Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Elizabeth’s 15-year-old daughter never made it home from school. She disappeared into thin air and her body was never found. For Elizabeth, the only thing worse than losing her daughter was not knowing what happened to her. Frustrated with the police for not providing enough answers, Elizabeth sets out on a journey of her own. When she learns the devastating truth of Ana’s disappearance she seeks out the one person who can help her…Monroe Connors.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WAS YOUR MOTHER?
Monroe’s name and face has been splayed over news channels all over the world as the woman who single handedly exposed the Las Vegas human trafficking operation. However, the praise she’s been receiving does not sit well with her because she is aware that the threat of danger isn’t over. When confronted with an ultimatum, Monroe realizes that she must make a choice: Justice for her mother or justice for all.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WAS YOUR LIFE?
Monroe and Elizabeth come together in this chilling sequel as two women determined to save their loved ones but what started out as a common goal quickly turns into a game of Russian roulette. They must choose to save a mother, a daughter or themselves.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Penguin Press (November 15, 2016) 978-1594203985
Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either...
Amistad (August 9, 2016) 978-0062359988
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
Doubleday (September 13, 2016) 978-0385537032
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
High school sweethearts, Monica and Robert fight to save their marriage when Robert decided to take his relationship with God seriously. His new commitment to his new found faith forces Monica to feel judged and alone. Refusing to support Roberts life changing efforts, Monica becomes rebellious and negligent as a wife and mother. She is desperate to keep her unhealthy marriage and questions the God who she feels is tearing them apart.
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Washington would rather be playing basketball in the tournament instead of traveling to East Texas for a family reunion. He hates to read, but takes off on his own with a book to satisfy his parents. Washington travels back to the past where he encounters his ancestor Square and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave when he is caught reading.
When he steps out of the circle of dirt, Washington fears he may never be able to return to the present or see his family again.
To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Then there’s the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth.
Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she had to do to survive. And after years of covering up the past, her guilt is detonating through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. It’s all unraveling so fast: her new boss is undermining and deceitful, her boyfriend is recovering from a breakdown, and a recent investigative story has led to a secret affair with the magazine’s wealthy publisher.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
I recently downloaded this kindle Edition book;
Bobby Brown's latest best seller is a must read. I feel that this book will be poignant and honest in it's telling.
I've discovered so many books on our history of African American music and culture. I'm not a big fan of Beyonce musically nor am I a little fan of her either, but I'm intrigued in wanting to read where she came from and where she is now as an iconic and entertainer of music, fascinates me.
Here is a link to a book review I did on Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl by Rashod Ollison. I, myself grew up with music. Mainly from my father who introduced me to so many genres. Ollison's memoir is a trip back in time with music!
There are so many books that will give a history lesson to say the least, even in children's books!
Friday, March 18, 2016
|Publication Date: Mar 07, 2016|
The Goode-Brown family, led by matriarch and pillar of the community Minnie Mae, is plagued by old secrets and embarrassment over mental illness and illegitimacy. Meanwhile, single mother Francine Clark is haunted by her dead, lightning-struck husband and forced to fight against both the moral judgment of the community and her own rebellious daughter, Mona. The residents of Opulence struggle with vexing relationships to the land, to one another, and to their own sexuality. As the members of the youngest generation watch their mothers and grandmothers pass away, they live with the fear of going mad themselves and must fight to survive.
Crystal Wilkinson offers up Opulence and its people in lush, poetic detail. It is a world of magic, conjuring, signs, and spells, but also of harsh realities that only love?and love that’s handed down?can conquer. At once tragic and hopeful, this captivating novel is a story about another time, rendered for our own.
|Publication Date: Mar 08, 2016|
Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In “Books and Roses” one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers’ fates. In “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. “ Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” involves a “house of locks,” where doors can be closed only with a key—with surprising, unobservable developments. And in “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That Don’t You Think,” a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason).
Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.
|Publication Date: Feb 02, 2016|