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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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One of Time’s 10 most important nonfiction books of the 20th century. Experience a bold take on this classic autobiography as it’s performed by Oscar-nominated Laurence Fishburne.  In this searing classic autobiography, originally published in 1965, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and Black empowerment activist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Human Rights movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American dream and the inherent racism in a society that denies its non-White citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential for anyone who wants to understand the African American experience and America as a whole. 

©1965 Alex Haley and Malcolm X, © 1965 by Alex Haley and Betty Shabazz (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
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Roots

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Audie Award Winner, Non-fiction, 2008 It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent 12 years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African" - Kunta Kinte - as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people - slaves and freedmen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, teacher, and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.

©1974 Alex Haley. Renewed 2004 by Myran Haley, Cynthia Haley, Lydia Haley, and William Haley; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

Narrator: Avery Brooks
Author: Alex Haley
Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
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Lampedusa

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize From the number-one nationally best-selling author of By Gaslight, a novel of exquisite emotional force about love and art in the life of one of the great writers, reminiscent of Colm Tóibín's The Master, or Michael Cunningham's The Hours. In sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy, The Leopard. With a firm devotion to the historical record, Lampedusa leaps effortlessly into the mind of the writer and inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time.  Achingly beautiful and elegantly conceived, Steven Price's new novel is an intensely moving story of one man's awakening to the possibilities of life, intimately woven against the transformative power of a great work of art.

©2019 Steven Price (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Year of the Monkey

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Riveting, elegant, and humorous, New York Times best seller Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.  Following a run of new year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, in which she debates intellectual grifters and spars with the likes of a postmodern Cheshire Cat. Then, in February 2016, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. For Smith - inveterately curious, always exploring, always writing - this becomes a year of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.  Taking us from California to the Arizona desert, from a Kentucky farm to the hospital room of a valued mentor, Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape in a haunting, poetic blend of fact and fiction. As a stranger tells her, “Anything is possible. After all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the listener: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world.  Named one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year - now including a new chapter, "Epilogue of an Epilogue" - Year of the Monkey “reminds us that despair and possibility often spring from the same source” (Los Angeles Times). 

©2019 Patti Smith (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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The Flamethrowers

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The year is 1975 and Reno - so-called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.

The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.

©2013 Rachel Kushner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Roots

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It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the African - Kunta Kinte - as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people - slaves and freed men, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher, and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.

©1976 Alex Haley (P)2014 AudioGO

Narrator: Avery Brooks
Author: Alex Haley
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The Autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of black pride, black nationalism, and pan-Africanism. After the leader was killed, Haley wrote the book's epilogue. He described their collaborative process and the events at the end of Malcolm X's life. While Malcolm X and scholars contemporary to the book's publication regarded Haley as the book's ghostwriter, modern scholars tend to regard him as an essential collaborator who intentionally muted his authorial voice to create the effect of Malcolm X speaking directly to readers. Haley influenced some of Malcolm X's literary choices. For example, Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam during the period when he was working on the book with Haley. Rather than rewriting earlier chapters as a polemic against the Nation which Malcolm X had rejected, Haley persuaded him to favor a style of "suspense and drama". According to Manning Marable, "Haley was particularly worried about what he viewed as Malcolm X's anti-semitism" and he rewrote material to eliminate it. When The Autobiography was published, The New York Times reviewer described it as a "brilliant, painful, important book." In 1967, historian John William Ward wrote that it would become a classic American autobiography. In 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X as one of ten "required reading" nonfiction books. James Baldwin and Arnold Perl adapted the book as a film; their screenplay provided the source material for Spike Lee's 1992 film Malcolm X.

©2001 Alex Haley (P)2020 Alex Haley

Narrator: Alex Haley
Author: Alex Haley
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
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Malcolm X (Spanish Edition)

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En la década de 1960, decisiva para el movimiento por los derechos civiles, numerosas voces de protesta y de cambio se elevaron por encima del estruendo de la historia y de las falsas promesas. Pero una de ellas sonaba con más urgencia y pasión que el resto: Malcolm X, el líder musulmán, instigador y antiintegracionista, calificado en alguna ocasión como el hombre más peligroso de América, desafiaba al mundo a escuchar y aprender la verdad como él la había experimentado. Fundó la Organización de la Unidad Afroamericana para enviar a los afroamericanos de todo el país un mensaje inspirador de orgullo, poder y autodeterminación. Un perdurable mensaje, tan relevante hoy como entonces. En esta ya clásica autobiografía, publicada originalmente en 1964, Malcolm X cuenta la extraordinaria historia de su vida y la efervescencia del movimiento musulmán negro al veterano escritor y periodista Alex Haley, ganador del premio Pulitzer por su libro Raíces. En una colaboración única, a través de más de cincuenta entrevistas, Haley escuchó y comprendió al más controvertido líder de su tiempo. Sus palabras definen la lucha afroamericana por la igualdad social y económica en el seno de la cultura americana, una batalla por la supervivencia. Malcolm X ofrece una fascinante perspectiva sobre las mentiras y limitaciones del sueño americano, y sobre el racismo de una sociedad que niega a sus ciudadanos no blancos la oportunidad de soñar. La declaración definitiva de un movimiento y un hombre cuyo trabajo nunca fue terminado, pero cuyo mensaje es atemporal. Please note: This audiobook is in Latin American Spanish.

©2015 César Guidini y Gemma Moral; 2015 Capitán Swing Libros, S. L.1964 Malcolm X & Alex Haley (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Gerardo Vazquez
Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
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