Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Small Island by Andrea Levy

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312429525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312429522

  • Small Island is an international bestseller.  It won the Orange Prize for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, The Whitbread Novel Award, The Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.  It has now been adapted for the screen as a coproduction of the BBC and Masterpiece/WGBH Boston.

    Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.
    Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers---in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant's life.

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    More of Life's Spices, edited by Vicki L Ward

    More of Life's Spices: Seasoned Sistahs Keepin' it Real
    edited by Vicki L. Ward

    • Paperback: 268 pages
    • Publisher: Nubian Images Publishing (June 1, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0975516272
    • ISBN-13: 978-0975516270

      This is the blurb

    This is the blurb:
    More of Life's Spices, Seasoned Sistahs Keepin' It Real speaks volumes to women. This book helps women reclaim their voices, lifts hearts and lays a path for empowerment. It is a 'sistah circle'--a gathering of women soulfully speaking authentic truths of joyful highs and heart-wrenching trials. Their narratives deepen our belief that life events are universal for all women on life's journey.  
    They speak of self esteem, family dynamics, surviving obstacles, and overcoming trauma. Continuing on this road of life, they bare truths about relationships and intimacy, and gently broach the subject of death, and living with loss.
    Readers will laugh, cry, and relate to the events these writers breathe life into. They will recognize the universal truths these women speak, which bonds them to one another in sistah-hood

    She later refocused her writing on a female audience examining the many life changes women experience, from emerging young women to maturing women. Through these books she seeks to nurture honest dialog among women, strengthen bonds, and to provide tools and guidance to live more empowered lives.

    More of Life's Spices, Seasoned Sistahs Keepin' It Real, and the 2nd Volume in the immensely popular anthology series were released in May 2013, again showcasing the voices of women of color, and continuing to lift up and emphasize the sistahhood of all women.

    Vicki published Savvy, Sassy & Bold after 50, A Midlife Rebirth in 2010, which won Best Women's Self Help Book and Honorable Mention from two Northern California Publishing Organizations. This has proven to be a vital handbook for sistahs navigating this time of life filled with changes, new insight, and new decisions to be made.

    Future Books include:

    Supercharge Your Life after 60; Ten Ways to Ignite your Lifestyle will be released in April 2014. This handbook targets maturing women designed to provide timely advice, and support for the changing needs of women in the decade of their sixties.

    About the author:  Vicki L Ward

    Vicki Ward is editor of Life's Spices from Seasoned Sistahs, an anthology Black Issues Book Review tagged as "a book peppered with candor, dabbed with sassiness and covered with wisdom gained from living...supplying readers glimpses into other cultures plus advice." This popular book has been an assigned text in California college courses for over five years. It garnered Book of the Year Award--ForeWord Magazine, Bronze Award--Independent Publishers Association, and Best Anthology-The Los Angeles Black Book Expo, and is archived in the permanent collection of the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, California.

    Vicki is an author, and speaker. She has conducted women's empowerment workshops at St. Mary's College Women's Conference, East County Women's Conference, and the Empowering Women of Color Conference at U. C. Berkeley. She has spoken at Soroptimist Clubs, American Business Women, San Francisco Library, Book Clubs and Church groups, and college audiences.

    For several years she was an entertainment writer for a regional entertainment magazine. She wrote R & B and jazz concert reviews, interviewed celebrities, wrote stage play reviews and reviewed new CD Releases. 

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Nubian Images Publishing Company (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975516205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975516201

  • "Life's Spices From Seasoned Sistahs" A Collection of Life Stories From Mature Women of Color These are true stories and poems from the voices of women of color. These "seasoned sistahs" hail from all across the United States and also include a sistah living in India. They boldly share the defining events in their lives. They tell of relationships, parenting, family, self esteem, mothers, forgiveness, death, and finding a spiritual path. They describe how they walked these journeys in their lives. This first volume of stories and poetry is for younger women just experiencing life, and for mature sistahs alike. As these "seasoned sistahs" share their lives they enable others to learn from, and gain support through their trials, and triumphs. When you share their stories, you learn the importance of knowing there is similarity of life's experiences for all women everywhere. The book also contains an extensive state by state resource guide for women, which includes many US territories.

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