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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Rutland Narrator: Donna Washington Publisher: Harlequin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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Ann Elizabeth Carter grew up in the segregated Atlanta of the 1920s and 1930s, part of the black privileged class, the much-loved daughter of a doctor, and the granddaughter of a slave. She was a charming, confident young woman with a well-planned life ahead of her.

Then she upset all those plans when she fell in love. It was 1942 and Robert Metcalf was a member of the first black unit in the Army Air Corps, stationed at Tuskegee, Alabama.

For the first time, she left her sheltered life in Atlanta to marry Rob. For the first time, she had to learn what it really meant to be a black woman in 20th-century America.

During the decades that followed, Ann Elizabeth's life, and her marriage, were shaped by the changes that shook the country, that redefined it. During those decades, she learned the truth of a lifetime. You have to guard the love you find, and overcome the hate that finds you.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 2/4/2014

    " Great story of a radical and brave bookseller that emphasizes bookstore as important public place. Was let down by the emphasis on his brother (I believe it was the author's dad or grandfather) as a contrast and mostly, the sub-par book design. This is a book that cried out for great book design and it was really lacking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G. | 12/23/2013

    " Amazing book about a bookstore like no other. Brilliantly conceived, this documentary novel surprised and enlightened me. A wonderful way to capture a long lost time and place, Lewis Michaux's Harlem bookstore, its hero of an owner, and the importance of books and booksellers! Check it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannonmde | 11/20/2013

    " Yesterday I got into the bookstore and give the Professor the closed-fist salute... "Open your hand," Mr. Michaux says. I do. "See, you ain't got nothing in it." He picks up a book, puts it in my hand, and says, "Now that's power! Tell your brothers in the Movement that black is beautiful,but knowledge is power." 122 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/16/2013

    " I became more interested in this book the further I got into it. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is one of those books that librarians and critics love more than children do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/14/2013

    " This is an amazing book . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benji Martin | 9/16/2013

    " I saw this book on a Mock Newbery list, and got a copy for the library. I think it's probably Newbery worthy, but I don't think it will win. There are safer and probably better choices for the committee this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathi | 10/8/2012

    " Such a great picture of the way things were in the 50s and 60s - and a truly inspired life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 9/22/2011

    " Great decision to make this a 'documentary novel' as it allows the author to create voices for the real characters, to fill in blanks in the story and to bring in a chorus of fictional supporting characters. Fascinating read of a piece of history I was unaware of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 3/7/2011

    " 4.5 stars. An interesting look into the 20th century from the perspective of a black family in America. Anyone who read "The Help" and enjoyed it would probably like this book. "

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