AALBC.com eNewsletter - Jan 25th 2005
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
AALBC.com BESTSELLING BOOKS FOR ALL OF 2004
In 2004 AALBC.com sold almost 1,500 different titles; directly, and through Amazon.com and B&N affiliate programs. Virtually all of the titles sold were written by African-American authors. Our 2004 bestseller's list is derived from the 1,426 different titles sold via through the Amazon.com affiliate program. Thank you for continuing to support AALBC.com with your on-line book purchases.
1 - Let that Be the Reason by Vickie M. Stringer
1 - Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land by
3 - On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep With Men by James L. King
4 - Donald Writes No More: A Biography of Donald Goines by Eddie Stone
5 - The MIS-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
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RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Sanchez Performs �Full Moon� Concert in NYC by Jamie Walker
Poet Sonia Sanchez celebrated the release of her new CD called The Full Moon of Sonia (V.I.A. Recording Artists 2004) at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Lower Manhattan, New York on Friday December 17, 2004. Countless Sanchez supporters and followers from around the country came out to hear Sanchez perform with a live jazz band, a host of beautiful dancers, renowned guest artists, and phenomenal back-up singers, who strummed their sweet music around Sanchez�s words of peace, love, and freedom.
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Best-Kept Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby
It was love to hate at first sight when Kimberla Lawson Roby's readers met the Reverend Curtis Black, surely one of the cleverest ministers ever to set foot in a church. Now Curtis is starting over. He has a new job as founder and minister of Deliverance Outreach, a new wife (again), and a newfound will to follow the straight and narrow path of righteousness.
Or so he thinks. While his spirit may be willing, the wayward preacher has a particular weakness when it comes to female flesh. Curtis has never made a promise he could keep, and before long, he's tempted to be up to his old tricks. The difference now is his third wife, Charlotte, mother of his seven-year-old son, Matthew, and a woman unlike any he's ever encountered. For the first time in his life, Curtis just might have met his match. Charlotte has her own hidden desires and is every bit Curtis's equal.
Struggling to make their marriage work, Curtis and Charlotte may have finally found the strength to stay together. But just when it looks like life for the Black family is getting back to normal, an explosive surprise ending will leave readers stunned.
League Baseball by Ernest C. Withers
Long before blacks gained entrance into major league baseball, some of the greatest athletes ever to play the game were performing remarkable feats in the Negro Leagues. Fans today look back on the legendary Negro Leagues with reverence and awe, yet there has been woefully little visual documentation of the leagues' history. This treasure trove of images by Ernest Withers, the unofficial team photographer for the Memphis Red Sox, captures the peak of Negro League action through the years of groundbreaking integration, as well as the community in which black baseball was played.
Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron are among the superstars portrayed in 150 photographs, reproduced in stunning duotone plates, introduced by baseball legend Willie Mays, and accompanied by an informative text by Daniel Wolff. From pictures of Indianapolis clown King Tut, the baseball equivalent of a Harlem Globetrotter, and pitcher Charley Pride, who went on to become a country/western singing star, to shots of visiting celebrities and ballplayers relaxing at local clubs, these astonishing photographs evoke a long-gone era and form an essential visual archive of a near-mythological aspect of baseball history.
Also visit http://books.aalbc.com to view a complete list of books coming out over the next 6 months.
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A Few Titles From Authors Who You'll Find On Thumper's
Corner Discussion Boards
and the Devil: A Novel by Kola Boof Translated from the Arabic by Said Musa
Billed by the publisher as: "essentially the story of the Black Americans"...the novel unfolds like an tempestuous, languid snake dance, both in Africa and the United States..."abruptly" spanning several thousand years in the passionate, uncontrollable longing between one black man (Prince Shango Ogun) and one black woman (Princess Ife Ife). Encompassing everything from slavery to ancient homosexuality to women being raped by the Moon...the novel begins during West Africa's Story of Creation and from there shows off the thriving kingdoms of West Africa before moving on to the Atlantic Slave Trade and finally...to modern day Black Americans in Washington, D.C. and Sag Harbor--at which point the dark skinned African Prince and Princess have now become "light skinned" Americans named Shane Roberts and RooAmber Childress--both married to white people. It's a sensuous, melodramatic, brutally VIOLENT novel made high pitch by showy characters like the glamorous Queen Ambi, the heroic King Katanga, Shane's modern day "white wife" Rosaria and RooAmber's tender homosexual protector in both ancient and modern times--Dinari--who has a romance of his own.
or Die by Solomon Jones
Seventeen-year-old Keisha is the beautiful, sheltered daughter of an activist pastor with a checkered past. Handsome, ambitious Jamal-a street-savvy crack dealer-is the son of North Philly's most notorious drug kingpin. A history of violence and betrayal lies between their fathers, who are now bitter enemies. After one of his church members is gunned down-with a bullet he is sure is meant for him-Pastor Anderson goes after Frank Nichols, determined to drive him from the neighborhood for good. There's just one problem: Keisha and Jamal are in love.
When the families face off on opposite sides of an anti-drug
demonstration, a high-ranking police official is killed in the crossfire,
and Jamal becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Keisha is left with a
choice. Will she stay with her father, in the confines of the sheltered
world she's known, or will she venture into the unknown in order to help
Jamal clear his name? She chooses Jamal, and in a whirlwind flight across
the seamy underside of Philadelphia, Keisha will risk everything for love.
Even her life.
Last King: A Maceo Redfield Novel by Nichelle Tramble
Tramble follows The Dying Ground (2001) with another Maceo Redfield
mystery. After two years, Maceo returns to Oakland at the urging of his aunt
Cissy. Basketball star and childhood friend Cotton has been arrested for murder
after a dead woman was found in his hotel room. Maceo agrees to investigate in
order to help his best friend and Cissy's former lover, Jonathon "Holly" Ford.
Drugs, violence, and the world of professional sports all come together in this
high-energy account of what happens when the kings and queens of the streets put
their cards on the table. Maceo quickly discovers that he can't trust the people
he knows, and he has to trust those he doesn't know. In true Donald Goines
fashion, Tramble tells her own story about loyalty and betrayal in the urban
Carmen by Kathleen Cross
DuPr� knows she's one fine-looking woman -- and any man who insists on
making a fool of himself over her deserves the heartless treatment she's so
good at dishing out. As far as Carmen's concerned, being gorgeous entitles
her to anything she wants: an undeserved promotion, expensive gifts,
courtside Lakers tickets, and more. But the results of a routine medical
exam threaten to knock this beauty off her pedestal -- she might have to
trade her looks for her life. Is a life without beauty worth living?
Carmen's not so sure -- which is why she's risking hers by ignoring her
doctor's advice. Then one day a very sexy stranger walks into her world,
insisting there's a whole lot more to Carmen Dupr� than what's on the
surface -- and he's dishing out some serious schooling in a few subjects
Carmen knows little about -- like faith and hope ... and love.
Bad Decision by Paula Edwards
Meet Chancey. From the good looks and a charm that would make even a Christian girl fall to her knees, to the flamboyant lifestyle, thanks to his boy Rondell, one of the most successful drug dealers the Jordan Down Projects has ever seen, Chancey�s got it going on.
He�s young and promiscuous with an "I don�t care" attitude, so, many
seem to think. But in actuality, Chancey has his head on straight and
cares about more than one could ever imagine, starting with his baby
sister Setchi. He takes on the responsibility of raising her, and goes
through hell to keep her on the right track. He appreciates his best
friend Kaylin, and promises to build a better future for the two of them
one day. And Tia, he�s in love with her; she�s the only girl he�s
willing to change for until Rondell steps in with a vengeance, on a
mission to get rid of her, whatever the cost!
: A Novel by Jervey Tervalon
this sequel to his acclaimed "urban masterpiece" (The Philadelphia
Inquirer), the national bestseller Dead Above Ground, Jervey
Tervalon's unforgettable heroine, Lita Du Champ, is at loose ends,
trying to hold house and home together. Ten years after she, her
husband, their children, and her twin sisters moved to Los Angeles, the
past comes back to haunt her. An unwelcome phone call reveals that
Lita's estranged father is on his deathbed and that her aunt has seen
Lita's beloved mother -- never mind that the woman has been dead for a
decade. Overwhelmed by long-suppressed memories, Lita realizes that she
must return to New Orleans to come to terms with her history, but as she
makes the journey a growing sense of dread takes root in her soul. She's
certain there will be no simple return to the life she led in Los
Job Ain't Nothing but Work: Confessions of a Corporate Negro by Emanuel
This office based book documents the stupidity that people endure when going
through the process of finding, working, and losing a job. Carpenter discusses
creative ways of dealing with a range of topics such as receiving rejection
letters, using the bathroom at work, understanding the psychos you call
co-workers, getting sentenced to a cubicle, the consequences of not being a
"team player," getting fired, plotting your revenge, and many other side
splitting topics that are sure to keep you bent over with laughter.
by Linda Watkins
The story of a thin lipped, freckled face, light skinned little girl who struggles to understand what it means to be any shade of black.
In 1962, Aunt Darnella was one of the few colored
people who lived in Clifton Heights, the white gaslight district of
Cincinnati. Perhaps that is why, one Friday night, two blocks from her
apartment, she was murdered. They found her blood-soaked body under a
lamp post. Since, I was only five years old at the time, it took Mama
all Saturday night, to make me understand, though, that my Aunt Darnella
was gone with the angels--"Gone up to heaven."�Excerpted from Chapter
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No matter what side of the literary spectrum you reside, Booking Matters Magazine will take you to a new world of explosive literary expositions making your reading experience a smooth and enjoyable journey.
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THE POWER OF BLOGS - A LIST OF INTERESTING BLOGStroy@aalbc.com). We will continue to provide a list of interesting Blogs on our newsletters. If you don't know what a Blog is; visit AALBC.com's founder's new Blog at http://aalbc.com/blog
Check out author, and AALBC.com book reviewer, Linda Watkins' on-line Journal.
Countdown...365 Days to a Book Deal
This blog chronicles the highs and lows of an author's attempt at getting a book published by a major publisher. It's blogging at its finest with the spirit of Reality TV, featuring Cleveland writer and book reviewer Emanuel Carpenter.
Pop and Politics Talk Back
It's your chance to speak your mind about what's going on in politics, pop culture, and more. What's pissing you off or rocking your world?
loudpoet.com: pragmatic idealism
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez won some poetry slams, founded a reading series, co-authored a book of poetry, and still writes when the mood hits him and he has the time. He prefers India Pale Ale and Pumpkin Stout, still reads comic books, and hasn't completely let go of his plans for world domination.
Beats, Words, and Life
Beats, Words, and Life looks at things related to books, music and general life situations. It is fairly new.
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Through the looking glass, on the
way to a PhD
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AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Barbara is the author of three books. "Eyes of the Beholder" is about ten women who have gone through many trials, experienced many obstacles and overcame many hurdles such as racism, child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, criminal activity including murder, broken hearts, infidelity and many more society ills. "Yes You Can" is a book on entrepreneurship. "And Still, I Cry" is an autobiography of the author�s life. It�s the story of a troubled childhood and young adulthood. The book talks about a rocky road of sex and drugs.
Author of The Way It Was Coming to America: the Real
Story; Tino describes how he made the transition from a small village in
Africa to founding a successful corporation, Global Market Sales
Corporation, here in America. Tino Adognravi shares his experience from his
poverty stricken homeland country of Togo (W. Africa) to circumstances that
led to his coming to America.
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Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, the sixth book in the bestselling series, has been scheduled for release on July 16, 2005 in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is currently the best selling book on both Amazon and B&N.
In the fifth and most recent book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the last chapter, titled "The Second War Begins," started: 'In a brief statement Friday night, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has returned to this country and is active once more. "It is with great regret that I must confirm that the wizard styling himself Lord - well, you know who I mean - is alive among us again," said Fudge.'
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January contest questions have been posted. A question from 2004 remains unanswered. Don't let that be the reason this prize to remains unclaimed.
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