Looking for Lorraine

The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
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Audio (8.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100143242
Released: Sep 18, 2018
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ISBN: #9780807094945
Narrator/s: LisaGay Hamilton
Publisher: Beacon Press
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Winner of the 2019 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century. Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work-until now. In 2018, Hansberry will get the recognition she deserves with the PBS American Masters documentary "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" and Imani Perry's multi-dimensional, illuminating biography, Looking for Lorraine. After the success of A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry used her prominence in myriad ways: challenging President Kennedy and his brother to take bolder stances on Civil Rights, supporting African anti-colonial leaders, and confronting the romantic racism of the Beat poets and Village hipsters. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation's first lesbian organizations. Hansberry associated with many activists, writers, and musicians, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, among others. Looking for Lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry's extraordinary life-a life that was tragically cut far too short. A Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Book for Nonfiction Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction A 2019 Pauli Murray Book Prize Finalist A Triangle Award Finalist

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Author(s): Imani Perry
Awards:2019-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal
Original Publish Date: Sep 18, 2018

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Author(s): Imani Perry
Product Number DD41701
Released: Sep 18, 2018
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ISBN: #9781974924431
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Author(s): Imani Perry
Product Number EB00718565
Released: Sep 18, 2018
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Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: #9780807064504

Professional reviews

"LisaGay Hamilton narrates the biography of the extraordinary black playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote the acclaimed play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Hansberry accomplished much in her short 34 years on earth, and the steady cadence of Hamilton's voice creates a mellow, informative, and poised narration of her story. Hamilton is not only informing the listener but also teaching and, most of all, sharing the uncommon details that shaped this energetic woman. Hansberry was passionate, active, and charismatic, especially when it came to the African-American community. Hamilton's calm tone is unchanging, even while describing Hansberry's colorful close relationships with artists James Baldwin and Nina Simone. This audiobook is like watching a documentary of someone paving the way for future artist-activists. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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