The Harlem Hellfighters

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Caul Baby

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins makes her fiction debut with this electrifying novel, for fans of Ta Nehisi Coates and Jacqueline Woodson, that brings to life one powerful and enigmatic family in a tale rife with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic.Laila desperately wants to become a mother, but each of her previous pregnancies has ended in heartbreak. This time has to be different, so she turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power.

When a deal for Laila to acquire a piece of caul falls through, she is heartbroken, but when the child is stillborn, she is overcome with grief and rage. What she doesn’t know is that a baby will soon be delivered in her family—by her niece, Amara, an ambitious college student—and delivered to the Melancons to raise as one of their own. Hallow is special: she’s born with a caul, and their matriarch, Maman, predicts the girl will restore the family’s prosperity.

Growing up, Hallow feels that something in her life is not right. Did Josephine, the woman she calls mother, really bring her into the world? Why does her cousin Helena get to go to school and roam the streets of New York freely while she’s confined to the family’s decrepit brownstone?

As the Melancons’ thirst to maintain their status grows, Amara, now a successful lawyer running for district attorney, looks for a way to avenge her longstanding grudge against the family. When mother and daughter cross paths, Hallow will be forced to decide where she truly belongs.  

 Engrossing, unique, and page turning, Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart.

The Social Graces

The author of Park Avenue Summer throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Mrs. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor's notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age.

In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The celebrated the hostess, the powerful the woman. And none is powerful than Caroline Astor—the Mrs. Astor.

But times are changing.

Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America's richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything.

Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this is a gripping novel about two fascinating, complicated women going head to head, behaving badly, and discovering what’s truly at stake.

The Mary Shelley Club

New York Times –bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that's Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.

New girl Rachel Chavez is eager to make a fresh start at Manchester Prep. But as one of the few scholarship kids, Rachel struggles to fit in, and when she gets caught up in a prank gone awry, she ends up with enemies than friends.

To her surprise, however, the prank attracts the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club of students with one objective: come up with the scariest prank to orchestrate real fear. But as the pranks escalate, the competition turns cutthroat and takes on a life of its own.

When the tables are turned and someone targets the club itself, Rachel must track down the real life monster in their midst . even if it means finally confronting the dark secrets from her past.

Astrid Sees All

Most Anticipated: The Great First Half 2021 by The MillionsNew York’s last bohemia—the glittering, decadent downtown club scene of the 1980s—is the setting for this brilliantly winning novel about a smart, vulnerable young woman taking a deep dive into her dark side, essential for fans of Sweetbitter, Fleabag, and books by Patti Smith.New York, 1984: Twenty two year old Phoebe Hayes is a young woman in search of excitement and adventure. But the recent death of her father has so devastated her that her mother wants her to remain home in Balti to recover. Phoebe wants to return to New York, not only to chase the glamorous life she so desperately craves but also to confront Ivan, the older man who painfully wronged her. With her best friend Carmen, she escapes to the East Village, disappearing into an underworld haunted by artists, It Girls, and lost souls trying to party their pain away. Carmen juggles her junkie poet boyfriend and a sexy painter while, as Astrid the Star Girl, Phoebe tells fortunes in a nightclub and plots her revenge on Ivan. When the intoxicating brew of sex, drugs, and self destruction leads Phoebe to betray her friend, Carmen disappears, and Phoebe begins an unstoppable descent into darkness. She may have a chance to save herself—and Carmen, if she can find her—but to do it she must face what’s hiding in the shadows she’s been running from—within her heart and in the dangerous midnight streets.A love letter to gritty 1980s New York City, Astrid Sees All is an irresistible, original novel about female friendship, sex and romance, and what it’s like to be a young woman searching for an identity.

Murder on Wall Street (Gaslight Mystery, #24)

Midwife Sarah Brandt Malloy and her detective husband, Frank, must discover who killed a prominent—but despised—society banker before an innocent family is destroyed in Murder on Wall Street, an all new Gaslight Mystery in the USA Today bestselling series.

Reformed gangster Jack Robinson is working hard to bolster his image in Gilded Age New York City society as he prepares to become a new father. But when Hayden Norcross, the man who nearly ruined his wife, is shot in cold blood, Jack knows the police will soon come knocking on his door. Frank Malloy has to agree—things don’t look good for Jack. But surely a man as unlikeable as Hayden had than a few enemies. And it’s soon clear that plenty of the upper echelon as well as the denizens of the most squalid areas of the city seem to have hated him.

Sarah and Frank have their work cut out for them. As the daughter of the elite Decker family, Sarah has access to the social circles Hayden frequented, and the she learns about his horrific treatment of women, the disturbed she becomes. And as Frank investigates, he finds that Hayden had a host of unsavory habits that may have hastened his demise. But who finally killed him? Sarah and Frank must put the pieces together quickly before time runs out and Jack’s hard won new life and family are ripped apart.

The Gilded Girl

Any child can spark magic, but only the elite are allowed to kindle it. Those denied access to the secrets of the kindling ritual will see their magic snuffed out before their thirteenth birthday.

In 1906 New York City, Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic is the best kindling school―and wealthy twelve year old Emma Harris is accustomed to the best. But when her father dies, leaving her penniless, Emma is reduced to working off her debts to Miss Posterity alongside Izzy, a headstrong servant girl who refuses to let her magic be snuffed out, even if society dictates she must. Emma and Izzy reluctantly form a pact: If Izzy teaches Emma how to survive as a servant, Emma will reveal to Izzy what she knows about magic. Along the way, they encounter shy libraries, quizzes that literally pop, and talking cats (that is, house dragons). But when another student’s kindling goes horribly wrong, Emma, Izzy, and their unexpected new friends embark on a journey to keep magic in the right hands . or else there’s a risk it will be snuffed out forever.

Keeping the City Going

Brian Floca gives a thank you to the essential workers who keep their cities going during COVID 19 quarantine.We are here at home now, watching the world through our windows. Outside we see the city we know, but not as we’ve seen it before. The once hustling and bustling streets are empty. Well, almost empty. Around the city there are still people, some, out and about. These are the people keeping us safe. Keeping us healthy. Keeping our mail and our food delivered. Keeping our grocery stores stocked. Keeping the whole city going.

Who Is Maud Dixon?

Florence Darrow is a small town striver who believes that she's destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to Maud Dixon, a celebrated but anonymous novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. The arrangement feels idyllic; Helen can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom on both writing and living. She even invites Florence along on a research trip to Morocco, where her new novel is set. Florence has never been out of the country before; maybe, she imagines, she'll finally have something exciting to write about herself.

But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car crash, and Helen is dead, she begins to imagine what it might be like to 'upgrade' into not only Helen's life, but also that of Helen's bestselling pseudonym, Maud Dixon


The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with an unforgettable story about the meaning of freedom.   Coming of age as a free born Black girl in Reconstruction era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark.

When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.   Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi.

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim.Nor will he be his last.The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten.This gripping true crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.

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There is a reluctance to Give A Bad Rating To a bad rating to tackling the subject of racism This book is not bad to tackling the subject of racism This book is not bad I think it will make a better movie than it did a graphic novel The author has said the story started as a script he s been floating around Hollywood and adapted it to a graphic novel Overall I liked the book just found it a little 2 dimensional Yeah the black guys Are Heroic Yeah They heroic yeah they ersecuted anyway etc I get it There wasn t much depth I think there could be alot about the war conditions the men dealt with in general and the black characters who were motivated to go to war to be The Best Of Saint Louis paid by white folks to kill other white folks More of that kind of grey area motivation would make it interesting The artwork is great however I think it suffers from the smaller format A larger format book with narrower margins would really let the artwork shine Definitely worth reading but not a 45 star book As far as I can tell this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfighters an all black regiment that served in World War I Though American they served for and with a French army that treated them with significantly humanity than that of their own country It s a compelling story that Brooks has made very readable The racism that the regiment encounters can be very difficult to read but it absolutely should be read It s a shame that despite their accomplishments the men of the 369th have been largely forgottenThe art does drag down the story a bit It can be hard to tell what s going on during action scenes and there arelaces where the violence is so incredibly over the top that it s just The Brother-Offended Checklist plain distracting. HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg South Carolina to the trenches in France they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an actionacked and owerful tale of honor and hear. ,

Came back to see fanfare that mainly came to whites well but this is an important contribution to history and African American history in マジック・ツリーハウス〈1〉恐竜の谷の大冒険 particular Pretty fascinating stuff to have in an accessible form It feels cinematicrobably in art because Brooks tried and failed to drum up interest for a film on the subject WWI not much interest in that in the studios and then African Americans in WWI he was told there wouldn t be an audience in WWI he was told there wouldn t be an audience disagree and think a film might come out of it still if this book gets around It feels already a Little Like The Film like the film had wished he made But it s good and worth reading Maybe a good book for WWI units in History courses but it is not just a YA text either The facts of the story one of the most decorated units of the war who were not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era are highly compelling The treatment by Brooks is good and the cameos by Eugene Bullard who s currently being treated in comic form in the ages of the Washington Post comics section and James Reese Europe The King of Jazz are nice touches White is an accomplished artist and the illustrations are strong It may be a Good Authority Good Authority personal issue but I find that his line is a little heavy with the result that the action in the black and whiteanels is sometimes hard to follow This is especially true in the battle scenes which from a distance appear to be a mass of fragmented shadows I m afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter First of all I find WWI stories fascinating right off the bat So I was ready to like this one alot before I even started Second I think. R a man to capture and winning countless decorations Though they returned as heroes this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination even from their own government The Harlem Hellfighters as the Germans called them fought courageously on and off the battlefield to make Europe and America safe for democracyIn THE. ,
Historical fiction Carneycopia packaged as a graphic novel An important story the trials and successes of black American soldiers in WWI introducinglenty of key figures in a sufficiently entertaining effective and Captives of New Pompeii (New Pompeii, poignantackageNon spoiler alert This is not for the faint of heart it s brutal and excuse the un graphic stuffIn addition to the history it s worth it for the exuisite assage by Irvin Cobb Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, penned in the Saturday Evening Post in 1918 If everroof were needed which it is not that the color of a man s skin has nothing to do with the color of his soul this twain then and there offered it in abundance As a result of what our black soldiers are going to do in this war WORD THAT HAS BEEN UTTERED that has been uttered of times in our country sometimes in derision sometime in hate but which I am sure never fell on black ears but it left behind a sting for the heart is going to Written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Caanan White in black and white hoto journalist style and very dramatic in all respects Brooks is the World Zzombie writer so it was surprising to me that he was the one who wrote this and that it is this well written The art focused on a lot of action is sometimes a little confusing but overall good The focus was on the 369th Infantry in WWI who had grown up
came back to racism but were heroic fighters in the war a little known story of African Americans fighting for their country and killing white eople with the blessing of white eople ironically As soldiers they experienced racism too though this was work they saw as advancing themselves and their race In some ways this came true and in some ways as they. From bestselling author Max Brooks the riveting story of the highly decorated barrier breaking historic black regiment the Harlem HellfightersIn 1919 the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I They had spent time in combat than any other American unit never losing a foot of ground to the enemy

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