AALBC.com eNewsletter, February 12, 2001
AALBC'S BESTSELLERS � JANUARY 2001
Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction
Edited by Carol Taylor
�Silk sheets...jazz playing softly in the background. The many moods of Eros are explored in this rich and diverse array of black erotica, written especially for this Plume collection.�
The Gospel of Good Success: A Road Map to Spiritual, Emotional, and Financial Wholeness
Author: Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
Twenty years ago, Kirbyjon H. Caldwell was a fast-track bond broker with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. But he turned away from a six-figure income to answer the call of his Divine purpose. With the explosive power that comes from combining prayer with action, Caldwell transformed a struggling twenty-five-member congregation into a lean, mean Kingdom-building machine. The Windsor Village United Methodist Church now has more than 11,000 members and 120 ministries for everything from job placement and financial planning to weight loss and alcohol rehabilitation.
The transformation of Windsor began with a simple truth: God wants His children to have good success! Not just the traditional concept of spiritual blessings, but redemption in every aspect of our existence: our emotions, career, finances, relationships, health, parenting skills, academic career, and more.
AALBC BOOK REVIEWS
Read Paige Turner�s Review
Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor
by Jerry Butler, with Earl Smith
�Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor is one of the best and most intelligent books of the last year. Renaissance man Jerry Butler's life has made an arc from a poor southern sharecropping family, to gold records, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to public service as an elected official. How he got from point A to Z -- and all of the interesting stops along the way -- makes Only the Strong Survive excellent and worthwhile reading, and perhaps the best celebrity biography of the last five years.�
Read Thumper�s Review of
Sammy: An Autobiography
by Jane and Burt Boyer
�Sammy Davis, Jr. started off in vaudeville at the age of three, dancing with his father and his partner, Will Mastin, as the Will Mastin Trio. The trio survived the death of vaudeville and the birth of television. He was the only black member of the famous, Rat Pack. Although show business was in his blood, he was politically active, causing some controversy along the way, from his second marriage to white actress May Britt, his political association with Richard Nixon, and being called a nigger on one hand and an Uncle Tom on the other. The book skims his health problems, aging, and his last marriage to Altovise Davis. A large life to fit into a 530 page book.�
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU
BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Next Monthly Book Chat Session
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading "Captain Blackman" by John A. Williams. Our chat session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th, 2001, 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read "Captain Blackman", and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our new chat room http://www.aalbc.com/vchat/.
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Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, edited by Manthia Diawara at New York University, has published some of the most important contemporary artists, writers, and thinkers. Ama Ata Aidoo, Amiri Baraka, Maryse Cond�, Ronib Kelley, Walter Mosley, Ishmael Reed, Coreen Simpson, Hortense Spillers, Clyde Talyor, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Quincy Throupe, Michelle Wallace, and Shay Youngblood are just some of the writers and artists whose work has graced our pages.
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The 17th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Program
February 16 to 18, 2001 Philadelphia, PA
This events for this three day celebration include presentations by over 50 authors, a performance by Jayne Cortez and her band the Firespitters, poetry readings by Harryette Mullen and Cave Canem. There will also be several panel discussions and workshops on topics ranging from; self publishing, the state of black writing, book sales, formaing a book club and much more!
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