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AALBC.com's Best Selling Books for March and April 2006
The Zane Effect: Zane's titles accounts for 36% of the top 10 fiction titles sold
Fiction to Non fiction ratio: 61% to 39% respectively
Top Selling Book (bestselling book - period): Addicted
Best Selling Male Author: Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
Format: Paperback, 336pp.
Description from the Publisher:
After failing to get Jason to open up to her sexually, Zoe becomes involved in not one, not two but three extramarital affairs. By the time she seeks the aid of a prominent female African-American therapist, the walls of her picture perfect life have already started to crumble.
The book shifts into high gear as Zoe finds out that everyone from her lovers to her husband to her own mother are hiding secrets of their own. Her best friend, Brina, is physically abused by her alcoholic boyfriend, Dempsey. Zoe discovers under hypnosis that her fascination with sex stems from two incidents in her early childhood she had buried deeply into the crevices of her mind. She is stalked and attacked. The book comes to a head on a cold, dark mountain following a trail of murders and the true murderer is anyone’s guess. Addicted does for women what Fatal Attraction did for men. It will make a woman think twice before risking it all.
of a Video Vixen
Read an AALBC.com Book Review byKam Williams
Glass vases filled with marbles crashed all around us as he began tossing linens from the bed. As the marbles scattered, we laughed in unison ... I remember the exact moment that I first laid on my back for him ... My legs were wrapped around his waist and just before his body was to merge with mine, I noticed his upper right chest. On it was a tattoo with the words "Pain is Love."
Confessions of a Video Vixen is the widely anticipated memoir of Karrine Steffans, the once sought-after sexy siren who appeared in the music videos of multiplatinum hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, and LL Cool J. A top-paid video dancer, Karrine transitioned to film when acclaimed director F. Gary Gray picked her to costar in his film A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the movie and music video sets, swanky Miami and New York restaurants, and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only skims the surface of Karrine's life.
This memoir -- part tell-all, part cautionary tale -- shows how Karrinne came to be the confidante of so many, why she kept their secrets, and how she found herself in Hollywood after a life marked by physical abuse, rape, and drugs -- all before she was twenty-six. By sharing her emotionally charged story, she hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticized industry.
Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles 2, Vol. 2
Zane is back with Gettin' Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II, more stories for the legion of readers that made The Sex Chronicles a bestseller.
Zane's erotic short stories have captivated the minds of both sexes and all races. The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth did exactly what its title implies -- exploded 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 cultures.
Covenant with Black America
Tavis Smiley (Editor)
Six years' worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being.
Each chapter outlines one key issue and provides a list of resources, suggestions for action, and a checklist for what concerned citizens can do to keep their communities progressing socially, politically, and economically. Though the African American community faces devastating social disparities�in which more than 8 million people live in poverty�this celebration of possibility, hope, and strength will help leaders and citizens keep Black America moving forward.
Enemy #2: An All-New Boondocks Collection
Here's the next big collection of Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, the most subversively funny, controversial, and politically engaged strip to be found in America's comics pages. Featuring Huey Freeman, a radical preteen conspiracy theorist, and his little brother Riley, a desperately cute thug-in-training, The Boondocks skewers targets from George W. Bush and Ralph Nader to Queen Latifah and Bill Cosby. With more than 500 previously uncollected strips�including strips banned from newspapers around the country�Public Enemy #2 is a must-have collection of the sharpest satire being crafted today.
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
What was the Black Death? Who fought in the Hundred Years' War? What do people mean by the Counter-Reformation? With its simple chronological and thematic arrangement, The Concise Kingfisher History Encyclopedia puts the whole of history, and the legacy of human civilization - from the Ice Age to the Information Age - at the fingertips of today's children. Divided into ten clearly defined time periods (from 40,000 B.C. to the present day), The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia covers every major empire, civilization, revolution, and war, as well as the technological and cultural advances that have left their mark on history. Three colorful spreads at the end of each section are devoted to the Art, Architecture, and Science and Technology of each major time period. A comprehensive index, and at-a-glance summaries of each period, make this a valuable resource for help with school assignments, as well as for casual browsing. Special Features: Bold headwords, and a concise definition of the subject appear at the top of the page. Text can be read section by section or as a complete article. Illustrated biographies and key date boxes provide essential information. Timeline throughout puts history in context and shows progression of world events.
Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth
Format: Paperback, 2nd ed., 304pp.
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.
The erotica collection is divided into three sections: Wild, Wilder and Off Da Damn Hook. Her characters run the gamut from the sensual housewife that wants her husband to experiment more to the secret underground sorority of women that let it all hang out literally.
Problem of Pain
Why must humanity suffer? In this elegant and thoughtful
work, C. S. Lewis questions the pain and suffering that occur everyday and
how this contrasts with the notion of a God that is both omnipotent and
good. An answer to this critical theological problem is found within these
In the Bible she is a fleeting but haunting presence, the iconic "woman at the well" who encounters Jesus. Inspired by this tantalizing biblical scene, Obery Hendricks's Living Water spins the complete story of her life in rich, gripping detail. From a childhood torn between love and violence through a tumultuous coming-of-age, she struggles to mute her passion for life in a society that wants to break her spirit. Catapulted into a series of abusive marriages, cast out and despised, she is a woman who has lost her own voice -- until a chance meeting with a remarkable stranger from Galilee whose words reawaken her thirst for life and love.
A Small Nation of People : W. E. B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of
"As the world prepared for the Exposition Universalle de 1900 in
Paris, W. E. B. Du Bois was approached to help represent African American life.
He came with a cache of stunning photographs to illustrate the progress of
Negroes in America - thereby offering a photographic counterpoint to the
prolific stereotyping of blacks that left viewers awestruck."
With insights from Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis and MacArthur
Fellow photo historian Deborah Willis, A Small Nation of People presents more
than one hundred and fifty of these important photographs together for the first
time since their initial unveiling. Here is an incredible treasure trove of
illustrations of African Americans in front of their new businesses,
universities, and homes - sometimes modest, sometimes elegant. Here, too, are
beautiful Victorian-era portraits of blacks whose varied hues show how diverse
black Americans truly were. Viewed together, the collection reveals in glorious
detail what Du Bois saw - a small nation of people prepared to make their mark
With insights from Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis and MacArthur Fellow photo historian Deborah Willis, A Small Nation of People presents more than one hundred and fifty of these important photographs together for the first time since their initial unveiling. Here is an incredible treasure trove of illustrations of African Americans in front of their new businesses, universities, and homes - sometimes modest, sometimes elegant. Here, too, are beautiful Victorian-era portraits of blacks whose varied hues show how diverse black Americans truly were. Viewed together, the collection reveals in glorious detail what Du Bois saw - a small nation of people prepared to make their mark on America.
Eight-time New York Times best-selling author
Eric Jerome Dickey's new novel is filled with intrigue, speed, and sex
appeal. And an unforgettable female narrator rides her sexy yellow
motorcycle right through it all.
Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story
Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D as told to Jo Coudert,
Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
Read an AALBC.com Book Review by Paige Turner
The remarkable power of family values as articulated by an uneducated black man and his wife is played out in this loving memoir. Thornton is one of five daughters born to a laborer in a New Jersey shore town who was almost obsessed with the importance of education for his children and the nurturance of their talents. He strictly monitored their musical training, scrimping and wheedling where necessary to pay for their lessons. Eventually the Thornton Sisters Band was formed A family enterprise whose financial success became the source of the daughters' college tuition. Although only two of the girls fulfilled their father's dream that they become doctors, all of them have successful careers. This picture by Thornton and Coudert (Advice from a Failure) of a black man's single-minded devotion to his family is a tribute to an extraordinary father who transcended racial prejudice to raise appreciative daughters to be independent women. �Publishers Weekly
to the Game
"Chunichi did a good job on this sequel to "A
Gangster's Girl". There was so much drama in this book I finished it in a
day and a half. Ceazia is back and after Vegas' brother Snake or any other
man who will keep her in designer labels. But until she gets that perfect
"trick" she'll have to shake what her mama gave her for some cash. Snake's
nephew Duke is also all wrapped up in the drama of Ceazia and Snake, and
many other people as well. This is a story of revenge, betrayal and murder,
Ceazia style. This is a good read you will not put down until you finish."
Black Boys out of Special Education
This critical analysis looks at the disproportionate number of African American males in special education. Arguing that the problem is race and gender driven, questions covered include Why does Europe send more females to special education? Why does America lead the world in giving children Ritalin? Is there a relationship between sugar, Ritalin, and cocaine? and Is there a relationship between special education and prison? More than 100 strategies to help teachers and parents keep black boys in the regular classroom, such as revising teacher expectations, increasing parental involvement, changing teaching styles from a left-brain abstract approach to a right brain hands-on approach, redoing the curriculum, understanding the impact of mass media, and fostering healthy eating habits.
Black Gangster, is the first Goines' novel to be adapted for soundtrack and film.
A large part of Goines' thirty nine years of life was spent being a successful pimp, a heif, an operator of corn liquor houses, an armed robber, and a small time dope dealer. He lived the life of the streets and out of that experience he created Prince, the anti-hero of Black Gangster! It's the story of the shocking underworld of black organised crime and the fledgling black "godfather" who goes from teenager ganglord to powerful Detroit mobster. Like the gangsters of the 1920's, he begins with boot-legging and branches out into every known crime
of a Lost Girl
Kola Boof's long awaited autobiography "Diary of a Lost Girl" is nothing less than magnificent. Many will be spellbound by more than 90 pages detailing her terrifying experience as Osama Bin Laden's former mistress, but the Sudanese-born Novelist/Poet writes even more profoundly about the hardships of being vaginally circumcised, about witnessing her birth parents killed in her presence as a small child, about slavery and Arabism in Sudan, about being adopted and raised in the U.S. by African Americans, about her quest for true love, and in one particularly daring chapter, about her hopes for the future of her sons.
Add to that years of psychiatric treatment, a struggle with manic anger and quite a few daring romances other than Bin Laden and you've got the perfect ingredients for a feature film.
Readers will find themselves fascinated as innocent young Naima Bint Harith tragically becomes the vitriolic complicated temptress Kola. A doomed movie starlet, feminist activist and "kept woman"...who ultimately emerges as the loving mother, outspoken novelist/poet and professional cook that we know today as Kola Boof.
Throughout the book, Kola speaks in a voice so utterly naked, truthful and unpretentious that it's impossible not to fall in love with her.
Because I Know You Don't Read The Newspaper
Format: Paperback, 128pp.
is a deliciously amusing work that creatively challenges us with intense
substance, cleverly disguised as a humorous comic strip. Aaron McGruder is
one of the most important voices of his generation and a true credit to his
works because McGruder lets lots of opinions and agendas fly; he's not on
any soapbox rant. Best of all, he lets you decide who's right and who's
wrong -- assuming you're not too busy laughing."
appalling of McGruder's reckless charges was that BET 'does not serve the
interest of black people.' Our response to this slanderous assertion is that
the 500-plus dedicated employees of BET do more in one day to serve the
interest of African-Americans than this young man has done in his entire
Students, Middle Class Teachers
This compelling look at the relationship between the majority of African American students and their teachers provides answers and solutions to the hard-hitting questions facing education in today's black and mixed-race communities. Are teachers prepared by their college education departments to teach African American children? Are schools designed for middle-class children and, if so, what are the implications for the 50 percent of African Americans who live below the poverty line? Is the major issue between teachers and students class or racial difference? Why do some of the lowest test scores come from classrooms where black educators are teaching black students? How can parents negotiate with schools to prevent having their children placed in special education programs? Also included are teaching techniques and a list of exemplary schools that are successfully educating African Americans.
Stars Seeking Midnight Suns:
In stories that are simple yet elegant, hard-hitting yet poignant, J. California Cooper writes about the search for fulfillment that propels people’s dreams and desires. In �As Time Goes By� a young woman named Futila Ways grows up focusing her dream of a better future on material wealth, only to discover that having everything she ever wanted cannot compensate for the emptiness in her heart. �The Eye of the Beholder� recounts the story of an unattractive young girl, Lily Bea, whose search for love leads her to embrace her own brand of freedom. And in �Catch a Falling Heart� a woman mildly crippled in a fall endures loneliness and solitude until she finds a man and provides a resting place for his love. Each story beautifully conveys the profound human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just as a wild star seeks a midnight sun.
J. California Cooper’s insights into the hearts and souls of ordinary people and her irresistible storytelling voice have endeared her to fans and critics. As Ms. magazine wrote, �Cooper’s stories beckon. It is as if she is patting the seat next to us, enticing us to come sit and listen.�
Them Before They Grow: The Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in
According to Michael Porter, some people believe that today's youth, especially African American males, are lost; many of them can be found inside Behavior Disorder classes in America's public school system. This book examines how African American males end up in dead end BD classes, what happens to them in these classes, and how people can help their community to get on a life enhancing path.
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