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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Books

Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Books

This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Feb. 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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'True South' is a fresh look at 'Eyes on the Prize' � and a reminder of the ongoing civil rights struggle

I first encountered "Eyes on the Prize" in high school, as many children of the '80s did. The stories and images of the civil rights movement made their mark on me: The savage murder of Emmett Till, the courage of marchers who faced down beatings and police dogs, and the dogged persistence (and occasional failing) of Martin Luther King Jr. came to vivid life before my eyes. At the time I assumed this six-hour documentary series was merely the latest look at this recent history. I had no conception of the mountains that were moved to bring all of it to the screen.

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The story of former N.C. slaves who bought land they’d worked in bondage

Here in “A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland” (Harvard University Press), is the remarkable story of 114 black slaves who migrated in 1844 from North Carolina to a 1600-acre plantation in Greensboro, Ala., owned by Paul Cameron, heir to the Stagville Plantation outside Durham. By 1870, thanks to their hard work and tenacity, the former slaves – only blacks, no whites – had purchased from Cameron the land they earlier worked in bondage.