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Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever: A Novella by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Pages: 192
Released: January 05, 2015
African American Fiction | General Fiction | Women’s Fiction

 

Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he’s working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected.

But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine’s best friend, Lauren. They’ve been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who’s there for Celine in her darkest moments.

Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?

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Cater To You

Cater to You by Shamara Ray
Pages: 320
Released: January 5, 2016
African American Fiction | General Fiction | Women’s Fiction

 

When four men vie for her attention, an ambitious personal chef has to figure out how to keep the heat contained in the kitchen in this delectable new novel from the bestselling author of the “sexy kitchen romance” (Publishers Weekly) Recipe for Love.

Riley Ryan is an up-and-coming personal chef hired to cater a retirement party for Louis and Miriam Carlyle. The Carlyles are so impressed with her skills, they hire Riley to be their chef on a weekly basis.

Every Sunday, the couple is joined for dinner by their four sons—all successful, all handsome, and all intrigued by Riley. Already in a strained relationship, Riley doesn’t believe in confusing her personal life with her professional life and definitely not with four men. As the brothers—one married, one recently out of college, and a set of twins—compete for Riley’s attention, she tries not to fall prey to their advances. But Riley soon finds herself at the center of a family divided. Can she figure out a way to cater to the Carlyles without jeopardizing her business, while quenching her own personal needs and desires?

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Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Squareby Carole Boston Weatherford & R. Gregory Christie
Pages: 40
Released: January 5, 2016
Children’s | Nonfiction | Picture

This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans’ Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.

Mondays, there were hogs to slop,

mules to train, and logs to chop.

Slavery was no ways fair.

Six more days to Congo Square.

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves’ duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square

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The Invisibles

The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland
Pages: 256
African American History | History | Nonfiction |

The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.

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Written by Monique

Monique and reading had a rocky start. When she was a child she she struggled with reading and even had to be tutored to improve her reading skills. Her grandmother, an avid reader, tried to engage her in the pleasures of books and she resisted until the first set of The Boxcar Children showed up at her doorstep. From then on Monique could be often times found with her head in a book. Monique has genre hoped in her life of reading starting off with mystery, jumping to horror, cozying up with romance, getting her feet wet with urban fiction, passing time with literary and contemporary fiction, and even trying out some urban fantasy and science fiction along the way. She started her first book blog, The Little Reading Nook in 2008 and founded a book club in 2013.


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