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One Book Northland brings the community together in response to a single book, sparking discussion, thought, understanding, and change. 2021's book is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
About The Nickel Boys: As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel will fill you with emotion and wonder.
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Black Men Write on Black Men's Lives
These books were chosen through inspiration provided by Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize winning book The Nickel Boys, the authors of these books are also Black men, speaking on the life experiences of Black men in the United States. Hover over a title to see a description of the book.
The books on this list will be on display in the library during April 2021. The books will be "on loan" to the display case. Stop by the library and choose one to read. You can take the book you choose from the display case and bring it to the desk to check it out. Not at UMD? Look for these titles at your public library.