Tuesday, November 3, 2020

New Nonfiction

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
by Kate Clifford Larson
“Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman -- brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad.” -WorldCat
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
by Catherine Clinton
“Who was Harriet Tubman' To John Brown, the leader of the Harpers Ferry slave uprising, she was General Tubman. For those slaves whom she led north to freedom, she was Moses. To the slavers who hunted her down, she was a thief and a trickster. To abolitionists she was a prophet. As Catherine Clinton shows in this riveting biography, Harriet Tubman was, above all, a singular and complex woman, defeating simple categories.” -WorldCat

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
by Monique Gray Smith
“Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action. -Amazon

The Famous Five: Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights
by Barbara Smith
“On August 27, 1927, five women gathered to sign a letter that would change the course of Canadian history. Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards, collectively known as the Famous Five, launched a battle for justice that finally culminated in a declaration that women were indeed "persons" in the eyes of the law. That hard-won victory was another step forward in the fight for women's rights.” –WorldCat

The Inconvenient Indian
by Thomas King
“The Inconvenient Indian is a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be ‘Indian’ in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.” -WorldCat

Turtle Island: The story of North America’s First People
by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
“Discover the amazing story of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of the Europeans. You'll learn what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to the land. Archaeologists have been able to piece together what life may have been like pre-contact-- and how life changed with the arrival of the Europeans.” -WorldCat

Victory at Vimy by Ted Barris
“The account of how on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, sixteen battalions of the Canadian Corps rose along a six-kilometre line of trenches in northern France against the occupying Germans.” -WorldCat