The Intuitionist

  • Filename: the-intuitionist.
  • ISBN: 9780307819963
  • Release Date: 2012-05-23
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

This debut novel by the author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it. There are two warring factions within the department: the Empiricists, who work by the book and dutifully check for striations on the winch cable and such; and the Intuitionists, who are simply able to enter the elevator cab in question, meditate, and intuit any defects. Lila Mae is an Intuitionist and, it just so happens, has the highest accuracy rate in the entire department. But when an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues. It's an election year in the Elevator Guild, and the good-old-boy Empiricists would love nothing more than to assign the blame to an Intuitionist. But Lila Mae is never wrong. The sudden appearance of excerpts from the lost notebooks of Intuitionism's founder, James Fulton, has also caused quite a stir. The notebooks describe Fulton's work on the "black box," a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century. When Lila Mae goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever.

The Intuitionist

  • Filename: the-intuitionist.
  • ISBN: 0385493002
  • Release Date: 2000-01
  • Number of pages: 255
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. This marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.

The Intuitionist

  • Filename: the-intuitionist.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015046886894
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 255
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Doubleday

As two factions at the Department of Elevator Inspectors--the Empiricists and the Intuitionists--wage war on each other, Intuitionist Lila Mae, the first Black elevator inspector, faces bedlam when an elevator freefalls on her watch and the mysterious notebook from the founder of Intuitionism suddenly appears

John Henry Days

  • Filename: john-henry-days.
  • ISBN: 9780307486677
  • Release Date: 2009-06-03
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

From the bestselling author of The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sag Harbor

  • Filename: sag-harbor.
  • ISBN: 0385529392
  • Release Date: 2009-04-28
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

From the bestselling author of The Underground Railroad: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s. Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through and state-of-the-art profanity to master. Benji will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zone One

  • Filename: zone-one.
  • ISBN: 9780385535014
  • Release Date: 2011-10-18
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

From the bestselling author of The Underground Railroad A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong… At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Contemporary African American Novel

  • Filename: the-contemporary-african-american-novel.
  • ISBN: 1558494731
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 490
  • Author: Bernard W. Bell
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

In 1987 Bernard W. Bell published "The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition", a comprehensive interpretive history of more than 150 novels written by African Americans from 1853 to 1983. This is a sequel and companion to the earlier work, expanding the coverage to 2001.

Colson Whitehead

  • Filename: colson-whitehead.
  • ISBN: 1442250135
  • Release Date: 2015-05-16
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Kimberly Fain
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In this volume, Kimberly Fain discusses how Whitehead s novels reconstruct the American identity to be inclusive rather than exclusive, thus broadening the scope of who is considered an American."

Signs and Cities

  • Filename: signs-and-cities.
  • ISBN: 0226167283
  • Release Date: 2007-11-01
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: Madhu Dubey
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Signs and Cities is the first book to consider what it means to speak of a postmodern moment in African-American literature. Dubey argues that for African-American studies, postmodernity best names a period, beginning in the early 1970s, marked by acute disenchantment with the promises of urban modernity and of print literacy. Dubey shows how black novelists from the last three decades have reconsidered the modern urban legacy and thus articulated a distinctly African-American strain of postmodernism. She argues that novelists such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ishmael Reed, Sapphire, and John Edgar Wideman probe the disillusionment of urban modernity through repeated recourse to tropes of the book and scenes of reading and writing. Ultimately, she demonstrates that these writers view the book with profound ambivalence, construing it as an urban medium that cannot recapture the face-to-face communities assumed by oral and folk forms of expression.

The Colossus of New York

  • Filename: the-colossus-of-new-york.
  • ISBN: 0307428281
  • Release Date: 2007-12-18
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher: Anchor

In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning, bestselling author of The Underground Railroad recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities. A masterful evocation of the city that never sleeps, The Colossus of New York captures the city’s inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Colson Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges; and of those who struggle against its cruelties. Whitehead’s style is as multilayered and multifarious as New York itself: Switching from third person, to first person, to second person, he weaves individual voices into a jazzy musical composition that perfectly reflects the way we experience the city. There is a funny, knowing riff on what it feels like to arrive in New York for the first time; a lyrical meditation on how the city is transformed by an unexpected rain shower; and a wry look at the ferocious battle that is commuting. The plaintive notes of the lonely and dispossessed resound in one passage, while another captures those magical moments when the city seems to be talking directly to you, inviting you to become one with its rhythms. The Colossus of New York is a remarkable portrait of life in the big city. Ambitious in scope, gemlike in its details, it is at once an unparalleled tribute to New York and the ideal introduction to one of the most exciting writers working today.

A Nixon Man

  • Filename: a-nixon-man.
  • ISBN: 0312187491
  • Release Date: 1998-06-15
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Michael Cahill
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Winner of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Award for best new novel "My father was a Nixon man. Before that he'd been a Goldwater man. On most nights he could be found roaming the house like a ghost, wearing a tattered robe, reading about Ike. But on November 7, 1972, he wore his suit and tie well past midnight." Thus begins a charming yet realistic coming-of-age novel as seen hrough the eyes of a young boy in San Francisco in the early 1970s. A Nixon Man is a funny, perceptive look at the life of a family holding on during the turbulent Watergate years. It is a story of eccentric heroes, necessary secrets, and innocent schemes gone awry, all told by a precocious eleven-year-old Jack Costello. The year is 1972. Richard Nixon has just won his second term in office. Jack is sure the President will be around another four years, he's just not sure his family will last that long. In San Francisco, the epicenter of change for a generation, an unlikely cast of characters converges: Jack's inexplicable parents, the hippies who live next door, a sister who can never grow up, and an ill-tempered pet monkey... A Nixon Man filters them all through the charming, frequently bawdy wit of its narrator. Inspired by the Watergate hearings on TV, Jack sends away for his very own bugging device through an ad in a comic book and unwittingly sets in motion a tragic chain of events. By taping and cataloging his own family's phone calls, he discovers an adult world at least as confusing as his own, but only when he finds out more than he wants to know does Jack understand what it really means to be a Nixon man. Watergate, the red mud of Vietnam, the fiery, nationwide orgasm of the Apollo missions, A Nixon Man resurrects an era that was over before anyone understood it through the tender, often hilarious voice of an unexpectedly wise child.

Gould s Book of Fish

  • Filename: gould-s-book-of-fish.
  • ISBN: 9781473524255
  • Release Date: 2016-05-26
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • Publisher: Random House

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer and forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.

Parable of the Sower

  • Filename: parable-of-the-sower.
  • ISBN: 9781472214775
  • Release Date: 2014-03-27
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown, no one is safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, the young daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out from their ravaged gated community into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny ... and the birth of a new faith.

African American Writers

  • Filename: african-american-writers.
  • ISBN: 9781438107837
  • Release Date: 2004-01-01
  • Number of pages: 305
  • Author: Philip Bader
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing

African-American authors have consistently explored the political dimensions of literature and its ability to affect social change. African-American literature has also provided an essential framework for shaping cultural identity and solidarity. From the early slave narratives to the folklore and dialect verse of the Harlem Renaissance to the modern novels of today

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