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Tuesday, July 27, 2010



DATE 7/27/10 – Number 16

In two weeks, I will be picking up my daughter Kendra from DC. She has been going up there for the last eight summers working. I am so proud of her. She has grown up to be the most beautiful and intelligent woman and I miss her more than she will ever know.

I enjoy going back home to DC and picking her up. We drive back and take our time listening to books and/or music on our iPods. Her iPod has over 1,000 songs whereas mine has an anemic amount of 400. She enjoys my selections, but pushes her selections all the time. I have more books and podcasts than she does and she enjoys them too. To me it’s the best time of my life. We get a chance to sing our favorite songs like Barry Manilow’s, My favorite things; Celine Dion & Clive Griffin, “When I Fall in Love,” from the movie Sleepless in Seattle and current stuff. We talk about everything under the sun and then she falls asleep and I continue to drive and listen to my music or book. Now and then I take small glances at her. I’m not one to love as one loves your mother, husband, etc. I mean, I love people, my family, friends, and associates, but I worship my grandmother and my child. I guess every parent does, but it’s different. She’s not just my child, she is my life. I really thought I would not be able to have a child since I had such a hard time getting pregnant. She arrived and I could not believe how big her eyes were. How much she looks exactly and I mean exactly like her father. She has a quiet demure and laid back personality just like her father. She has a way of looking at you with dark and wide opening eyes as if she is listening. She is listening and taking it all in, but her mind is on other things and I can see that. When I brought her to my grandmother to see her first great-grand child, my grandmother looked at me and said, “She’s not one of us,” She’s his {her father’s} whole family, just like when you were born, we knew you were not us, but your father.” I didn’t know what that meant. I figure all children are like either parents. Her and my Aunt Precious was always talking about "those" and "them" people. Never understood it until Kendra grew up and I saw, just like I see in me, I’m not “of them.”

I guess that is one of reasons I’ve never act like any one on my mother’s side of the family. To me they were true Kooks!

DEIDRE BERRY
THE NEXT BEST THING - $10.96

Tori Carter is dumped on her wedding day. The guy sends her a text message saying he is in love with another woman. She is pissed. Wouldn’t you be? Thru family and friends, she forgives and moves on. Then the guy shows back up. That has happen to me and I’m sure a few of you as well. I informed the jack-ass that you had your chance, you blew it and the sale is discontinued. Try that crap with your other woman. This woman has better things to do and I look good too! Besides, your damn ass don’t even read books!! Ok, Ok, I guess there was no need to say that, but I was pissed.

ALTONYA WASHINGTON

If you like Brenda Jackson’s Westmoreland Men (I love those guys – I got to find out who should play each one. I have my own ideas), then you will love the Ramsey’s – Fernando, Taurus and Moses.

A LOVER’S MASK - $4.32 (March 2007)
A LOVER’S REGRET – RAMSEY IV – $4.55
A LOVER’S WORTH – RAMSEY V - $4.55
A LOVER’S BEAUTY – RAMSEY VI - $4.55
A LOVER’S SOUL THE RAMSEY’S BOOK VII - $5.75
LOVER’S ALLURE – A RAMSEY ROMANCE - $3.55 - - -Journey to Scotland where Darby Ellis and Kraven DeBurgh embark upon a fiery, erotic romance that sets the stage for the next level of Ramsey mystery, drama and revenge
A RAMSEY WEDDING - $3.55 (JULY 2010)

MICHEL FABRE
RICHARD WRIGHT: BOOKS AND WRITERS - $15.00

This bibliography of Richard Wright's library and reading serves as a key to understanding the development and philosophies of this great writer and provides accurate information for the study of intertextuality (Ok, that word I had to look up – it means interweaving. He couldn’t say that?). The bottom line is, this is one of the many books about Wright’s works with a good view of some of the authors and their books that influenced his writing.

I’m going to throw this one in. This has got to be the longest title for a book.

JOSEPH R. GIBSON (Are you ready?)
TRAPPED IN RAINBOWS: THE PSYCHOHISTORICAL IMPACT OF TRAUMA AND TARGETED INFERIORIZATION ON THE EPIDEMIC RISE IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOMOSEXUALITY AS EGO DEFENSE - $8.99
I read the one reviewer comments and it wasn’t bad, but very long.

VICTOR MCGLOTHIN
EVERY SISTAH WANTS IT - $9.99
From Booklist, “Octavia Longbow is an exotic beauty raised on an Oklahoma reservation. While pursuing her master's degree, she also works as the producer for the number-one radio station in Dallas. Her ex-boyfriend is a famous recording artist, who she met in undergraduate school. Their on-and-off relationship has been full of good times and disappointments. She finally meets a handsome man who treats her the way she deserves to be treated. The obvious downside is that he is penniless, has a bike for transportation, and lives in the guesthouse of his friend. As she struggles to let go of the past and embrace the future, her ex gives her an ultimatum that requires she accompany him on a date. Unbeknownst to Octavia, her former lover and her future partner are acquaintances, and she has to come clean. Her decision to put what she needs first is the beginning of her finding what every sistah wants.”

WILLIAM H. BANKS JR.
BELOVED HARLEM: A LITERARY TRIBUTE TO BLACK AMERICAN’S MOST FAMOUS NEIGHBORHOOD, FROM THE CLASSICS TO THE CONTEMPORARY - $14.85

WAHIDA CLARK
THUGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM - $4.47
I think the title speaks for itself. Mrs. Clark is a New York Times bestselling author. Here’s more of her work:
THUG LOVING - $9.99
TRUST NO MAN - $10.20
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE - $9.99
EVERY THUG NEEDS A LADY - $8.57 (Do you see a theme happening?)
PAYBACK IS A MUTHA - $4.47
PAYBACK WITH YA LIFE - $9.99
WHAT’S REALLY HOOD!: A COLLECTION OF TALES FROM THE STREETS - $9.99
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY - $9.60 (This also includes Kiki Swinson who wrote the WIFEY series.
CHEETAH (WAHIDA CLARK PRESENTS PUBLISHING) - $9.99
Two women, Yanika Johnson aka Cheetah, a true thug and her best friend, Naj take over and run the drug trade in Newark, but there are many haters who will do anything to tear their empire down. We can’t have two women run the trade? Can we?
Be on the look out for her latest in the Tasha and Trae thug series, JUSTIFY MY THUG.