Searching for Zion:The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora Emily Raboteau
Emily Raboteau’s Searching for Zion takes listeners around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith. Both one woman’s quest for a place to call ´´home´´ and an investigation into a people’s search for the promised land, this landmark work is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement. At 23, Raboteau traveled to Israel to visit her childhood best friend. While her friend appeared to have found a place to belong, Raboteau couldn’t say the same for herself. As a biracial woman from a country still divided along racial lines, she’d never felt at home in America. But as a reggae fan and the daughter of a historian of African-American religion, Raboteau knew of Zion as a place black people yearned to be. She’d heard about it on Bob Marley’s Exodus and in the speeches of Martin Luther King. She understood it as a metaphor for freedom, a spiritual realm rather than a geographical one. In Israel, the Jewish Zion, she was surprised to discover black Jews. Inspired by their exodus, Raboteau sought out other black communities that had left home in search of a promised land. Her question for them is the same she asks herself: Have you found the home you’re looking for? On her 10-year journey back in time and across the globe, through the Bush years and into the age of Obama, Raboteau wanders through Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the Southern United States to explore the complex and contradictory perspectives of ´´black Zionists´´. She talks to Rastafarians and African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews, and Hurricane Katrina transplants from her own family - people who have risked everything in search of territory that is hard to define and harder to inhabit. In Searching for Zion, Raboteau overturns our ideas of place and patriotism, displacement and dispossession, citizenship and country in a disarmingly honest and refreshingly brave take on the pull of the 1. Language: English. Narrator: Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004689/bk_brll_004689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Uncompahgre, the number one best-selling, multiple award winning, third novel of the Threads West Series, the time nears when the first of the next generation of Threads West characters will be born of the brave men and courageous women of different origins who have come so far and risked all. The men and women of the saga, having reached their initial destination, pre-Denver, Cherry Creek, are each faced with life-altering decisions. Some must decide to pursue or abandon torrid love affairs that have flowered on the dangerous journey from Europe and across America. Their lives shaken by events they could not foresee and convergence with souls they could never image, they begin to build a nation whose essence is in transition. They have neither country nor culture in common but their dreams and survival demand a tension-filled alliance stitched by fate and history. The Oglala Sioux family struggles to cope with the inevitable change casting shadows upon their lands, culture and scared traditions. The elderly slave couple, and the renegade and his young, traumatized captive introduced in Maps of Fate, are bound ever more tightly to the arc of the story - their tragedy and triumph-filed tales weaving into the fabric of a collective destiny, the black-hearted captor unknowingly catapulted by his tortured past into possible redemption. Mormons stream west in the Great Exodus escaping persecution and searching for Zion. Driven north by the Texas Rangers, an outlaw vaquero with royal blood quests for a new sense of self and place. You will recognize the characters who live in these words. They are the ancestors of your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family. They are you. They are us. This is not only their story. It is our story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Bair. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055014/bk_acx0_055014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Salt Lake City is hotter than hell. The Church of the Latter-day Saints is about to celebrate Pioneer Day, in honor of the Saints who crossed half a continent searching for a home. And in the sun-scorched streets, PI Moroni Traveler, fallen Saint and former football star, is searching for a vicious serial killer. The murderer´s calling card is a videotape of his beautiful victims - beautiful before the self-styled ´´Jack the Ripper´´ vents his savage, woman-hating rage. The next target is Claire Bennion, t he ex-girlfriend Traveler can´t manage to forget. The Church wants the killer stopped, no questions asked. But Traveler has his own reasons for facing down a weird mountain cult, Zion´s powerful elite, and a murderer bent on paying forhis own sins in innocent blood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006859/bk_blak_006859_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes includes Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika Glorious. A monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterwork...Details of specific catastrophes may have changed since this Reagan-era AIDS epic won the Pulitzer and the Tony, but the real cosmic and human obsessionspower, religion, sex, responsibility, the future of the worldare as perilous, yet as falling-down funny, as ever.´´ Linda Winer, Newsday ´´A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama.´´ - Frank Rich, New York Times ´´A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty.´´ - John Lahr, New Yorker An enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theater stretched to its full potential can achieve.´´ - Philadelphia Inquirer ´´Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.´´ - John Heilpern, New York Observer Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.´´ - New York Times This new edition of Tony Kushner´s masterpiece is published with the author´s recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled ´´A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,´´ has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than twenty-six languages. Tony Kushner ´s plays include Angels in America ; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown ; The Illusion , adapted from the play by Pierre Cornelle; Slavs! ; A Bright Room Called Day ; Homebody/Kabul ; Caroline, or Change , a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual´s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures . He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols´s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg´s Munich and Lincoln . His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar , with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.