News from the Reference Desk Category: African Americans

New and Forthcoming Books – February 2020

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Vegan Baking

Sweet Vegan Treats book cover Modern Vegan Baking book cover Easy Vegan Baking book coverThe Joy of Vegan Baking book cover

Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky

Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price

Easy Vegan Baking by Kimberly Potts

The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

 

New in Movies

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers book cover Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History book cover The Movie Musical book cover

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle

Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History by Sloan De Forest

The Movie Musical by Jeanine Basinger

New in the Classic Literature 

Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated book cover The Penguin Classics Book book cover Japanese Ghost Stories book cover

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen's Final Story book cover
Beowulf: A Verse Translation: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism Translated by Seamus Heaney; edited by Daniel Donoghue

The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot

Japanese Ghost Stories edited by Lafcadio Hearn

The World of Sanditon: The Secrets, Romance and History Behind Jane Austen’s Final Story by Sara Sheridan

New in History

The Seine: The River That Made Paris book cover The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between book cover Roman Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Troy to Tivoli book cover

The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between by Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – February 2019

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Pit Bull Flower Power
by Sophie Gamand
Since 2014, French photographer Sophie Gamand has been composing portraits of adoptable pit bulls from more than thirty shelters and rescues throughout the United States. Who could resist?!

by Ari Seth Cohen
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen presents affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time.


Tasting Italy
The experts at America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy’s magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes–and 100 authentic regional recipes–right to your kitchen.

 

by Lucy Cook
Here, in a mindfulness book like no other, heart-tuggingly cute photographs of these always-chill creatures are paired with words of wisdom, all to inspire us to slow down, stop to enjoy the little things, and come up relaxed, centered, and smiling.

by David Gilmore
An immersive portrait of the lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to Independence.

by Mary Capterton Morton
Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations.

 

 

 

by Frederic Morin et al.
A new cookbook/survival guide/love letter to Montreal for these apocalyptic times, from the James Beard Award–nominated culinary adventurists and proprietors of the beloved restaurant, Joe Beef.

by Michael S. Engel
A fascinating look at the world’s most numerous inhabitants, illustrated with stunning images from the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.

by Meredith Ochs
This beautifully illustrated unofficial retrospective celebrates the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and reflects on her life, music, and legacy.

 

by Mark Dery
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

by Kara Cooney
This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra-women who ruled with real power-and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.

This book is a spectacular artifact of an American icon.

Tales Told by Found Photographs

The stories of our families are told through  many forms of documents.  Family photographs, however, are unique because they have visually captured moments in time that now only live as memories.  A discarded photograph album lead a writer in New York to the story of black families that lived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City during the middle of the 20th Century.  This writer, Anne Correal, describes the journey she undertook to discover whose photographs they were and how the album was left forsaken on the street.  Her article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street” appeared in the New York Times in January 2017.  It traces the paths that many African American families took from the Deep South to the North in an event known as the Great Migration. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is a book in the Library’s collection which also illuminates this event in American history.  There are now also other books and videos on display in the Library which document African American history.  If you are interested in learning more about your own family’s history and managing your own family photographic collections, come talk to our Research Services staff who will help you get started.

 

Color Images of America in the Great Depression

In response to the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt called for the creation of several assistance agencies. One of these was the Resettlement Administration (RA) created in 1935.  The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was created out of the RA in 1937. This agency was formed to help struggling farmers and sharecroppers.  It’s historical section was headed by Roy Stryker.  He organized a team of photographers who documented hardships across the country, especially in the Midwest and California.  Many of the black and white images they created such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” are well known.  Not so familiar are the color photographs that were taken of farmers, workers, and children.  In a new book called New Deal Photography, USA 1935-1943 author Peter Walther has created a survey of the work done by the photographers of the FSA.  These images vividly show the hard life of many ordinary people during a time of great struggle in America.  A few of the images can be seen here.  Walther’s book is can be found here at MPPL.