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Who Asked You?
3.92
Pains me to say that I wasn't feeling this. I expected so much more. Maybe I'm judging too harshly, but had this not been written by one of my favorit ...more
Sep 17, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
An Untamed State
4.11
More like 2.5 stars.

I know I am in the minority when I say this, but this novel did not move me as it did most everyone else who finished it. I am ve
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Mar 16, 2015
Feb 11, 2014
 
The Book of Negroes
4.42
"Hill writes a story so poignant that one will be hard pressed to not put it down. Though Aminata is a fictional character, Hill’s research on the sla ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 08, 2011
 
Sula
3.82
(1/15/13 review)Love! Love! Love!

(2009 review)Fantastic story! Morrison is a powerhouse when it comes to story telling. In this short book, she will
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Jan 15, 2013
Feb 25, 2010
 
Getting to Happy
3.40
**spoiler alert** Terry McMillan may be one of my favorite authors but this novel falls very short of what I expected from her. After having recently ...more
Nov 05, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
Shake Down the Stars
3.96
Very funny, extremely entertaining. I love that Swindle showcased Oakland's economic and cultural diversity. This would make a great book club pick be ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.78
I loved this novel! Celeste Ng takes us on a familial journey, with beautiful, engaging prose about dysfunction, the kind that is not always visible, ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Sep 12, 2014
 
Happiness, Like Water
3.95
This book made me love short stories again. Eloquent and quiet but riveting and stirring. I want to read so much more from Chinelo.
Sep 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.01
"...introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly."

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Aug 14, 2014
Jun 03, 2012
 
Mama
4.14
My opinion has changed a lot about this book over the years. I am very shocked that I read this at 12 years old (and was not traumatized by it), and I ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
4.33
These essays made me laugh, cry, grimace, think, feel, and learn. Our country, communities, families are often dissected through writing, but very rar ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
 
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
4.20
4.5 stars - I absolutely loved this biography. It was extremely well-researched and rendered so passionately that it was very hard to turn away from t ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Dec 15, 2011
 
The Good Negress
3.71
More like 4.5 stars. Verdelle's prose is so full of soul and down home, country goodness. Reading this was like sitting at the foot of an elder, learn ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Jun 19, 2011
 
Wench
3.65
Besides the fact that I wore myself out in my teens and early twenties on reading fictional accounts about slavery, I really enjoyed this book, mainly ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
 
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
3.86
What can one say about a collection of short stories, each one of them delicious enough to hope that they never end? I almost feel bad for only giving ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Dec 22, 2010
 
The Husband's Secret
3.88
I wish I could give this a 4.5.

I really enjoyed this one. I was hooked to the storyline early on and could not put this one down. I expected it to be
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Jan 22, 2014
Dec 05, 2013
 
The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott
4.30
Jill writes beautiful poetry...like she lives inside both, my head and my heart. She signed my copy.
Jan 2007
Feb 25, 2010
 
The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls, #1)
3.43
**spoiler alert** (re-read 5/19/2013)
(I would have loved to give this 3.5 stars. If only Goodreads allowed 1/2stars).

Review from first reading 5/1/201
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May 13, 2013
Feb 18, 2011
 
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story
4.25
This is the story of Elaine Brown: From a poverty laden childhood in Philadelphia, where her mother demanded she HAVE the best, resulting in days in s ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
 
Sunday Brunch: A Novel
3.74
Even though i am a Christian, i've never really been a fan of Christian literature (the stories are usually too simple for my tastes and always have s ...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
 
The Sweetest Thing
4.18
I don't normally read romance novels, but I picked this up because I needed something light and sappy to help scrub Gillian Flynn's extremely disturbi ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
 
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
3.59
I really enjoyed this authors writing style. The way she approached the story of a young girl of Danish and African American parentage, suddenly thrus ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
 
Boy, Snow, Bird
3.30
I don't even know how to review Boy, Snow, Bird. Hard to engage in the beginning. Middle was REALLY good and entertaining. Ending lost me completely. ...more
May 18, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
 
Look Out Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama!
3.66
This book is hilarious and informative. Imagine Samuel L. Jackson teaching you about the history of Black Power, Frederick Douglass, NAACP, Marcus Gar ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Jun 07, 2012
 
Color Me Butterfly: A Novel Inspired by One Family's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
3.95
I would not have finished this had it not been a book club selection. Sad story, but not well written, in my opinion. It seemed to read like a list of ...more
Jun 08, 2011
May 22, 2011
 
It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single
4.09
Really great quick read. One of the best advice books for singles who keep hearing the same old made up rhetoric about how to leave their single statu ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.10
I think this may be the best collection of short stories I have ever read.
Dec 29, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Freeman
4.32
AMAZING STORY. Leonard Pitts, Jr is a gem!
Aug 29, 2013
Apr 19, 2012
 
Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel
3.24
"Ada's Rules" definitely pulled me out of my reading slump. Public health advice disguised as a funny, uplifting, life-changing novel? I'll take it.

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Jul 2014
Apr 28, 2012
 
The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
4.02
I have to give Hill Harper props for at least attempting to tackle this subject. Black female and male relationships will have you writing volumes tha ...more
May 19, 2010
May 05, 2010
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