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.

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