Saturday, March 26, 2011

Journey to the Heart of Darkness: Remembering Congo's Forgotten

Journey to the Heart of Darkness: Remembering Congo's Forgotten [Paperback]

Trésor Yenyi (Author)

  • Paperback: 188 pages

  • Publisher: (October 6, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1450258166

  • ISBN-13: 978-1450258166

  • Trésor Yenyi was born in Eastern Congo in 1983 at the peak of Mobutu's reign. Not realizing he was witnessing history in the making, he was helpless as he observed the country slide first into chaos, then into its grave-the victim of looting, war, and corruption. It was only after he immigrated to the United States that he realized the depth of the destruction that had occurred and began nurturing a strong desire to return to his native country to search for a cure for the disease from which Congo suffers. In his compelling travel narrative, Yenyi details his return trips to Congo, his subsequent charitable work, and the heartbreaking stories of the country's victims of war. While providing the voiceless a chance to speak through him, Yenyi reveals the humanitarian challenges of Congo and combines his life experiences with journal entries-creating an introspective glimpse into a world where child soldiers, rape victims, street children, and AIDS orphans are the realities of life. Trésor Yenyi has a dream-that the troubled land of his ancestors will find peace once again. It is with this great hope for the future of his homeland that Yenyi remembers Congo's forgotten.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011


    cover imagePayback

    Paul Langan

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Paperback: 144 pages

  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2007)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 9780439904872

  • ISBN-13: 978-0439904872

  • ASIN: 0439904870

  • Tyray Hobbs wants revenge. Weeks ago he was one of the most feared students in Bluford High. But then Darrell Mercer publicly humiliated him, and Tyray lost his reputation. To get it back, he must take down Darrell. But how? With a broken hand, a troubled family, and no friends in sight, Tyray's options are limited. And when the kids he once bullied start threatening him his world completely unravels. Desperate to settle the score and regain respect, Tyray see only ones solution to his problems a gun.
    Ages 12-18.
    Originally published as "The gun".
    Reprint. Originally published in 2002 by Townsend Press.

    Saturday, March 19, 2011

    Pym : a novel

    cover imagePym : a novel

    Johnson, Mat.
    New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
    322 p. ; 22 cm.
    A comic journey into the ultimate land of whiteness by an unlikely band of African American adventurers Recently canned professor of American literature Chris Jaynes is obsessed withThe Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,Edgar Allan Poe#x19;s strange and only novel. When he discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe#x19;s fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island of pure and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror. Jaynes imagines it to be the last untouched bastion of the African Diaspora and the key to his personal salvation. He convenes an all-black crew of six to follow Pym#x19;s trail to the South Pole in search of adventure, natural resources to exploit, and, for Jaynes at least, the mythical world of the novel. With little but the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring tale, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack cakes, Jaynes embarks on an epic journey under the permafrost of Antarctica, beneath the surface of American history.

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Wife extraordinaire

    Wife extraordinaire


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    Kiki Swinson

  • Paperback: 230 pages

  • Publisher: K.S. Publications; 1st Edition edition (February 15, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 9780984529025

  • ISBN-13: 978-0984529025

  • ASIN: 0984529020

  • When their husbands sign them up for a wife-swap reality show, Trice and Charlene are told they can do whatever they desire--except see their spouses before the seven-day swap is over. Unlike most reality show participants, these couples are risk takers. Not only will the women trade lifestyles, they'll get a chance to test out their new 'husbands' as well. For one it will be just a play date, but the other will find herself not wanting to go back home to her real husband. Lives will be turned upside down, fights will erupt, and blood will be shed--who will end up with whom?
    Includes bonus story: Ex-wife status, by Amaleka McCall (p. 157-250).

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Satan in high heels : life amongst church folks

    Satan in high heels : life amongst church folks
        Jewelene Banks

    Pub date:c2008.
    Pages:203 ;

    Every fiction is somebody’s truth. Satan in High Heels is no different. This fictitious story is Lydia’s truth. She lived it, ate it, spoke it and breathed it until it became the very essence of her very being. Lydia’s naïveté allowed her to become vacuumed and sucked into a world she never knew existed. Her husband, David, and misguided “church folk” were her Achilles’ heel, until one day the inevitable awakened the sleeping giant within. Walk with Lydia through the indignities and cruelties to a heart never meant to suffer. Receive with her the discoveries of a life that changed her persona of innocence into the self-assured and esteemed woman she became. Grapple with your own life as Lydia did with hers. Sincerely, you will see yourself in the truth that belongs to Lydia. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women's Novels

    Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women's Novels 


  • Hardcover: 224 pages

  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (May 8, 2003)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0813026318

  • ISBN-13: 978-0813026312

  • Africanism and Authenticity traces the continuing influence of West African women's traditions and societies on late-20th-century literature by African-American women. The first half of the book focuses on how these influences permeate both theme and imagery in novels by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, and Gloria Naylor. The second half focuses on recent neo-slave narratives as works that sprang from the African experience rather than merely paralleling the original slave narratives. Amy Levin is one of the first writers to discuss Toni Morrison'sParadise and Gloria Naylor's Men of Brewster Place.Levin's study is also the first to focus so explicitly on the importance of West African women's traditions in contemporary writing by African-American women. Levin challenges feminist studies of these writings by revealing the extent to which those studies remain Eurocentric, even as they question Afrocentric readings that draw only on African male traditions as if they were the same as women's practices. In addressing these issues, Africanism and Authenticity helps to refine the current discussion of literary authenticity and documents a distinctive tradition that will be helpful to all future studies of African-American women's writing.

    About the Author

    Amy K. Levin is director of the Women's Studies Program and associate professor of English at Northern Illinois University

    Here's a review

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    Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women's Novels

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    We Ain't The Brontes

    We Ain't The Brontes Blog Tour
    with Rosalyn McMillan

    March 7-11, 2011
    About the Book
    (mainstream fiction)
    The relationship between Charity Evans and her sister Lynzee Lavender brings new meaning to the term “sibling rivalry.” Lynzee writes science fiction, and her New York Times bestseller status gets her into A-list parties and fattens her bank account. She can’t stand the fact that Charity is a published author too, though she swears that Charity is nowhere near as good.
    It seems like the publishing industry might agree, because Charity is having trouble getting her contract renewed. Is it possible that Lynzee has had her blacklisted? With her savings dwindling, Charity struggles to pay her bills, and the pressure is putting incredible strain on her marriage. Things only get worse when Lynzee drops a bomb: she reveals that Charity’s husband is the father of a child she gave up for adoption years ago.
    Charity’s life goes into a tailspin as she struggles with the shocking news. Should she tell her husband about the child he never knew he had, or would that be more drama than their already fragile marriage can handle? Charity chooses to fight back against her sister in a very creative way, but the fallout from all this drama might leave plenty of casualties in its wake.
    Bestselling author Rosalyn McMillan narrates the tale of two literary sisters that will make readers ask: How much of this is based on actual events?
    About the Author
    Rosalyn McMillan is a dedicated wife and devoted mother of four, and grandmother of five, who is currently surviving both rheumatoid arthritis and Alopecia Totalis, a disease that causes bodily hair loss. Rosalyn worked as a sewing machine operator at Ford Motor Company for nineteen years before medically retiring. She used the challenges in her own life as inspiration to become a successful novelist. Rosalyn loves to research newsworthy stories and use them as sub-plots in her real-life novels.
    Her first novel, Knowing, debuted as a highly successful initial achievement. Knowing sold over 70,000 hardcover copies and over 400,000 paperbacks. It was a national best-seller and charted admirably on many book lists.
    Rosalyn then followed the success of her first book with One Better, then Blue Collar BluesThe Flip Side of SinThis Side of Eternity was Rosalyn’s fifth novel; the plot centered around the sanitation workers strike in 1968.
    Rosalyn remains a loyal student of her profession by reading two to three hundred books a year. She feels that it’s imperative for an author to keep abreast of the New York Times best-sellers as well as fresh voices of fiction.
    Currently, she lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband, John, where they relax fishing in their stocked pond.
    Some of her favorite authors are John Sanford, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Toni Morrison, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kimberla Lawson-Roby and Terry McMillan.
     Visit the full blog tour and LIVE Radio schedule at

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

    Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

    Liel Leibovitz, Matthew Miller 

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 14, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0393070042

  • ISBN-13: 978-0393070040

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

  • About Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an American Civilization by Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller

    In 1872, the Chinese Education Mission sent 120 boys—most no older than 12 or 13—away from their homes in Canton China to the United States. Here, they were sent to private schools, given room and board with prominent families, and told that they would learn all that the West had to offer. They met some of the brightest American luminaries of the time, from Ulysses S. Grant to Mark Twain. After spending a decade in New England’s finest schools, the boys returned home driven by a pioneering spirit of progress and reform. Their lives in America influenced not only their thinking, but their nation’s endeavor to become a contemporary world power, an endeavor that resonates powerfully today.

    Fortunate Sons tells these boys’ remarkable stories—their homesickness, their ambition, and the revolutionizing changes that they ultimately made to China upon their return. Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller draw on the unusual wealth of primary resources in order to let readers listen to the students’ own voices. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other first-person accounts, Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable tale, weaving together the dramas of personal lives with the momentous thrust of a nation reborn. These first-hand accounts lend Fortunate Sons its most remarkable feature: that its layered account of the relations between China and America at a pivotal moment in the last empire can build on vivid individual portraits of these men caught between two cultures. Shedding light on a crucial yet largely unknown period in China’s history, Fortunate Sons provides insight into the issues concerning that nation today, from its struggle toward economic supremacy to its fraught relationship with the United States.

    Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller are authors of Lili Marlene: The Soldiers’ Song of World War II.


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