Sunday, December 25, 2011

Away In A Manger (Navajo Lyrics)

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Thirteenth Step: Ancient Solutions to the Contemporary Problems of Alcoholism and Addiction using the Timeless Wisdom of The Native American Church Ceremony

The Thirteenth Step: Ancient Solutions to the Contemporary Problems of Alcoholism and Addiction using the Timeless Wisdom of The Native American Church Ceremony

by Robert Hayward

  • Paperback:
     346 pages

  • Publisher: Native Son Publishers Inc. (April 18, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0983638403

  • ISBN-13: 978-0983638407

  • The Thirteenth Step is a powerful and true recounting of the life of Robert Hayward. Hayward's life story weaves the real and the mysterious, the personal and the universal into a uniquely gripping story of self-discovery through his spiritual awakening within the Native American Church; an awakening that saved his life. The Thirteenth Step documents, for the first time ever, ancient ceremonies that have been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years, yet never shared with outsiders. Through Hayward's own journey of redemption, the reader will experience the words, wisdom, and teachings of The Native American Church, and encounter a spirituality that until now, has been accessible only to those born into the traditional Native American culture.

    About the Author

    Robert Hayward was born August 23, 1959, the ninth out of ten children, to very loving and devoted parents. His parents were animators who met while working for Walt Disney. They were part of the original crew that developed Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, The Three Little Pigs, and many more. In the late 1970 s Robert studied at Laguna College of Art and Design, in Laguna Beach, CA. In August of 2000 he was commissioned to design and build a memorial to honor a fallen Native American firefighter, who lost his life while protecting the La Jolla Indian Reservation in San Diego County. Robert graduated from Palomar Community College in San Diego, CA, in 2011 earning a Certification as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CAADAC). Robert has been studying and writing about Native American history and religion for over 30 years. Linked to the Native American community by blood, he has been mentored by traditional Medicine Men and Roadmen since his youth.

    Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans

    Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans [Paperback]

    Daryl Cumber Dance

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870495666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870495663

  • Saturday, October 15, 2011

    I ain't gonna gossip in church no more : a novel

    I ain't gonna gossip in church no more : a novel
    Korey Deon Davis
    Dallas, Tex. : Black Top Pub., c2008.
    225 p. ; 23 cm.

    Paperback: 244 pages
    Publisher: Black Top Publishing; First edition (February 2, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0982019203
    ISBN-13: 978-0982019207

    I Ain't Gonna Gossip in Church No More is a highly entertaining and cleverly suspenseful tale that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Janice West is a single mother, living life as a successful real estate agent. However, she has one small problem-she loves to know every detail about everybody. And who better to tell her than her best friend, Sheila Jenkins, the number one telephone-using, question-asking gossiper on the planet. If gossiping was an Olympic sport, Sheila would win the gold, silver, and the bronze just so the judges can show an enormous margin of victory against other gossipers. But, when they impulsively decide to discuss members in the church, everything spins out of control. Will this be the last gossip session or will they be exposed by a hilarious, no-nonsense pastor? One thing is for certain-church services won't be the same.

    About the Author
    Korey Deon Davis was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Grambling State University and was a member of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. He continued his graduate studies at California State University, San Bernardino, and earned a master's degree in education. He has taught special education in the public schools of Louisiana, California, and Texas. As a writer, he has the ability to captivate the reader with his descriptive yet funny narratives. He has also performed stand-up comedy with some of the most respected comedians in the industry. He is the president and CEO of Black Top Publishing and is a member of Silver Dogs, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Don Lemon's Memoir

  • Hardcover: 264 pages

  • Publisher: Farrah Gray Fndtn Pr (June 1, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0982702787

  • ISBN-13: 978-0982702789

  • Product Description

    In this unique memoir, Primetime CNN anchor Don Lemon takes readers behind the scenes of journalism, detailing his own struggle to become one of the most prominent African American men in television news—and inside some of the biggest stories of our times.

    Never one to stop at the surface of the story, Lemon digs deep, exposing his own history with wealth and lack, with family secrets and painful revelations--and explains how those painful early experiences shaped his ambitions and gave him the tools of empathy and fearlessness that he brings to his work. Then Lemon turns the same searing honesty on the news industry itself, taking the reader behind the scenes of September 11, 2001, the DC Snipers, the epidemic of AIDS in Africa, Hurricane Katrina, the election of Barack Obama, and the death of Michael Jackson among other events.

    With his clear and compelling storytelling and the rich detail of an Emmy-winning journalist, Lemon reveals his own painful journey from a little boy who dreamed of broadcasting in segregated Baton Rouge in the early 70s, to his current perch at CNN in a fascinating and compelling look at the world of television news and his own experiences reporting in it.

    About the Author

    Primetime Don Lemon is a multiple Emmy-award winning journalist and one of CNN's most well-known news anchors. He is an avid user of social media, was one of the first journalists to actively 'vlog' as a means of communicating with viewers and has been frequently invited to speak on the changing face of media. In addition to his role with CNN, he volunteers extensively and teaches journalism at Brooklyn College.

    Don Lemon

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel

    How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel

    by Charles Yu

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307379205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307379207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1 inches

  • National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space–time.

    Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time travel technician—part counselor, part gadget repair man—steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,and he’s the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help him—in fact it may even save his life.

    Wildly new and adventurous, Yu’s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space–time.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Fast Break

    Regina Hart
    New York : Dafina Books, c2011.
    344 p. ; 18 cm.

    Product Details
    Paperback: 368 pages
    Publisher: Kensington Publishing (June 7, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 075825881X
    ISBN-13: 978-0758258816

    Product Description
    It’s 24/7 money, fame, and game on-and off-the court. But the real action is behind the scenes in Regina Hart’s sizzling new pro b-ball series, where the stakes are everything and winning means playing for keeps…
    He’s a two-time MVP and three-time championship winner. He lives to be the best. And now that he’s a first-time coach, DeMarcus Guinn will lead the NBA’s worst team to the top his way-or no way at all. But the team’s fiery franchise owner, Jaclyn Jones, is fighting him at every turn. And their unexpectedly seductive one-on-one is the kind of game time he can’t resist…

    Turning her family’s team into winners is Jaclyn’s only hope of saving them and her community. She’s used to being in control, but DeMarcus’ determination-and the way he makes her feel-are like no moves she’s ever seen. And with everything they care about on the line, they’ll have to play to win … or lose their hearts. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    The Cruisers: Checkmate

    The Cruisers: Checkmate
    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
    New York : Scholastic, 2011.
    133 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

    Reading level: Ages 10-14
    Hardcover: 144 pages
    Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0439916275
    ISBN-13: 978-0439916271

    In the second book of the CRUISERS series, Walter Dean Myers explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits.
    Sidney Aronofsky is one of the best chess players under age 16 in both the city and the country. When he's arrested for trying to buy drugs, it comes as a total surprise to those who know him. The expectations of parents, schools, and tutors pressure the young players. Sidney loves and wants to play chess, but dislikes the constant spotlight. He thinks that if he appears to be involved in drugs or a troublemaker he will be excused from playing on the school's team. In this book Zander and his crew is back, using the Cruiser school newspaper express their frustrations and triumphs.

    Four middle-schoolers who publish an alternative newspaper at their Harlem academy for gifted students investigate why a classmate--one of the best chess players in New York City--was caught trying to buy drugs.

    About the Author
    Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includes SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH, FALLEN ANGELS, MONSTER, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, JAZZ, and HARLEM. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011


    By Michael LaRocca

    Gary Drake returns. “After his death, Gary Drake’s life became more interesting.” It would, wouldn’t it? Drake’s still in prison, his family’s still dead, he still has AIDS, and he’s still one of the good guys. Well, more or less. He’s also lost all memory of everything that’s happened to him since 1989, and he’s become a human guinea pig. An ancient Chinese curse is “May you live in interesting times.” The question is, how long will Gary Drake live this time?

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Li-Young Lee

    Li-Young Lee

    Paperback: 64 pages
    Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.; 1 edition (September 1, 2001)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 9781929918089
    ISBN-13: 978-1929918089
    ASIN: 1929918089

    The City in Which I Love You

    Paperback: 89 pages
    Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.; 1 edition (June 1, 1990)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0918526833
    ISBN-13: 978-0918526830

    Arise, Go Down
    The City In Which I Love You
    The Cleaving
    A Final Thing
    For A New Citizen Of These United States
    Furious Versions: 1
    Furious Versions: 2
    Furious Versions: 3
    Furious Versions: 4
    Furious Versions: 5
    Furious Versions: 6
    Furious Versions: 7
    Here I Am
    The Interrogation
    My Father, In Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud
    A Story
    This Hour And What Is Dead
    This Room And Everything In It
    The Waiting
    With Ruins
    You Must Sing
    -- Table of Poems

    Information on him here as well as an interview

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

    23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism [Hardcover]
    Ha-Joon Chang

    Hardcover: 304 pages
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (January 4, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1608191664
    ISBN-13: 978-1608191666

    Thing 1: There is no such thing as free market.
    Thing 4: The washing machine has changed the world more than the Internet.
    Thing 5: Assume the worst about people, and you get the worst.
    Thing 13: Making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer.

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Chang, the author of the international bestseller Bad Samaritans, is one of the world's most respected economists, a voice of sanity-and wit-in the tradition of John Kenneth Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz. 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism equips readers with an understanding of how global capitalism works-and doesn't. In his final chapter, "How to Rebuild the World," Chang offers a vision of how we can shape capitalism to humane ends, instead of becoming slaves of the market.

    Ha-Joon Chang teaches in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His books include the bestselling Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. His Kicking Away the Ladder received the 2003 Myrdal Prize, and, in 2005, Chang was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

    Saturday, August 20, 2011

    Program Completed

    Program Completed
    By Miriam Ruff

    Stationed on the remote Relay 4 asteroid communications station, Devon Fragoza faces a life and death struggle as a collision with a supply ship destroys his life support system. He has only one and a half hours to work with the computer, an artificial intelligence and Fragoza’s closest friend, to find a way to restore the system while at the same time facing the inevitability of his own mortality.

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Mistress no more

    Mistress no more
    Niobia Bryant
    New York : Dafina Books, c2011.
    281 p. ; 21 cm.

    Product Details
    Paperback: 320 pages
    Publisher: Dafina; 1 Original edition (May 31, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0758238231
    ISBN-13: 978-0758238238
    Product Dimensions: 8.2 x

    Product Description
    The much-anticipated sequel to the bestseller Message from a Mistress is here! Will the wives finally get their revenge on their notorious "frenemy"? Niobia Bryant thrills readers again with another bold, sexy, suspense-packed story!

    In Message from a Mistress, Jessa Bell shocks her three married girlfriends by texting them all that she's sleeping with one of their husbands--and refused to reveal which one. All three women had reason to believe they had cheating liars on their hands, and much chaos and heartache ensued. But for some of these women, the curse may actually have been a blessing.... Jaime Hall starts to see her husband for who he really is--a judgmental, controlling man who only cares about himself. Aria Livewell turns to therapy to cope--and learns things about herself that actually improve her life. And Renee Clinton has a hard time grappling with what's true and isn't, but may eventually see what's really important when all is said and done. So Jessa may be ready to confront the ladies and move on. But she may soon learn that revenge isn't just sweet: It can be deadly. Because nothing will ever be the same once Jessa Bell decides that she's a mistress no more....
    About the Author
    Niobia Bryant is the author of more than twenty books in three different genres. She also writes as Meesha Mink and Simone Bryant. The Newark, NJ native currently lives in South Carolina.

    "Jessa Bell shocked the hell out of her three best friends when she announced she was having an affair with one of their husbands--then refused to say which one. She has been reveling in watching her friends self-destruct while trying to figure out which dog of a husband has been getting some on the side. But now, caught between as ex-lover who won't let her go, and a new lover who's more than happy to, Jessa's ready to confront the ladies, reveal the truth, and move on. Maybe her stunt will even send her latest married man back into her waiting arms for good..."--P. [4] of cover.

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    The Kid (by Sapphire) -- Sequel to Push

    The Kid

    Hardcover: 384 pages
    Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (July 5, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1594203040
    ISBN-13: 978-1594203046

    Sequel to: Push.
    This book is Sapphire's latest, a sequel to Push coming 15 years after its publication and one year after Precious, the film based on Push, got Academy Award attention. It is the story of Precious's son, Abdul, opening on the day of his mother's funeral. This book brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. It is a story of survival and awakening, and of one young man's remarkable strength. We meet Abdul at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, this story tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way to the future. Intimate, terrifying, deeply alive in Abdul's journey we are witness to an artist's birth by fire. -- From publisher's web site.

    Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Say Amen, Again

    Say Amen, Again

    ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
    New York : Gallery Books, 2011.
    x, 294 p. ; 21 cm.
    "Featuring a Gallery readers group guide"--P. [4] of cover.
    The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding--and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama. As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife--she’s currently his eight-months- pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel--even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go . . . but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?

    The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.
    As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go . . . but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?

    About the Author
    ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of eight previous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and fiction, including the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association and the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for her first novel, My Brother’s Keeper. Her short fiction appears in the story anthology Have a Little Faith. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Help! I’ve Turned Into My Mother. ReShonda welcomes readers to her websites at

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Exorsistah: X Restored

    Exorsistah: X Restored

    Claudia Mair Burney
    New York : Pocket Star Books, 2011.
    272 p. ; 17 cm.

    Reading level: Young Adult
    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Pocket Star (May 31, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1416561358
    ISBN-13: 978-1416561354
    God finally gave X what she asked for. If only he would teach her how to use it.
    After three years and more creepy demons than she’d care to recall, Emme Vaughn has finally found her mama. Only the reunion doesn’t go as X expected. It’s not easy adapting to a new life in New Orleans, with a mother who was possessed by the devil until recently and a stepfather she didn’t know existed. Especially when a mysterious stranger, her stepfather’s charming and handsome protégé Jean-Paul, drives a wedge between Emme and Francis. Is the enigmatic outsider trying to replace her man? Or does he have a more sinister plan— one she couldn’t have imagined?

    Haunted by a mysterious ghost and threatened by a demon in her mama’s house, X gets ready to rumble. She dons God’s armor to face the evil force that has hunted her all her life, but first she must cast aside the little girl act and draw strength from all the celestial and worldly friends who have guided her this far. Once and for all, the devil has it coming . . . Exorsistah style.

    About the Author
    Claudia Mair Burney is the author of Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man, Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz (both titles in the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery series) and the young adult novel, Exorsistah. She lives in Michigan with her husband, five of their seven children, and a rabbit.

    Visit her blog at

    After three years of being a demon hunter, Emme Vaughn is reunited with her mother, but adjusting to life in New Orleans proves difficult when Jean-Paul drives a wedge between her and Francis and a demon possesses her mother's house.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Beauty & the Geek: Zola's Magic Touch

    Beauty & the Geek: Zola's Magic Touch
    By Shiree McCarver

    Here's the blurb:

    Glossophobia - the fear of public speaking. Shirou Tsubasa, a glossophobic Japanese scientist, and Zola Simpson, a determined plus-size African-American public affairs specialist, find themselves immersed in a battle of wills. NASA needs their golden boy to perform like a trick pony at an important convention in Atlanta to assure future funding, but the thought of getting up in front of hundreds causes Shirou such intense anxiety he flat-out refuses. Frustrated and at their wits’ end, the bosses decide Zola’s magic touch is the only thing that can snap their residential genius into shape for the big event. Zola is resentful that she has to give up a planned weekend of sexual abandon with her ex after a long dry spell. However, she’s never met a geek she couldn’t crack, and Shirou Tsubasa will speak at that convention—even if she has to seduce the egghead into it.

    Monday, August 1, 2011


    Kimberly T. Matthews
    Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2011.
    277 p. ; 21 cm.

    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: Urban Books; 1 Original edition (May 31, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1601623038
    ISBN-13: 978-1601623034

    Sunday, July 31, 2011

    Second Time Around

    Second Time Around
    Darrin Lowery
    Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2011.
    425 p. ; 21 cm.

    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: Urban Books; Original edition (May 31, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 160162302X
    ISBN-13: 978-1601623027

    Thursday, July 28, 2011


    Fran Ross 1935-1985.
    Boston : Northeastern University Press, 2000.
    xxviii, 212 p. ; 21 cm.
    Mishpocheh -- The cube and the pip -- Helenic letters -- Pets, playmates, pedagogues -- Tokens deposited -- Ta-ta troezen -- Periphetes -- Sinis -- Phaea -- Sciron -- Cercyon -- Procrustes, Cephissus, Apollo delphinius -- Medea, Aegeus -- Minos, Pasiphae, Ariadne-- Pandion -- A key for speed readers, nonclassicists, etc.
    Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo's mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and even the novelistic form itself.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Love, Honor, and Betray

    Love, Honor, and Betray
    Kimberla Lawson Roby
    Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011.
    415 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
    The infamous Reverend Curtis Black's sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis' long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old, dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. While the living, breathing reminder of her husband's infidelity infuriates Charlotte, Curtis couldn't be happier to finally have his whole family together. Despite her best efforts to keep her feelings hidden, Charlotte resents Curtina, taking her emotions out on the young girl. When confronted about her behavior Charlotte starts spending time away from home, all the while getting closer to her ex-boyfriend. Curtis appears to devote himself to his parish and the new church they're building, but is he really focusing his attention on the female parishioners trying to lure him into bed? Suddenly Curtis and Charlotte find themselves slipping into dangerous territory, and not even Curtis' seven-figure salary can prevent what is about to happen.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    If Only

    If Only
    By Miriam Ruff

    A disfigured man develops a friendship over the Internet, but when the two finally meet, events take a surprising turn.

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Sunflower Splendour: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry

    Sunflower Splendour: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry

    Paperback: 704 pages
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition edition (1 Nov 1990)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0253206073
    ISBN-13: 978-0253206077

    Product Description
    A collection of new translations of Chinese poems from earliest times to the mid-twentieth century draws on translations by more than fifty contributors of poems from all major genres and periods.

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Mama Ruby

    Mama Ruby
    Mary Monroe

    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Publisher: Dafina; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0758238614
    ISBN-13: 978-075823861

    Product Description
    New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe presents an unforgettable tale featuring Mama Ruby, the indomitable heroine of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Now readers will get a peek into Ruby’s early years, as she transforms from a spoiled small-town girl into one of the South’s most notorious and volatile women…
    Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she’s fifteen, Ruby has developed a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Most everyone in the neighborhood knows you don’t cross Ruby. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.

    When Ruby discovers she’s in the family way, she’s scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly with baggy dresses, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othella’s house. With few choices, Othella talks Ruby into giving the child away-and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.

    But nothing can erase Ruby’s memories of the child she lost-or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. If there’s a fine line between best friend and worst nightmare, Ruby is surely treading it. Because someday, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, Othella will learn the hard way that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw…

    After Othella--the daughter of the town tramp in Shreveport, Louisiana--convinces her to give her baby away, fifteen-year-old Ruby Jean Upshaw runs away to New Orleans, where nothing can quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her baby go.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Separate, But Together

    Separate, But Together
    By Raven Starr

    This is a sad tale of loves lost. In a Hartslst, a risky world, two people from different tribes fall in love. Kaali, from the East Falls Turtle Clan, falls hard for Sar’tac, a northlander. Only once yearly, or if in dire need, do the two clans ever meet. But from the moment Kaali saw Sar’tac her heart belonged to him. How long would she wait to see him again? Will another love steal her heart?

    Saturday, July 9, 2011


    Sasha Campbell

    Paperback: 320 pages
    Publisher: Dafina; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0758241976
    ISBN-13: 978-0758241979
    Product Description
    Three women are about to learn more than they ever wanted to know about secrets--and the men who keep them. . .
    As the owner of Situations, the hottest beauty salon on the south side of Chicago, Noelle Gordon has a direct line to the private lives of her clients. But when an abandoned baby girl appears on her doorstep, Noelle finds herself at the center of a personal drama. Could the baby be her husband's? Or maybe her grown son's? Both men deny it--but Noelle is sure one of them is lying. . .

    Meanwhile, Noelle's employees are discovering that their own romantic relationships harbor a secret or two. The truth isn't always pretty. But can they find the strength to live with it--and with the men they love?

    "It's a sticky situation! Filled with teasing twists and eye popping, craftily written scenes, this novel will heat your seat, causing you to stay with it until you're finished!! I offer readers six words. . .KEEP YOUR EYES ON SASHA CAMPBELL!" --Brenda Hampton, author of the Naughty series

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Up Heartbreak Hill

    Thomas, Tamara and Gabby—three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico— navigate their senior year at a Reservation high school. As graduation approaches, they must decide whether to stay in their community a place inextricably linked to their identity—or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere.

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    No One in the World

    No One in the World

    E. Lynn Harris
    New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
    viii, 304 p. ; 24 cm.

    Product Details
    Hardcover: 320 pages
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 7, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1439178097
    ISBN-13: 978-1439178096

    About the Author
    E. Lynn Harris, a #1 national and New York Times bestselling author, wrote twelve acclaimed novels including Basketball Jones, Just Too Good to Be True, and I Say a Little Prayer. There are more than four million copies of his novels in print. He died in 2009 at the age of 54. Visit

    R.M. Johnson is the author of nine novels, including bestsellers The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Here's the blurb:

    E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson-- two powerful voices of a generation--unite with an insightful and emotional project that tackles themes of family, loyalty and identity. The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has left fans pining for more. With this collaboration, fans are given the book they've been clamoring to read--and the book that Harris and Essence bestselling author RM Johnson long wanted to write.Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents' death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years.Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father's estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns thirty-five. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi's sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi's wife.Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150, 000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac's efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi's attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Silver Sparrow

    Silver Sparrow
    Tayari Jones.
    Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011.
    340 p. ; 22 cm.
    With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist, author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man s deception, a family s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon s two families the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another s lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Spend My Life With You

    Spend My Life With You
    Donna Hill
    Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011.
    271 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

    Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    Publisher: Kimani (January 18, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0373861966
    ISBN-13: 978-0373861965

    Descended from a legendary political dynasty, Lee Ann Lawson has been the glue that holds her sprawling clan together. But being primary caregiver has meant putting her own dreams on hold. Preston Graham is about to change all that. From the moment they meet at an estate in Baton Rouge, Lee Ann can't stop thinking about the ambitious, seductive junior senator from Louisiana. All his life, Preston has focused on only one thing: rising up the political ladder. Marriage isn't even on the ballot. Until Lee Ann. The passion she arouses is hot, irresistible, and all-consuming. Can he convince the senator's daughter to toss her hat in the ring by giving her heart to him and a love that comes only once in a lifetime?

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    A Long Walk to Water

    A Long Walk to Water
    by Linda Sue Park

    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Hardcover: 128 pages
    Publisher: Clarion Books; None edition (November 15, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0547251270
    ISBN-13: 978-0547251271

    Sunday, June 26, 2011

    Street soldier

    Street soldier
    Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, c2011.
    231 p. ; 21 cm.
    Jamal "Prince" Perkins is on a mission to let the world see into his unstable, single-parent home and walk you down the life-threatening neighborhood streets he wants to control. He's only seventeen years old and classifies himself as a true street soldier. He's at war in his own school; growing up without the deadbeat father who abandoned him, he's determined to prove that he is not the father of four babies on the way ... With his agenda filled with murder and revenge, how many people will have to suffer at the hands of a misunderstood, reckless teenager?

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Fourth Sunday: The journey of a book club

    Fourth Sunday: The journey of a book club

    B W Read
    New York, N.Y. : Strebor Books, 2011.
    345 p. ; 21 cm.
    "The six authors of Fourth Sunday, Francesca Cook, Chyla Evans, Clarita Frazier, Allita Irby, Donna Neale, and Yolanda Yates are members of a book club based in Maryland"--p. [4] of cover.
    What happens when a real life book club decides to write their own novel? The result is a fresh, fun story about a group of women who have more in common than just the books they read. Fourth Sunday written by B. W. Read (aka “Because We Read”) is the tale of seven women and their journey towards friendship by way of a simple book club. Over time, their friendship grows beyond books, as their lives, relationships, careers, and families become one. The core group of women—Gwen, Natalie, Allana, Brianna, Camille, Destiny, and Adriane—shares not only their love of books at these monthly meetings but their life experiences as well. Over two years, the women undergo a number of trials within their own lives as they confront divorce, illness, romantic highs and lows, sexual experimentation, and career challenges. Throughout the good times and bad times, their book club family provides support, encouragement, laughter, and love. Fourth Sunday is timeless cosmopolitan literature. The novel incorporates intellect and riveting facts about medical, political and small business state of affairs while balancing playfulness and sensuality. It is funny, it is sad, it is contemporary, but most of all it is real.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Ray of Hope

    Ray of Hope

    Vanessa Davis Griggs
    Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011.
    455 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
    Troublesome teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother Lenora can handle. Enter the girls' 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray, who agrees to take charge of the young women. She's determined to turn their lives around--and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for. Sahara and Crystal don't realize what they're up against when it comes to Ma Ray, but when they learn of their grandmother's former rebel antics, which were wild enough to rival their own, they begin to appreciate her present-day passion for leading a more productive life--via family, love, and faith.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    King's Passion

    King's Passion

    Adrianne Byrd
    New York : Arabesque, c2011.
    298 p. ; 17 cm.

    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Kimani Press; Original edition (May 24, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0373534450
    ISBN-13: 978-0373534456

    "Contemporary romance"--Spine.
    "The sexy King brothers own a successful bachelor-party-planning business and a string of upscale clubs across the country. What could be better than living the single life in some of the world's most glamorous cities?... Eamon King organizes the wildest bachelor parties in Las Vegas. So wild that his latest client ends up marrying one of the strippers. Now the jilted bride-to-be, Victoria Gregory, is suing his company for millions. The problem is Eamon has never been so turned on by anyone as he is by the beautiful, voluptuous and very angry Victoria. He's sure that all he has to do to charm his way out of the lawsuit is to charm his way into her bed. Win-win, right? Wrong. Because every white-hot moment they're together makes him realize he's found the only woman who can make him lose his heart..."--P. [4] of cover.

    Saturday, June 18, 2011

    The deal, the dance, and the devil

    The deal, the dance, and the devil
    Murray, Victoria Christopher.
    New York : Touchstone, 2011.
    391 p. ; 21 cm.

    Paperback: 416 pages
    Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (June 7, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1439194254
    ISBN-13: 978-1439194256

    What would you do for five million dollars? Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars, and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success. But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do. Until Shay-Shaunté, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langstons make this deal? Or will they recognize that the glitter of five million dollars may be far from gold?

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Corrupt City

    Corrupt City
    Tra Verdejo
    Deer Park, N.Y. : Urban Books, c2011.
    274 p. ; 21 cm.

    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: Urban Books; 1 Original edition (January 25, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 9781601624369
    ISBN-13: 978-1601624369
    ASIN: 1601624360

    Here's the blurb
    Meet Donald "Lucky" Gibson. He's considered one of the best detectives around, until he joins his new unit, a team of corrupt cops who are just as bad as the criminals they are supposed to be catching. Lucky soon falls into the trap and becomes one more thug with a badge. Years of abusing his position lead to an out of control cocaine habit, the loss of his family, and a love affair with a young runaway prostitute, but Lucky has had enough. After an innocent black man is killed by his white partners, he testifies against them. He uses the media to expose his dirty team, including his captain and the commissioner. Now Lucky is a marked man, and even the mayor wants him dead.

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Couples Therapy

    Couples Therapy

    Michelle Larks
    Deer Park, N.Y. : Urban Christian ; East Rutherford, NJ : Distributed by Kensington Corp., c2011.
    415 p. ; 21 cm.
    Includes reader's group guide questions.
    "Four couples take a leap of faith when they participate in couples therapy, a new ministry at Chicago's Christian Fellowship Church. The couples are grappling with issues that run the gamut ... Secrets and lies are exposed and stereotypes are shattered in this powerful tale that examines the importance of communication and the power of forgiveness"--P. [4] of cover.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    The Scream of the Siren

    The Scream of the Siren
    By Jessica Housand-Weaver

    Jen Hanover, depressed and reclusive after her husband's suicide, finds her life changed forever when she meets a mysterious, brooding rebel named Alejandro. At first, he seems to be exactly what Jen needs. But things quickly spiral out of control as Alejandro reveals the frightening extent of his obsessive nature and violent past. Desperate to end the dangerous affair, Jen is determined to be free of him. Yet the more she tries to escape from Alejandro's passionate clutches, the more threatening he becomes. The story unravels with heart-pounding suspense as Jen finds herself up against a criminal mind, far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. In the end, Jen discovers not only the darkest truths about love and the human condition, but must also face the lurking demons within herself.

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Protective Custody

    Protective Custody
    by Wynter Daniels
    Product Details
    Format: Kindle Edition
    File Size: 345 KB
    Publisher: Carina Press (May 9, 2011)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
    Language: English
    ASIN: B004T4LQBK

    Product Description
    Witness to a murder, but no one will believe her…
    Shocked by the brutal crime she witnesses through the window of her small office, Megan Jackson calls the police and is devastated when they question the truth of her story. With no body and no evidence of a crime, she’ s written off as a nutcase.

    Megan suspects the killer saw her face. Terrified, she calls the only person she can trust—her ex-boyfriend and former police officer, Will McCoy.

    Despite a devastating breakup, Will jumps at the chance to help the woman who broke his heart. When the killer ramps up the stakes, Will is forced to take her into hiding—where the passion they once shared reignites, deeper and hotter than ever. But can Will keep Megan alive long enough to win back her heart?

    56,000 words

    Friday, June 3, 2011

    My son's next wife

    My son's next wife

    Shelia E Lipsey
    Deer Park, NY : Urban Christian ; East Rutherford, NJ : Distributed by Kensington Corp., c2011.
    264 p. ; 21cm.
    Sequel to: My son's ex-wife.
    Includes discussion questions (p. [267]-[268]

    Beauty & the Geek: I Heart Geeks

    Beauty & the Geek: I Heart Geeks
    By Janet Eckford

    Here's the blurb:

    Diego Bautista is a geek. He isn’t ashamed of it and doesn’t try to hide it. Geekdom hasn’t been all it’s cracked up to be, and he wants someone to spark his routine life. Unfortunately, some women have a Geeks-Need-Not-Apply motto when it comes to dating. Ready and willing, Diego can’t seem to find that fun he’s been looking for. Billie Hendricks loves geeks. She isn’t ashamed of it and doesn’t try to hide it. She’s a rockabilly chick that sees the fun in life and can create it when it isn’t readily available. Focused on building her own business, she doesn’t have much time to share her particular brand of fun with someone special. On a business trip, the Geek and Geek Lover cross paths. Will they’ll both get what they’ve been wishing for or will the equation of them together be too hard to solve, even for a geek?

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Everhome: Birth of the Gilded Hand

    Everhome: Birth of the Gilded Hand
    by T N Jenkins

    Paperback: 376 pages
    Publisher: True Story Press (January 17, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 098311322X
    ISBN-13: 978-0983113225

    Product Description
    You've heard it said that what you don't know can't hurt you. But that could not be more untrue for Bea. In fact, what she doesn't know, could very well hurt everyone in Everhome Realm! Written in simple yet detailed language, Everhome: Birth of the Gilded Hand follows Bea, a driven young woman, and her single desire to go home. But that one desire leads her and her unlikely friends to discover the keys to unlock a mysterious power. Now, a secret war and hidden enemies stand between Bea and a destiny she never asked for. With her friends at her side, she might just stay alive. But her friends have their own secrets. Amid trial and betrayal, Bea begins to see that her only hope to return home may destroy the only home her world has ever known. More at

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    Been There, Prayed That

    Paperback: 288 pages
    Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 160162882X
    ISBN-13: 978-1601628824
    Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

    Product Description
    Mother Doreen has left New Day Temple of Faith in Malvonia, Ohio and moved to Kentucky to help her diabetic sister. Her sister's husband, a truck driver, pretty much lives on the road. Mother Doreen feels in her spirit that she's needed to intervene on her sister's behalf, especially when the assistant pastor of her sister's church seems to be there just a little bit too much. Her suspicions really grow when her sister's belly does too. Is it Mother Doreen's spirit of discernment warning her that things in her sister's home and church aren't what they seem, or is Mother Doreen just a busybody church mother sticking her nose where it doesn't belong?

    Back in Malvonia, Tamarra and Maeyl's relationship is moving along nicely. She even has a feeling that the man she knows God placed in her life is going to propose to her. But suspicions arise when someone from Maeyl's past shows up at New Day Temple of Faith, unexpected and unwelcome. Will their relationship be able to withstand the strain?

    Follow the New Day Divas series by E.N. Joy as this soap opera in print brings back these and all of your other favorite blessed and highly favored characters whose antics will keep you entertained until the last page.
    About the Author
    BLESSEDselling author E. N. Joy, is the writer behind the five book series "New Day Divas," coined the "Soap Opera In Print." Formerly writing secular works under Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels across the country.

    In 2000, Joy formed the publishing company, END OF THE RAINBOW projects, where she published her own works until landing a book deal with a major publisher. In 2004, Joy branched off into literary consulting.

    Not forsaking her love of poetry in which she published two works of poetry, Joy plans to revisit the genre one day. "But my spirit has moved in another direction," Joy says. Needless to say, she no longer pens street lit (in which two of her titles, If I Ruled the World and Dollar Bill, made the Essence Magazine bestsellers list. Dollar Bill appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese). She no longer pens erotica/adult contemporary either, in which one of her titles won the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Instead, under the name E.N. Joy, she pens Christian fiction, and under the name N. Joy she pens children's and young adult titles. Joy's children's story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor. Book club rights have also been acquired by Scholastic and the book is on tour at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools across the country. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops Joy performs in schools nationwide.

    Currently, Joy is the acquisition editor for Urban Christian. When she's not adding her two cents to other authors' works, she's diligently working on her own. Joy's project, the "New Day Divas" series, includes She Who Finds A Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved and I Can Do Better All By Myself.
    Product Details

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Trying to stay saved

    Trying to stay saved

    E. N. Joy

    Deer Park, N. Y. : Urban Christian, c2011.

    289 p. ; 21 cm.

    Includes reader's group guide questions.

    Lorain is back from her sabbatical, and although God didn't reveal to her all that she wanted Him to regarding her past, she refuses to just let things be. When all the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, just how many lives will be damaged, and how many will be restored?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife

    Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife
    Nikki Turner.
    New York : One World Trade Paperbacks, c2011.
    x, 212 p. ; 21 cm.

    Product Description
    Long live the Queen of Hip Hop Lit!

    Nikki Turner is back with another explosive, page-turning sequel to her #1 bestselling novels A Hustler’s Wife and Forever a Hustler’s Wife.

    Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor—especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn’t ready to abandon his old habits just yet. He has to find out who is behind the murder attempt, and he wonders if the brazen robbery that took place during one of his church services is related in any way. But before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorstep—Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. And, unfortunately, she takes after her father, so trouble isn’t far behind.

    With their lives on the line, Yarni must sacrifice everything and take it out of the office and back to the streets to save her husband and her family from their checkered but intricately connected pasts.
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    Product Details
    Paperback: 224 pages
    Publisher: One World/Ballantine (April 5, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0345511085
    ISBN-13: 978-0345511089

    "A One World Trade Paperback original"--T.p. verso.
    Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin' ways and commit to his life as a pastor, especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn't ready to abandon his old habits just yet. He has to find out who is behind the murder attempt, and he wonders if the brazen robbery that took place during one of his church services is related in any way. But before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorstep, Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. And, unfortunately, she takes after her father, so trouble isn't far behind.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices (Women in Africa and the Diaspora)

    African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices (Women in Africa and the Diaspora)

    Paperback: 360 pages
    Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 9780299236649
    ISBN-13: 978-0299236649

    Product Description
    African Women Writing Resistance is the first transnational anthology to focus on women’s strategies of resistance to the challenges they face in Africa today. The anthology brings together personal narratives, testimony, interviews, short stories, poetry, performance scripts, folktales, and lyrics. Thematically organized, it presents women’s writing on such issues as intertribal and interethnic conflicts, the degradation of the environment, polygamy, domestic abuse, the controversial traditional practice of female genital cutting, Sharia law, intergenerational tensions, and emigration and exile.
    Contributors include internationally recognized authors and activists such as Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, as well as a host of vibrant new voices from all over the African continent and from the African diaspora. Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection provides an excellent introduction to contemporary African women’s literature and highlights social issues that are particular to Africa but are also of worldwide concern. It is an essential reference for students of African studies, world literature, anthropology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and women’s studies.

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