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message 1: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (last edited Jan 31, 2015 07:58PM) (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Mix-n-Match: African-American History (February)

Pick Two books to read during February. Make your choices by matching a format in list one to a category in list two. For example, if you listen to Twelve Years a Slave as an audiobook, your next book cannot be written before 1868 or on audio.

Format
1) Paperback
2) Hardcover
3) Audio
4) Ebook

Categories
1) AA Author before 1868
2) AA Author 1868-1964
3) AA Author after 1964
4) Female AA Author
5) AA Biography
6) AA History


message 2: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Schneider (cltschneider) | 76 comments Love it! I'm in...


message 3: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Terrific, Cheryl!
And, Thanks. :)


message 4: by Melissa (last edited Feb 28, 2015 09:57PM) (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments I'm in as well


Book One: Someone Knows My Name: A Novel by Lawrence Hill; READ 2/21/15
4. Ebook
3. AA Author after 1964 (published in 2007)

Book Two: This Child's Gonna Live by Sarah E. Wright
1. Paperback
4. Female Author - Sarah E. Wright READ 2/28/15


message 5: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (last edited Feb 21, 2015 08:10AM) (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
My group and personal challenges are well under way, so it's time to decide on mini-challenges. :)

1) It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell**
Format: Ebook
Category: Biography/Memoir

2) Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou**
Format: Audio
Category: Female Author


Also, The Big Sea by Langston Hughes if I have time.
Format: Audio
Category: Before 1964 (1940)


message 6: by Caitlin (last edited Mar 12, 2015 03:40PM) (new)

Caitlin (0utnumbered321) Renee wrote: "Mix-n-Match: African-American History (February)

Pick Two books to read during February. Make your choices by matching a format in list one to a category in list two. For example, if you listen to..."


I'm in...
Kindred
FORMAT: 2. Hardback
Category: 4. Female Author - Octavia E. Butler
READ 2/8/15

Twelve Years a Slave
FORMAT: 1. Paperback
Category: 1. Before 1868 - 1853
READ 2/18/15


message 7: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
I read Twelve Years recently. It was riveting.


message 8: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin (0utnumbered321) Renee wrote: "I read Twelve Years recently. It was riveting."

Honestly, I am pretty nervous to read it. This will be my 1st Autobiography about slavery. The time period its self was just brutal. How rough of a read is it, if you don't mind me asking?


message 9: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
The author focused mostly on the hardships of being owned. The division of families. He did not dwell on grisly details. I found it very powerful.


message 10: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin (0utnumbered321) Thank you you got what I was asking even though I wasn't sure how to ask it!


message 11: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Good. I look forward to your opinion. I haven't seem the movie. I'm rather afraid of the "dramatic license" Hollywood may take.


message 12: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Finished!
It's interesting the both books turned out to be part memoir/part advice on life gleaned from experience. Both were excellent.


message 13: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Good Job, Renee!!! I've finished my first as of yesterday and a week to go on my next. Wish me luck!


message 14: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Good luck! I hope This Child is every bit as good as your five star Someone Knows My Name. (Which is now on my tbr)


message 15: by Melissa (last edited Feb 22, 2015 10:49AM) (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments I have Twelve Years A Slave, but not yet read it, what did you think of this one?


message 16: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Very powerful. Much more so because it is based on the author's experiences.


message 17: by Holly, That Geeky One (last edited Feb 24, 2015 01:17PM) (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
If anyone wants something short for this challenge, I recently read (and studied) The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative. It's her biography (technically an autobiography, although it was written down for her), and would also fit for the pre-1823 section. It's very powerful for such a short text!

Although it's very accessible, it doesn't seem to be very well known (although it has been taught at my university for like 20 years).


message 18: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
I'm planning to keep this thread open through March, so everyone interested in this mini has the chance to complete it.


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