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Women's History Month, Biblio File

WOW @ The Library in Celebration of African-American Heritage


Polly In A Peanut Patch., Digital ID 812891, New York Public LibraryWonders Of Women (WOW) features a mosaic of selected titles including recent resources on self-help, as well as powerful narratives by and about extraordinary African-American women, will submerge the reader into a journey of discovery from the past to the present.


At the Dark End of the Street: Black women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

By Danielle L. McGuire

Reveals stuning new accounts of the civil right movements, the courage of women who stood up against social injustice and the success of their struggles.


A Century and Some Change: My Life Before the President Called My Name

By Ann Nixon Cooper

The memorable life story of an amazing 107 years old African-American woman who never thought she would live to cast her vote for the first African-American president of the United States.


Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

By Martha Ackmann

The intrepid and inspiring story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the men’s team, including legendary leagues.



Don't Bring Home a White Boy: and Other Notions that Keep Black Women from Dating Out

By Karyn Langhorne Folan

Addresses questions of interracial relationships and challenge readers to reconsider taboos that restrain women from engaging outside their ethnic circle and expanding their dating world.



Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

By Condoleezza Rice

Remarkable Secretary of State and National Security Advisor for two consecutive terms under the Bush administration tells her family's tale .



Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture

By Sheri Parks

An overview at the role of women of color throughout history, including their image in popular culture, stereotypes, working conditions and enduring challenges.


The Grace of Silence

By Michele Norris

Co-host of National Public Radio All Things Considered realized that she couldn’t fully talk about racial issues, until she came to terms with her own racial roots and family secrets.



I'm Still Standing: from Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen— My Journey Home

By Shoshana Johnson

A story of valor and victory that vividly recounts the struggles of a female veteran and first African-American woman held prisoner of war, and the courage and compassion of her rescuers, including some of her captors.


Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There?

By Whoopi Goldberg
Multitalented comedienne, actress and talk show host, Whoopi, has noticed a few funny but interesting curiosities influencing the quality of our daily life.



The Heart of a Woman

By Maya Angelou

The fourth in the author’s autobiographical series describes her life as a writer and activist, and reminds the reader of what every woman has in common regardless of race or color.



Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family, From Slavery to the Present

By Jacqueline Jones

A refreshing view at history with a focus on justice and equality that offers an new in-depth interpretation of the African-American female experience, myths, stereotypes, and social differences.



The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

By Elaine Brown, Marsha Haygood, and Rhonda Joy McLean

Life-skills instructions and professional advice to help create and maintain a profitable career.




Michelle Obama: A Portrait of the First Lady

By the editors of Life Magazine

An illustrated biography of one of the most influential First Ladies in history.



O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah magazine: Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration

By Terri Laschober Robertson

Empowering articles, essays and stories selected from a wide spectrum of word-class writers, artists, and other great personages.



Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women

By Iyanla Vanzant

A classic inspirational work to comfort the spirit and enhance wisdom.




Toni Morrison: A Biography

By Stephanie Li

The outstanding life story of critically acclaimed, bestseller and first African-American woman honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature.



Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

by Valerie Boyd

Chronicles the life of the great author of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God.



These and other titles in different formats are available at your local library. For information about programs in celebration of African-American Heritage please visit: Bronx Library Center, Schomburg Center, Countee Cullen Library, and others.



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