Check Out These Indigenous Authors this November

November is National American Indian Heritage Month! Join the Pratt Library in celebrating by checking out these books highlighting the voices, culture, and history of Indigenous People.

And Then She Fell
By Alicia Elliott

Book | eBook | eAudio

The Removed
By Brandon Hobson
Book | eBook | eAudio

Fevered Star
By Rebecca Roanhorse

Book | eBook | eAudio

By Cherie Dimaline
Book | eBook | eAudio

Future Home of the Living God
By Louise Erdrich
Book | eBook | eAudio

A Council of Dolls
By Mona Susan Power

Book | eBook | eAudio

Heart Berries
By Terese Marie Mailhot
Book | eBook | eAudio

Winter Counts
By David Husk Wanbli Weiden
Book | eBook | eAudio

Swim Home to the Vanished
By Brendan Shay Basham
Book | eBook | eAudio

Never Whistle at Night
Edited By Shane Hawk and Theodore Van Alst Jr.

Book | eBook | eAudio

Spirit Run
By Noé Álvarez
Book | eBook | eAudio

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
By David Treuer
Book | eBook | eAudio

Spotlight on the H.L. Mencken Room

Guest post by Paul Chasen, Special Collections Department

H.L. Mencken was a master wordsmith.  He was a complex journalist and intellect.  What Mencken did masterfully and proudly is leave our library a huge collection of sources of his life.  

In the Spring 2023, a photo was brought to our attention that had some facts attached to it, but not enough to tell the whole story.  The H.L. Mencken Room had the opportunity to meet with Professor Keesha Ha in June 2023, who was specifically researching this photo, H. L. Mencken with neighborhood children in alley behind Hollins Street, 1929:

For Professor Ha, a retired journalist and communications professor, this is a personal-interest project that fits one of the things she is passionate about in life:  uncovering the truth.

Using 1930 U.S. Census records, and scouring the addresses around Mencken’s 1524 Hollins Street address, Professor Ha figured out who most of the children in the photograph were.  Then, she took more chances and figured out who an ancestor to one of the children might be.  Professor Ha’s work paid off, leading to connecting with Angela Johnson, whose mother, Emma (1927-1995), is the baby in the photo.  Other children in the photo include Evelyn (1919-?), Earl (1920-1930), Mildred (1922-?), and Daisy (1923-1995) Johnson. 

That led us to the H.L. Mencken Room, where the late curator of the room, Dr. Vince Fitzpatrick, met with Professor Ha and Johnson to talk about the photo and the impact it has had on them.  Prior to Professor Ha and Johnson’s visit, the photo had few details attached to it beyond our knowing that Mencken bought candy for the neighborhood children.  Professor Ha delivered the truth to the photo.  After the visit, the photo became rich in description and context, giving the Johnson family a place in history that would have otherwise been lost.

H. L. Mencken with neighborhood children in alley behind Hollins Street, 1929 became more complete.

(l-r) Professor Keesha Ha, Dr. Vince Fitzpatrick, and Angela Johnson in the H.L. Mencken Room

(l-r) Professor Keesha Ha, Dr. Vince Fitzpatrick, and Angela Johnson in the H.L. Mencken Room

Are you doing research about H.L. Mencken or one of the topics connected to him?  (The Baltimore Sun, journalism, Prohibition, and politics are just a few.)  Please consider visiting or contacting the H.L. Mencken Room at the Central Library at or 410-396-5547. 

This blog post is dedicated to the life and legacy of Dr. Vince Fitzpatrick.  He was the long-time curator of the H.L. Mencken Room who died unexpectedly on July 15, 2023.

Learn More about the Women of Hip-Hop

With style, charisma, and of course, bars, the ladies of Hip-Hop sure know how to standout! Join us in spotlighting their voices in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop. Check out the Hip-Hop 50 collection on Hoopla now.

The Best of Salt-N-Pepa
By Salt-N-Pepa

Hard Core
By Lil’Kim

By Megan Thee Stallion

Pink Friday
By Nicki Minaj

By Eve

By City Girls

Invasion of Privacy
By Cardi B.

Nature of a Sista’
By Queen Latifah

Lyte as a Rock
By MC Lyte

Miss…E So Addictive
By Missy Elliott

Whack World
By Tierra Whack

Bad Sister
By Roxanne Shante

By M.I.A.

What’s New at the Pratt this November!

Looking for a new book to fall for this month? The Pratt Library has you covered with these new additions to our collection.

The Leftover Woman
By Jean Kwok

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The Invisible Ache
By Courtney B. Vance and Dr. Robin L. Smith

Book | eBook | eAudio

Iron Flame
By Rebecca Yarros
Book | eBook | eAudio

By Stephanie Land
Book | eBook | eAudio

The Mystery Guest
By Nita Prose
Book | eBook | eAudio

By Michael Cunningham
Book | eBook

The Future
By Naomi Alderman
Book | eBook

The Little Liar
By Mitch Albom
Book | eBook

This is so Awkward
By Cara Natterson, MD and Vanessa Knoll Bennett


Vengeance is Mine
By Marie NDiaye
Book | eBook | eAudio

Number Go Up
By Zeke Faux

The Rom Con
By Devon Daniels


What’s New this November for Teens!

New month, New books! Teens, take a look at the latest books added to the Pratt Library’s collection for you.

The Meadows
By Stephanie Oakes

The Curse of True Love
By Stephanie Garber
Book | eBook | eAudio

Ryan and Avery
By David Levithan

Book | eBook

Didn’t See that Coming
By Jesse Sutanto
Book | eBook | eAudio

All Alone With You
By Amelia Diane Coombs
Book | eBook

Check & Mate
By Ali Hazelwood
Book | eBook | eAudio

A Multitude of Dreams
By Mara Rutherford
Book | eAudio

Love In Winter Wonderland
By Abiola Bello

Life Skills for Tweens
By Ferne Bowe