Reviews and Blog Posts: African American history

If I only had a horn : young Louis Armstrong

by Roxane Orgill

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This is a children’s book telling a story of jazz giant Louis Armstrong’s first encounters with a cornet. Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins, the book has stunning illustrations done in acrylic, spray paint and pastel reminiscent of fine artist Francis Bacon, but much more intimate (and age appropriate) and matches the...

The healing : a novel

by Jonathan Odell

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The Healing provides a thought provoking look at slavery in the antebellum South.  Gran Gran has just taken in a young grieving orphan named Violet.  Gran Gran tells Violet the story of her life beginning when she was born a slave on a plantation.  She was taken from her mother...

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