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The Nickel boys : a novel / Colson Whitehead.

Whitehead, Colson, 1969- (author,, narrator.). Jackson, JD, (narrator.).


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  • 21 of 27 copies available at Bibliomation.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton BCD FIC Whi (Text to phone) 33160143213307 Adult Book on CD Available -
Bethel Public Library NEW CDBK WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 34030144202121 Adult Fiction CD Checked out 10/08/2020
Brookfield Library CD F/WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 34029145979166 Adult Book on CD Available -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater CDBOOK WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 36937000631573 Adult Audio Book Available -
Derby Neck Library CD BOOK WHI (Text to phone) 34046146016483 Adult Book on CD Available -
Douglas Library of Hebron AUDIO CD WHI (Text to phone) 33400145578343 Adult Fiction CD Available -
Easton Public Library ACD WHITEHEAD, COLSON (Text to phone) 37777134624766 Adult Fiction CD Available -
Hagaman Memorial Library - East Haven CD F WHITEHEAD (Text to phone) 31953144310870 Adult Fiction CD Available -
Howard Whittemore Library - Naugatuck AUDIOBOOK CD WHITEHEAD, COLSON (Text to phone) 34027142243511 Adult Book on CD Available -
Jonathan Trumbull Library - Lebanon BCD WHI (Text to phone) 33430145683215 Adult Book on CD Available -
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Read by the author and JD Jackson.
Summary, etc.:
As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Subject: African American teenagers > United States > Fiction.
Reformatories > United States > Fiction.
African Americans > Segregation > United States > Fiction.
Discrimination against African Americans.
Genre: Novels.
Historical fiction.

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