American novelist Gloria Naylor died Wednesday September 28th at 66 years of age. Her debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place” is a best-seller and a National Book Award winner (1983), as well as a TV miniseries (1989). The following titles are available through Talking Books.
WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE: A NOVEL IN SEVEN STORIES
NAYLOR, GLORIA Original Date: 1980
Seven women live on Brewster Placer. Each has a story that is uniquely hers but also touches the concerns of the other women of Brewster Place and of women everywhere. A perceptive commentary on the experience of black women in the United States. National Book Award 1983.
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Title: LINDEN HILLS
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA Original Date: 1985
The affluent African-American suburban community depicted in “Linden Hills” is the fulfillment of Luther Nedeed’s dreams. But the success of most of its residents does little for two street-smart boys, LesterTilson and Willie Mason, whose dialogue and poetry punctuate this story about the middle-class world where they live. By the author of American Book Award-winning “The Women of Brewster Place” Strong language.
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Title: MAMA DAY
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA Original Date: 1988
Mama Day is the aged black matriarch and medicine woman of a small island off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Her niece “Cocoa” has left the island and is now married and living in New York. The story alternates between Mama Day and the couple, and tells how the lure of New York and the magic of the island pull at the couple and change their relationship.
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Title: BAILEY’S CAFE
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA Original Date: 1992
Bailey’s Cafe, an enigmatic little 1940s eatery, Somewhere, U.S.A. Bailey (not his real name) is the maestro who begins by telling of his love for Negro League baseball and his wife, Nadine. Then, one by one, he spins the stories of the cafe’s regulars: Mariam, an ostracized Ethiopian Jew; Sadie the wino; Iceman Jones; the recovering junkie Jesse Bell; Peaches, the nymphomaniac; and Miss Maples, a cross-dressing male. Strong language and descriptions of sex.
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Title: MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA Original Date: 1998
In this companion to “The Women of Brewster Place” (RC 25314), African American men who live in the tenement describe their lives and daily frustrations trying to make a living while coping with their women and children. Strong language.
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