Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

The life of Zora Neale Hurston

In Jump at the Sun on Audiobook Kathleen McGhee-Anderson does an excellent job of conveying the vitality, power and pride of Zora Neale Hurston’s personality. By listening to the audio version I made more of a connection with Zora Neale Hurston. Through Ms. Anderson’s voice I could almost see Zora’s eagerness and determination to live her life her way. But Zora was ahead of her time. The heartbreaks and failures did not seem to dim the light in Ms. Anderson’s voice as she communicated Zora’s spunkiness regardless of her adversities. Listening to Zora Neale Hurston’s story it is hard to understand how someone with her talents, gifts and ambitions died broke and unappreciated. A. P. Porter in the book Jump at the Sun said “Being needy didn’t make her humble.” 


Jump at the Sun


Zora is one of my favorite authors of all time! Thanks for the recommendation here!
I've been to the Hurston homesite in Florida. Talk about a humble beginning! But, after struggling with my 12th grade son and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" I was glad to see the other side of the author's beginnings.
Zora is best and favorite author of my career.
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