AALBC.com's Bestselling Books for March 2001
Day Late and a Dollar Short
Format: Hardcover, 448pp.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short is also #1 on the New York Times Best Seller's List (February 4 - February 10, 2001)
Much-heralded and long awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the Price family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their four adult kids, each of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and thin, and entirely on their own terms. With her hallmark exuberance and cast of characters so sassy, resilient, and full of life that they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page, the author of the phenomenal best-sellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back has given us a novel that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and gives us six more friends we never want to leave.
Format: Hardcover, 320pp.
A fresh insightful voice in African-American fiction, Kimberla Lawson Roby has won raves from readers and critics alike. Reviewer's Bookwatch called BEHIND CLOSED DOORS a truly uplifting account of struggle and adjustment. Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times bestselling author of Milk in My Coffee, praised the unforgettable characters of HERE AND NOW, and called Roby a true writer, a storyteller at the top of her game. Now Kim Roby is back with the powerful story of a woman torn between salvaging the marriage which has given her both happiness and heartbreak, and savoring her first sweet taste of independence.
Tanya Black has everything a woman could want: a fulfilling career, a beautiful daughter, an elegant home and a handsome, charismatic husband who is pastor at a prominent Baptist church. And yet, Tanya can no longer deny that the calm surface of her life hides a growing turbulence. Her husband Curtis, once a supportive partner and passionate lover, has grown remote, and Tanya has the uneasy feeling that her comfortable life is about to change forever.
When Tanya uncovers disturbing truths about Curtis, she is plunged into a bittersweet journey of discovery. For while she learns painful new lessons about love, betrayal and sensual temptation, she also discovers, within herself, the wisdom to celebrate the victories that are hers alone. ~from book cover
Seventh Octave: The Early Writings of Saul Stacey Williams Publisher: Moore Black Press Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of
words...the Bob Marley of American poets" (Esquire), Saul Williams is a
gifted young poet who is opening up this literary art form to a new
generation of readers. Like his writing -- a fearless mix of connecting
rhythms and vibrant images -- Saul Williams is unstoppable. He received
raves for his performance as an imprisoned street poet in the Trimark
Pictures release Slam, winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand
Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The consummate
spoken-word performance artist, Williams has also been signed by
producer Rick Rubin to record a CD of his poetry.
Publisher: Moore Black Press
Hailed as "a dreadlocked dervish of words...the Bob Marley of American poets" (Esquire), Saul Williams is a gifted young poet who is opening up this literary art form to a new generation of readers. Like his writing -- a fearless mix of connecting rhythms and vibrant images -- Saul Williams is unstoppable. He received raves for his performance as an imprisoned street poet in the Trimark Pictures release Slam, winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The consummate spoken-word performance artist, Williams has also been signed by producer Rick Rubin to record a CD of his poetry.
Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction
Edited by Carol Taylor
Format: Paperback, 272pp.
Brown Sugar brings together some of the most acclaimed voices in today's black literary world-Sapphire, Natasha Tarpley, Reginald Harris, and Pamela Sneed, among them. These titillating stories cover the full spectrum of black experience and identity as they reveal sexuality and sensuality in all their varied and exotic forms. From the subtle to the graphic, Brown Sugar embraces the ardor and passion of black love and lust, and will appeal to both men and women. Featuring both well-established authors and promising new writers, this one-of-a-kind collection represents the past, present, and future of black literature at its pleasurable and outrageous best.
ALL TIME AALBC BEST SELLING BOOK since we started selling books in December 1997 (and we've sold over 1,200 different titles during this period)!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Inc.
"Who says poetry does not sell?" -- Troy Johnson AALBC.com
AALBC top 10 bestseller every11 out of 12 months in 2000! She is a fascinating and unique collection of interconnected poems by this multi-talented star -- and marks the beginning of an incredible and totally original artistic career.
She is a fascinating and unique collection of interconnected poems by this multi-talented star -- and marks the beginning of an incredible and totally original artistic career.
Gospel of Good Success: A Road Map to Spiritual, Emotional, and
Author: Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
Format: Paperback, 256pp.
In The Gospel of Good Success, Caldwell shares with you the six steps that transformed his life and Windsor Village. In his own inimitable, energetic style he will show you how to:
* Find Your Calling
There is a road to good success. God does not always offer instant gratification, however. Only if you are willing to make the sacrifices of the journey will you enter the place where all the pieces of your life -- your spiritual, financial, physical, professional, emotional, and relational pieces -- will be in sync, not as pieces of some convoluted puzzle but as pieces fitting harmoniously together as a whole: the place that Pastor Caldwell calls Holistic Salvation.
Let this book be your road map to Holistic Salvation. God has given you the promise of an absolutely successful life. Stand up. Claim it. Attain it. Be Whole.
Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 140pp.
"After Uncle Ugly's gunned down by that sneaky dog Catfish Grimes, 15-year-old Artemis leaves his sainted Dear Mother and turns cowboy avenger. . . . The pace is brisk, the tongue-in-cheek humor is beautifully maintained [in this] fist-swinging adventure." 'BL. "An entertaining yarn that could well introduce new readers to historical fiction."
Eros: Black Erotic Writings
Includes the critically acclaimed essay by Kalamu ya Salaam, titled ``Do Right Women: Black Women, Eroticism, and Classic Blues.''
The overwhelming power of the erotic imagination is brought to full flower in this masterful collection of African-American writings. With more than one hundred pieces from more than seventy-five writers, most original to this volume, Dark Eros explores the erotic possibilities as imagined and reported by authors both well-known and up-and-coming. Using the literary to trace the full range of the erotic impulse, this collection of writers and writings--poetry, fiction, and essays--covers the length and breadth of styles and emotions in contemporary African-American writing.
Author: Ntozake Shange
Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 80pp.
Songs of love and urban tragedy from one of the preeminent African-American writers of our time. Shange's poems express the need to be felt and heard, to be necessary. In this love space, we all wear our desires, t-cells, and hearts on our sleeves and experience all that comes with wanting to get hold of life, or someone to love.
Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar, Glenn Mott (Editor)
Format: Paperback, 72pp.
A rich amalgam of lyrics encompassing patriotism, a celebration rural life and homey pleasures, anger at the inequalities accorded his race, and faith in ultimate justice, this collection affords readers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the disti9nctive voice and poetic technique of one of the most beloved and widely read African-American poets.