AALBC.com eNewsletter - September 20th, 2002
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the most recently added content.
Promised Land: Stories by Tour�
"The Portable Promised Land is a remarkable collection. It's cynical, witty, sarcastic, thought provoking, lyrical, upsetting and as seductive as a quiet suicide. Simply put, it's dangerous."
Harlem Redux by Persia Walker
"Persia Walker busts on the literary scene burnin' rubber and smokin' with her debut novel, Harlem Redux, a multi-faceted fictional tapestry. Harlem Redux is an absorbing history lesson, an intriguing mystery, and a leisurely review of 1920's Harlem society."
Telling by Karen E. Quinones Miller
I'm Telling is a delicious family drama that includes betrayal, jealousy, love and the messy ties that bind families together. This novel is intoxicating. I loved it, and I am proud to proclaim Karen E. Quinones Miller's arrival as a major author. Meet Karen E. Quinones Miller, in Harlem, at Harlemade this Sunday, September 22nd. http://events.aalbc.com/harlemade_book_signing.htm
Abide by Me By E. Lynn Harris
"Warning: The following comments reveal a conflicted and divided point of view, a la the characters who populate the novels of E. Lynn Harris. Readers are advised to take this review with a grain of salt, (or a glass of champagne)."
of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
The novel attempts to combine elements that are not complimentary, thus producing a large novel dotted with nice moments and a few well-constructed scenes, but suffers from being long-winded.
"Carter's examination of the indignities that upwardly mobile African Americans must endure to survive in a predominately white world is a subject seldom discussed and he is to be commended for his even handed treatment, and for choosing to bring this issue to light."
Black like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American
by Dwight A. McBride (Editor), Donald Weise (Editor)
of a Distant Summer Past - Guy Johnson
"In Standing At The Scratch Line, Guy Johnson created one of the most memorable protagonists in literature with King Tremain. Johnson's second novel, Echoes of a Distant Summer, features the other members of the Tremain family. Echoes of A Distant Summer is a tale of vengeance, betrayal, violence, redemption and forgiveness, and is literally OFF THE HOOK!"
Promises to Keep by Gloria Mallette
"Promises to Keep is not in the same vein as Shades of Jade, but it does share the same fast-paced timing, good plot, and solidly written story."
Granddaddy's Dirt by Brian Egeston
"Granddaddy's Dirt had unfulfilled possibilities. I wish more time had been spent developing the narrative, characters, and pacing. As it stands now Granddaddy's Dirt reads like an unfinished novel that still needs much work."
Urban Guide to Biblical Money Management By Oteia Bruce
"Have you ever felt like you missed out on something God had for you because you did not handle your money matters in quite the right way? Well then, this book is for you."
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TWO SUMMER RELEASES FROM ONE
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 Hot Johnny (And the Women Who Loved Him) by Sandra Jackson-Opoku; Sisters & Lovers by Connie Briscoe; and The Black Rose by Tananarive Due, based on research by Alex Haley. One World received a Literary Market Place Award in 1993 for Excellence in Trade Publishing.
the Arms of the One Who Loves Me by Jacqueline Jones LaMon
From fabulous new author Jacqueline Jones LaMon, a sexy page-turner that follows the lives of two young, black professionals as they navigate career and romance, ambition and heartbreak. Two paths that meet by serendipity.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon's is a prolific writer. Her poetry and book reviews may be found on AALBC.com's web site.
Back in the Day by Darrin Keith Bastfield
A star during his lifetime, a legend after a bullet killed him at the age of twenty-five, Tupac Shakur was the most influential rap musician of his day�and the most misunderstood. Far from being the insolent �gangsta� that the press put forth, Tupac was a committed and fearless visionary determined to make a difference not only on the music scene but in the black community at large. Darrin Bastfield grew up with Tupac in a rough Baltimore neighborhood, rapped with him, fought with him, and performed by his side. Now in this vivid, highly personal memoir featuring never-before-seen photos of the rap artist, Darrin shows the world what Tupac Shakur was really like as a teenager destined for greatness.
THE SUMMER'S BEST SELLING BOOKS
Below are the top ten best selling books on the AALBC.com web site for the 5 month period ending August 31st 2002. There is quite an interesting mix
- The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
Preface: "We now are nearing the final decade of the 20th century. Recently, there has been an unraveling and an analysis of the core issue of the first global power sysem of mass oppression-- the power system of racism (white supremacy). One the collective victim (non-white population) understands this fundamental issue, the ultimate organizing of all of the appropriate behaviors necessary to neutralize the great injustice of the white supremacy power system will only be a matter of time. The length of time required to neutralize global white supremacy will be inversely proportional to 1) the level of understanding of the phenomenon; plus 2) the evolution of self- and group-respect, the will, determination and discipline to practice the appropriate counter-racist behaviors--on the part of the non-white victims of white supremacy."
#2 - A Love of My Own by E. Lynn Harris
Zola Denise Norwood is a young hot editor in chief of Bling Bling, (the magazine �for people who want everything!) who�s at the top of her game, ruling the roost in business as well as the bedroom. Having discovered �the power of three� (not tying herself down to just one guy) Zola surrounds herself with a coterie of men : her best male friend, the gay Hayden; her Monday night man, Jabar, and enjoys stolen nights with married Bling Bling owner and media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton, a man who chases power at all costs�Still, Zola dreams of finding true love.
#3 - Thieves' Paradise by Eric Jerome Dickey
"Thieves' Paradise is an awesome book. I was left ecstatic and wholly satisfied... A couple of years ago I stated on the discussion board that Dickey would grow as an author. Starting with last year's Between Lovers and now Thieves' Paradise, Dickey is bearing me out and proving to be one of our best writers." ~Thumper, AALBC.com
#4 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth Zane & Sara Camilli (Editor)
After more than two years of entertaining tens of thousands of loyal readers on the Internet with her vivid imagination, a large collection of Zane's erotica is finally available in a published format. Zane has captivated the minds of both sexes and all races. She has completely shattered the myth that men are more sexual in nature than women and that African-American women in particular are inhibited compared to their female counterparts of other races.
#5 - LONG TRAIN to the redeeming SIN: Stories about AFRICAN women by Kola Boof
Kola's powerful and shocking collection of short stories, "LONG TRAIN TO THE REDEEMING SIN" is developing a growing fan base and Kola Boof's strong feminist viewpoint is finally getting a look-see. Issues such as colorism, female genital mutilation, authentic love and the "sexual longing" of Black Women are what make Kola's work so daring. Her famous poetry can be downright chilling
#6 - Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction - Carol Taylor (Editor)
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.
#7 - Addicted by Zane
Addicted is the story of Zoe, an African-American female arts dealer. It traces her life from the time she first meets her husband, Jason, in the fifth grade, falls in love with him over a game of Twister in the eighth grade, loses her virginity to him in high school and eventually marries him. Everything seems perfect in Zoe�s life to her friends and family as she secretly deals with serious problems in her marriage.
#8 - Bittersweet by Freddie Lee Johnson
In his first novel, Johnson gambles successfully with an unusual format: the story is told by each brother in alternating chapters, a technique that works well because it allows the reader to see each man's internal struggles and the consequences for each family unit. With three stories being told simultaneously, this novel has a huge cast of characters, and Johnson does an excellent job of developing each character to the extent needed by the story. The result is a loving tale of family and what it means to be an African American man in today's society. ―Library Journal
#9 - Satisfy My Soul by Colin Channer
In a stunning novel of extraordinary power that involves a mystical journey to Ghana, Colin Channer combines profound questions of faith, the aching search for home, the long reach of history, and the double-edged sword of passion to dazzling effect. Satisfy My Soul will linger in yours long after the final page is turned.
#10 - Tough Notes: Letters to Young Black Men by Haki R. Madhubuti
"...The most pressing reason for Tough Notes is my personal response to the hundreds of letters, notes and telephone calls I have received over the years from prisoners and students -- mainly young black men (many without caring or existing fathers), seeking guidance and a kind word. This work is for them and other young men and women systematically locked out of this nation's wealth, benefits and opportunities."
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LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
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New York is Book Country
Join AALBC.com in Celebrating NYIBC. Be sure to visit AALBC.com & Mosaic's booth at the 24th Annual New York is Book Country 5th Avenue Street Fair. Sunday, September 29th, 2002. Bring a copy of this newsletter and get a free gift (while supplies last). Visit the link above to learn which authors will be signing at the AALBC.com and Mosaic booth.
African American Male Fiction Writers Convene in Atlanta
Atlanta, GA ---On November 8 & 9, 2002, African American male fiction writers from across the nation will meet in Atlanta for the country's first ever African American male fiction writer's symposium to be held on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.
National Black Writers Conference
The eagerly anticipated National Black Writers Conference has been scheduled for February 21-22, 2003 in New York City. Visit the official web site (www.nbwc.org) or send an email to email@example.com for more information.
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