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New Books at the Library - Black History Month Edition

Posted 02/20/21

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Black History Month, an annual observation running throughout the month of February, is a great time to celebrate Black voices and representation through books. Literature is a powerful tool to create ongoing cultural conversation. The written word as a means of expression can spread empathy through shared traumas and triumphs, enact social and political change by calling attention to profound injustices, and inspire by highlighting great achievements. Re-read a classic or favorite, find out about an author you have never read, reflect on what you remember, or discover a piece of history you didn't know. Start with one of these works recently added to our collections (featured below) or explore the rest of the Library’s online catalog. Call (304-232-0244), email us, or reserve books, audio CDs, DVDs, and more through our online catalog, then make an appointment to stop in Library to pick them up or have them delivered to your car curbside. Don't forget, you can always make an appointment to browse our shelves too. 


Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston; (2020 reissue with foreword by Tayari Jones and introduction by Genevieve West):
In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston—the sole black student at the college—was living in New York, "desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world." During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog (available in regular and large print)
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli
- Ebook and Audiobook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall:
In the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson reflects on his life. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Ziggy had been the pulse of Detroit's famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city's African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he was also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era. In his hospital bed, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom's venerable "52 Saints," local heroes whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City's Harlem. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook through WVDeli

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson:
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Brown was promised her freedom on her eighteenth birthday. Instead she finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil's Half-Acre, a jail where slaves are broken, tortured, and sold every day. Forced to become the mistress of the brutal man who owns the jail, Pheby's survival lies in outwitting him—even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

The Living is Easy by Dorothy West (2020 reissue with foreword by Morgan Jerkins and afterword by Adelaide M. Cromwell):
The Living Is Easy, Dorothy West's first novel and one of only a handful of novels published by women during the Harlem Renaissance, tells the story of Cleo Judson, daughter of Southern sharecroppers, who is determined to integrate into Boston's black elite. Married to the "Black Banana King" Bart Judson, Cleo maneuvers her three sisters and their children—but not their husbands—into living with her, attempting to recreate her original family in a Bostonian mansion.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Ebook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team by Elise Hooper:
In the 1928 Olympics, Chicago's Betty Robinson competed as a member of the first-ever women's delegation in track and field, and was feted as America's Golden Girl—until a nearly-fatal airplane crash threatens to end everything. Outside of Boston, Louise Stokes, one of the few black girls in her town, sees competing as an opportunity to overcome the limitations placed on her, and risks everything to join the Olympic team. From Missouri, tomboyish Helen Stephens dreams of escaping the hardships of her farm life through athletic success. As United States and Europe edge closer to the brink of war, Betty, Louise, and Helen must fight for the chance to compete as the fastest women in the world amidst the pomp and pageantry of the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.:
With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams:
What is a book club but an excuse to talk to friends? The Toni Morrison Book Club brings that experience to life by telling the story of four friends who turn to Toni Morrison as they search for meaning in their lives. In this startling group memoir, the writers—black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American born—allow Morrison's words, like music, to make them feel, confess, and discover. The result is a collection of deeply personal conversations about everything from first love to Soul Train to police brutality, all told with an ever present lens on race in America. Not shying away from controversies, this book offers a radically new way to envision book clubs as a healing force in our lives
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog 
- Audiobook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump:
In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook through WVDeli
- Ebook and audiobook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Black from the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing edited by Stephanie Andrea Allen & Lauren Cherelle:
This anthology encompasses the broad spectrum of Black speculative writing, including science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and Afrofuturism, all by Black women writers. Editors Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle have gathered the voices of twenty emerging and established writers in speculative fiction and poetry; writers who've imagined the weird and the wondrous, the futuristic and the fantastical, the shadowy and the sublime.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Mystery/Thrillers:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole:
Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning. Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she's known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community's past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block-her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo's deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog 
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

Heaven My Home by Attica Locke (Book 2 in the Highway 59 Series):
Book in the "heartbreakingly resonant" thriller series about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy-winning Fox TV show Empire. The thrilling follow-up to the award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird: Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who's gone missing - but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target. Darren has to battle centuries-old suspicions and prejudices, as well as threats that have been reignited in the current political climate, as he races to find the boy, and to save himself.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve Highway 59 ebooks and audiobooks through WVDeli
- View other Attica Locke titles available through Hoopla (ebooks & audiobooks - no waitlists!) 

House of the Patriarch by Barbara Hambly (Book 18 in the Benjamin January series):
This long-running Historical Detective Fiction series by Barbara Hambly details the crime-solving adventures of Benjamin January in New Orleans of the 1830s. Benjamin was born a slave in the Louisiana cane plantations, but his mother was purchased and freed as a placée when he was still young; her benefactor also freed her children into the bargain. As a result, January receives a classical education in Paris, and trains as a surgeon and a musician. He returns to New Orleans after the death of his wife, and promptly is thrown into webs of intrigue, politics and the occasional murder. Book 18, House of Patriarch picks up in 1840. When Eve Russell vanishes into thin air, her frantic parents call on free man of color Benjamin January for help. Did the teenager run away - or was she kidnapped? The answer lies in distant New York, a hotbed of new religions, of human circuses and of dangerous slave traders. If January uncovers the truth, will he ever get home to tell it?
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- View Benjamin January ebooks available through WVDeli
- View Benjamin January ebooks available through Hoopla
- View order of books in the Benjamin January series

Poetry and Prose:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Crystal Wilkenson will be the guest at our Ann Thomas Memorial Lunch With Books Livestream program, February 23 at noon.Blackberries, Blackberries by Crystal Wilkinson:
An enchanting, haunting collection of stories by Crystal Wilkinson, a self-described Black country girl and poet from rural Kentucky. The stories explore the joys and pain of the women of "Affrilachia", and will touch the reader profoundly. Crystal will be the next guest at the second annual Ann Thomas memorial lecture at Lunch With Books Livestream, Feb. 23rd at noon (presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council). Join us for the live stream broadcast on the Lunch With Books YouTube channel or Facebook page.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve Blackberries, Blackberries through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve Crystal's 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence winner Birds of  Opulence

Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts by Nikky Finney:
National Book Award winner Nikky Finney's fifth collection of light house poems, prosaic hot beds, and personal artifacts, copper coins a new world matrix for American poetry, one that articulates the witness chair and punctuates the occasion of the lyric into a new language of "docu-poetry."
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Cameron Barnett at Lunch With Books Livestream, March 9 at noonThe Drowning Boy's Guide to Water by Cameron Barnett:
Pittsburgh-based poet Cameron Barnett’s debut poetry collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water (winner of the 2017 Rising Writer Contest), explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America. Cameron will be the next guest at the Wheeling Poetry Series at Lunch With Books Livestream, March 9th at noon. Join us for the live stream broadcast on the Lunch With Books YouTube channel or Facebook page
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water through the Library's online catalog

Non-Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.:
For the young Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in a small, residentially segregated West Virginia town, the church was a center of gravity—an intimate place where voices rose up in song and neighbors gathered to celebrate life's blessings and offer comfort amid its trials and tribulations. In this tender and expansive reckoning with the meaning of the Black Church in America, Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today's political landscape. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog 
- View all Henry Louis Gates, Jr. titles available on WVDeli
- View all Henry Louis Gates, Jr. titles available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019  edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain:
A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire. Voiced through essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics, this volume approaches history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, the diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- View Ibram X. Kendi titles available through WVDeli
- View Ibram X. Kendi titles available through Hoopla

Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest  edited by Terrion L. Williamson:
Black in the Middle brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling personal narratives, thought-provoking art, and searing commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the Rust Belt, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. Bringing together people from major metropolitan centers like Detroit and Chicago as well as smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of Black residents have too often gone unacknowledged.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Historical Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain:
From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America. Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald's have long symbolized capitalism's villainous effects on our nation's most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighborhoods in the first place? In Franchise, acclaimed historian Marcia Chatelain uncovers a surprising history of cooperation among fast food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who — in the troubled years after King's assassination — believed they found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality. With the discourse of social welfare all but evaporated, federal programs under presidents Johnson and Nixon promoted a new vision for racial justice: that the franchising of fast food restaurants, by black citizens in their own neighborhoods, could finally improve the quality of black life.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Peniel E. Joseph will talk about his book, The Sword and the Sheild, at Lunch With Books Livestream, March 30th at noon.The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph:
To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement's militancy is either vilified or erased outright. In The Sword and the Shield, Peniel E. Joseph upends these misconceptions and reveals a nuanced portrait of two men who, despite markedly different backgrounds, inspired and pushed each other throughout their adult lives. This is a strikingly revisionist biography, not only of Malcolm and Martin, but also of the movement and era they came to define. Author Peniel Joseph will our guest at Lunch With Books Livestream, March 30th at noon. Join us for the live stream broadcast on the Lunch With Books YouTube channel or Facebook page.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry:
Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog

Biographies & Memoirs:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

A Promised Land by Barack Obama:
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog (also available as audio CD)
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli 
 
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hopes 
by Jon Meacham with afterword by John Lewis:
John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or the audiobook through WVDeli

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris:
The autobiographical memoir of the first woman, African American, and South Asian American to become attorney general of the State of California, and the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate, and first United States' first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president. Daughter of an economist from Jamaica and a cancer researcher from India who met as civil rights activists at Berkeley, the U.S. Senator from California comes by her social justice concerns naturally. Harris discusses the impact that her family and community had on her life, and how she came to discover her own sense of self and purpose.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

My Brother, Muhammad Ali: The Definitive Biography  by Rahaman Ali:
Born Cassius and Rudolph Arnett Clay, the two brothers grew up together, lived together, trained together, traveled together, and fought together in the street and in the ring. A near-constant fixture in his sibling's company, Rahaman saw Ali at both his best and his worst: the relentless prankster and the jealous older brother, the outspoken advocate, the husband and father. In My Brother, Muhammad Ali, Rahaman offers an insider's perspective on the well-known stories as well as never-before-told tales, painting a rich and intimate portrait of a proud, relentlessly polarizing, yet often vulnerable man. In this extraordinary, poignant memoir, Rahaman tells a much bigger and more personal story than in any other book on Muhammad Ali—that of two brothers, almost inseparable from birth to death.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog (available in regular and large print)
- Audiobook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by Dr. Francois S. Clemmons:
The intimate debut memoir by the man known to the world as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 's "Officer Clemmons," a Grammy Award-winning artist who made history as the first African American actor to have a recurring role on a children's television program. It's important to acknowledge heroes who build bridges between all of us. Officer Clemmons offers readers the unique opportunity to understand how one man's life can have an unexpected, positive impact on millions of people. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook through WVDeli

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by  Ilhan Omar with Rebecca Paley:
Ilhan Omar's career is a collection of historic firsts: she is the first refugee, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Against a xenophobic and divisive administration, she has risen to global fame as a powerful voice in the Democratic Party's new progressive chorus of congresswomen of colour. This is What America Looks Like is both the inspiring coming of age story of a refugee and a multi-dimensional tale of the hopes and aspirations, disappointments and failures, successes, sacrifices and surprises, of a devoted public servant with unshakable faith in the promise of America.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the ebook or audiobook through WVDeli

Audiobooks on CD:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III:
Afropessimism is an unparalleled account of the non-analogous experience of being Black. A seminal work that strikingly combines groundbreaking philosophy with searing flights of memoir, Afropessimism presents the tenets of an increasingly influential intellectual movement that theorizes blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve a copy for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the regular print book through the Library's online catalog

Better Days Will Come Again: The Life of Arthur Briggs, Jazz Genius of Harlem, Paris, and a Nazi Prison Camp by Travis Atria:
By the 1930s, Authur Briggs was considered "the Louis Armstrong of Paris," and was the peer of the greatest names of his time, from Josephine Baker to Django Reinhardt. In 1940, he was arrested and sent to the prison camp at Saint-Denis. Based on groundbreaking research and including unprecedented access to Briggs's oral memoir, this is a crucial document of jazz history, a fast-paced epic, and an entirely original tale of survival.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog
- Streaming audiobook available through Hoopla

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne:
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative. Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X-all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. 
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog 
Reserve the regular print book from the Library's online catalog
- Reserve the streaming audiobook through WVDeli

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family by Bettye Kearse:
Bettye Kearse — a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison — shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. The Other Madisons marks the culmination of Kearse's 30-year investigation into not only her own family history, but that of other enslaved and free African Americans whose voices have been silenced over the centuries.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve a copy for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog 
- Reserve the regular print book through the Library's online catalog

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills:
Between 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of industrious, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success. Mary Ellen Pleasant used her Gold Rush wealth to further the cause of abolitionist John Brown. Robert Reed Church became the largest landowner in Tennessee. Hannah Elias, the mistress of a New York City millionaire, used the property her lover gave her to build an empire in Harlem. Orphan and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo Malone developed the first national brand of hair care products. Mississippi school teacher O. W. Gurley developed a piece of Tulsa, Oklahoma, into a "town" for wealthy black professionals and craftsmen that would become known as "Black Wall Street."  Nearly all the unforgettable personalities in this amazing collection were often attacked, demonized, or swindled out of their wealth. Black Fortunes illuminates as never before the birth of the black business titan.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog
- Ebook and streaming audiobook available through Hoopla

The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever by Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth:
The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited eighteen 'Negro' boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant. Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CD audiobook through the Library's online catalog
- Streaming audiobook available through Hoopla

Music CDs:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Wheeling born composer Will H. Dixon was one of nine African American Legends discussed in the February 2, 2021 Lunch With Books: Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of WheelingThe Black Manhattan Trilogy: Three Volume Set by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, conductor:
A critically acclaimed, monumental achievement – three and a half hours of lost African-American music: sixty pieces by thirty-two outstanding black composers, spanning the 1870s to the early 1920s, all performed from the original, historic scores. Volumes 2 & 3 feature songs composed by Wheeling-born Will H. Dixon. Dixon was one of nine people profiled in the February 2, 2021 Lunch With Books: Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling - African American Legends. Watch the segment on Dixon on the Lunch With Books YouTube channel
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the CDs through the Library's online catalog (available in regular and large print)
- Stream or download songs from Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 through Freegal (login with your Library card)

Young Adult Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite:
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic. One of the good ones. Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there's a twist to Kezi's story that no one could've ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.
- Call the Library at 304-233-0244 to reserve for curbside pickup
- Reserve the book through the Library's online catalog (available in regular and large print)
- Audiobook available through Hoopla (no waitlists ever)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes:
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation thats been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of todays world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.
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Bitter Root Volume 1: Family Business by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown & Sanford Greene:
In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family, once known as the greatest monster hunters of all time, can save New York — and the world — from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But those days are fading and the once-great family that specialized in curing the souls of those infected by racism and hate has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. A terrible tragedy has claimed most of the family, leaving the surviving cousins divided between by the desire to cure monsters or to kill them; they must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences... or sit back and watch a force of unimaginable evil ravage the human race. Bitter Root is more than just a comic book that follows a Black family that practices Root Magic; it is an exploration of the consumption of the soul by racism. 
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Juvenile Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington:
Makeda June Kirkland is eleven years old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Keda often feels left out. When Keda's family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena - the only other adopted black girl she knows - for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Keda's sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore, and at school, she can't seem to find one true friend. Through it all, Keda can't help wondering: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me? In this deeply felt coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white family. For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves: How do you figure out where you are going if you don't know where you came from?
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks:
From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. Zoe Washington isn't sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she's never met, hadn't heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who's been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she sets out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence. 
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The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert:
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two Black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past. Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only Black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her. Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living. When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie's attic, they team up to figure out exactly who's behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.
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Becoming Muhammad Ali: A Novel by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander:
Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Readers will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age twelve. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali. Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, Becoming Muhammad Ali dynamically captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.
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Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome:
It's 1946, and Lymon, uprooted from his life in the Deep South and moved up North, needs that chance. Lymon's father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—and his mother, whom he doesn't remember all that much, has moved North. Fortunately, Lymon is being raised by his loving grandparents. Together, Lymon and his grandpops share a love of music, spending late summer nights playing the guitar. But Lymon's world as he knows it is about to dissolve. He will be sent on a journey to two Northern cities far from the country life he loves-and the version of himself he knows. In this companion novel to the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning Finding Langston, listeners will see a new side of the bully Lymon in this story of an angry boy whose raw talent, resilience, and devotion to music help point him in a new direction.
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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender:
When twelve-year-old Kingston James's brother Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family. It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy–that he thinks he might be gay. 'You don't want anyone to think you're gay too, do you?' But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King's friendship with Sandy is reignited, he's forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother's death.
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Juvenile Biographies:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

The Story of John Lewis: A Biography Book for Young Readers by written by Tonya Leslie; illustrated by Jerrard K.Polk:
John Lewis was a civil rights leader and United States congressman who never stopped speaking up for justice, equality, and peace. Before he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, John was a thoughtful kid who loved learning but wasn't able to go to a good school because of segregation. He wanted to make a difference in his community, so he organized peaceful protests to end segregation and fight for equal rights for Black Americans. Explore how John went from being a young farm boy to a famous activist, politician, and leader.
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Always, Jackie: The True Story of a Boy and His Baseball Hero by Ronnie Rabinovitz & J. Patrick Lewis:
The unbelievable yet true story of how an eight-year-old white kid from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, met the legendary Jackie Robinson in the 1950s—and how the two became lifelong friends. Lewis frames Jackie Robinson’s extraordinary baseball career through the lens of Ronnie Rabinovitz, one young fan (“a youngster with curveball hopes and fastball dreams”) who was profoundly affected by him. The story of the pair’s letter exchanges, meetups, and eventual friendship in dramatic diction, make this true story compelling even without an action-packed plot, touching upon the prejudice Robinson faced and briefly drawing parallels with Rabinovitz’s experiences with anti-Semitism. 
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Who Was Duke Ellington? by M. D. Payne (One of the Who Was? series books):
A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer — writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the United States. Over a 50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it.
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New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight by Karyn Parsons; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie:
Before Bessie Coleman blazed a high trail with her plane . . . Before she performed in death-defying flying shows that would earn her fame as "Queen Bess" . . . Before she traveled the country speaking out against discrimination, Bessie was a little girl with a big imagination that took her to the sky, through the clouds, and past the birds. Knocking down barriers one by one, Bessie endured racism and grueling training to become the first black female pilot and an inspiration to many more influential people of color for years to come.
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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Alice Randall:
Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others—as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses—as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon! This is the inspiring true story of West Virginia-born mathematician Katherine Johnson—made famous by the award-winning book and film Hidden Figures—who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon.
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VIP: Dr. Mae Jemison: Brave Rocketeer by Sadeqa Johnson:
Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to travel to space. She's also a medical doctor who once joined the Peace Corps. And a trained dancer, too! This biography includes special sections with additional contextual details like secrets of NASA and things women couldn't do in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Juvenile Non-Fiction:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney:
Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there's little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. King was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. It's terrible to be circling up there without a place to land. Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr. struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic I Have a Dream speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison:
Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, and poet Maya Angelou. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. The women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them. The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.
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The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson:
This powerful collection of short stories, essays, poems, and art is a call-to-action that invites all families to be anti-racist and advocates for change. Thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators—including Renee Watson (Piecing Me Together), Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), and Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor's Tale)—engage young people in frank discussions about racism, identity and self-esteem. Featuring stories and images filled with love, acceptance, truth, peace, and an assurance that there can be hope for a better tomorrow, The Talk is an inspiring anthology and must-have resource.
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Picture Books:

New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Northbound: a Train Ride Out of Segregation by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein; illustrated by James E. Ransome:
When Michael and his grandmother board a train for his first train ride, the conductor directs them to the "colored only" section. But when the train pulls out of Atlanta, the signs come down, and a boy from the "whites only" section runs up to Michael, inviting him to explore. How come Michael can go as he pleases in some states, but has to sit in segregated sections in others? Based on author Michael S. Bandy's own recollections of taking the train as a boy during the segregation era, this story of a child's magical first train trip is intercut with a sense of baffling injustice, offering both a hopeful tale of friendship and a window into a dark period of history.
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Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome:
A window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators of Before She Was Harriet. As she climbs aboard the New York-bound Silver Meteor train, Ruth Ellen embarks upon a journey toward a new life up North — one she can't begin to imagine. Stop by stop, the perceptive young narrator tells her journey in poems, leaving behind the cotton fields and distant Blue Ridge mountains. As they travel, Ruth Ellen reads from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, reflecting on how her journey mirrors her own — until finally the train arrives at its last stop, New York's Penn Station, and the family heads out into a night filled with bright lights, glimmering stars, and new possibility.
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FOR ADULTS: Check out Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America 
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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes:
For centuries, accomplished women—of all races—have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts.  In this poetry collection, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses The Golden Shovel poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of these groundbreaking women-and to introduce readers to their work.
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Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Alice Randall:
In stanzas of six lines each, each line representing one side of a box, celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown's story of how he came to send himself in a box from slavery to freedom. Strikingly illustrated in rich hues and patterns by artist Michele Wood, Box is augmented with historical records and an introductory excerpt from Henry's own writing as well as a timeline, notes from the author and illustrator, and a bibliography.
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New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom; pictures by Shane W. Evans:
When a little boy is feeling afraid to go to school one day, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine-a 1952 Ford-back to all of the times when he was scared of something life was handing him. "That's called being brave," Big Papa says over and over. Full of heartfelt moments and thrilling magical realism, Big Papa and the Time Machine speaks to the African American experience in a touching dialogue between two family members from different generations and emerges as a voice that shares history and asks questions about one family's experience in 20th-century black America.
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Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons:
Down home is Granny's house. Down home is where Lil' Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil' Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil' Alan do? In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions.
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For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World by Michael W. Waters; illustrated by Keisha Morris:
Growing up, Jeremiah is puzzled by racially-motivated gun violence in and beyond his community but when he is ready to talk about it, he learns hopeful forms of activism and advocacy. Inspired by real-life events, this honest, intimate look at one family's response to racism and gun violence includes a discussion guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding.
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New books availabe at the Ohio County Public Library

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan; illustrated by Floyd Cooper:
A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry; illustrated by Brittany Jackson:
A visit to Washington, DC's National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry's young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama's portrait. When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald's transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn't just see the First Lady of the United States. Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, "anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender."
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This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges:
Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby's experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen to be one of the first black students to integrate into New Orleans' all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change. Ruby's honest and impassioned words, imbued with love and grace, serve as a moving reminder that "what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past." This Is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggle for liberty and justice for all continues and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.
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