The ‘Book of Addis’ Syllabus and Discussion Guide

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When 17-year-old enslaved girl Addis accidentally kills her enslaver, the first   president of the young country Amerika, she unwittingly becomes the face of the greatest conflict in the nation’s short history. On the run for her life, with unlikely friends and a world of enemies, Addis becomes the most wanted person alive and a global symbol of hope for enslaved people longing for freedom.

Written in an 18th Century Black Diasporic vernacular, Book of Addis reaches back in time to explore the intergenerational impact of oppression and plots a daring path into the future. An epic tale of love, loss, and the cost of liberation, Book of Addis: Cradled Embers is the first novel in the 3-part literary fiction series Book of Addis.

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About the Author

Brooke C. Obie, JD, MFA, is an award-winning writer and the former editor-at-large for EBONY.com. Her work has appeared in EbonyThe Los Angeles Review of Books, MarieClaire.com and more. Her thesis for The New School’s MFA in Fiction program, which became Book of Addis, was a finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship. She’s attended writing workshops with Columbia University in Paris, France and Callaloo Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters workshop at Oxford University in July 2016. Brooke lives happily in Harlem.

BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS© SYLLABUS

BY BROOKE C. OBIE, COPYRIGHT 2016

 

“I woke now, sure enough.” –Taddy

 

These books, films, musical selections, museums influenced the creation of Book of Addis©.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND THE POLITICS OF BLACK MOTHERHOOD

“Put a woman in a tight space, she liable to do anything.” –Dido

Kincaid, Jamaica, The Autobiography of My Mother.

Ladner, Joyce, Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: The Black Woman.

Morrison, Toni, Beloved.

National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice organization.

Shire, Warsan, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth.

Walker, Alice, The Color Purple.

MISOGYNOIR

“More joy, more love, more time to be more when you aint got to get nobody off your neck.”–The Griot

Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review 43, no. 6 (July 1991): 1241-1299.

Hurston, Zora Neale, How it Feels to Be Colored Me.

Lorde, Audre, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.

Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye.

Skloot, Rebecca, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Trudy, “Explanation of Misogynoir,” Gradient Lair, April 28, 2014.

Truth, Sojourner, Aint I a Woman?

Wallace, Michelle, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.

 

DECONSTRUCTING WHITE MASCULINE IDEOLOGY AND REIMAGINING BLACK MASCULINITY

“You think cause a no-color man say he own her that she up to be owned?” –Taddy

Brave, Richie, “The Masculine Un-Masculine Masculine Male,” Tumblr. Oct. 25, 2013.

hooks, bell, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity.

hooks, bell, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love.

McLean, Shay Akil. “Patriarchy and Gender Lesson Plan.” Web blog post. Decolonize All the Things: The UNsettlilng Reflections of a Decolonial Scientist in a Constant State of Rage. Web 2016.

Morrison, Toni, Song of Solomon.

Moonlight. Dir.  Barry Jenkins. A24, 2016. Film.

Smith, Mychael Denzel. Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching.

 

THE POWER OF WRITING AND SPEAKING IN THE VERNACULAR

“Have your own something.” –The Griot

Ahmad, Dora, Rotten English, A Literary Anthology.

Iweala, Uzodinma, Beasts of No Nation.

James, Marlon, Book of Night Women.

Randall, Dudley. The Black Poets.

BLACK PROTEST AND REVOLUTION

“There be sides to this thing.”–The Griot

Baldwin, James, The Fire Next Time.

Césaire, Aime, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.

Davis, Angela, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.

Equiano, Olaudah, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.

Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners. Dir. Shola Lynch. Realside Productions, 2013. Film.

Oney Judge (woman who escaped from George Washington and inspired BOOK OF ADDIS).

Shakur, Assata, Assata.

Simone, Nina. Revolution YouTube Playlist.

The Black Power Mixtape. Dir.  Göran Olsson. Story AB, 2011. Film.

Walker, Alice. Possessing the Secret of Joy.

Wells, Ida B., The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader.

Williams, Chancellor, The Destruction of Black Civilization.

 

THE HISTORY OF AFRICANS IN AMERICA

“They kill a oji in flesh or spirit, for the good of the whole, then hide they bloody hands beneath white gloves.” –The Griot

13th. Dir. Ava Duvernay. Kandoo Films, 2016. Film.

Alexander, Michelle, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Berlin, Ira, The Making of African America.

Chambers, Douglas B. Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia.

The Constitution of the United States.

Douglass, Frederick, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written  By Himself.

The Federalist Papers.

The Fugitive Slave Acts.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (book and documentary series).

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Haley, Alex. Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Rokeby Museum, Ferrishburg, Vermont.

Roots. Dir. Marvin J. Chomsky. David L. Wolper Productions, 1977. TV miniseries.

Slavery by Another Name: The Documentary Film. Dir. Sam Pollard. tpt National Productions, 2012. Film.

IGBO AND YORUBA CULTURE

“Eboe be for truth telling.”–The Griot

Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart

Adichie, Chimamanda, Americanah.

Adichie, Chimamanda, Half of a Yellow Sun.

Bayuba Cante, “Yemaya.” Song.

Kuti, Fela. Greatest Hits. YouTube Playlist.

Isiguzo, Andrew I., George Ukagba and Nkeonye Otakpor, “The Igbo Concept of a Person.” Africa: Rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione dell’Istituto italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente Anno 59, No. 2 (Giugno 2004), pp. 231-243.

 Olupona, Jacob K. African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

 

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