Sunday, May 30, 2010


Thursday, May 27, 2010

In My Sister's House: a novel

In my sister's house : a novel

Donald Welch

  • Paperback: 240 pages

  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine; Original edition (February 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0345501624

  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501622

  • Skylar and Storm Morrison may be gorgeous twin sisters, but they are as different as night and day. Skylar is savvy and book-smart; Storm is shrewd and street-smart. But a twist of fate lands Storm in jail, where she must trade her Fendi bags and Prada boots for an orange jumpsuit and laceless white sneakers. Meanwhile Skylar makes a name for herself by transforming the restaurant that once belonged to the twins’ late father, Dutch, into Legends, Philadelphia’s hottest new nightclub.

        Now, newly released from prison, Storm has some serious living to do. And she’s ready to take control of what’s rightfully hers—a share of Legends—with the help of some of Philly’s most notorious thugs. But moving back into the real world will prove much harder than Storm ever imagined. And as Skylar and Storm negotiate their new relationship, both women will feel the pull of Dutch, a figure so powerful he can keep his girls in line years after his death. In the end, the sisters will have to face their shared, tumultuous past—and a future that’s both uncertain and wide open.

    Meet Skylar Morrison--owner of Philly's hottest nightclub, Legends--and her beleaguered twin sister Storm, fresh out of prison and intent on cashing in her stake in the club.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Blood on the streets of Cincinnati: a black family's journey through racism

    Blood on the streets of Cincinnati: a black family's journey through racism

    Mack K. Brantley
    West Conshohocken, PA : Infinity, 2008.
    73 p. ; 22 cm.
    Examines the turbulent racial atmosphere in Cincinnati, Ohio, through the story of the fictional Barber family against the backdrop of five historical race riots that occurred from 1829 to 1968.

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Destiny Calls

    Destiny Calls


    Linda Hudson-Smith
    Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010.
    343 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
    Sexy professor Ethan Robinson has fallen hard for mysterious Dakota Faraday. He wants an exclusive relationship, but fears that the pretty, twentysomething part-time college student may be secretly involved with another man. . . . Persia King's sultry voice is irresistible to her clients at License To Thrill, a phone-sex line. For Ethan, working on a Ph.D. research project, she's arousing a lot more than his libido. How can he choose between Persia and Dakota?

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey


    Jabari Asim
    New York : Broadway Books, c2010.
    205 p. ; 21 cm.
    Poignant and powerful, this debut collection from preeminent writer and critic Asim heralds his arrival as an exciting new voice in African-American fiction.
    I'd rather go blind -- Something like god -- Zombies -- The genius -- Sic transit Gloria -- Drunk on history -- The boy on the couch -- A taste of honey -- The wheat from the tare -- Planning the perfect evening -- Lives of the artists -- Doo-wop -- A virtuous woman -- Ashes to ashes -- Grand opening -- Day work -- Burning desires -- Tahitian treat.

    Native American Suicide Prevention

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Spring Break

    Spring Break

    Kayla Perrin
    New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010.
    327 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
    A college girl goes missing from an idyllic island on a Spring Break trip, inthis page-turning thriller.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    One World, A Global Anthology of Short Stories

    One World, A Global Anthology of Short Stories is made up of twenty-three stories, each from a different author from across the globe. All belong to one world, united in their diversity and ethnicity. And together they have one aim: to involve and move the reader.

    • Paperback: 192 pages
    • Publisher: New Internationalist (May 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1906523134
    • ISBN-13: 978-1906523138

    This book is made up of twenty-three stories, each from a different author from across the globe. All belong to one world, united in their diversity and ethnicity. And together they have one aim: to involve and move the reader.
    The range of authors takes in such literary greats as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jhumpa Lahiri, and emerging authors such as Elaine Chiew, Petina Gappah, and Henrietta Rose-Innes.
    The members of the collective are:
    Elaine Chiew (Malaysia)
    Molara Wood (Nigeria)
    Jhumpa Lahiri (United States)
    Martin A Ramos (Puerto Rico)
    Lauri Kubutsile (Botswana)
    Chika Unigwe (Nigeria)
    Ravi Mangla (United States)
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
    Skye Brannon (United States)
    Jude Dibia (Nigeria)
    Shabnam Nadiya (Bangladesh)
    Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe)
    Ivan Gabirel Reborek (Australia)
    Vanessa Gebbie (Britain)
    Emmanual Dipita Kwa (Cameroon)
    Henrietta Rose-Innes (South Africa)
    Lucinda Nelson Dhavan (India)
    Adetokunbo Abiola (Nigeria)
    Wadzanai Mhute (Zimbabwe)
    Konstantinos Tzikas (Greece)
    Ken Kamoche (Kenya)
    Sequoia Nagamatsu (United States)
    Ovo Adagha (Nigeria)
    From the Introduction:
    The concept of One World is often a multi-colored tapestry into which
    sundry, if not contending patterns can be woven. for those of us who worked
    on  this  project, ‘One World’ goes beyond the everyday notion of the globe
    as a physical geographic entity. Rather, we understand it as a universal idea,
    one that transcends national boundaries to comment on the most prevailing
    aspects of the human condition.

    This attempt to redefine the borders of the world we live in through the
    short story recognizes the many conflicting issues of race, language, economy,
    gender and ethnicity, which separate and limit us. We readily acknowledge,
    however, that regardless of our differences or the disparities in our stories, we
    are united by our humanity.

    We invite the reader on a personal journey across continents, countries,
    cultures and landscapes, to reflect on these beautiful, at times chaotic, renditions
    on the human experience. We hope the reach of this path will transcend the
    borders of each story, and perhaps function as an agent of change.

    Welcome to our world.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Sees Behind Trees

    Dorris, Michael. (1994) Guests. New York: Scholastic (HF - E/M)
    Dorris, Michael (1992) Morning GirlNew York: Scholastic (HF - E/M).
    Dorris, Michael. (1996). Sees Behind TreesNew York: Scholastic (HF - E/M)
    Dorris, Michael. (1998). The Window. Hyperion (RF – M/YA).

    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Culture Clash

    Drama High: Culture Clash

    L. Divine

    New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., c2010.
    xii, 220 p. ; 21 cm.
    Fed up with the way her school is handling Cultural Awareness Day, Jayd decides to form the first African Student Union.. At the same time, she can't deny her attraction for Emilio, the new Latino sophomore at South Bay High.
    "Dafina books."

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Secret Life of Senator Jack

    And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Secret Life of Senator Jack

    Vernadine A. Merrick
    New York : Eloquent Books, c2009.
    371 p. ; 24 cm.
    "Vernadine A. Merrick's And the walls came tumbling down: the secret life of Senator Jack is the riveting story of two twin boys' climb out of poverty to power and the sacrifices made to get there"--Dust jacket.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010


    by Miguel Syjuco

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0374174784

  • ISBN-13: 978-0374174781

  • Here's the blurb:

    arnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication,Ilustrado has been called “brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humor” (2008 Man Asian Literary Prize panel of judges).

    It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River—taken from the world is the controversial lion of Philippine literature. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and only remaining friend, sets out for Manila to investigate. 

    To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, piecing together Salvador’s story through his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The result is a rich and dramatic family saga of four generations, tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress.

    Exuberant and wise, wildly funny and deeply moving, Ilustrado explores the hidden truths that haunt every family. It is a daring and inventive debut by a new writer of astonishing talent.

    Here's an excerpt

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010


    Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

  • Paperback: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1439137765

  • ISBN-13: 978-1439137765

  • Here's the blurb:

    Uptown . . . where money rules
    Uptown . . . where ambition trumps tradition
    Uptown . . . where politics come before everything
    Uptown . . . where a family’s secrets will bring them together—or down

    After twenty years away, Avery Lyons returns to New York when her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tragedy brings the family together, but Avery is not happy about the impromptu reunion. She no longer recognizes the Harlem of her childhood, but the same old family dynamics and secrets are all too familiar . . .
    Heir to a real estate empire, Dwight is willing to do anything to realize his aging and demanding father’s dream: Dixon Plaza, a luxury high-rise development on Central Park North that will change the face of Harlem forever. There’s only one thing in his way: his cousin Avery has inherited a share of the property. She’s more than willing to sell until a reporter uncovers the truth behind the rumored shady dealings . . .
    In Uptown a prominent Harlem family is strained to the breaking point by the high-stakes world of the Manhattan real estate industry, and one woman searches for her identity and the will to forgive. Steamy, provocative, and sexy, Uptown is a turbulent and triumphant read.

    Yesterday's Promise

    Yesterday's Promise: A Novel

    Vanessa Miller.
    New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, c2010.
    239 p. ; 21 cm.
    "When Melinda Johnson's father, the bishop of Omega Christian Church, goes back on his word and appoints her ex-fiancé, Steven Marks, as his successor instead of her, Melinda must decide whether to pursue her call to preach elsewhere, or to stay at Omega and rekindle a relationship with Steven--even though he opposes female pastors"--Provided by publisher.

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