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Nichole Beer is an elementary librarian in North Las Vegas, NV. She has been a librarian for 23 years, and taught high school government for 1 year. She has presented at dozens of workshops, conferences and trainings around the country. Her doctoral dissertation title is Latina/o Representations in Picture Books. She owns a pop-up cookbook company and when she isn’t cooking, she likes to travel with her husband and daughter (who is a school psychologist in the same school district).
Our novel begin with Malcolm Little in elementary school in Mason, Michigan (a small town outside of Lansing). Life is not easy for the Little family, no money, no way for upward mobility, institutional racism, poverty, and discrimination leads to Malcom and two of his younger siblings being put in foster care. This is the first time Malcolm realizes what it feels like to be truly powerless and his pain is illustrated in first person narrative throughout the book.
Once Malcolm is away from Michigan and living with an older sister in Boston, he begins to find his power, he finds a way to fit in. Although, the foundation of his self-discovery is petty crime, drugs, alcohol, hustling, and women, he is for a time, for the first time, proud to be a black man in America.
The novel chronicles Malcolm’s coming of age in Boston and New York, up until his incarceration in 1948 and his self-education and conversion to the Nation of Islam.
There is an author’s note from his daughter at the end of the novel.