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Ida B.: A Novel

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Tower. The place held such promise when it was built in the late 1970s. It was Harlem's hope for a new beginning -- an affordable, safe residence for people who couldn't afford to live downtown. But that was more than twenty-five years ago, before the devastating crack scourge hit. But the residents of Ida B. are resilient. They've built their own comm ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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I really enjoyed this book. Set in my hometown, Harlem, Ida B. is about the residents of a fictional apartment building located in East Harlem. The residents, a colorful cast of characters that include: Brenda Carver and her four children, Rosa Rivera, Sharif and so many more. A fast paced novel, Miller's dialogue is wonderful---so real and crisp, she really captures the voice of Harlem in her books. The plot is a little heart wrenching but the outcome is positive for all. When I read urban lite ...more
I very much enjoyed this story about the tenants at Ida B, an apartment building in Harlem. With some very well developed characters, the author brings out the best in the community and shows how they come together even when they encounter tragedy and a shocking crime.

I would definitely recommend this book which captures the daily lives of a fictional group of residents.
Jeanna Brown
Aug 30, 2016 Jeanna Brown rated it it was amazing
Ida B. is the story of the Ida B. Wells projects in the Bronx, NY. The main character is a young woman who got pregnant at a very early age; and she has 3 children all by different men. But, she soon begins to really see herself worth and she begins to write stories about the housing projects and soon gets a book publishing contract
I enjoyed reading about this close knit group who were more than tenants in a building, more like family who looked out for one another. Some parts dragged on for me and I was ready for them to get on with the juicy parts. It was a little too much dialogue I could have done without but it definitely had some hard hitting climatic scenes. The tragedy this small community saw was devastating, so much had occurred in a small amount of time, they didn't even gave time to recover from the previous bl ...more
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Jun 04, 2010 Tara rated it did not like it
I was trying to get Ida B by Hannigan, and didn't double check the author... Oops. This book has a good rating, so I'm sure it teaches something about overcoming life, but I didn't make it past the first few pages - and I wish I didn't read that far. Way too much swearing, graphic vulgarity, and then crude sexual references thrown in - I have no idea what the rest of the book contains, but that was enough for me to close it. Always double check the author!
Jan 24, 2009 Racquel rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Most of all, it was hilariously funny to me. The lessons and meaningful relationships in this book also added to it being a great read. It's so funny to me though, that while reading this book, someone at the bus stop told me how they had read the book and loved it. Intrestingly enough, one of my really good friends was also reading it the same time I was. Would definately recommend. It was a cute book.
Dec 26, 2008 Janaia rated it really liked it
While visiting the US, I bought this book for $2. First off, it was good; no it’s not the best writing but the story line was interesting and it’s a quick read (on the plane ride home). Not a book to run out and add to your collection, but if you at the library; check it out. A trip to a different neighborhood than most of us is used to. Interesting.
Apr 12, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Recommended to Emily by: Evan Mencke
This is a powerful story with very real characters. The pacing was a little uneven, and Miller could have used the help of a better proofreader, but those are surface issues that will be improved upon as the author continues her craft. Here's a story that will stick with me for a while.
Ms. Independent
Nov 19, 2008 Ms. Independent rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban book readers
Recommended to Ms. Independent by: library
I really liked this book. To see a community that come together to love, support, and protect it's own was a very good thing to read about. This book kept me interested with every single word. Has some great and lovable characters as well as those we love to have.
Sep 26, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
"chukles" at the first comment... you can't rate what you will never understand ...applauds the second reviewer!!! I stumbled upon this book and fell in love PERIOD!
Oct 11, 2008 Keyona rated it did not like it
This book was just...wack lol. I don't know how else to say it.No wonder I can't get rid of it..
Aug 23, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book so much that I could not put it sad as it was.
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Aug 12, 2016 Kajun Kween rated it it was amazing
Very moving.
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Karen E. Quinones Miller is the author of the Essence best selling novels Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, Ida B., (nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction), Satin Nights, and Passin’.

Miller was born and raised in Harlem and dropped out of school in the 8th grade, but later finished her education and became a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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