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James M. Deem I am currently finishing THE PRISONERS OF BREENDONK, the first English language book about a little-known Belgium concentration camp and its…moreI am currently finishing THE PRISONERS OF BREENDONK, the first English language book about a little-known Belgium concentration camp and its prisoners. Although relatively few prisoners were incarcerated there over the course of World War II—never more than 660, and that number for only a very brief time—its very smallness, "which made it possible for each prisoner to be 'dealt with' individually," turned it into a camp of terror. One man who survived Breendonk wrote that although the camp "had no gas chambers, no incinerators . . . Breendonk was no less notorious, no less a black hell of the most barbarous terror." Another claimed that he "would prefer to spend nineteen months at Buchenwald than nineteen days at Breendonk." A historian describing the concentration camp of Auschwitz I before the nearby extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was built wrote that the camp "was widely known as a site of imprisonment, extreme brutality, starvation, illness, and high mortality rates, including killings by various forms of torture, shooting, and hanging." The same description could be applied to Breendonk, only on a smaller scale. The book will be published in April 2015 and will feature over 225 photographs, many of the prisoners and their families. It is the most challenging and moving book I have ever researched.(less)
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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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Kindred is an unusual and unforgettable book about slavery, often categorized as a Science Fiction book, but there is nothing "other worldly" about it. Yes, the narrator somehow manages to travel back in time to the south before the Civil War, but th ...more
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Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
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Every time I taught this book to college freshmen, I was compelled to read the last two pages out loud to my classes to make sure that they "felt" the author's meaning--and each time I found myself choking up; the poetry of the author's final words i ...more
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So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
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A small book with a simple autobiographical story that still sears in my mind: how two boys with tragic family lives come together as friends (to escape momentarily from the "shipwrecks" that life and their families have caused) and then lose track o ...more
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Family by J. California Cooper
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I used this book with college freshmen for many years. No matter how many times I taught it, I was always amazed at the author's ability to move an audience to tears.

Family is narrated by an enslaved woman named Clora in the southern United States s
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