Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians.
We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman
Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka
Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield
The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin
Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin
The life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave by Henry Bibb ; with a new introduction by Charles J. Heglar
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina
Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens
On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward
Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta
American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.
Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.
4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.
Maximilian and Carlota: Europe's last empire in Mexico by M. M. McAllen
George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Archduke Franz Ferdinand lives!: a world without World War I by Richard Ned Lebow
Danubia: a personal history of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder
Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel
Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury
Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson
At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
This program will take place on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM.
Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother's reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ‘40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.
Detroit: an American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to Detroit's fate, his family's, and his own. Detroit has gone through good times, 'the Arsenal of Democracy' and bad times and right now everyone's wondering what its' fate will be.
Books the Canton Public Library staff are reading and believe deserve a moment in the spotlight - fiction, non-fiction, old and new:
Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
No escape by Mary Burton
The particular sadness of lemon cake: a novel by Aimee Bender
The system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Annie's Ghosts: a Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg. As his mother lays dying, Steve Luxenberg learns a family secret. The mother he thought was an only child, had an older sister. A sister who had been declared insane and placed in Eloise Hospital, Wayne, Michigan. With his family's reluctant consent, Steve Luxenberg unravels the secret.
A history of the world in twelve maps by Jerry Brotton
Indochina and Vietnam: the thirty-five-year war 1940- 1975 by Robert L. Miller and Dennis Wainstock
The Resistance: the French fight against the Nazis by Matthew Cobb
The Venetians: a new history: from Marco Polo to Casanova by Paul Strathern
The death of Santini: the story of a father and his son by Pat Conroy
Elizabeth of York: a Tudor queen and her world by Alison Weir
Furious cool: Richard Pryor and the world that made him by David Henry and Joe Henry
The heir apparent: a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince by Jane Ridley
The kid: the immortal life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr
The last cowboy: a life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky
Mozart by Paul Johnson
Conversations with myself by Nelson Mandela ; [foreword by Barack Obama]
Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Mandela, Nelson, 1918-
Mandela: a critical life by Tom Lodge
Young Mandela by David James Smith
Nelson Mandela: a biography by Martin Meredith
In his own words by Nelson Mandela ; edited by Kader Asmal, David Chidester, Wilmot James
Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman
Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright
One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
Days of God: the revolution in Iran and its consequences by James Buchan
History decoded: the ten greatest conspiracies of all time by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer ; with Keith Ferrell
Red fortress: history and illusion in the Kremlin by Catherine Merridale
Japan 1941: countdown to infamy by Eri Hotta
1941: the year that keeps returning by Slavko Goldstein ; translated from the Croatian by Michael Gable
The sea and civilization: a maritime history of the world by Lincoln Paine
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin
Tyranny of the weak: North Korea and the world, 1950- 1992 by Charles K. Armstrong