The Rose that Grew from Concrete

The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Author: Tupac Shakur
Pages: 149
ISBN: 9780671028459
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Release: 2009-02-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than one hundred poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Mandela.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

The Rose That Grew From Concrete
Author: Tupac Shakur
Pages: 149
ISBN: 9780671028442
Available:
Release: 1999-11-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than one hundred poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Mandela

The Rose That Grew from Concrete

The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Author: Tupac Shakur
Pages: 149
ISBN: 1606868365
Available:
Release: 2009-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Capturing the unrivaled passion and candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists, this collection of poetry offers a glimpse into Shakur's enigmatic life and its intense contradictions.

The Poetry of Rilke

The Poetry of Rilke
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Pages: 720
ISBN: 9781466872660
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Release: 2014-06-03
Editor: North Point Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, "Rilke's best contemporary translator" (Brian Phillips, The New Republic), to bring into English Rilke's major poetic works. The Poetry of Rilke—the single most comprehensive volume of Rilke's German poetry ever to be published in English—is the culmination of this effort. With more than two hundred and fifty selected poems by Rilke, including complete translations of the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies, The Poetry of Rilke spans the arc of Rilke's work, from the breakthrough poems of The Book of Hours to the visionary masterpieces written only weeks before his death. This landmark bilingual edition also contains all of Snow's commentaries on Rilke, as well as an important new introduction by the award-winning poet Adam Zagajewski. The Poetry of Rilke will stand as the authoritative single-volume translation of Rilke into English for years to come.

ID

ID
Author: Alfred W. Tatum,Tupac Shakur
Pages: 125
ISBN: 0545285925
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Release: 1999
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"Based on a collaborative model and classroom experience, ID workshops approach literacy development as a rich, dynamic collaboration between teachers and students. A simple resource with a profound promise, the ID Literacy Collaborative follows three principles: 1. Students work with enabling texts ; 2. Students use writing as a mode of social action ; 3. Students use four foundational platforms to help define themselves."--Website.

Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062846754
Available:
Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control. Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different. When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Another Rose That Grew from Concrete

Another Rose That Grew from Concrete
Author: J. a
Pages: 72
ISBN: 1482510308
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Release: 2013-02-11
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

if you read the poem then the story is a must read. A story truly inspired by the greatest Tupac. a best seller and book of the year. This is a book inspired by the late great Tupac Shakur...One of the most interested story you can possibly read. If you read the poem (the rose that grew from concrete) then you need to read the story...This story extends from the original poem by Tupac Shakur (The Rose That Grew From Concrete) to give people a good insight of a rose that really grew from concrete and how it faces obstacles in life because it was looked at as abnormal. Inspired by Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
Author: Tayannah Lee McQuillar,Fred L. Johnson
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786745937
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Release: 2010-01-26
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1996 Tupac Shakur, one of the most talented artists of his time, was murdered by an unknown gunman. Fred L. Johnson and Tayannah Lee McQuillar examine the theories surrounding his death and the story of Tupac's lost legacy in this definitive biography. For millions, Shakur gave voice to their stories, but there was also another side to him, revealed as his life spun out of control, as the whispered warnings from friends went unheeded and the denunciations of critics grew louder. Disturbingly, he sang and wrote about his impending death. When it came, it brought the music industry to its knees and ended an era when American rappers were leaders in using their art to speak the truth to corporate, government, and judicial power.

Tupac

Tupac
Author: Tupac Shakur,Afeni Shakur,Jacob Hoye,Karolyn Ali,Walter Einenkel
Pages: 242
ISBN: 9780743474344
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Release: 2003
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A chronicle of the life and career of the rapper Tupac Shakur, which offers a collection of previously unpublished interviews, writings, and private photographs that provide a portrait of the influential late musician.

Tupac Shakur Legacy

Tupac Shakur Legacy
Author: Jamal Joseph
Pages: 64
ISBN: 0743286111
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Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the packagers behind DYLAN SCRAPBOOK and SINATRA TREASURES, comes a unique celebration of the life of one of the greatest rap artists in the world, Tupac Shakur.

The Book of American Negro Poetry

The Book of American Negro Poetry
Author: James Weldon Johnson
Pages: 294
ISBN: 9781513287423
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Release: 2021-05-21
Editor: Graphic Arts Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922) is an anthology by James Weldon Johnson. Alongside some of his own poems, Johnson includes the work of such legendary artists as Paul Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and Georgia Douglas Johnson. Carefully selected and supported with a masterful preface by Johnson, the poems herein reflect a range of voices, styles, and subjects drawn from tradition and experience alike. In his preface, Johnson justifies his anthology by identifying its vital purpose: “The public, generally speaking, does not know that there are American Negro poets—to supply this lack of information is, alone, a work worthy of somebody's effort.” And the effort was his. In his poem “O Black and Unknown Bards,” he asks “O black and unknown bards of long ago, / How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?” Recognizing the need for a reconciliation between the long tradition of black culture and the overwhelming erasure of his own contemporary artists, Johnson highlights the efforts of those poets who “Within [their] dark-kept soul[s], burst into song.” Like Johnson himself, many of the poets included in The Book of American Negro Poetry work in a variety of voices, moving expertly from dialect to the traditional lyric in poems that harness the spirit of song and sermon alike. To borrow the words of Joseph S. Cotter Jr., a poet included in this anthology, these poems are elemental in their power to rejuvenate an exclusive national culture, and they “Rise and fall triumphant / Over every thing.” With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of James Weldon Johnson’s The Book of American Negro Poetry is a classic of African American literature reimagined for modern readers.

I Am Her Tribe

I Am Her Tribe
Author: Danielle Doby
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781524850272
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Release: 2018-10-23
Editor: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Positive and powerful, I Am Her Tribe is a collection of poetry drawing on the viral Instagram handle and online hashtag that serves to create moments of connection through empowerment and storytelling. Focusing on inspiration, Doby's poetry invites its reader to "Come as you are. Your tribe has arrived. Your breath can rest here." both soft and fierce can coexist and still be powerful

Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat
Author: Eddie Huang
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780679644897
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Release: 2013-01-29
Editor: One World
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People “Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America . . . as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan . . . rowdy [and] vital . . . It’s a book about fitting in by not fitting in at all.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS Assimilating ain’t easy. Eddie Huang was raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) immigrants—his father a cocksure restaurateur with a dark past back in Taiwan, his mother a fierce protector and constant threat. Young Eddie tried his hand at everything mainstream America threw his way, from white Jesus to macaroni and cheese, but finally found his home as leader of a rainbow coalition of lost boys up to no good: skate punks, dealers, hip-hop junkies, and sneaker freaks. This is the story of a Chinese-American kid in a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac blazing his way through America’s deviant subcultures, trying to find himself, ten thousand miles from his legacy and anchored only by his conflicted love for his family and his passion for food. Funny, moving, and stylistically inventive, Fresh Off the Boat is more than a radical reimagining of the immigrant memoir—it’s the exhilarating story of every American outsider who finds his destiny in the margins. Praise for Fresh Off the Boat “Brash and funny . . . outrageous, courageous, moving, ironic and true.”—New York Times Book Review “Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work. Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here. He does everything with style.”—Anthony Bourdain “Uproariously funny . . . emotionally honest.”—Chicago Tribune “Huang is a fearless raconteur. [His] writing is at once hilarious and provocative; his incisive wit pulls through like a perfect plate of dan dan noodles.”—Interview “Although writing a memoir is an audacious act for a thirty-year-old, it is not nearly as audacious as some of the things Huang did and survived even earlier. . . . Whatever he ends up doing, you can be sure it won’t look or sound like anything that’s come before. A single, kinetic passage from Fresh Off the Boat . . . is all you need to get that straight.”—Bookforum

Inside a Thug s Heart

Inside a Thug s Heart
Author: Angela Ardis
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780758295187
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Release: 2004-05-01
Editor: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rikers Island is the centerpiece of the New York City Department of Corrections, a sprawling prison city of concrete and steel with housing for more than 16,000 inmates. Early in 1995, it was also the temporary home of legendary rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, incarcerated for a crime he swore he did not commit. And it was there that Angela Ardis, acting on a late-night wager among her friends and coworkers, sent a letter, along with a photo and her phone number. To her utter delight and amazement, Angela's phone rang a short while later. Tupac Shakur was on the line. Over the next several months, Angela and Tupac shared a near-daily exchange of letters, poems and phone calls, and their the relationship quickly grew into something neither of them could quite define, a kinship of souls that touched each in unexpected ways. Those original poems and letters, many of them written after Tupac's transfer from Rikers to Dannemora State Prison, are presented here, along with the increasingly passionate and personal phone calls that touched on every subject imaginable. Far from the media spotlight, Tupac was by turns playful, sensual and serious, offering sharp observations on prison, music and the uncertainties of life. His letters to Angela reflect how he felt about being shot five times and left for dead one terrible night in New York in 1994, and his heartfelt verse encapsulates his dreams for the future--a future that would be so tragically cut short just over eighteen months after their correspondence began. Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7th, 1996 and died a week later from his injuries. His murder remains unsolved, an ending as enigmatic as his life. But while Tupac may be gone, his words live on here, giving every fan a rare glimpse inside the mind and unbroken spirit of a passionate and unpredictable musical icon. Angela Ardis is an author, screenwriter, actress and model.

Depression Other Magic Tricks

Depression   Other Magic Tricks
Author: Sabrina Benaim
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781943735266
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Release: 2017-07-26
Editor: Button Poetry
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

Angie Thomas 2 Book Collection

Angie Thomas 2 Book Collection
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 928
ISBN: 9780062914828
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Release: 2019-03-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover the critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling The Hate U Give and the highly anticipated On the Come Up from Angie Thomas in this two-book collection. FIND YOUR VOICE. MAKE SOME NOISE. The Hate U Give William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Michael L. Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important."—Kirkus (starred review) "Heartbreakingly topical."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. On the Come Up Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Gone Til November

Gone  Til November
Author: Lil Wayne
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780735215436
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Transfixing…[Wayne’s] prison diary is, above all, a testament to the irrepressibility of his charisma—his is a force that can never go dormant, even when it’s not plainly on display.” –The New Yorker From rap superstar Lil Wayne comes Gone ’Til November, a deeply personal and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated on Rikers Island for eight months in 2010. In 2010, recording artist Lil Wayne was at the height of his career. A fixture in the rap game for more than a decade, Lil Wayne (aka Weezy) had established himself as both a prolific musician and a savvy businessman, smashing long-held industry records, winning multiple Grammy Awards, and signing up-and-coming talent like Drake and Nicki Minaj to his Young Money label. All of this momentum came to a halt when he was convicted of possession of a firearm and sentenced to a yearlong stay at Rikers Island. Suddenly, the artist at the top of his game was now an inmate at the mercy of the American penal system. At long last, Gone ’Til November reveals the true story of what really happened while Wayne was behind bars, exploring everything from his daily rituals to his interactions with other inmates to how he was able to keep himself motivated and grateful. Taken directly from Wayne’s own journal, this intimate, personal account of his incarceration is an utterly humane look at the man behind the artist.

2Fish

2Fish
Author: Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781612438269
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Release: 2017-12-19
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo has developed and refined a method of emoting through writing. 2Fish is a collection of intimate poems (and a few short stories) written by Chilombo from adolescence to adulthood, in no particular order. The book details Chilombo's thoughts in their most raw and honest form taken directly from a collection of notebooks she has kept since age 12.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101502730
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Release: 2006-09-21
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

The Tao of Wu

The Tao of Wu
Author: The RZA
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781101150955
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Release: 2009-10-15
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan—celebrating their 25th anniversary this year—an inspirational book for the hip hop fan. The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he's learned on his journey from the Staten Island projects to international superstardom. A devout student of knowledge in every form in which he's found it, he distills here the wisdom he's acquired into seven "pillars," each based on a formative event in his life-from the moment he first heard the call of hip-hop to the death of his cousin and Clan- mate, Russell Jones, aka ODB. Delivered in RZA's unmistakable style, at once surprising, profound, and provocative, The Tao of Wu is a spiritual memoir the world has never seen before, and will never see again. A nonfiction Siddhartha for the hip-hop generation from the author of The Wu-Tang Manual, it will enlighten, entertain, and inspire.