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Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance
Embracing the Horror
Embracing the Horror is refreshingly raw and ultra erotic, a love story so unusual, so passionate and extreme in its sexuality and complexity, it will literally take the reader’s breath away. Embracing the Horror is about remaining true to self, not apologizing for who you love, overcoming your fears and courageously yielding to the inevitable. With a devoted famous boyfriend, a challenging job as fashion editor for a trendy South Beach magazine, and a marvelous circle of friends, Erin Arielle Symonette seems to have it all. Until on a Caribbean cruise, she exchanges a lingering glance with a handsome stranger that will change the course of her life forever. Take a seductive journey into her obsessive, mesmerizing and decadent world. Packed with colorful characters and illuminating a sometimes humorous, mysterious, and poignant world of daring passion and pathos, you’ll never forget the characters of Embracing the Horror. So relax...pour yourself a glass of wine...and prepare for lift-off.
Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American
African slaves in Haiti emancipated themselves from French rule in 1804 and created the first independent black republic in the Western Hemisphere. But they reinstituted slavery for the most vulnerable members of Haitian society--the children of the poor--by using them as unpaid servants to the wealthy. These children were--and still are--restavecs, a French term whose literal meaning of "staying with" disguises the unremitting labor, abuse, and denial of education that characterizes the children's lives. In this memoir, Jean-Robert Cadet recounts the harrowing story of his youth as a restavec, as well as his inspiring climb to middle-class American life. He vividly describes what it was like to be an unwanted illegitimate child "staying with" a well-to-do family whose physical and emotional abuse was sanctioned by Haitian society. He also details his subsequent life in the United States, where, despite American racism, he put himself through college and found success in the Army, in business, and finally in teaching. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
No Condition Is Permanent: 10 Master Strategies to Help You Move from Fear and Doubt to Action
Born in a tiny, isolated village on the island of Haiti. Rene was an impoverished child tormented by extended illness. Abandoned by his fathere and left behind while his mother sought work in the city, he survived primarily on breadfruit and the occasional rare fish he caught with a string and hook. Unable to speak English, Rene arrived in America with five dollars, two shirts and one pair of pants housed in a tattered briefcase. Where many would see nothing but overwhelming odds stacked against them, he saw an abundance of opportunity and a chance to pursue the "American Dream."
Seth and Samona
Seth and Samona are an unlikely pair--he's a quiet boy from a proper Haitian-American family, and Samona's the wildest girl in the fifth grade. But he's her accomplice in every adventure. When Samona decides to enter the Little Miss Dorchester pageant, Seth decides he's got to stop her --she'll never win! But Samona has a big surprise in store for Seth
Mardi was born in New York, but her parents sent her to Haiti to be raised in her grandmother's house while they worked. When a coup d'état means 12-year-old Mardi and her sister must flee, they suddenly arrive in Brooklyn to live with parents they hardly know. Now it's two years later. Mardi has adapted to her new life, while savoring sweet memories of her home in Haiti. But she is also haunted by her secret: a soldier raped her when she fled. This ambitious first novel is an insightful story of how family love and support can heal and help us move from world to world. A great book for teens.
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