Ann-Elizabeth

Ann-Elizabeth reads eclectically: biography, non-fiction, nature writing, fiction--across genres whatever catches her fancy. She also likes to re-read classics from her youth. She just re-read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" about the life of Michelangelo.

She has had a longtime interest in the issue of race, having grown up in the 1960-70's in NYC. Black authors and authors writing about race are of special interest. Understanding white privilege and the systemic nature of racism informs her life choices. Living in the birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois has contributed to this interest, as well as learning about the life and times of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, the enslaved African woman who sued for her freedom in 1781 and changed the course of history.

 

 

 

Ann-Elizabeth's Staff Picks:


 

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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780991331307
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Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014

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Title: Waking Up White

Comments: Are you white? Do you check the "Caucasian" box on forms?
Then you need to read this book. I'm not saying you have to but you, we, those with 'white' skin tone, need to know what is in this book. At times the things Debbie Irving reveals on her journey to understanding her white privilege are cringe-worthy. But she is so honest about her ignorance of the Black experience in America post-enslavement that we wake up with her. It is a gentle awakening, sensitively written so we do not have to fear the book, but with such force and lucidity and such a profound desire to understand that we can no longer be the person we were before the book. At the end of each chapter there are workshop suggestions that can help us understand our white fragility and privilege. Role playing and gentle loving hints on how to disarm our own ignorance and join in the conversation without feeling at a loss and listen to bear witness and to learn and to use the topic of race as a 'relationship builder' The end has suggestions for normalizing the conversation. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

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Title: Red at the Bone

Comments: I was new to Jacqueline Woodson-but once I became comfortable with the format of this sparse & intriguing look at the impact an unplanned pregnancy as on the lives of those involved-I was deeply drawn to the characters and their struggles. You are only aware that this is a black family by the subtle references to race, class and historic events. It is any family responding to the unintended consequences of their actions. She writes in a spare and precise fashion-needing only a few words to evoke scenes rich in detail and color. it is short and very readable and tender.


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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

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Title: The Overstory

Comments:
If you want a book that will shift how you view the natural world and our role in it then this book serves that purpose. It is part a history of the logging industry and part our emerging consciousness for our dependence on trees for our very life. We follow the stories of many characters and their unique and individual response and relationship to the earth and all that happens in their lives. The characters are deftly portrayed with complex cross-cultural lives. But this book is even more than that--packed with new ideas and imaginations for a new understanding of our planet and our role in its evolution.


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Roll with It Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534442559
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

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Title: Roll with It

Comments:
What's it like to have to go to school in a wheel chair? What's it like to have to navigate the world differently? Well, if you are 12 year old Ellie--then you've got it handled. She is a passionate and determined young girl with a penchant for baking, letter writing and making the best of things. Her challenges are not just her physical disability (she has cerebral palsy)--her life seems to begin falling apart when she hears that she and her mom will be moving to another state to help her grandmother. Things look really bleak until Ellie starts making her first ever friends. Her upbeat attitude and resilience move this story along, making a great read.


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

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Title: Born a Crime

Comments:
Maybe you are picking up this book because you know Trevor Noah from "The Daily Show" and would like to know more about him--or it's because you are intrigued by the title. You won't be disappointed for either reason. He is a great storyteller--painting a colorful picture of his childhood in South Africa with hilarious details and a sobering overview of the history of apartheid (apart-hate.) His mother models for him how to navigate the system without drawing too much attention to himself--truly a matter of life and death. It is a page turner even though we know the ending. He holds nothing back.


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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

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Title: A Discovery of Witches

Comments:
This romantic fantasy reads almost like historical fiction: the "characters" are so developed and real--despite the fact that they are witches, vampires and daemons. Currently there are numerous books about witches and vampires--could this be that we seek imaginations for what could lie behind reality? This romance about human "creatures" helps us see the "other" as being more like us than different, as well as being a spell-binding (no pun intended!) love story. It is the first book in the "All Souls Trilogy" and recently adapted into a TV series.


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

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Title: Educated

Comments: A woman in her early 30's able to write a memoir of such caliber is remarkable enough in itself. Add to that the unsparing, heartbreaking and painful description of her childhood and youth in Idaho in a fundamentalist Mormon survivalist family that opposes formal education of any sort--that she is nevertheless able to infuse with tenderness and love, as well as forgiveness-- and you get a book of heroic proportions. Tara has to find a way to be true to herself. Her journey to become educated is one of sheer determination and will that culminates in the realization of her wildest dreams. Her path there makes this a sure page-turner. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A must-read!


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All About Grandmas Cover Image
By Roni Schotter, Janice Nadeau (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780147518002
Availability: OUT OF PRINT
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2016

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Title: All About Grandmas

Comments: I love this book! If you've ever wondered whether you are a "good" grandma then this book lets you know:
Just Be Who You Are! and you will be the best grandma ever!
We come in all shapes and sizes and ages and abilities and interests and proclivities! YAY! Celebrate our differences.


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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632869777
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

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Title: Going Into Town

Comments: OMG I absolutely love this book. If you know NYC at all this book  is for you. Open it! Look inside and laugh with joy and recognition! I grew up in NYC and every detail that Roz Chast mentions rings in my heart, mind, memory and experience as absolute hysterical reality, with a new twist! She is brilliant. This is a must read book!


Imagine That: A Hoot & Olive Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250314550
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 16th, 2019

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Title: Imagine That

Comments:
What are Olive and Hoot to do on a rainy day inside when unexpectedly Hoot's once fertile imagination refuses to work? How can they play together? I was so happy to find out that what cured their dilemma was beautifully on e of life's most important lessons.