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By Simon Mawer. 2009
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially… for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian. 2009.
By Ethel Footman Smothers. 1991
Ten-year-old Annie Rye; Brother, going on eight; and Elouise, the baby, live with their parents on a farm in Georgia… where Daddy is a sharecropper. Annie Rye likes things the way they are, so she is not happy when she learns her three half-sisters are coming to live with them. Things get even worse when a white family also comes to live on the land. But life changes for everyone when Daddy rescues a white child. Grades 5-8. 1991.
By Chaim Potok. 1985
Davita is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Gentile father. Her parents, steeped in Communism, fail to convert… Davita to their idealism. Instead she gravitates to Orthodox Judaism. 1985.
By Yejide Kilanko. 2012
Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in Ibadan, Nigeria, so there's nothing unusual about her charming but… troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her. Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in her family share. Includes violence and sex. c2012.
By Daaimah S Poole. 2009
Kendra Michelle Thomas boasts pipes that bring tears to the eyes, but a musical career seems a million miles away… when your family life is in tatters. With an absentee father, alcoholic mother, and a trip to foster care, Kendra might have given up on her dreams - but there's a spark inside her that just won't die. 2009.
By Anita R Bunkley. 2008
This is the tale of Broadway star Niya Londres, who is planning her extravagant Acapulco wedding. But there's one problem.… Niya hasn't said "yes" yet - to any of the three men who've popped the question. 2008.
By Rachel M Harper. 2007
Nellie, whose black skin and blonde hair have always made her feel like an outsider, feels more out of place… than when she was younger. Her parents are working on a divorce. She's stuck in a car on a road trip with her dark-skinned dad and her white, sassy cousin Jess. Things couldn't be worse - then the Volvo catches fire. As Nellie struggles to come to terms with her parents' separation, she is finally able to define herself in her own terms, finding both friendship and love in places least expected. Junior and Senior High. 2007.
By Mary Monroe, Victor McGlothin. 2007
Two short novels featuring African Americans. In Monroe’s “Nightmare in Paradise” wife Renee Webb lets loose on a Caribbean vacation… and ends up jailed for prostitution. In McGlothin’s “Bad Luck Shadow" Baltimore Floyd plots to rob a high-stakes Kansas City card game. 2007.
By Will Hobbs. 2006
Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United… States to support his family in central Mexico. Grades 5-8. 2006.
By Mark Kurlansky. 2005
The booming 1980s have arrived - and in Manhattan's Lower East Side, that means the yuppies have arrived, too. Gentrification… has begun! Amidst the hubbub, Nathan Seltzer pursues an affair with the sexy daughter of the local German bakers and fights to protect his little photocopy shop from the predatory advances of the Kopy Katz chain. 2005.
By Rudolfo A Anaya. 2004
Tony faces the daunting prospect of growing up amidst constant religious and cultural uncertainty. His mother is a devoted Catholic,… but her influence is challenged by Ultima--a woman with magical healing powers. As Tony follows his own path toward adulthood, he relies on Ultima's wisdom. With her guidance, he is able to forge his unique identity. 2004.
By Gwynne Forster. 2003
Regina Pearson is raised by her father in Hawaii. When he passes away, she decides to search North Carolina for… the family she has never known. Her quest does not bring her the love and acceptance she expects, and adjusting to life in the South is more difficult than she anticipated. 2003.
By Anthony Grooms. 2002
When Walter Burke's army buddy dies in a blood-soaked Vietnamese jungle, Walter finds himself writing a letter to the young… man's parents. But as he struggles to put words on paper, all the trauma of his years growing up middle class and black in Birmingham, Alabama floods back into his mind. 2002.
By Gwynne Forster. 2002
Amanda has been appointed principal of the junior high school in her small community. But this promotion will surely be… withdrawn if the school board discovers that she is pregnant and unmarried. 2002.
By Lalita Tademy. 2002
Cane River is an epic novel about the strength and determination of four generations of African-American women whose journey from… slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana. Includes violence. 2002.
By Gary Soto. 2001
When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living… in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California. Junior and Senior High. 2001.
By Kevin Kwan. 2013
The heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings his girlfriend home to meet the family, without… telling her that they're loaded. Followed by "China Rich Girlfriend". Bestseller. 2013.
By Nazneen Sheikh. 1994
By Hiromi Goto. 1994
Goto examines the immigration experience of the Japanese Canadian beyond war and internment and into present day Alberta. Celebrating cultural… differences as a privilege, she explores the shifts and collisions of culture through the lives of three generations of women in a Japanese family living in a small prairie town. Some descriptions of sex. c1994.
By H. Nigel Thomas. 2001
Pedro leaves the nurturing yet destitute home of his grandmother on Isabella Island to join his mother Isis, who works… as a domestic in Montreal. He brings with him the memories of his island, the teachings of his grandmother, and a desire to know the secret identity of his father. He soon finds that the world of the poor black youth is hopelessly desperate, cruel, violent, and riddled with crime. 2001.