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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

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Recommended Reading October

August 2019

Washington Black is the 2019 Marino Workshop novel. 

George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?

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    QA29.L72 E86 2014
    Essinger, James
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    QA29.L72 H252 2016
    Hammerman, Robin
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    G640 .A66 2013
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    G665 1850 B37 2007
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    Wilson, A. N.
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    Smith, Jonathan
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    QH361 .M37 2009
    McCalman, Iain.
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    QH31.D2 C668 2017
    Costa, James T.
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    Anderson, Gemma
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    Jones, Cecily.
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    GN281 .C655 2014
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    TL616 .H65 2014
    Holmes, Richard
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    G630.B7 B87 2013
    Byrne, Angela
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    QE881 .R83 1997
    Rudwick, M. J. S.
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    G660 .W37 2017
    Watson, Paul
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    QK31.H75 E53 2008
    Endersby, Jim.
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    G700 1733 .B69 2017
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    AM7 .M8726 2008
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    DT309 .I48 2013
    Idrissi Alami, Ahmed.
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    Dessens, Nathalie
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    Engel, Michael S.
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    N7650 .O4 2014
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    Godfrey-Smith, Peter
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    QH31.G6 M85 2010
    Mullen, Gary R. (Gary Richard)
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    Harris, Dawn P.
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    B1607 .S69 2006
    Snyder, Laura J.
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    NC780 .B35 2018
    Bainbridge, David
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    HT1140.B4 B76 2017
    Browne, Randy M.
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    Q222 .G85 2003
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    Laws, John Muir.
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    QH46.5 .A78 2008
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