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reviewed Uptown: A Novel. September 06, 2010
Uptown: A Novel
This is a good look at gentrification and real estate in New York, Harlem to be specific.It is also a sign of the economic times. Who can one trust, if not family. The twists and turns will surprise you …
reviewed Wench: A Novel. February 21, 2010
Wench: A Novel
Dolen Perkins-Valdez makes a formidable debut in the tale of four women poised on the edge of slavery and freedom in Wench. Based on meticulous research, the author presents Tawawa House, which has oral …
reviewed Searching for Tina Turner. February 10, 2010
Searching for Tina Turner
Jacqueline Luckett's debut novel, Searching for Tina Turner, explores a woman's coming into her own and how she goes about making a change that empowers and validates her life. On the surface, Lena Spencer …
reviewed The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. January 20, 2010
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Heidi Durrow has written a worthy debut novel in The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, a 2008 Bellwether Prize winner for Fiction. Told in different narrators' voices, the main character of Rachel Morse is …
reviewed A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Just.... December 08, 2009
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little
I read several of the Little Rock Nine memoirs in the past, but the most recent on the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas by Carlotta Walls Lanier, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey …
reviewed Return to Sullivans Island: A Novel. August 29, 2009
Return to Sullivans Island: A Novel
As a lover of Southern literature, culture and characters, I looked forward to reading the sequel to Sullivans Island, Return to Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank. I feel a special love and kinship …
reviewed Sins of the Father. August 26, 2009
Sins of the Father
When Abraham Martin decides to acknowledge the outside children he fathered 30 years ago, he did not foresee how it would irrevocably affect the lives of his loved ones. Although his wife, Saralyn, forgave …
reviewed Vera Wang Princess Fragrance For Women. August 05, 2009
VERA WANG PRINCESS For Women By VERA WANG
I had heard of the Vera Wang Princess perfume but didn't try it until the big make-up giveaway last January that was part of a class-action suit involving several big name brand cosmetic companies. I …
reviewed Drift: Stories. August 05, 2009
Drift: Stories
The characters in these stories are wounded, dysfunctional, and for the most part lost souls. These are people living on the edge, wealth all around them; some can touch it, while others will never obtain …
reviewed Up at the College. July 16, 2009
Up at the College
The author of Church Folks and Second Sunday, Michele Andrea Bowen, offers up another novel set in a church environment with Up at the College. Yvonne Copeland is newly divorced from a tyrant of a husband …
City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and
Nelson George, music critic, journalist, film writer, novelist and producer has written a memoir, City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success. In it he explains how he came to love …
reviewed Sag Harbor. June 09, 2009
Sag Harbor
In his fourth novel, a coming-of-age story, Colson Whitehead employs the technique of autobiographical fiction as he recalls his boyhood summers in Sag Harbor, New York in Sag Harbor: A Novel. It is 1985 …
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal
As one who does genealogy research, I happen to believe, as most genealogists do, that family history is a vital part of one's life. Knowing where you come from and the journey of one's ancestors can …
reviewed Mixed Blood: A Thriller. April 27, 2009
Mixed Blood: A Thriller
Jack Burn's wife is unhappy with him. He has dragged their young family from the U.S. to crime-ridden Cape Town, South Africa to escape his violent crime. When their family's safety is threatened, tragedy …
reviewed The Help. April 18, 2009
The Help
The astounding singer, Nina Simone wrote the song, "Mississippi Goddam" in 1964 in response to the merciless 1963 killing of civil rights leader, Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi. The …
reviewed The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Compl.... April 07, 2009
The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Complexion, and
In The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Complexion, and Community in Black Washington D.C., Audrey Elisa Kerr attempts to dissect the oral history of colorism and class in the nation's capitol, during slavery …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughte.... March 23, 2009
Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the
In 1997 June Cross, a journalist, produced a documentary, Secret Daughter, with PBS Frontline about her life as a biracial daughter of a white woman and a black comedian. This was a poignant, difficult …
reviewed Triangular Road: A Memoir. March 23, 2009
Triangular Road: A Memoir
Paule Marshall has always been one of my favorite writers since back in the day when I read Brown Girl, Brown Stones. In her new book, Triangular Road: A Memoir, her loyal fans are given a treat in this …
reviewed Seduced by Moonlight (Arabesque). March 23, 2009
Seduced by Moonlight (Arabesque)
Ever since Cherisse Washington divorced her husband, she has had little time or inclination to date much. In Seduced by Moonlight by Janice Sims, things are about to change for the hardworking supervisor …
reviewed Something Like Beautiful: One Single .... February 23, 2009
Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother's
asha bandele presents a fitting sequel to her 2003 memoir, The Prisoner's Wife, in a heart-rendering tribute to the reclamation of her life in Something Like Beautiful:One Single Mother's Story. Bandele …
reviewed Bitter Sweets. January 28, 2009
Bitter Sweets
We have read many stories where deceit creates a vicious cycle. Bitter Sweets is no different in that respect where these lies reverberate for decades. Henna, an illiterate 13 year-old Calcutta peasant …
reviewed Where the Line Bleeds. January 19, 2009
Where the Line Bleeds
It is the summer 2005, in the rural town of Bois Sauvage on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and 18 year-old twins, Joshua and Christophe DeLisle are graduating from high school. Joshua is able to obtain employment …
reviewed The Manley Memoirs. January 01, 2009
The Manley Memoirs
Beverly Manley, former wife of the late Jamaican Prime Minister, Michael Manley, has written a compelling memoir in The Manley Memoirs. Daughter of a railroad laborer and ladies' man and a contentious …
reviewed Telex from Cuba: A Novel. January 01, 2009
Telex from Cuba: A Novel
My trip to Cuba this past spring was an illuminating and educational experience as well as an eye-opener to the social and political systems of this Caribbean country. There is so much negative attitude …
reviewed The House at Sugar Beach: In Search o.... December 01, 2008
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost
Covering the Middle East War in 2003, correspondent Helene Cooper had memories of another war; the war that tore her away from the place of her birth, Liberia. In The House on Sugar Beach: In Search of …
reviewed The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, A.... November 19, 2008
The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting,
In her memoir, The Legs Are The Last To Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying & Other Things I Learned The Hard Way, Diahann Carroll stresses this is not a biography (she has already written that in 1982), but …
reviewed Cake. September 04, 2008
Cake
Readers found the nameless narrator in Got relocating to Atlanta, leaving the destruction and devastation in New York behind. In the sequel, Cake by D, "He" is settling in, staying with a cousin, Duronte …
reviewed Got (Seven Weapon Arsenal). September 02, 2008
Got (Seven Weapon Arsenal)
In the gritty, fast-paced novella, Got, D, a new writer to Akashic Books, deftly weaves a rare second person narrative of a nameless protagonist who cannot seem to catch a break. "He" witnesses his father's …
reviewed Sweetsmoke. August 23, 2008
Sweetsmoke
The much awaited Civil War novel, Sweetsmoke, by screenwriter, David Fuller, explores slave/carpenter Cassius Hoke's day-to-day existence on Plantation Sweetsmoke in Virginia. Cassius learns about the …
Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My
Lise Funderburg wrote a moving memoir in tribute to her dying father in Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home--A Memoir. The author of Black, White, Other details the last few years …
From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her
Poet and college professor Lorna Goodison brings a heartwarming story of family life and community in the memoir of her beloved birthplace, Jamaica, in From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her …
reviewed Scottsboro: A Novel. July 15, 2008
Scottsboro: A Novel
I had heard of the Scottsboro Boys and the tragedy that surrounded them when they were accused of assaulting two white women in 1920s Alabama. I was excited when Scottsboro: A Novel by Ellen Feldman was …
reviewed The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir. July 15, 2008
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
Victoria Rowell, film and television actress, chronicles her life as a foster child in her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir. Rowell was the product of a blue-vein, old money Caucasian mother, …
reviewed Cool Water. May 07, 2008
Cool Water
Samuel T. Jones died before he could publish his manuscript, Cool Water, but his daughter Jewelle Jones later edited and published this fictional story that was inspired by a true story. Set in rural …
reviewed Orange Mint and Honey: A Novel. May 07, 2008
Orange Mint and Honey: A Novel
Carleen Brice, an author of such nonfiction titles as Age Ain't Nothing But a Number makes her fiction debut with Orange Mint and Honey. Shay Dixon is a nervous breakdown in the making. She is a twenty-five …
reviewed Incognegro. April 22, 2008
Incognegro
The term "incognegro", a play on the word "incognito" was coined to describe a Black person trying to maintain a low profile or who is racially ambiguous; who could pass for White. The Black man that …
reviewed Other People's Skin: Four Novellas. March 01, 2008
Other People's Skin: Four Novellas
Other People's Skin edited by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, is a collection of four novellas with stories by the editors along with authors Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper. These stories …
reviewed How Strong Women Pray. January 05, 2008
How Strong Women Pray
Bonnie St. John is a contributor as well as editor of How Strong Women Pray published by Faith Works, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. The book consists of first person essays by women of renown …
reviewed Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Hau.... November 08, 2007
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town,
When another reviewer from our review team said she found it difficult to get through Cynthia Carr's, Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted town, and the Hidden History of White America, I decided …
reviewed One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A .... November 08, 2007
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race
When her mother exposed her father's secret while he was dying in 1990, Bliss Broyard accepted it but was not ready to deal with the complexities of learning her father was of Black heritage. She was …
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