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VJ is on page 300 of 644 of Uncle Tom's Cabin
This book is a critique of Christianity, God, and the practitioners of Christianity in the time of slavery. Also, au fait may be the origin of ofay instead of the pig-Latin for foe.
Mar 14, 2014 03:57PM Add a comment
Uncle Tom's Cabin

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VJ is on page 254 of 644 of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Tom saves Eva when she falls from the boat. Eva entreats her father to buy Tom. He does, and Tom becomes a driver and lives in New Orleans with the St Clare family. Eliza and her son are reunited with George, husband and father, under the care of the Quakers. A woman sold to Haley jumps from the ship after her toddler is sold away from her.
Mar 11, 2014 10:28AM Add a comment
Uncle Tom's Cabin

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VJ is on page 154 of 644 of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Eliza has escaped with her child from the buyer who would take her son in payment of the master's debt. Uncle Tom gets sold down river, as well.
Mar 10, 2014 10:51AM Add a comment
Uncle Tom's Cabin

VJ
VJ is on page 391 of 528 of A Malamud Reader
Completed Yakov Bok in Prison, and extended excerpt from The Fixer. Bok has been accused of murdering a Christian child and imprisoned. He awaits indictment, but has been in prison for a year. He suffers greatly and fears what he will say if he goes mad. He claims he is innocent of the crime, but still he sits in prison.
Feb 26, 2014 10:36AM Add a comment
A Malamud Reader

VJ
VJ is on page 126 of 240 of Forgotten Queens of Islam
Contrary to what some would have us believe, there were some Arab queens.
Feb 24, 2014 11:11AM Add a comment
Forgotten Queens of Islam

VJ
VJ is on page 305 of 528 of A Malamud Reader
Finished The Assistant. It is a novella about a drifting young man who helps n a holdup of a Jewish grocery owner. His guilt, and lack of funds or a place to stay, causes him to ask for work from Bober, the man he helped rob. Over the course of his stay, Frank Alpine falls in love with Bober's daughter, helps revitalize the store, and begins to mend his faulty character. Quite a twisted ending.
Feb 18, 2014 04:19PM Add a comment
A Malamud Reader

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VJ is on page 100 of 528 of A Malamud Reader
However, I'm reading from back to front. Completed all of part 4, Stories. Favorite: Black is my favorite color.
Feb 09, 2014 12:06PM Add a comment
A Malamud Reader

VJ
VJ is on page 66 of 239 of Black Women in Antiquity
Currently reading how Egypt's Isis is the archetype for the Black Madonna.
Feb 08, 2014 03:58PM Add a comment
Black Women in Antiquity

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VJ is on page 155 of 239 of Black Women in Antiquity
Started this book from the chapter on Hypatia and Women's Rights in Ancient Egypt. Met my ideas about terms of endearment in the practices of the ancient world and learned a great deal about women's rights and how these ancient practices found their way into Islam.
Jan 19, 2014 12:33PM Add a comment
Black Women in Antiquity

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VJ is on page 28 of 724 of The Portable Faulkner
Completed A Justice slightly confused, yet determined to read on to see if there is really something there or if the emperor has on no clothes.
Jan 19, 2014 12:31PM Add a comment
The Portable Faulkner

VJ
VJ is on page 76 of 182 of See Now Then
What this is is a black tragicomedy, with an omnipotent narrator. I like it, especially the fact that Mr Sweet only wants to kill his son and wife, not murder them. There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek funny here.
Oct 23, 2013 10:09AM Add a comment
See Now Then

VJ
VJ is on page 286 of 448 of The Mismeasure of Man
Reading about statistics and intelligence and how correlation has no relation to cause unless there is some additional knowledge that would lead one to be able to fill in the blanks between the object being observed and the observed outcome.
Oct 20, 2013 05:53PM Add a comment
The Mismeasure of Man

VJ
VJ is on page 62 of 182 of See Now Then
It takes a minute to get into a reading rhythm with this book as it seems to come from the mind of the characters, but outside of them simultaneously.
Oct 20, 2013 05:49PM Add a comment
See Now Then

VJ
VJ is on page 223 of 400 of Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World
Spirits in the Modern World includes discussion of the role of spirit evocation in Hitler's Germany.
Oct 20, 2013 05:45PM Add a comment
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World

VJ
VJ is on page 168 of 400 of Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World
Slogging through examples of those throughout history who were led by spirit voices and had an impact on their immediate environments and history, as well.
Oct 07, 2013 06:18PM Add a comment
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World

VJ
VJ is on page 160 of 400 of Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World
A sojourn in the desert allows for escape of corrupting urban influences, escape from the cruel dominance of time.

The rise of Islam threatened trade because of its opposition to idolatry. In 610 CE, Ka'bah was pilgrimage site of most Arab religious cults.
Oct 01, 2013 09:12AM Add a comment
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World

VJ
VJ is on page 26 of 1153 of The Stand
Campion has crashed the pumps at Hap's station! The baby is dead, his wife is dead, and everyone in Arnett is about to be dead, except for Stu. Here we go!
Sep 18, 2013 08:31AM Add a comment
The Stand

VJ
VJ is on page 90 of 400 of Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World
According to Brennan, the world has been guided by communication with spirits for eternity. We remember Moses to this day, with great reverence, and he heard a voice coming from a burning bush. Wonder what would happen if he were alive today to make that claim?
Sep 18, 2013 08:30AM Add a comment
Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World

VJ
VJ is on page 262 of 384 of Passing
Eulelie's past is catching up with her in the form of the mother of her son's intended. Imagine, she used to be named Doralee Washington, was dirt poor, and took her name from the Anglo woman for whom she worked because she thought is sounded like the name of a high-born southern woman.
Sep 05, 2013 04:23PM Add a comment
Passing

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VJ is on page 148 of 384 of Passing
Eulelie Giles is a black woman passing as a white woman passing as a black woman. That statement alone caused me to continue reading this book.
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Passing

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Returned from a pilgrimage. Not as young as I once was, so it has taken a while to recuperate. Still distracted, but getting better.
Aug 29, 2013 08:30AM Add a comment

VJ
VJ is on page 160 of 256 of The Best of Simple
The Simple stories cannot be summarized. You have to read them and choose your favorites!
Aug 29, 2013 08:27AM Add a comment
The Best of Simple

VJ
VJ is on page 28 of 468 of I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
I felt the strongest urge to hear Livia's story again. As this series is not airing on PBS, I'm reading my copy by Graves.
Jul 25, 2013 09:13AM Add a comment
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)

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VJ is on page 134 of 256 of The Best of Simple
From "Bop"

...said Simple. Re-Bop was an imitation like most of the white boys play. Be-Bop is the real thing like the colored boys play.

You bring race into everything, I said, even music.

It is in everything, said Simple.
Jul 25, 2013 09:01AM Add a comment
The Best of Simple

VJ
VJ is on page 88 of 240 of Forgotten Queens of Islam
After establishing the symbols of sovereignty, i.e. having name mention in the Friday khutba and having the ability to mint coinage, we now arrive at the individual women of antiquity who met the criteria of having sovereignty.
Jul 25, 2013 08:57AM Add a comment
Forgotten Queens of Islam

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VJ is on page 76 of 256 of The Best of Simple
Simple is in his element, discoursing on land ladies, women friends, racism, and the fun in life. He keeps me smiling!
Jul 09, 2013 02:46PM Add a comment
The Best of Simple

VJ
VJ is on page 80 of 240 of Forgotten Queens of Islam
Khayzuran means bamboo. Because of wording and understandings many hundreds of years old, women have been left out of discussions of leadership because they could not legitimately claim certain titles. Even though in possession of intelligence, cunning, bravery, and the ability to communicate with the people, women in Islam have been forbidden leadership of men.
Jul 08, 2013 03:21PM Add a comment
Forgotten Queens of Islam

VJ
VJ is on page 224 of Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia has married her third husband, Este, and the Pope is in his last days.
May 14, 2013 08:50AM Add a comment
Lucrezia Borgia

VJ
VJ is on page 194 of Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia was a pawn of her father, Pope Alexander VI, and her brother Cesare. She was raised in an unsavory environment, but I have not read of her poisoning anyone yet.
May 06, 2013 08:48AM Add a comment
Lucrezia Borgia

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VJ is on page 112 of Lucrezia Borgia
Pope Alexander VI has lost his favorite son Juan to murder, is in the process of having Lucrezia's marriage annulled. Her brother Cesare is suspected of having killed Juan, but no one will speak of this suspicion, not even the Pope, his father.
May 05, 2013 09:57AM Add a comment
Lucrezia Borgia

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