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Who Asked You?
3.90
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
 
Shake Down the Stars
3.98
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
 
Sula
3.81
(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...more
Jan 15, 2013
Feb 25, 2010
 
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
 
Happiness, Like Water
3.94
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
 
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
3.85
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
 
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
4.18
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
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.02
"...introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly."

I...more
Aug 14, 2014
Jun 03, 2012
 
The Husband's Secret
3.89
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...more
Jan 22, 2014
Dec 05, 2013
 
The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott
4.28
Jill writes beautiful poetry...like she lives inside both, my head and my heart. She signed my copy.
Jan 2007
Feb 25, 2010
 
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
3.61
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
 
Middlesex
3.93
I loved this book. Brilliant, amazing, heart wrenching, mind boggling...this story made me feel every emotion. I wrinkled my nose in disgust, laughed,...more
Jul 07, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
 
The Dirty Girls Social Club (Dirty Girls, #1)
3.42
**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...more
May 13, 2013
Feb 18, 2011
 
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
 
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
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.09
I think this may be the best collection of short stories I have ever read.
Dec 29, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Freeman
4.33
AMAZING STORY. Leonard Pitts, Jr is a gem!
Aug 29, 2013
Apr 19, 2012
 
The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
3.99
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
 
Native Son
3.91
Good book. I think the premise and theme are better than the actual book, though.

As the synopsis says, "Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been h...more
Mar 10, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Dying Ground
3.93
More like 3.85 stars.
I'm not really into urban literature, but to be fair, this should be described more as literary in an urban setting. Tramble did...more
Nov 15, 2013
Apr 01, 2012
 
Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel
3.20
"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.

Ad...more
Jul 2014
Apr 28, 2012
 
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
3.88
Very eye opening. Though the first two chapters lagged a bit, it immediately became interesting when the book delved into the Jockey Syndrome, and how...more
Jun 20, 2014
Sep 10, 2013
 
Jazz (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #2)
3.72
Morrison is my favorite of all time. No doubt that she is a master storyteller. There were countless passages that shone like bright sunlight on a col...more
Feb 12, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
 
Before I Forget
4.18
Found this book on a list of favorite books of 2009 on author Carleen Brice's blog, which led me to suggest it to my bookclub. The book was brilliant....more
Jan 24, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
 
Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America
3.52
Scott Poulson Bryant brought up a lot of interesting points concerning the Black male penis, namely how the myth of its large size began during slaver...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
 
No Woman, No Cry
3.91
This book was very eye opening regarding the choices in love that Bob Marley made throughout his life. Rita meets Bob as a teenaged mother working on...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin
3.33
Iris is a 20 year old virgin from Israel who has just completed her mandatory two year stint in the army. With no serious plans, she decides to tour A...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
 
26a: A Novel
3.39
Enjoyed this book ALOT...until the end. The writer's style reminds me alot of Toni Morrison, minus the tons of symbolism and confusion. I was not shoc...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 18, 2010
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