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American Dervish
3.66
I enjoyed this book and read in in a day!! I found the book very interesting and especially well written in describing the multi faceted joys and chal ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
 
A Mercy
3.62
Although the subject of "A Mercy" ie the interdependent lives of African slaves,Native Americans,indentured servants,free blacks,and whites in Catholi ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 02, 2008
 
The Right Mistake: The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow
3.95
Walter Mosely is awesome-I've read most of his books and was truly saddened when EZ Rawlins dies..Anyway--not to worry-I found a new book in Mosely's ...more
not set
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Ghost Bride
3.72
A romping ride with a 17 year old Chinese girl through the 19c Chinese Afterlife involving multiple creatures good and bad and many levels of ghost li ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 17, 2014
 
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur
4.24
Wow-Another story of our AFrican brothers and sisters killing each other!1 This was a poignant first person account of Bashir's middle class-albeit vi ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
Wonderful. engrossing ,delightful, poignant story set in La Belle Epoque ie the 1870's -early '90's of the ballet girl who modeled for the Impression ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
The Goldfinch
3.86
Amazing-a masterpiece-Destined to be a classic-like a Dickens novel. Superb writing-excellent character portrayals-Theo- the narrator is a survivor of ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
 
Cutting for Stone
4.27
Wow-this was the best book I've read in years- It was totally engrossing and phenomenal and totally consumed my interest, heart, and imagination! This ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 15, 2009
 
The Magic of Saida
3.42
A magical novel of a quest for homecoming to East Africa. Vassanji seamlessly weaves themes of family,immigration,religion, politics, history,slavery, ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
A Cupboard Full of Coats
3.55
Excellent writing!! Intense emotions, cultural issues- Great book for discussion- very deep!! We need to read this for LFPC group!!- wow- heart poundi ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 09, 2011
 
Pym
3.55
What a great ride!! Excellent story- a masterpiece on many levels first being that the footnote commentary is hilarious. As a lover of African-America ...more
May 2011
May 14, 2011
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.86
What a great book!!!! It's been more than 24 hours since I finished reading "Shanghai Girls" and I still feel like I'm in LA's chinatown of the 1930's ...more
May 2009
May 31, 2009
 
Kingdom of Strangers (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #3)
3.97
Interesting detective novel-apparently a series featuring a female forensic tech who wants to be a detective and usually ends up solving the cases the ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
The Book of Night Women
4.25
A compelling -extraordinary read-reminiscient of Zora Neale Hurston's "There Eyes were Watching God". This story focusses on the identity and slave li ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
American Wife
3.70
So far so good-"Loosely" based on the life of Laura Bush -just reached page 100 and she's just met a politician's son,"Charlie Blackwell". She's an un ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 02, 2008
 
Dying for Revenge
4.38
The 3rd book in Dickey's Trilogy about Gideon a globe-trotting "killer for hire" -with a strong sense of family-ie to have a birth family. Gideon susp ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Someone Knows My Name
4.42
Very interesting book ! Much history to be learned regarding Black Loylists-those blacks who fought for the British in the Revolutionary War-Group of ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2008
 
Six Suspects
3.51
Well-I'm almost finished reading this wonderful novel. I have not enjoyed reading a book this good since-I believe-"The Bone Cutter". Swarup is the au ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
The Invention of Wings
4.22
Amazingly, wonderful, enjoyable read-maybe because I love historical fiction, African-American and
southern American historical fiction. This book is
...more
Jun 02, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
 
The Lotus Eaters
3.84
Exquisite,outstanding,phenomenalstory of female photographer in Vietname War. A Tour de force- especially for a first novel! At turns- frightening,fun ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
Drawing in the Dust
3.82
A beautiful story set in Israel involving the finding of the Prophet Jeremiah and his fictitious lover/prophetess entombed in an embrace in the baseme ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest
3.97
Outstanding autobiographic/investigative account of Forna's bi-racial background and bi-cultural growing up in Sierra Leone and England. Feisty and in ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 17, 2010
 
Orphan Train
4.10
Great subject matter and premise of relating older woman's experiences as an orphan sentfrom NYC on the hgistorical Orphan Train and foster child with ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 14, 2013
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.68
A Smithie's account of serving time in federal prison! Excellent - Piper Kerman was looking for more than returning to her "WASP" life in Boston afte ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 10, 2010
 
The House at Sugar Beach
3.84
Helene Cooper is an award winning journalist-currently the UN correspondent for The New York Times-Helene poignanly relates her idyllic-affluent child ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2008
 
You Should Have Known
3.41
Disappointing-Writing not as "tight" as usual!! Very little dialogue-subject matter may only be appealing to demographic of book ie-rich-Caucasian-com ...more
May 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
Home
3.69
quintessential Toni Morrison in the phenomenal,lyrical image-filled writing. But...just a long short-story- like an appetizer. Seemed to coast to an e ...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
 
The Secret of Laurel Oaks
3.88
Well researched,engaging,well written,suspenseful YA ,historical fiction. Incorporated many traditional African American spiritual practices from slav ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
An Accidental Affair
3.57
A tightly written roller coaster ride through the vices of Hollywood stardom!! Great fun!1- Actually feel like i've been on a "trip"! Read in a day!
May 2012
May 01, 2012
 
Boundaries
3.46
I always like elzabeth Nunez' spare,direct writing- somehow it fits the Caribbean cultural theme. this book would make a great discussion book regardi ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
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