Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves The American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude Jr
Released: January 12, 2016
| History | Nonfiction | Politics |Sociology |
A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society
America’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency—at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we’ve solved America’s race problem.
Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a “value gap”—with white lives valued more than others—that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America–and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy In Black is a landmark book on race in America, one that promises to spark wide discussion as we move toward the end of our first black presidency.[ Amazon ] [ Barnes & Noble ] [ Goodreads ]
Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Published Date: January 05, 2015
African American Fiction | Christian Fiction | Women’s Fiction |
plural novellas or no·vel·le play \-ˈve-lē\
1) plural novelle : a story with a compact and pointed plot
2) plural usually novellas : a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novelMerriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.
Novellas can be a beautiful thing. Novellas are great for there isn’t time to invest in a novel and they have more substance than a short story. Depending on the length a novella can take a couple of hours to read. Quick entertainment via book. But novella’s can be tricky to master. Their length provides enough space to go into greater detail than short stories and more chances for thorough character development. Novellas are short enough for some stories feel crammed into tight page limitations. Unfortunately, Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby is longer novel crammed into novella format.
The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories by Gloria Naylor
Published Date: 1982
African American Fiction | Classic Fiction | Literary Fiction | Women’s Fiction |
The simplest description of Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place is the story of seven women inhabiting Brewster Place. “A novel in seven stories” but that description is not the best one to use for The Women of Brewster Place. It’s hard to adequately describe The Women of Brewster Place, the seven stories aren’t separate individual stories. The Women of Brewster Place is one complicated story about the past, present, and future of women whose lives are shaped by a world that they can’t fully control. Lives complicated by friends, family, men, children, politics, race, and gender.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Released: January 05, 2015
Nonfiction | Memoir | Self Help
There are several expectations one has when they start a new book. Book cover, title, synopsis, and author all play in a part in reader expectations. I’ll admit I didn’t read the synopsis to Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. I saw the book had decent cover, a catchy title, great reviews, and it’s written by the popular and successful television writer and creator Shonda Rhimes. On expectation meter mine were somewhere in the middle since I thought Year of Yes was a motivational book. I realized the end of the forward Hello: I’m Old and I Like to Lie (A Disclaimer of Sorts) my expectations should have been higher. There is a reason Rhimes owns Thursday night network television. The second thing that hit me was the Year of Yes was an autobiographic exploration into a life changing year of Shonda Rhimes life. Which shouldn’t have been a surprise the back jacket it’s an autobiography which is not quite right. Saying the Year of Yes is equal parts humorous autobiography and motivational work of art would be selling it short. It’s more like sitting down with a girlfriend you haven’t seen in a long time and her telling you her adventures. You two are having a grand time as she talking, laughing and joking and all the while she is dropping gems of advice and motivation that is easily digested. And when her tale ends you want more.
Best Friends Forever: A Novella by Kimberla Lawson Roby
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?[ Amazon ] [ Barnes & Noble ] [ Goodreads ] [ MahoganyBooks ]