AALBC.com eNewsletter - December 2nd, 2002
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS & ARTICLES
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the most recently added content.
and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement
by Rosetta E. Ross - Reviewed by Paige Turner
"At the dawn of this new millennium when the "bimbo-ization" of American women is in full flower it is instructive to look back to times when women were the primary exercisers of the "faith muscle", and to explore how they marshaled unknown forces of strength and practical action to advance causes born in their spirits. These images seem far removed from those of video vixens who strut their stuff on BET, yet these times were not so long ago. In her book Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement author Rosetta E. Ross offers an impeccably researched examination of how key women in the Civil Rights movement exercised their faith muscles despite (or perhaps because of) the climate of injustice that surrounded them."
By Here: My Mother's Life by Clarence Major - Reviewed by Thumper
"Come by Here is a marvel! In a very real sense, Major didn't write the story of his mother, but of all our mothers. They may not have built skyscrapers, fought crusades or lead great social movements. However, we -- their children -- bear witness and acknowledge their humanity. Without sappy, melodramatic sentiment, and a computer's objectivity, Major wrote a magnificent book that shared his mother with the rest of the world. And for this, I thank him."
in the Wind by Whitney Leblanc - Reviewed by Thumper
"Whitney LeBlanc makes his literary debut with an impressive, multidimensional, highly entertaining family drama, written in the glory of the blues. I threw open my arms and embraced Blues in the Wind like a beloved long lost relative. Finally, a family drama with some bite has arrived. Blues In The Wind is one of the best books I have read this year. A triumph."
Our Breath Back by Shawne Johnson - Reviewed
by Linda Watkins
"Set in the funky, flower child, anti-war, 1960's, Getting Our Breath Back, the debut novel, by author Shawne Johnson, is not your ordinary read. Passionate words float with a hypnotic, poetic rhythm across the pages, and are a little tricky to comprehend at first. But once I found the pace, I slid easily into this fascinating story of three sisters, Violet, Rose and Lilly, who each confront various frustrations including addiction, single-parenthood, and adultery."
Hours: A Collection of Erotic Writing by Black Men edited by Robert Fleming -
Reviewed by Thumper
"After Hours hits the ground running and maintains its level of excellence from cover to cover. It includes Charles Johnson's Cultural Relativity, which had a surprising and humorous ending; Odell by John A. Williams, one of my favorite authors of all time; Arthur Flowers' (Another Good Loving Blues) Once Upon A Time, a tale that unfolds like a whispered melody sung with the rhythm of a beating heart; Alexs D. Pate's The Rumor, a haunting and poignant tale which placed me in the middle of an organized chaotic mind; and Jervey Tervalon (Dead Above Ground) sent me over-the-top with Twisted."
KADIR NELSON AN EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST
Nelson who has exhibited his works in galleries and museums throughout the United States contributes to his talents to the two wonderfully illustrated children's books below:
the Two of Us
by Will Smith, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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Format: Hardcover, 32pp.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc., April 2000, Edition Desc: 1 ED
Recommend Age Range: 5 to 10
Winner NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Children's:
Will Smith lends the lyrics of his hit single to a remarkable new picture book. Gorgeous pencil and oil illustrations by Kadir Nelson follow a father and son relationship through three stages of life: from newborn, to young child, to young man. Will Smith�s song is a call to all fathers to teach their children the values of dignity, integrity, and honor. But above all, it is a song of love.
Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee Michael Ray Charles (Illustrator) Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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Format: Hardcover, 32pp.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's, October 2002, Edition Desc: 1ST
Recommend Age Range: For infants or children in preschool.
Academy Award-nominated director and producer Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, recall some of the "surprises" that came with raising their own two children in this exuberant picture book that's perfect for family sharing. The Lees personally chose acclaimed artist (and father of two) Kadir Nelson to illustrate this book, and the resulting work -- a daring combination of warmth and vibrant color -- explodes with all the energy of childhood (and concludes with the patience, understanding, and unconditional love of being a parent).
AN AUTHOR WITH A STORY TO TELL
Her most recent book, �Easy Business for Women with Little or No Money,� explains how easy it is to start and run your home-based craft or art-related business.
"Like many people who want to become successful business owners, you may not know how to begin. There are many questions that you will need answers to such as "Who do you call?" "What questions do you ask?" This book will answer these questions and many others to start you on the road to being a successful business owner."
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: September 2002
While often vilified for his defense of Simpson, Cochran emerged from the trial as a leading African American spokes person. But he has done most of his talking through the courtroom in such high profile cases as:
The racially profiled New Jersey Turnpike Four
Sean "P Diddy" Combs
Cochran explains how he has used the law to force fundamental changes in America, it was Cochran, critics still claim, who dealt the first "race card." Here is his answer to that and other accusations.
by Al Sharpton
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Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: October 2002
Sharpton proves he is one of America's most passionate and controversial
thinkers: "I had to be me, regardless of what anyone else felt or thought about
me. That's true power."
Dorothy Ferebee, booksforblacks.net's founder says; "BooksforBlacks.net was created to present information that is beneficial to our development as a community. There are a lot of good books out there, so I have enlisted some talented booklovers to help get the information out there in their particular fields of expertise. We review and recommend books on finance, technology, health, science, politics, arts and culture. We also have a literacy expert and an early childhood educator to evaluate books for children. Our criteria are good literature and good information. We also look to the college and university presses, as well as independent publishers, for good books that may be overlooked by traditional venues. Knowledge is power."
Celebrating 35 years in Publishing
For thirty-five years, Third World Press has brought Black literature and thought to the center of the literary community. By providing a showcase for the vital works of best selling authors and the prosperous words of emerging literary talent, Third World Press solidifies its position as one of the most important publisher of progressive Black discourse and critique.
Third World Press perennial favorites include The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing (http://aalbc.com/authors/frances.htm) and The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race by Chancellor Williams (http://authors.aalbc.com/chancell.htm) both AALBC.com bestsellers.
Please join AALBC.com in celebrating and supporting the accomplishments of Third World Press perhaps one of the oldest continually running, independent presses in America. Visit www.thirdworldpressinc.com for more information.
New Black Book Store Database
We've are compiling a exhaustive list of book stores which are Black owned or prominently feature and support the work of Black authors. We have over 200 hundred book stores in our database and are updating of adding new entries everyday. So if you are looking for a Black owned book store; check out our list. If you know about a book store not already listed please lets us know about so that we may share the information with others.
New Literary Events Calendar
Post your event on the AALBC.com Literary Events Calendar. This is an ideal resource for authors who wish to post their tour schedules, or folks who want to promote a single event. AALBC.com also selects events from this calendar to include in our eNewsletter which goes out to thousands of subscribers 1 to 2 times a month.
New Chat Room
Look out for more scheduled chats with authors and the restoration of our month book club's monthly on-line chat sessions starting in January 2003.
Upgraded Discussion Boards
We've upgraded our discussion boards, adding new features and improving performance, Of course you'll always find something interesting in the ever popular Thumper's Corner chat room.
Join Black Expressions Book Club and get 3 Books for $3!
Choose from the books below and many more. Visit Black Expressions Book Club for more information.
THE HEAT SEEKERS
GOD'S GIFT TO WOMEN
by Michael Baisden
WHAT YOU OWE ME
by Bebe Moore Campbell
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