Morrison, Toni, author
Pecola Breedlove, a young eleven-year-old black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dreams grow more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.--from publisher's description.
Machado, Carmen Maria, author
"A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties."--Publisher's description.
A young Brooklyn widow goes to meet her fiance's brother to invite him to her wedding, but falls in love with him instead.
Acerbic and irresistibly self-destructive Withnail and neurotic Marwood are down-at-the-heels actors in 1960s London, living in self-inflicted squalor and drowning their artistic frustrations with booze and any drugs they can get their hands on. Fleeing the doldrums - and unpaid bills - of the city, the pair finds themselves stuck in the less than idyllic country cottage of Withnail's lascivious uncle Monty.