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Publication by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident.

Publication By Colson Whithead

Underground Railroad

“A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South”

Publication Yaa Guasi

Homegoing

“A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional powers that traces three hundred years in Ghana an along the way also becomes a try great American novel”

Publication by Eric Jerome Dickey

One Night

For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?

Publication by Terry McMillan

I Almost Forgot About You

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning.

Publication Sacramento Bee - December 30, 2016By Ryan Lillis

Historic Gateway Arch Returns to Oak Park in a Nod to Sacramento’s Past

Oak Park has brought back a piece of its past to help reinvent its future.

A new gateway arch has been installed at the entrance to the neighborhood’s McClatchy Park on Fifth Avenue, near the former site of a streetcar terminus that once served a thriving business district.

The arch is nearly identical to a sign that stood at the park’s entrance in the early 1900s, a time when Oak Park was the city’s first suburb.

Publication Sacramento Bee - December 27, 2017By Anita Chabria

No federal money for Oak Park, but promises remain

BY ANITA CHABRIA

achabria@sacbee.com

Oak Park will not receive a multimillion-dollar federal grant that former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in April billed as a potential game-changer for the neighborhood, but some of the social, educational and health care organizations that joined together to compete for the money will continue efforts to help children in the impoverished area.

Publication Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah

“A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.”