Friday, November 26, 2010

Arrow Over the Door

Bruchac, Joseph. (1998) Arrow Over the DoorNew York: Dial. (HF - E/M)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Not Guilty of Love


Not Guilty of Love

Pat Simmons
West Babylon, NY : Urban Christian ; East Rutherford, NJ : Distributed by Kensington, c2009.
x, 309 p. ; 21 cm.
Hallison ends her engagement with Malcolm to continue her service to God, a decision for which a skeptical Malcolm responds with his belief that they will end up together if it is meant to be.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Long Time Coming

This week, the
 
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 
is introducing
 
Long Time Coming
 
Abingdon Press (November 1, 2010)
 
by
 
Vanessa Miller
 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  


Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.


Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.

To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Two women from different worlds find hope together.


Faithful Christian Deidre Clark-Morris is a professional career-minded woman with a loving husband, but no children. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer.

While the meeting between these two women appears accidental, it becomes their catalyst of hope. Neither woman expects the blessing that God has in store for her. While Deidre will guide Kenisha on the path to eternal life with Jesus Christ, Kenisha will teach Deidre how to stand strong against the hard-knocks of life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Long Time Coming, go HERE


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Zora and Me


Zora and Me


Victoria Bond
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010.
170 p. ; 20 cm.


A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Poems on the 100 Best African-American Poems CD




100 Best African American Poems with CD



  • Hardcover: 256 pages

  • Publisher: Sourcebooks MediaFusion; Har/Com edition (November 1, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1402221118

  • ISBN-13: 978-1402221118


  • Hear voices contemporary and classic as selected by New York Times bestselling author Nikki Giovanni
    Award-winning poet and writer Nikki Giovanni takes on the impossible task of selecting the 100 best African American works from classic and contemporary poets. Out of necessity, Giovanni admits she cheats a little, selecting a larger, less round number.
    The result is this startlingly vibrant collection that spans from historic to modern, from structured to freeform, and reflects the rich roots and visionary future of African American verse. These magnetic poems are an exciting mix of most-loved classics and daring new writing. From Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes to Tupac Shakur, Natasha Trethewey, and many others, the voice of a culture comes through in this collection, one that is as talented, diverse, and varied as its people.
    African American poems are like all other poems: beautiful, loving, provocative, thoughtful, and all those other adjectives I can think of. Poems know no boundaries. They, like all Earth citizens, were born in some country, grew up on some culture, then in their blooming became citizens of the Universe. Poems fly from heart to heart, head to head, to whisper a dream, to share a condolence, to congratulate, and to vow forever. The poems are true. They are translated and they are celebrated. They are sung, they are recited, they are delightful. They are neglected. They are forgotten. They are put away. Even in their fallow periods they sprout images. And fight to be revived. And spring back to life with a bit of sunshine and caring.
    -Nikki Giovanni
    Read
    • Gwendolyn Brooks
    • Kwame Alexander
    • Tupac Shakur
    • Langston Hughes
    • Mari Evans
    • Kevin Young
    • Asha Bandele
    • Amiri Baraka
    Hear
    • Ruby Dee
    • Novella Nelson
    • Nikki Giovanni
    • Elizabeth Alexander
    • Marilyn Nelson
    • Sonia Sanchez
    And many, many, more
    Nikki Giovanni is an award-winning poet, writer, and activist. She is the author of more than two dozen books for adults and children, includingBicyclesQuilting the Black-Eyed PeaRacism 101Blues: For All the Changes, and Love Poems. Her children's book-plus-audio compilation Hip Hop Speaks to Children was awarded the NAACP Image Award. Her children's book Rosa, a picture-book retelling of the Rosa Parks story, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Both books were New York Times bestsellers. Nikki is a Grammy nominee for her spoken-word album The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection and has been nominated for the National Book Award. She has been voted Woman of the Year by EssenceMademoiselle, and Ladies' Home Journal. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches writing and literature.

    About the Author

    Nikki Giovanni is an award-winning poet, writer, and activist. She is the author of more than two dozen books for adults and children, includingBicyclesQuilting the Black-Eyed PeaRacism 101Blues: For All the Changes, and Love Poems. Her children's book-plus-audio compilation Hip Hop Speaks to Children was awarded the NAACP Image Award. Her children's book Rosa, a picture-book retelling of the Rosa Parks story, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Both books were New York Times bestsellers. Nikki is a Grammy nominee for her spoken-word album The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection and has been nominated for the National Book Award. She has been voted Woman of the Year by EssenceMademoiselle, and Ladies' Home Journal. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches writing and literature.

    Dedication: The Aunt: xxi - Track 1
    Mari Evans

    1. For My People: 1 - Track 2
    Margaret Walker

    2. Leroy: 3
    Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

    3. Ars Poetica: Nov. 7, 2008: 4
    L. Lamar Wilson

    4. Ka'Ba: 8
    Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

    5. When You Have Forgotten Sunday: The Love Story: 9 - Track 3
    Gwendolyn Brooks

    6.
    The Sermon on the Warpland: 11 - Track 4
    Gwendolyn Brooks We Real Cool: 12 - Track 5
    Gwendolyn Brooks

    7.
    Jazz Baby Is It In You: 13
    Antoine Harris
    "I Fade Into the Night": 14
    Adam Daniel

    8. Old Lem: 15 - Track 6
    Sterling A. Brown

    9. I Am Accuse of Tending to the Past: 17 - Track 7
    Lucille Clifton

    10. I Am A Black Woman: 18 - Track 8
    Mari Evans

    11. Who Can Be Born Black?: 20 - Track 9
    Mari Evans

    12. Nikka-Rosa:21 - Track 10
    Nikki Giovanni

    13. Knoxville, Tennessee: 23 - Track 11
    Nikki Giovanni

    14. The Dry Spell: 24 - Track 12
    Kevin Young

    15. Those Winter Sundays: 26 - Tracks 13 & 14
    Robert Hayden

    16. Frederic Douglass: 27
    Robert Hayden

    17. The Negro Speaks of Rivers: 28 - Track 15
    Langston Hughes

    18. Choosing the Blues: 29
    Angela Jackson

    19. My Father's Love Letters: 30
    Yusef Komunyakaa

    20. The Creation: 32 - Track 16
    James Weldon Johnson

    21. A Negro Love Song: 36
    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    22. Lift Every Voice and Sing: 37
    James Weldon Johnson

    23. Go Down Death: 39
    James Weldon Johnson

    24. Between Ourselves: 42
    Audre Lorde

    25. The Union of Two: 45
    Haki R. Madhubuti

    26. Ballad of Birmingham: 46
    Dudley Randall

    27. A Poem to Complement Other Poems: 48
    Haki R. Madhubuti

    28. No Images: 51
    Waring Cuney

    29. Between the World and Me: 52
    Richard Wright

    30. Theme for English B: 54
    Langston Hughes

    31. Harlem Suite
    Easy Boogie: 56
    Langston Hughes Dream Boogie: 57
    Langston Hughes Dream Boogie: Variation: 58
    Langston Hughes Harlem: 58
    Langston Hughes Good Morning: 59
    Langston Hughes Same in Blues: 60
    Langston Hughes Island: 61
    Langston Hughes

    32. The Blue Terrance: 62
    Terrance Hayes

    33.
    The Mother: 64 - Track 17
    Gwendolyn Brooks A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon: 66
    Gwendolyn Brooks - Track 18
    The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till: 72
    Gwendolyn Brooks A Sunset of the City: 73 - Track 19
    Gwendolyn Brooks

    34. Things I Carried Coming to the World: 75
    Remica L. Bingham

    35. Topography: 77
    Remica L. Bingham

    36. Beneath Me: 79
    Jericho Brown

    37. Autobiography: 80
    Jericho Brown

    38. Parable of the Sower: 82
    Pamela Sneed

    39. Heritage: 86
    Countee Cullen

    40. Yet I Do Marvel: 91 - Track 20
    Countee Cullen

    41. Incident: 92 - Track 21
    Countee Cullen

    42. We Wear the Mask: 93 - Track 22
    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    43. Triple: 94
    Georgia Douglas Johnson

    44. The Heart of a Woman: 95 - Track 23
    Georgia Douglas Johnson

    45. Woman With Flower: 96
    Naomi Long Madgett

    46. The Idea of Ancestry: 97
    Etheridge Knight

    47. Don't Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat: 99
    Larry Neal

    48. Cleaning: 105
    Camille T. Dungy

    49. Boston Year: 106 - Track 24
    Elizabeth Alexander

    50. She Wears Red: 107
    Jackie Warren-Moore

    51. Commercial Break: Road-Runner, Uneasy: 110
    Tim Seibles

    52. Before Making Love: 114
    Toi Derricotte

    53. Be-Bop: 115
    Sterling Plumpp

    54. Personal Letter No. 3: 116 - Track 25
    Sonia Sanchez

    55. Poem at Thirty: 117 - Track 26
    Sonia Sanchez

    56. A Poem for Sterling Brown: 118 - Track 27
    Sonia Sanchez

    57. Marchers Headed for Washington, Baltimore, 1963: 120
    Remica L. Bingham

    58. And Yeah...This is a Love Poem: 123
    Nikki Giovanni

    59. The Carousel: 123
    Gloria C. Oden

    60. Only Everything I Own: 127
    Patricia Smith

    61. Lot's Daughter Dreams of Her Mother: 128 - Track 28
    Opal Moore

    62. The Girlfriend's Train: 131
    Nikky Finney

    63. Back from the Arms of Big Mama: 136
    Afaa Michael Weaver

    64. Mama's Promise: 139 - Track 29
    Marilyn Nelson

    65. Bop: A Whistling Man: 142
    Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

    66. Homage to My Hips: 144 - Track 30
    Lucille Clifton

    67. Train Ride: 145
    Kwame Dawes

    68. Train Rides: 148 - Track 31
    Nikki Giovanni

    69. A Great Grandaddy Speaks: 153
    Lamonte B. Steptoe

    70. Eddie Priest's Barbershop & Notary: 154
    Kevin Young

    71. View of the Library of Congress From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: 156
    Thomas Sayers Ellis

    72. Drapery Factory, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1956: 159 - Track 32
    Natasha Trethewey

    73. Some Kind of Crazy: 161
    Major Jackson

    74. From: 163
    A. Van Jordan

    75. Freedom Candy: 165
    E. Ethelbert Miller

    76. The Supremes: 167
    Cornelius Eady

    77. Jazz Suite
    Nikki Save Me: 169
    Michael Scott
    "Nikki, If You Were a Song...": 170 - Track 33
    Kwame Alexander Haiku: 170
    DJ Renegade Untitled: 170
    Nadir Lasana Bomani
    "I Wish I Could've Seen It...": 171
    Leodis McCray

    78. That Some Mo': 174
    DJ Renegade

    79. Sometime in the Summer There's October: 175
    Kwame Alexander

    80. Dancing Naked on the Floor: 178
    Kwame Alexander

    81. Harriet Tubman's Email 2 Master: 180
    Truth Thomas

    82. A River That Flows Forever: 181 - Track 34
    Tupac Shakur

    83. The Rose that Grew from Concrete: 181 - Track 34
    Tupac Shakur

    84. Rochelle: 182
    Reuben Jackson

    85. All Their Stanzas Look Alike: 183
    Thomas Sayers Ellis

    86. From the Center to the Edge: 185
    Asha Bandele

    87. The Subtle Art of Breathing: 187
    Asha Bandele

    88. Southern University, 1963: 192
    Kevin Young

    89. Poetry Should Ride the Bus: 195
    Ruth Forman

    90. Blues for Spring: 197
    Colleen J. McElroy

    91. The Bicycle Wizard: 198
    Sharon Strange

    92. Bicycles: 199
    Nikki Giovanni

    93. A Clean Slate: 200
    Fred D'Aguiar

    94. Song Through the Wall: 201
    Akua Lezli Hope

    95. A Seat Saved: 203
    Shana Yarborough

    96. Sunday Greens: 205
    Rita Dove

    97. The Untitled Superhero Poem: 206
    Tonya Maria Matthews

    98. Mercy Killing: 209 - Track 35
    Remica L. Bingham

    99. If You Saw a Negro Lady: 210
    June Jordan

    100. Ego Tripping (There May Be a Reason Why): 212 - Track 36
    Nikki Giovanni
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    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Rectangle of Sins


    Rectangle of Sins


    Folkes, Nurit.
    New York : Teri Woods Pub., c2005.
    265 p. ; 22 cm.
    Did Shawn survive? Is the baby dead? What happened to Mark? Are you prepared for the answers? "Rectangle of sins" picks up right where "Triangle of sins" left off. Natalia's life is full of more drama than she can handle and she ironically longs for the boredom she once despised. She is confronted with the unexpected temptation from her past, and overwhelmed with delectable cravings from the present. Forbidden lust supersedes all reasoning and sparks a trail of fatal consequences. Natalia is seduced by sin, which only elicits more chaos into her already trivial existence. Now, she's in too deep, and is forced to face her demons head on.
    At head of title: Teri Woods.
    Sequel to: Triangle of sins.


                

    Friday, November 12, 2010

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    Not Quite Right



    Not Quite Right

    Tammy Williams

    Columbus, Mississippi : Genesis Press, c2010.
    338 p. ; 18 cm.


  • Paperback: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Genesis Press (March 1, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1585714100

  • ISBN-13: 978-1585714100


  • "Detective Steed McGraw is readily captivated when beautiful network TV journalist Darci Clarke enters his Sterling, S.C. office to report the murder of her best friend, Kenneth Warwick. But captivation soon leads to frustration when she refuses to accept the fact that her friend's death has been ruled a suicide. Living for years with the pain of unanswered questions after his policeman father dies in the line of duty, Steed does everything he can to spare Darci the pain he's lived with most of his life. But knowing something's not quite right about this suicide, Darci refuses to stop digging until she gets some answers, a dogged search that culminates in the two cases being tied together in the most unlikely of ways."--p.[4] of cover.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Losing Romeo



    Losing Romeo : a BFF novel


    • Reading level: Young Adult
    • Paperback: 256 pages
    • Publisher: Kimani; Original edition (November 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0373831382
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373831388
    Adrianne Byrd
    New York : Kimani TRU, c 2010.
    247 p. ; 21 cm.
    Best Friends Forever—that's Anjenai, Kierra and Tyler. Growing up together in an Atlanta housing project, the girls have always been there for each other. But high school is a whole new world, and the drama is just beginning.New guys, new gossip, new rivals; Anjenai, Kierra and Tyler have plenty to occupy their time now that Romeo, the football star who almost cost them their friendship, is out of the picture. Or is he?Straight-A student Anjenai's edgy new makeover is getting the attention of cool, hip-hop stylin' Kwan" and from Romeo, whose girlfriend, Phoenix, will do anything to keep him. Kierra's hectic schedule tempts her to try a dangerous pick-me-up. And Tyler's street-tough image is challenged by somerealhardcore girls. Once, the BFFs vowed to stick together through anything. But can they still count on a bond of trust that's been broken before?

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    The other side of dark

    The Other Side of Dark

    by Sarah Smith

    New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010.
    312 p. ; 24 cm.



  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Atheneum (November 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1442402806

  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402805

  • Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


  • Hardcover: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (November 11, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1594487723

  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487729

  • Walter Mosley
    New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.
    277 p. ; 22 cm.
    Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days--shortened now by the medical experiment--to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie.

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