Posted October 17, 2017
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was born on October 16, 1758.
February 22, 2017
In honor of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of titles of interest from our publishers:
Heav'nly Tidings From the Afric Muse: The Grace and Genius of Phillis Wheatley by Richard Kigel
America had a Founding Mother, too—her name was Phillis Wheatley. This new comprehensive and thrilling biography details the life and work of the slave who became what the author calls “the Poet Laureate of the American Revolution.” Includes excerpts of all her poems, new details on her writing and her meetings with George Washington, and more. Her name should be as well-known as Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King for the story of African-American history.
Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me by Jerome Mark Antil
"The Jim Crow South is the setting for this compelling coming-of-age story filled with compassion and understanding. Black-and-white pictures from Antil's family collection illustrate the story, and QR codes provide interactive audio and video effects, using modern technology to introduce younger audiences to the sights and sounds of the 1950s. The Pompey Hollow books are suited both to middle readers and to those nostalgic for a time ripe with family farms and small towns, rarer now than then. Those who enjoy novels with small-town settings and wholesome young protagonists will enjoy this novel as well." - 5-Star Review, Foreword Magazine
Who Owns the Ice House?: Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger
The riveting business and life lessons memoir that chronicles Clifton Taulbert’s journey as a preteen in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation in the 1930s—where he gets a job selling and delivering ice at his uncle's business— to being recognized by Time Magazine as "one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs." Who Owns The Ice House? reaches into the past to remind us of the timeless and universal principles that can empower anyone to succeed. An inspiration to the high school, college-aged, and young African-American entrepreneurs the author has taught and mentored for years.
Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture by Robert Leon Wilkins
The Smithsonian opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016, and author Robert L. Wilkins’ vision and persistence made it happen. Features the behind-the-scenes story of how this treasure for the American museum- and history-loving public came to be.
Memoir of Pierre Toussaint: Slave, Hairdresser, Candidate for Saint by Hannah Lee
High-quality reissue of the memoir first released in 1854, about the man who went from being a slave to becoming a famous hairdresser in 19th Century New York, beloved for his charitable works and now interred under the altar of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Catholics believe he'll be the first African-American Saint based on his work with the poor and destitute in the city in that era.