--does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan?
When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged in the late 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. These 150 mind-speaking, truth-telling poems are at once powerful yet sensual, angry yet affirming. Arranged chronologically, they reflect the changes Giovanni has endured as a Black woman, lover, mother, teacher, and poet. Here is the evocation of a nation's past and present--intensely personal and fiercely political--from a most compassionate, outspoken observer.
Dubbed the "Poet Laureate of the Negro race" by Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar is best known for his lively dialect poems. This collection is a rich amalgam of lyrics encompassing patriotism, a celebration of rural life and homey pleasures, anger at the inequalities accorded his race, and faith in ultimate justice.
In music, grace notes are those added to the basic melody, the embellishments that--if played or sung at the right moment with just the right touch--can break your heart. Isn't this what every lyric poem wishes to be, the poet asks as she explores events from childhood and the cusp of adolescence, the shadowy areas of regret and memory, the word as talisman, and the embellishments below the melody of daily life.