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Pitts, Lisa Renee

Works: 54 works in 272 publications in 1 language and 4,824 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Personal narratives  Domestic fiction  Drama  Horror films  Short films 
Roles: Narrator, Actor
Classifications: PZ7.H1828, 813.6
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Publications about Lisa Renee Pitts
Publications by Lisa Renee Pitts
Most widely held works by Lisa Renee Pitts
Better than I know myself by Virginia DeBerry( file )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 398 libraries worldwide
When Carmen, Jewell, and Regina first cross paths, they plan to keep on walking. They had little in common. But each has what the other needs, and through the years of betrayal and secrets, they unite in a circle of sisterhood that is strained but never broken
Time pieces : [the book of times] by Virginia Hamilton( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 324 libraries worldwide
"Eleven-year-old Valena, her family, and dog live in rural Ohio, where she and her cousin Melinda share experiences that include seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to an amazing circus. Yet Valena lives in both the present and the past as she struggles with racism in her daily life and listens to and learns from her mother's tales of her family's proud history. Moving backward and forward in time, these pieces of Valena's life blend to form an extraordinary portrait of the ties that bind her family together over generations. Drawing from her own family history, Virginia Hamilton has deftly woven together moments in time, creating a seamless and poignant masterpiece"--Description from publisher's web site
Bluish : [a novel] by Virginia Hamilton( file )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 302 libraries worldwide
Friendship isn't always easy ... Natalie is different from the other kids in Dreenie's fifth-grade class. She comes to school in a wheelchair. She always wears a knitted hat. And she's allowed to bring her puppy to class. The kids in the class call Natalie "Bluish" because her skin is tinted blue from chemotherapy. Dreenie is fascinated by Bluish, and a little scared of her, too. She watches Bluish and writes about her in her journal. Slowly, the two girls become good friends. But Dreenie still struggles with Bluish's illness. Bluish is weak and frail, but she also wants to be independent. How do you act around a girl like that?
XX ( visu )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 261 libraries worldwide
The Box: After peering into a shiny red gift box on a commuter train, seven-year-old Danny Jacobs inexplicably stops eating. When his father and sister also begin to waste away, Danny's mother Susan struggles to make the connection between herself, her dying family, and the mysterious box before it's too late
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow( file )
8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
Cory Doctorow's first adult novel in eight years is an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza'known to his friends as Hubert, Etc'was too old to be at that Communist party. But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be'except among the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. Falling in with Natalie, an ultrarich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society'and walk away. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life'food, clothing, shelter'from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system. It's still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators, animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultrarich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it's war, a war that will turn the world upside down. Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multigenerational SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years-and the very human people who will live their consequences
Left to tell : [discovering God amidst the Rwandan holocaust] by Immaculée Ilibagiza( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
"In the spring of 1994, more than one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. This is the story of how Immaculee survived certain death, along with seven other women, by hiding in a very small bathroom for more than 3 months. Day after day, for months, the killers would search nearby -- gleefully chanting "kill them big, kill them small, kill them, kill them, kill them all!" With uncommon sincerity, Immaculee shares with us her soul's struggle through disbelief to anger and rage and, ultimately, forgiveness. She is living proof of the power of prayer and positive thinking. "This is my story, told as I remember it--and I remember it as though it happened yesterday. It's a true story; I use my own name and the names of my family. This is the story of how I discovered God during one of history's bloodiest holocausts. I wrote this book hoping that others may benefit from my story"--Immaculee Ilibagiza"--publisher's web site
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades by Alice Randall( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
As an African American professor of Russian literature becomes troubled by her son's romantic interest in an exotic dancer from Russia, she embarks on a journey into her own complex past
Every little step : my story by Bobby Brown( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 213 libraries worldwide
For the first time ever, the controversial and polarizing bad boy of R&B tells the raw and unvarnished story of his life from New Edition to Whitney and beyond.Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip hop, as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career--especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel--garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list, as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards. But Brown put his career on hold to be with the woman he loved--American music royalty Whitney Houston. The marriage between Brown and Houston was perhaps the most closely watched and talked about marriage of the 1990s--a pairing that obsessed the public and the gossip industry. Now, for the first time, the world will be able to hear the truth from the mouth of America's "bad boy" himself. Raw and powerful, Every Little Step is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success. On the process of writing this book, Bobby says, "Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter. But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed. I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown. And I hope they will feel that I have been as honest and open with them in these pages as I have tried to be my entire life."
Warriors don't cry : a searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Beals( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
The author describes the threats and emotional abuse she endured from white students and adults along with her fears of endangering her family as she commited to being one of the first African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957
Balm : a novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez( Sound Recording )
10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life. Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others' suffering, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and help those in need, she must return to Tennessee and face the women healers who rejected her as a child. Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she cannot fully engage her gift. Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in a northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him. In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in a desperate, unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest
Tell the truth & shame the devil : the life, legacy, and love of my son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden( Sound Recording )
9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Revelatory memoir by the mother of Michael Brown, the African American teenager killed by the police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, sheds light on one of the landmark events in recent history
Grace : a novel by Natashia Deón( file )
8 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 150 libraries worldwide
For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That's what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she leaves behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amid a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel's dice tables all too often.The product of Naomi and Jeremy's union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey--and her lost mother--for years to come.Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi--who narrates the entire novel, unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living--Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice and set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop
Good self, bad self : transforming your worst qualities into your biggest assets by Judy Smith( file )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
One of America's best-known crisis managers reveals the secrets to overcoming a personal crisis, empowering listeners to become stronger people and fully recover from a damaging experience, whether a relationship crisis or business disaster
ADD-friendly ways to organize your life by Judith Kolberg( file )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind
Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina : my story of adversity and grace by Misty Copeland( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
Misty Copeland, an African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, shares her harrowing life story from her humble beginnings to dancing with one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world
Nappily ever after : a novel by Trisha R Thomas( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Bored and restless with her life, thirty-four-year-old African American Venus Johnson discovers new strength and power when she decides to quit coaxing her hair straight and proudly adopts a natural hairstyle
Coming of age in Mississippi : the classic autobiography of a young black girl in the rural South by Anne Moody( Sound Recording )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 117 libraries worldwide
Amy Moody shares her experiences growing up in the rural South in the 1940s and 50s, and explains how she became involved in the civil rights movement. A deeply personal story but also a portrait of a turning point in our nation's destiny, this autobiography lets us see history in the making, through the eyes of one of the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement
The country of Ice Cream Star : a novel by Sandra Newman( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a strange disease they call Posies--a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find this cure. Led by a stranger, a captured prisoner named Pasha who becomes her devoted protector and friend, Ice Cream Star plunges into the unknown, risking her freedom and ultimately her life. Traveling hundreds of miles across treacherous, unfamiliar territory, she will experience love, heartbreak, cruelty, terror, and betrayal, fighting to protect the only world she has ever known
Sister citizen : shame, stereotypes, and black women in America by Melissa V Harris-Perry( file )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger-these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen is an examination of how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as citizens links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States
Incidents in the life of a slave girl by Harriet A Jacobs( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an unflinchingly honest account of the experiences of a female slave in nineteenth-century North Carolina
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