Monday, May 30, 2011

Not Acceptable -- the R-Word

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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kyung-Sook Shin author of Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom
by Kyung-SookShin

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780307593917
ISBN-13: 978-0307593917
ASIN: 0307593916



Product Description
This is the masterpiece written by Korean famous female novelist, Kyung-Sook Shin. More than 1.5 million books are sold in Korea

Here's the blurb from Booklist:
This novel from widely acclaimed Korean author Shin focuses on motherhood and family guilt. Park So-nyo, mother of four now-adult children, has gone missing in a Seoul train station on the way to visit them. The novel is told in four parts, from the perspectives of, first, her daughter, and then, her firstborn son, her husband, and finally, So-nyo herself. Composed almost entirely in second-person narration, the writing is sharp, biting, and intensely moving. So-nyo’s children continually battle with their own guilt for not taking better care of her while reminiscing about the times when they were young, growing up in incredible poverty in the countryside. The children come to terms with their mother’s absence in their own ways, and their father repents for a lifetime of neglect. When So-nyo’s voice enters the narrative, the portrait of a troubled but loving family is complete. Secrets are revealed, and the heart of a mother is beautifully exposed. This Korean million-plus-copy best-seller is an impressive exploration of family love, poverty, and triumphing over hardship. --Julie Hunt






Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Meltdown


cover imageThe meltdown

Divine, L.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, c2011.
xiv, 270 p. ; 21 cm.
Jayd needs time to recoup from her dramatic school year, but time is the one thing she doesn't have. She's said yes to becoming a debutante, and now she has to deal with her girl Mickey's jealousy--on top of babysitting, hair braiding, cheer camp, and a summer writing class. With the stress of Jayd's hectic schedule, strange visions, and insomnia, luckily Mama returns from her vacation in time to help Jayd and her crew avert real drama. Mama's convinced something sinister is at play, and they both need a plan to get Jayd her swagger back before it's too late.
Includes discussion questions and excerpt from: So, so hood (p. [249]-264).

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