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The Resource The nickel boys, Colson Whitehead, (Playaway)

The nickel boys, Colson Whitehead, (Playaway)

Label
The nickel boys
Title
The nickel boys
Statement of responsibility
Colson Whitehead
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. 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. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred
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technical information on music
Cataloging source
PLAYA
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1969-
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Whitehead, Colson
Dewey number
813.54
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not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
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not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by JD Jackson
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  • Jackson, JD
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  • Findaway World, LLC
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  • Abuse of administrative power
  • African American boys
  • African American teenagers
  • Racism
  • Reformatories
  • Frenchtown (Tallahassee, Fla.)
  • Playaway (Preloaded audio player)
  • Historical fiction
  • Bildungsromans
  • Audiobooks
Target audience
adult
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not applicable
Label
The nickel boys, Colson Whitehead, (Playaway)
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Copyright
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  • Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player
  • One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening
  • Title from Playaway label
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unknown
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  • other
  • other
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  • sz
  • nz
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1102733714
Dimensions
3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
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other
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 audio media player (approximately 7 hr.)
Form of item
direct electronic
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not applicable
Isbn
9781987175332
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not applicable
Kind of material
other
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
digital, HD audio
Publisher number
39210
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
other
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other
System control number
(OCoLC)1102733714
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
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Label
The nickel boys, Colson Whitehead, (Playaway)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player
  • One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening
  • Title from Playaway label
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
  • other
  • other
Carrier category code
  • sz
  • nz
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1102733714
Dimensions
3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 audio media player (approximately 7 hr.)
Form of item
direct electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781987175332
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
other
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • n
Other physical details
digital, HD audio
Publisher number
39210
Sound
sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
other
Speed
other
System control number
(OCoLC)1102733714
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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