AALBC.com eNewsletter - October 31st, 2002
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THE HEAT SEEKERS
THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK
by Stephen L. Carter
GONNA LAY DOWN MY BURDENS
by Mary Monroe
by Karen E. Quinones Miller
by Omar Tyree
New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1 by Quincy Troupe
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Much like the vibrant, riveting reading performances for which he is so well-known, Quincy Troupe's award-winning poetry is pure rhythm and deep bass beats that barely stay on the page. This magnificent new volume captures Troupe's voice stronger than ever as he issues celebratory and pointed statements on jazz, sports, love, art, literature, American life, and the sublimity of it all.
Winner of a Peabody and two American Book Awards, Quincy Troupe has published several books of poetry and two bestselling books about Miles Davis. He is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego.
a Sistah Thing: A Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Fibroids for African
American Women by Monique R. Brown
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Even though this book deals with a
common ailment (fibroids), it is unique because it specifically addresses
African American women, who suffer from this condition three to nine times more
often than women of other races. Written by an African American sufferer, this
well-researched work pulls together an enormous amount of information on
conventional and alternative therapies that will be useful to its readers
~Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Time: Love Eternal: An adventure with beginnings in ancient Africa by O.J. Harp
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"Across Time: Love Eternal has everything, history drama, imagination, creative
expression. We have too few novels that have acted as a vehicle for teaching
timeless messages. Dr. Harp is well versed in his historical material. He has
taken history one step further. He engaged the challenge of conveying complex
impressions and insights rooted in ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) history and
culture and merging these notions with contemporary youth culture. As such, a
wide audience should find this novel exciting and informative at the same time.
Teachers can find many uses for the content. Adults in general and young people
in particular can simply relax and enjoy the work as a novel, and return to it
for further study. All praises to Dr. Harp for giving us a solid model of how to
bring our culture to life."
- Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III Fuller Callaway Professor Georgia State University
Across Time: Love Eternal is filled with mysticism, magic, future technology, and the history and lore of ancient Egypt. (Published August 2002 by Seaburn Publishers)
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.
Many Americans hold preconceived notions about romance fiction without having read one. Their knowledge of the genre involve perceptions about Harlequin romances, terms such as "bodice rippers" or "purple prose," and book covers with Fabio embracing a blonde, blue-eyed ing�nue deep in the throes of passion. It is widely believed that romance fiction only appeals to the type of women one Washington Post reporter called "the bored and the brain-dead."
Despite stereotypes of the novels as "poorly written" or "trash," readers spend nearly one billion dollars on romance fiction each year. Approximately two out of every three paperback fiction titles purchased are romance novels. Sales of romance fiction surpass those of mysteries, science fiction and westerns combined. Surprisingly, African-American readers make up the fastest growing segments of the romance community, accounting for about 25 percent of the romances sold. Why?
Read the rest of this insightful article and find out:
Maximizing the potential of the World Wide Web
by Troy Johnson, Founder AALBC.com
What makes the Web so compelling it that it is truly the great equalizer. The Web and all of its related technology allows individuals to compete successfully with major corporations. Indeed, many of the Web sites, I�m about to mention, were started by individuals with a good idea. The Web does not care about your age, race, or how much money you have. All the Web cares about are good ideas. There is a popular phrase on the Web which says; �content is king�. The phrase may have become trite, but it remains truer today than ever before.
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Through the Storm by Sha' Givens - Reviewed by Linda
http://reviews.aalbc.com/through_the_storm.htm (excerpt below)
In a seemingly quiet Los Angeles
neighborhood we follow Givens two headstrong, naive seventeen-year-olds,
Mahogany Malone and Jennifer Jones, through their secrets of misguided love,
deception, and tragedy. Givens describes the emotional roller-coaster mind-set
of teenage girls making the transition to womanhood with great insight and she
possesses a descriptive writing style that is smooth and refreshing.
Inner City Miracle: A Memoir, by Judge Greg Mathis -
Reviewed by Thumper (excerpt below)
Judge Greg Mathis makes his debut on the literary stage with his autobiography, Inner City Miracle: A Memoir. Mathis is the star of the popular The Judge Greg Mathis Show, a syndicated court show that features litigants who have filed a small claim case, and want the matter settled in Judge Mathis' TV court. In the book Judge Mathis lays open his life, from his days as a juvenile delinquent, his college and law school years, his lawsuit against the Michigan State Bar Association to obtain his license to practice law, and, finally, starring in his own television show.
Gonna Lay Down My Burdens by Mary Monroe - Reviewed by Thumper
Mary Monroe's latest offering is Gonna Lay Down My
Burdens, a novel of redemption, secrets, lies and friendship. Gonna Lay Down My
Burdens is not the kind of novel that I expected from Monroe, for it is the
closest she's come to presenting a romance/relationship novel. But I was swept
up and I cheered for a happy ending. I got a little ticked when it became
apparent a happy ending wasn't going to materialize. I continue to be bewitched
by Monroe, and Gonna Lay Down My Burdens is the latest contribution to her
The Upper Room by Mary Monroe - Reviewed by Thumper (excerpt below)
Mary Monroe initially caught my attention and admiration
with her second novel God Don't Like Ugly. I loved God Don't Like Ugly, as I
previously stated in my review
and I am even more enthusiastic about Monroe's latest novel, The Upper Room. I
laughed till my sides hurt and my throat got clogged with previously cried but
unreleased tears. I was chilled to the bone and awestruck by the events and
characters. The Upper Room is a remarkable novel I will not soon forget.
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Francis Ray - Reviewed by Thumper (excerpt below) http://reviews.aalbc.com/i_know_who_holds_tomorrow.htm
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow is the first book that I've read
written by Francis Ray. I hesitated to pick it up because it shares its title
with an old hymn and I thought it was an inspirational book. After I read the
synopsis, I was praying that it wasn't an inspirational/fiction novel, and it
wasn't. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow is about redemption, forgiveness and betrayal.
It is a novel with twists, turns and drama. I loved it! I started and finished
this novel in one 24-hour period. I ate it up with a fork and spoon.
Sittin' in the Front Pew by Parry A. Brown - Reviewed by Thumper
Sittin' In The Front Pew is the latest novel by Parry "EbonySatin" Brown. This tale showcases the reactions a family to the death of its patriarch, Sittin' In The Front Pew is an enjoyable novel that contains a nice mixture of tragic loss, pain, confusion, anger and love, filtered through an emotionally charged family drama, Sittin' In The Front Pew had me laughing, crying, and amen-ing.
AUTHORS WITH A STORY TO TELL
Ms. Carter grew up in Jackson, Miss. She graduated from
the University of Southern Mississippi. She began her professional career as a
general assignment and cops reporter, before covering education. She also was an
education reporter at The Times newspaper in Shreveport, La., where she now
serves as education editor and is a columnist.
As If Nothing Happened
is her first novel. She is now working on her second, Sacrifice the One.
Brooklyn-born author Crystal Winslow began to write
creatively at an early age drawing inspiration from her travels and the many
colorful people she encountered. The result is a unique and melodramatic
storytelling technique evident in both her deeply personal spoken word/poetry
book Melodrama, and in her recently released character-driven and remarkably
visual novel Life, Life &
Edward Nubian James is currently writing his next fiction
novel called I'm The One You Were Born to Seek. He has been featured upon 1480
Talk with Courtis Fuller, and has upcoming appearances scheduled with various
talk shows to discuss his novel,
A Breath Away From
Sleep. Aside from writing, James works as a part-time print model and
has appeared in numerous advertisements in Forbes Magazine, Business Week
Magazine, and PC Magazine.
"I have not seen any law school
admissions books written especially for African Americans interested in pursuing
a law degree. The book (The
African American Pre-Law School Advice Guide: Things You Really Need to Know
Before Applying to Law School)
I've written serves to fill that void," says Evangeline M. Mitchell, a June
graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education
(Ed.M.) in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She also holds a
Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of Iowa College of Law,
Peggy E. Spiller was born in Chicago, but spent the majority of her childhood in the northern Louisiana city of Shreveport. From an early age, she recalls creating characters in her head (for she would never dare tell anyone) and carrying their evolving stories around for years. She'd often fall off to sleep trying to force herself to dream about them. Thus, her first novel, Real Dreams, published in 1998, centers on a young woman's desperate prayer for a beautiful dream to return.
THE SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2002 BEST SELLING BOOKS
Threesome: Where Seduction, Power and Basketball Collide by Brenda Thomas
Sasha is caught in the middle of the exciting, sexually charged underbelly of professional basketball, the sadness of suicide and constant self-destructive behavior. Follow along as the threads of love, happiness and self-worth are woven together to create the fabric of Threesome
#2 - Boondocks Collection by Aaron McGruder
#3 - LONG TRAIN to the redeeming SIN: Stories about AFRICAN women by Kola Boof
#4 - Echoes of a Distant Summer by Guy Johnson
#5 - Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales From the Gulf States by Zora Neale Hurston
#7 - The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass, Peter J. Gomes (Introduction) Preface by William Lloyd Garrison
#8 - Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction by Carol Taylor (Editor)
#9 - Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver, Thomas A. Stockett (Illustrator)
#10 - Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee
TWO NEW RELEASES FROM ONE WORLD/BALLANTINE
In 1991, One World was founded to publish multi-cultural titles encompassing subjects of African-American, Asian, Latin, and Native American interest across all categories and formats. Titles include; My Soul has Grown to Deep by John Edgar Wideman and Inner City Miracle by Greg Mathis. One World received a Literary Market Place Award in 1993 for Excellence in Trade Publishing.
by Anthony Grooms
From the war-torn rice fields of Vietnam to the riot-filled streets of Birmingham, Alabama, Bombingham is the affecting story of a middle-class black family driven by its personal chaos. When Walter Burke is faced with writing a letter to the parents of a fallen friend and fellow soldier, he is taken back to his childhood amidst the Civil Rights Movement. From it, he recalls the segregated city, the fledgling movement, and the momentous responsibility to act.
it on Eve by Philana Mar Boles
Shawni Baldwin has everything she has ever closed her eyes and wished for. She can wrap her arms around a devoted and very sexy fianc�, Bo Delaney, an entertainment attorney. She is living a glamorous life as a successful, jet-setting fashion model. But now, much to the dismay of her mother, Shawni has decided not to sign her next modeling contract. For beyond the pop of the flash bulb, beneath the glitzy trappings of fame and fortune, Shawni feels like just another empty doll on the runway.
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