Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Loom by Shella Gillus

I'm attracted to book covers. This book looks intriging just based on the book cover.

Fiction Debut Novelist, Shella Gillus has written a book about Lydia, a slave who is torn between the love she has and the life she doesn’t.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Description

Publication Date: January 31, 2012

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi—a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.

Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.

Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till's spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.

Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the Bryant and Hilson families, and threads their history over decades. The bare-bones realism—both disturbing and riveting—combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison's Beloved.

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; selected as the debut title for the One Book, One Harlem program; and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Show More She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her sophomore novel The Warmest December was praised by Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison as "searing and expertly imagined." McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Book Description

Publication Date: December 6, 2011

A novel of self-discovery, family bonds and the healing of one small southern townTwelve Gates to the City is the much-anticipated sequel to Black’s acclaimed debut, They Tell Me of a Home.

In this novel, Sister assumes the voice of the narrator, speaking from the spirit realm, telling her brother TL things he could have never known about their family. She constructs the story as a series of spiritual revelations, exposing to readers both who she was in the years of TL’s absence and how every event in his life was an orchestration for his return. TL in the meantime is back in Swamp Creek, to stay this time, but he’s still haunted by his sister’s death. His decision to become the Schoolmaster is the only thing he’s sure about, and his impact upon the students becomes palpable. But he still doesn’t know what happened to Sister. As he searches for ultimate truth, he discovers the secrets and beauty of Swamp Creek.

Twelve Gates to the City is a novel about spiritual revelation, and communal healing, ushered in by one who finally realizes that his gifts were bestowed upon him, not for his own glory, but for the transformation of his people.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Author and Me

Author Tayari Jones is on tour for her newest novel "Silver Sparrow". She made a stop at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, MI on June 20, 2011 @ 7pm. Ms. Jones read from the first chapter and intrigued the listeners.

The cover design is rich, bold and beautiful. Support a talented artist and buy a copy!

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

At the heart of it all are the two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers, Jones portrays the fragility of her characers with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.

“Tayari Jones is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester…”

—The Village Voice


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Handling of Books

This is another segment of a series of helpful hints and tips on collecting and caring for your books.

Handling of Books

The repeated incorrect handling of a book can quickly transform a new book into a worn or even an unusable one. Proper handling in a stable, cool, clean, non-humid environment, can prolong its life.

Many people shelve their books in closed glass cases away from brightly lit windows or damp exterior walls to minimize the amount of dust and grime that will accumulate.

How we handle and use a book contributes to its longevity. If a book will not lay flat, do not use force to open further. The covers should always be supported when the book is open.

Many books are damaged by the habit of pulling the books off the shelf with the head cap or the top of the spine. It is a much better practice to push the two adjoining books inward and remove the book by grasping the spine.

Place similar sized books, next to each other on the shelf vertically, packing them neither too loosely or tightly. This will help to prevent warping of a tall book next to a short book.

The use of paper clips and marking pens to make notations should be discouraged since clips will rust or crimp the pages and pens often bleed through the pages, obscuring text. The folding down of page corners is also damaging as it will often cause the page corner to break off over time.

The practice of using rubber bands or string to tie-up a book should be avoided because both will cut into brittle pages and damage fragile covers. A flat, soft ribbon (such as cotton twill tape), can be used to tie up the books as an immediate and temporary solution.

Books can be wrapped in paper or polyester jackets to keep the fragments and dirt from transferring to hands, adjoining books and the rest of the pages.

Reference THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Preservation

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Are you a book collector or thought about becoming one? I will provide a series of helpful hints and tips on collecting and caring for your books.

Storing your books

Properly storing books is an important part of their care. The ways in which you choose to store your books can largely effect how long they remain a part of your collection. Box your books upright in acid-free materials and store them in a cool, dark place to ensure their longevity.

Cardboard boxes are ideal for storing books. Plastic bins trap moisture, causing paper to wrinkle and glue to weaken. Set books in boxes side by side, alternating them so one spine faces down and the next spine faces up. Don't stack books on top of each other. The covers and pages can warp. Wrap valuable books, like leather-bound ones, in Mylar sheets. Then store the boxes in a closet free of temperature fluctuations.

Elevate the boxes. If possible, stack book boxes on shelves or wooden pallets and keep them at least 4 inches away from surfaces that may present a threat to your books like floors, walls and ceilings. Concrete floors can be especially detrimental to stored books.

Get Organized and Stay Organized written by Liz Welch in the Real Simple June 2009 issue (pg. 167), Joshua Mann/co-owner of B&b Rare Books, New York City.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Children's Book Author

Not only is this my cousin...but she is an excellent mother of twins, a school teacher of honors and a very kind person. She resides in New Jersey with her wonderful husband and two beautiful children.

Product Description:
Isreal (Izzy) and his sister Julia (JuJu) are 3 year old twins who live with their mommy and daddy in the Southward of the great city of Newark, New Jersey. They love going on various adventures around the house, throughout the city, surrounding states and countries. On one such adventure Izzy and JuJu discovered that they have special powers. They can talk to living things! JuJu can talk with animals, while Izzy talks to insects. This leads to a very interesting life for these two.

About the Author:
Dr. Andrea Blake-Garrett holds New Jersey Certification as a Teacher of Biological Sciences, Supervisor, Principal and School Administrator (CE). She has earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Masters of Arts in Administration and Supervision degrees, from Montclair State University and doctorate from Seton Hall University. Dr. Blake-Garrett's research interests include the affects of Urban School Reform on student performance, promoting effective science education in Urban School Districts, developing effective science teachers. She has worked as Urban science educator / administrator for the public schools in East Orange,Newark, and Jersey City. Serving in field of science education since for over 12 years, Dr. Blake-Garrett also serves as education consultant, providing professional development and curriculum development services. She is also a motivational speaker working with students nationally.

*Featured in Jersey Journal March 2008
*Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
*Member American Council on Education GED Test Specifications Committee
*Guest Speaker at Liberty Science Center Groundbreaking Ceremony June 2005
* Liberty Science Center Learning & Teaching Advisory Board Member Since 2004
* Featured in the Jersey Journal Newspaper March 2004
* Member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
* Liberty Science Center Communications Project Advisory Board Member
* Member of Hudson County Science Fair Advisory Board
* Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
* NSTA Member and Manuscript Reviewer for Science and Children Journal
* Featured in Newark Sunday Star Ledger October 1998

Dr. Garrett’s Educational Solutions, LLC (D.G.E.S.) was founded in 2009 for the purpose of providing effective science education to all students nation-wide by working with teachers, administrators and school districts. The nation is still in need of qualified science educators, materials and resources. One size does not fit all D.G.E.S. will work collaboratively to provide personalized services.

Available Now!!!! The Adventures of Izzy & JuJu: Twin Detective Investigators ( T.D.I.) Get your copy at amazon. com,,, and various book sellers in the UK and Hong Kong.