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4 award winning books from African American authors

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month.


Author Serena Burdick and her latest book, Find Me in Havana
Daryl M., February 11, 2021

Serena Burdick graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College.


Chavela Vargas on her album, Lamento Borincano
Aaron M. Olson, February 10, 2021

Chavela Vargas was an iconoclast. Living and creating in constant irreverence and defiance of the prescribed heteronormative roles assigned to performance, dress, life, and love in her time and place, Vargas created ageless music of immense emotional depth and universality


Young person in time travel adventure
Mona Gilbert, February 09, 2021

The fantasy of manipulating time is a theme in many books for kids. It would be amazing to travel back in time and make different decisions that impact the future. This time travel journey is possible through books, as creative authors can transport a reader to the past, present and future.


Collage of books adapted to films
Elizabeth Graney, February 08, 2021

Celebrated nationwide every February, African American History Month looks to honor African American heritage, history, culture and identity.


Author C.S. Malerich and her latest novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell
Daryl M., February 04, 2021

C.S. Malerich is the author of the novel Fire & Locket. In addition to writing, she has taught mythology to undergrads at the University of Maryland and pursued interests in folklore, cultural studies, and public health, sometimes all at once.


Alice Cooper, Live At Montreux 2005 album
Daniel Tures, February 04, 2021

When he’s not onstage, shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, 73, is pretty mellow these days. He lives in Phoenix and plays a lot of golf, which he credits with helping him get and stay sober decades ago without the need of a 12-step program.


A roadside statue advertising Horton & Converse prescription pharmacists, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, 1920s. Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Tiffney Sanford, February 03, 2021

Stand aside muffler men! Fresh milk from a Guernsey cow, high octane fuel fit for an Indy 500 winner, and steak dinners from a stockade-themed eatery are just a few of the products that early-twentieth-century sculptors helped sell to Angelenos.


author Adrienne Bankert
Ana Campos, February 02, 2021

Award winning journalist and author Adrienne Bankert has released her first book. You might recognize her from her reports on ABC News’ platforms, such as Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and ABC News Live. Ms.


Young girl reading under a warm blanket
Mona Gilbert, February 02, 2021

The winter season can be challenging to endure. For some, extreme weather conditions prevent daily outside activities, and time inside the house is increased. For me, winter is a time to seek warmth and enjoy the crisper air inherent in the season.


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