9th Ave: Colson Whitehead & Marie Mockett

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

An Oprah Book Club pick!

 

Marie Mockett talks with Colson Whitehead about his new novel, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday Books).

 

 

 

Praise for Colson Whitehead:

 

“Kept me up at night, had my heart in my throat, almost afraid to turn the next page. Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.” –Oprah Winfrey, (Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection)

 

“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel… It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift…He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

 

“Far and away the most anticipated literary novel of the year, The Underground Railroad marks a new triumph for Whitehead…[A] book that resonates with deep emotional timbre. The Underground Railroad reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era…The canon of essential novels about America’s peculiar institution just grew by one.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post

 

 

About The Underground Railroad:

 

From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

 

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned — Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her — but they manage to find a station and head north.

 

In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor — a secret network of tracks and tunnels has been built beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, where both find work in a city that at first seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens — and Ridgeway, the relentless slave-catcher sent to find her, arrives in town. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom.

 

Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey — Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

 

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday - August 2nd, 2016

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South


The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


John Henry Days Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385498203
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Published: Anchor - May 14th, 2002

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad


Zone One Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455178
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad


Sag Harbor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455161
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Published: Anchor - June 15th, 2010

From the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.
 


The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345804334
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Published: Anchor - March 3rd, 2015

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad


Apex Hides the Hurt: A Novel Cover Image
$17.60
ISBN: 9781400031269
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Published: Anchor - January 9th, 2007

This New York Times Notable Book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad is a brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.


The Colossus of New York Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400031245
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Published: Anchor - October 12th, 2004

In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities.


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