AALBC.com eNewsletter - October 22nd, 2003
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RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS
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After Dark: Tales of Terror by
Havoc After Dark: Tales of Terror, is literature at its best. The stories are packed with old-world wisdom, and an expert's knowledge of human nature, written by the hand ofan enchanted poet. Havoc After Dark belongs in the company of Langston Hughes' magnificent The Ways of White Folks. Havoc After Dark is a calling card to introduce our next remarkable author, Robert Fleming. �Reviewed by Thumper
Through the Fire by Chaka Khan with Tonya Bolden
Chaka! Through the Fire, is not the most compelling or perfectly written memoir on the market. But, it is explosive, honest and full of self-discovery. This is due in part to Chaka's determination and her ongoing struggle to continue to shine regardless of her past mistakes. So while I had hoped for her to, Tell Me Something Good, I received something better. She told me the truth. No frills, nothing scandalous, just the truth . . . in her own inimitable diva-like way. �Reviewed by Linda Watkins
AALBC.com BEST SELLING BOOKS SEPTEMBER & AUGUST 2003
Who's Gonna Take the Weight?: Manhood, Race, and Power in America by Kevin Powell
Kevin Powell leads us to the heart of the searing issues facing us today, from manhood, violence, and gender oppression to celebrity culture and hip-hop. Using compelling personal stories as the connecting thread, he examines what this nation has become since the monumental upheavals of the 1960s and where it might be headed if we're not careful.
Sweet innocent Yarni, from a well-to do family, by chance, meets Richmond's notorious drug kingpin, Des. Immediately they develop an astronomical love, which separates her from her family and friends. But when Des, is sentenced to life in prison, she will learn, being a hustler's wife isn't as easy, with her sole provider behind bars. Travel with Yarni, as she survives when the script if flipped. At times she plays the game, and at other times...the game plays her. Her journey is filled with laughter, tears, failures, triumphs and perseverance. Nikki's debut novel is a smorgasbord of manipulation, street-life, greed, betrayal, envy, money, power and revenge.
Nervous by Zane
Zane's legion of fans can't get enough of her way of telling a juicy, sexy story. Now, the New York Times bestselling queen of erotica brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality -- one highly sexed and one sexually repressed. Jonquinette Pierce has always been nervous when it comes to men. She took a job dealing with mostly women so she could avoid men. She goes to work and comes straight home during the week, but on the weekends her other self, Jude, takes over and goes on intense sexual escapades.
God Don't like Ugly by Monroe, Mary
Mary Monroe, the acclaimed author of The Upper Room, has had her work praised as "warm, energetic, and charming" by the Houston Post and "magnificent" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Now, in her new novel, God Don't Like Ugly, she brings back to life the bond between two girls from opposite sides of the track and the shattering event that changes their lives forever. Set in Ohio during the 50's, 60's and 70's, this richly-drawn coming-of-age tale is about a sexually abused young black woman and the beautiful and diabolical best friend who comes to her rescue. Resonating with clear-eyed wit and uncompromising honesty, it is a tale of endurance, hope and triumph, full of laughter and pure enjoyment.
Stagolee Shot Billy by Brown, Cecil
A small portion of this story has been told again and again, generation after generation, but few, till now, have known what the whole story was. Novelist and scholar Cecil Brown explores this legend from what was in those days the second city of America, gateway between East and West and North and South: St. Louis. Though bits of actual history have been associated with the song, the true story -- told in its entirety for the first time in this book -- is more complex, more deeply rooted, than anything anyone would ever dare to invent. It tells of the first generation of free black men, crushed by a Genteel America that was both black and white. It tells of the wild place this country was in the nineteenth century -- so wild that the inhabitants of the twentieth century could take it only in small doses and needed to forget. Now it can be told in full.
Don't Fit In My Mouth by
Jessica C. Moore
Words Don't Fit In My Mouth by Jessica C. Moore
The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth has become a classic book among fans of the new movement of poets around the world. The first release from author jessica Care moore, The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth is a thematically, multi-various collage of poems on love and lost, relationships, racism, sexism, and identity that says: "..we exist, yes we do. It's a fact." In the words of editor Tony Medina, this collection is full of tom-boy muscle and tender sister love caresses. She coos and curses and condems- all in one breath, all in one poem, one book.
A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder
Here�s the first big book of The Boondocks, more than four years and 800 strips of one of the most influential, controversial, and scathingly funny comics ever to run in a daily newspaper.
True to the Game: A Teri Woods Fable by Woods, Teri
This book represents the drug game during the late 80's from the inner city streets of Philadelphia. The main characters, Gena and Quadir find themselves caught in the vicious, yet seductive world of drugs and money. Quadir a millionaire drug dealer flipping kilo after kilo, builds a massive money empire. He, however, is also faced with the art of extortion brought upon by the notorious junior mafia. She, however, is faced with holding onto her man, her house, her car and the money. This is our life, these are our streets and this book represents our losses, our gains, our sorrows and joys.
Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop by Guthrie P. Ramsey
Ramsey provides vivid glimpses of the careers of Dinah Washington, Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Cootie Williams, and Mahalia Jackson, among others, to show how the social changes of the 1940s elicited an Afro-modernism that inspired much of the music and culture that followed. Race Music illustrates how, by transcending the boundaries between genres, black communities bridged generational divides and passed down knowledge of musical forms and styles. It also considers how the discourse of soul music contributed to the vibrant social climate of the Black Power Era. Multilayered and masterfully written, Race Music provides a dynamic framework for rethinking the many facets of African American music and the ethnocentric energy that infused its creation.
THE URBAN GUIDE TO BIBLICAL MONEY MANAGEMENT by Oteia Bruce
An easy-to-use, spiritually-minded workbook, The Urban Guide To Biblical Money Management is a "must read" for anyone who wants to discover that God is the power behind all wealth and the value of within all things. Great for individual and group use.
"The primary focus of this book is to help readers understand what the Bible has to say about our money management habits, common financial mistakes, how to avoid and recover from them, and discover how to build financial security for ourselves.
NEW AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT
Robinson's most recent novel, When I Get Free, is the story of Theodore �Tower� Evans. Tower, under a different set of circumstances, he could have become a top executive at a Fortune 500 company or a successful entrepreneur. Instead, he became a statistic: one in three black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine under correctional supervision or control. After ten years in prison, Tower is paroled and living in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, trying to adjust to the changes that have occurred in the world. The only problem: His mind is still on lockdown. Read more about this new novel.
Carl Weber, best selling author of Baby Momma Drama calls K. Elliott "the new force to be reckoned with on the urban market.� K. Elliott was already offered two book deals for his first novel Entangled from Kensington Publishing and Triple Crown Publications. Read more about talented new author.
Cassandra Mack, the author of Young, Gifted and Doing It: 52 Power Moves for Teens and Her Rite of Passage: How to Design and Deliver A Rites of Passage Program for African-American Girls and Young Women, serves as a seminar leader, keynote speaker and consultant, providing employees with professional development strategies and youth with tools for lifelong success.
G. Percy Smalley, a Doctoral candidate in Business Administration and father of eight children, has recently published The Rocky Road Affair a romantic suspense thriller. Read more about this novel that creates "believable characters who get themselves into amusing and precarious situations".
Books That Click
Book deals, gossip, hot titles and interviews. Find on the latest industry buzz on booksthatclick.com
With over 18,000 reverse links, BookWire is THE MOST comprehensive online portal into the book industry. Their mission is to provide librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors, and general book enthusiasts with the resources they need. Their users benefit from access to various tools and services. The site provides links to an array of Bowker products, including Booksinprint.com and Ulrichsweb.com. They also provide articles on the latest industry news, access to literary journals and reviews, and an expansive directory of book sites around the world. Users can also search updated bestseller lists, find listings of literary events, and read author interviews.
Black Book Network.com
"Spotlighting Books Published by and for People of African Heritage"
Learn about fresh, new picks in the Editor's Choice with best selling fiction from Eric Jerome Dickey, Tracy Price-Thompson, R.M. Johnson, and Omar Tyree. Plus, you'll enjoy the best new non-fiction titles with memoirs from Dorothy Height and Donna Summer, beauty tips from expert, Mikki Taylor and healthy cuisine from diva, Patti LaBelle.
The Romer Review
The Romer Review's main mission is to give aspiring writers and those authors who feel that being spotlighted therein would be apropos in allowing AA readership, to yet have another location to get inspired information for and about blacks. The site was launched November 2002, and just under 6,000 people have surfed it as we continue to pride ourselves as being a diverse and proactive mix of resources, book reviews, and literary works to inform accordingly
BOOKS PLANED FOR PUBLICATION NOVEMBER 2003
Visit our books section for links which allow you to search for new releases, by month of publication, of books by or about African-Americans.
Or if you prefer to search for books by author. Visit our "complete" author list for a list of books by almost 800 authors.
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary events. Visitors may even post their own events and include a link back to their web site. If you don't have a web site AALBC.com can build one for you; simply fill out the form on our web site at http://www.aalbc.com/events/
Here are just a couple of events coming up soon:
Margo Jefferson, New York Times cultural critic and writer Elizabeth Kendall (author of Where She Danced: The Birth of American Art-Dance and the memoir American Daughter), who are writing a book about women artists whose work transformed American culture, will talk about Uncle Tom�s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Selections read by Dr. Glory Van Scott. Tickets: $18, $15 Members, $16 Students & Seniors
Literary Retreat for Women Who Love to Read - November 14th, Savannah, GA
Literary Retreat for Women Who Love to Read Nov. 14-16, 2003 Savannah, GA Literary Salons, Author Readings and Book signings, Gospel Breakfast. Contact: www.atlanticbookpost.com email@example.com 703-818-2410 Simply the best weekend of your life!
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
November 2003 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, November 9th, 2003 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read Arrow of God, and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our chat room http://www.thumperscorner.com/chat/
Visit http://thumperscorner.com/Reading_List.htm to view the rest of The Coffee Will Make You Black on-line reading group's reading list for 2003
AALBC.com DISCUSSION BOARDS
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