Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer/Fall Reading 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

Reading to the Beat!

 The Beat of My Own Drum
After the death of Music Legend and Icon, Prince, I'm more alert of the many books on music and the wonderful history of our musically talented artist. I started to increase my desire to read about musicians and the stories of our past link of what is behind the music.

I recently downloaded this kindle Edition book;
Prince: In Memory Of Prince - Inside The Music And Life Of A Superstar (Prince, Purple Rain, Music Legend) by Jackson Taylor for free, which at the time of this posting was still free. I'm fascinated with his life story. I also purchased the book on Sheila E. The Beat of My Own Drum, who was a mentor and love interest under Prince.

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.

Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age…

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!

               The Hippest Trip in America The Legends of Hip Hop 

There are so many books that will give a history lesson to say the least, even in children's books!

                   Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove  Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One