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  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760788339
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'Stunning' Herald Sun

    A tender, coming-of-age novel from Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction-winning author Suzanne Daniel.

    The only things 11-year-old Allegra's grandmothers share are a deep love for her, their hatred for each other and the fence between their homes.

    Allegra is forced to divide herself into parts to appease those who profess to love her - but at what cost?

    WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2020

    'Stellar debut...a story of family, second-wave feminism, faith, friendship' Marie Claire

    'Will fly off the shelves into bookclub living rooms, where it will be admired for its imagination and heart.' Canberra Times

    'Allegra drew me into her life from the first page and I didn't want to leave. Funny, smart, tender and wise, this is a book to curl up with by the fire or basking on the beach. I loved it.' Liz Byrski

    'The momentum of the novel swings along at pace. Daniel's gift for authentic characters and her understanding of the way in which the past is tattooed on the present make this a delightfully thought-provoking romp.' Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • DOMINICANA   -   Women's Prize Shortlist 2020
    DOMINICANA - Women's Prize Shortlist 2020
    CRUZ ANGIE
    ISBN: 9781529347425
    Title: DOMINICANA - Women's Prize Shortlist 2020
    Author: CRUZ ANGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

    'A thrilling, necessary, and unforgettable portrait of what it means to be an immigrant' Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of The Ocean and Vida

    'Dominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word, full of love and hope' Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare and Veronica

    Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she must say yes. It doesn't matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year's Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan's free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay.

    As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family's assets, leaving Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, dance with Cesar at the Audubon Ballroom, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family.

    In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.

    Imprint: John Murray
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    GRANDIN GREG
    ISBN: 9781250179821
    Title: END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    Author: GRANDIN GREG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ever since this nation's inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States' belief in itself as an exceptional nation-democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America hasa new symbol: the border wall.

    In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaningof the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history-from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America's constant expansion-fighting wars and opening markets-served as a "gate of escape," helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country's problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home.

    It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

    Imprint: St Martin's Press
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • EXPLODED VIEW   -   Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    EXPLODED VIEW - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    TIFFANY CARRIE
    ISBN: 9781922268662
    Title: EXPLODED VIEW - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    Author: TIFFANY CARRIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Must a girl always be a part?

    How can she become a whole?

    In the late 1970s, in the forgotten outer suburbs, a girl has her hands in the engine of a Holden. A sinister new man has joined the family. He works as a mechanic and operates an unlicensed repair shop at the back of their block.

    The family is under threat. The girl reads the Holden workshop manual for guidance. She resists the man with silence, then with sabotage. She fights him at the place where she believes his heart lives - in the engine of the car.

    Spare, poetic and intensely visual, Exploded View is the powerful new novel from the author of Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds - one of Australia's most celebrated writers and winner of the inaugural Stella Prize.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GIRL WOMAN OTHER   -   Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    GIRL WOMAN OTHER - Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    EVARISTO BERNARDINE
    ISBN: 9780241984994
    Title: GIRL WOMAN OTHER - Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    Author: EVARISTO BERNARDINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    JOINT WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

    Grace is a Victorian orphan dreaming of the mysterious African father she will never meet.

    Winsome is a young Windrush bride, recently arrived from Barbados.

    Amma is the fierce queen of her 1980s squatters' palace.

    Morgan, who used to be Megan, is blowing up on social media, the newest activist-influencer on the block.

    Twelve very different people, mostly black and female, more than a hundred years of change, and one sweeping, vibrant, glorious portrait of contemporary Britain. Bernardine Evaristo presents a gloriously new kind of history for this old country- ever-dynamic, ever-expanding and utterly irresistible.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HAMNET   -   Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    HAMNET - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    OFARRELL MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781472223807
    Title: HAMNET - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: OFARRELL MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

    'Dazzling. Devastating' Kamila Shamsie

    'Stunning... deserves to win prizes' Marian Keyes

    A stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, HAMNET is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play.

    On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

    Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.

    HAMNET is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    BAYLY SAMI
    ISBN: 9780734419019
    Title: ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    Author: BAYLY SAMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!

    With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness'. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way.

    Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more 'ugly' beauties.

    This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.

    Imprint: Lothian Children's Books
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • MIRROR AND THE LIGHT    (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)   -   Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    MIRROR AND THE LIGHT (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780007480999
    Title: MIRROR AND THE LIGHT (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

    'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?'

    England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

    Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

    With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • NICKEL BOYS   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    NICKEL BOYS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708899427
    Title: NICKEL BOYS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
    , Colson Whitehead, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida.

    Praise for Pulitzer Prize-winning THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD:

    'My book of the year by some distance . . . luminous, furious, wildly inventive' Observer

    'An engrossing and harrowing novel' Sunday Times

    'Tells one of the most compelling stories I have ever read' Guardian

    Whitehead is a superb storyteller . . . [he] brilliantly intertwines his allegory with history . . . writing at the peak of his game' Telegraph

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    Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clearsighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide 'physical, intellectual and moral training' which will equip its inmates to become 'honorable and honest men'.

    In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear 'out back'. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors.

    The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions.

    Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, THE NICKEL BOYS is a devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • NO ONE   -   Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    NO ONE - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    HUGHES JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760800291
    Title: NO ONE - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    Author: HUGHES JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the ghost hours of a Monday morning a man feels a dull thud against the side of his car near the entrance to Redfern Station. He doesn’t stop immediately. By the time he returns to the scene, the road is empty, but there is a dent in the car, high up on the passenger door, and what looks like blood. Only a man could have made such a dent, he thinks. For some reason he looks up, though he knows no one is there. Has he hit someone, and if so, where is the victim?
    So begins a story that takes us to the heart of contemporary Australia’s festering relationship to its indigenous past. A story about guilt for acts which precede us, crimes we are not sure we have committed, crimes gone on so long they now seem criminal-less.

    Part crime novel, part road movie, part love story, No One takes its protagonist to the very heart of a nation where non-existence is the true existence, where crimes cannot be resolved and guilt cannot be redeemed, and no one knows what to do with ghosts that are real.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • QUEENIE   -   British Book Awards Book of the Year 2020
    QUEENIE - British Book Awards Book of the Year 2020
    CARTY-WILLIAMS CANDICE
    ISBN: 9781409180074
    Title: QUEENIE - British Book Awards Book of the Year 2020
    Author: CARTY-WILLIAMS CANDICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Sally Rooney, Kiley Reid, and Fleabag.

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 'A deliciously funny, characterful, topical and thrilling novel for our times' Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize

    'Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking' Jojo Moyes

    'A must-read novel about sex, selfhood, and the best friendships that get us through it all' Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

    Queenie is a twenty-five-year-old Black woman living in south London, straddling Jamaican and British culture whilst slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper where she's constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers, and beg to write about Black Lives Matter. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places.

    As Queenie veers from one regrettable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be? - the questions that every woman today must face in a world that keeps trying to provide the answers for them.

    A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. A disarmingly honest, boldly political and truly inclusive tale that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and acceptance and found something very different in its place.

    Imprint: Hodder Headline
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • RETURNS   -   Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    RETURNS - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    SALOM PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781925760262
    Title: RETURNS - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2020
    Author: SALOM PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' notice in Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whose marriage has fallen apart. But Trevor is attracted to Elizabeth's house because of the empty shed in her backyard, the perfect space for him to revive the artistic career he abandoned years earlier. The face-blind, EH Holden-driving Elizabeth is a solitary and feisty book editor, and she accepts him, on probation...

    Miles Franklin finalist Philip Salom has a gift for depicting the inner states of his characters with empathy and insight. In this poignant yet upbeat novel the past keeps returning in the most unexpected ways. Elizabeth is at the beck and call of her ageing mother, and the associated memories of her childhood in a Rajneesh community. Trevor's Polish father disappeared when Trevor was fifteen, and his mother died not knowing whether he was dead or alive. The authorities have declared him dead, but is he?

    The Returns is a story about the eccentricities, failings and small triumphs that humans are capable of, a novel that pokes fun at literary and artistic pretensions, while celebrating the expansiveness of art, kindness and friendship.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence    -   Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence - Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    HILL JESS
    ISBN: 9781760641405
    Title: SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence - Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    Author: HILL JESS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of The Stella Prize 2020

    At the office of Safe Steps, Victoria's dedicated 24/7 family violence response call centre, phone counsellors receive a call every three minutes. Many women are repeat callers- on average, they will go back to an abusive partner eight times before leaving for good. 'You must get so frustrated when you think a woman's ready to leave and then she decides to go back,' I say. 'No,' replies one phone counsellor, pointedly. 'I'm frustrated that even though he promised to stop, he chose to abuse her again.'

    Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates- in Australia, almost 17 per cent of women over the age of fifteen - one in six - have been abused by an intimate partner.

    In this confronting and deeply researched account, journalist Jess Hill uncovers the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest - and most intimate - ways imaginable. She asks- What do we know about perpetrators? Why is it so hard to leave? What does successful intervention look like?

    What emerges is not only a searing investigation of the violence so many women experience, but a dissection of how that violence can be enabled and reinforced by the judicial system we trust to protect us.

    Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SONTAG : Her Life   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    SONTAG : Her Life - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    MOSER BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780241003480
    Title: SONTAG : Her Life - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    Author: MOSER BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Susan Sontag was our last great literary star. Her brilliant, serious mind combined with her striking image, her rigorous intellectualism and her groundbreaking inquiries into what was then seen as 'low culture' - celebrity, photographs, camp - propelled her into her own unique, inimitable category and made her famous the world over, emblematic of twentieth-century New York literary glamour.

    Today we need her ideas more than ever. Her writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism, Fascism, Freudianism, Communism and Americanism, forms an indispensable guide to our modern world. Sontag was present at many of the most crucial events of the twentieth century- when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down, in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel and in besieged Sarajevo. Sontag tells these stories and examines her work, as well as exploring the woman behind Sontag's formidable public face- the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, her agonizing construction of herself and her public myth.

    Sontag is the first biography based on exclusive access to her restricted personal archives and on hundreds of interviews conducted with many people around the world who spoke freely for the first time about Susan Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait of an endlessly complex, dazzling woman; one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers, who lived one of its most fascinating lives.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING - Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    CHIM WAI
    ISBN: 9781760631581
    Title: SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING - Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    Author: CHIM WAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen. But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other. A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    MCDANIEL W CALEB
    ISBN: 9780190846992
    Title: SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    Author: MCDANIEL W CALEB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The extraordinary life of Henrietta Wood--a formerly enslaved woman sold back into slavery, eventually freed again, and who then sued the man who had sold her back into bondage, and won.


    Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deputy sheriff named Zebulon Ward colluded with Wood's employer, abducted her, and sold her back into bondage. She remained enslaved throughout the Civil War, giving birth to a son in Mississippi and never forgetting who had put her in this position. By 1869, Wood had obtained her freedom for a second time and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for damages in 1870. Astonishingly, after eight years of litigation, Wood won her case: in 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500. The decision stuck on appeal. More important than the amount, though the largest ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery, was the fact that any money was awarded at all. By the time the case was decided, Ward had become a wealthy businessman and a pioneer of convict leasing in the South. Wood's son later became a prominent Chicago lawyer, and she went on to live until 1912. McDaniel's book is an epic
    tale of a black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors.

    Above all, Sweet Taste of Liberty is a portrait of an extraordinary individual as well as a searing reminder of the lessons of her story, which establish beyond question the connections between slavery and the prison system that rose in its place.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $44.95

    Price: $44.95
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