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Milk in My Coffee

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  7,616 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Jordan Greene moves from the deep south to New York City, and finds more than he ever bargained for. When he shares a ride with a vivacious young white girl, a romance grow between the unlikely pair--much to the chagrin of Jordan's friends and family. Love on the other side of the color bar forces him to examine his own values and makes him stand up against what everyone e ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Dutton (first published 1998)
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Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book over 10 years ago. It's still one of my favorite EJD novels. Interracial dating always sparks controversy in various communities. I loved how the author developed the characters and the different twists you don't see coming throughout the book. A quick and easy read worth checking out. ...more
Melvin Hunter
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this book. I approached this book expecting something completely different than what I got. The story was excellent. It seemed to drag a little bit at parts but it still kept my attention. I really liked the intricate character struggles the author displayed throughout the story. His writing style is amazing. I love how he steps aside as the author and allow the narrator to speak. Each time the narrator switched, you could see there was a different voice. I am a late bloomer. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
When Jordan Greene moved from west Tennessee to New York City, it was definite culture shock. He went from a slow paced, laid back lifestyle to fast paced. People were everywhere and always in a hurry. Getting your toes stepped on was a daily fact of life — and not cause for profuse apologies like in the South. Yet, adjusting to city life was simple compared to when he jumps in a cab with Kimberly Chavers.

Kimberly Chavers is a red-headed white woman, a free spirit, and an artist. Jordan finds hi
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This story of a black man who gets romantically involved with a white woman is mostly of it is told from his point of view (with a few sections from her point of view). I enjoyed it; it doesn't read like a romance, but it is a good story with a emphasis on the relationship and an interesting twist at the end.

Confession time though: as a white middle-class female, I couldn't help but find some of the narrator's opinions offensive (for example, he compares a co-worker who stupidly says something
D.J. Walters
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm on a mission to power through Dickey's classics. This was a fun and interesting read though at some points the storyline felt a bit forced. And though some of the ideas are a little outdated in the book, it was an interesting take on how others can work through the difficulties of interracial dating. ...more
Milk in My Coffee deals with a modern day interracial relationship, the point of view alternating between a black man and white woman. Had the setting not been contemporary, it may have dealt with lynch mobs and featured life and death drama. Instead it's about trying to make a relationship work, which is difficult enough when skin tones match, extra challenging sometimes when they don't. ...more
Black Carrie
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening book.Jordan seemed like a good dude who had his fair share of getting done wrong by women smh I just wanted to jump in the book and beat all their asses Jordan was a good black men & back then they were hard to find and today they're even harder to find. The same way Jordan was raised to see white people I was raised the same way. . . Jordan's POV on things were what made the book interesting the dialogue with his friends were interesting as well . . . This book was a great hon ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Jordan Green is not out looking for love but when he meets a Kimberly Chavers; he stars to have second thoughts. Kimberly is unlike any other woman he has know, she is funny, feisty and has a backbone. The only problem is that she is white and he is currently in a relationship with J'nette. J'nette and Kimberly are opposite, not just in race but how they interact with Jordan. While J'nette continues to irritate Jordan with her constant need of affection, Jordan is starting to grow closer to Kimb ...more
Crystal (VanillaHearts62)
This was an interesting look at African American culture and how it can clash with Caucasians, especially when it comes to dating. Dickey's writing is what kept me drawn in - the flow of the words, the slang, and the general descriptions just seemed to be a little bit special. In its essence, it is a romance novel (not the type of book I usually gravitate towards!), and although the characters don't necessarily stand out, the writing kept my attention and I kept wanting to know what was going to ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-aa, on-my-shelf
Well. Let me start by saying I would recommend this book. I have to say at first when reading it it was a bit slow and it was kind of out of date.

We're living in 2020 but then I had to remember the book was published in the '90s so I had to take off my 2020 glasses and put on my '90 glasses to be able to connect with the setting.

After that the story was really good. I enjoyed reading it. I like the characters they were all very defined characters. I also like the fact that the story was told fr
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one

Another great read as expected. By now I know there are unexpected twists and turns and I tried to anticipate them in this book and boy my mind was still blown.
Tiffany Spencer
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milk in My Coffee
Plot: On a miserable, cold, day in New York two people meet in a cab, Jordan Green (an engineer at Comp-Sci) and a red-haired woman, Kimberly Chavers (an independent artist). Immediately there’s an attraction and she invites him back to her place to see some of her art. Only art isn’t the only thing the bond over. By the time they part with passionate kisses exchanged Jordan knows he’s crossed over into a side of the tracks he’s not comfortable with. Painfully reminded by the lo
Temi Abimbola
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is "Wow". The whole book in general is amazing, especially the last 100 pages. I really enjoyed the transition from a narrator to first person accounts. Two impressive characters with many twists to their scenarios, I finished the book in less than 3 days, because I couldn't get enough of it, I wouldn't put it down, it doesn't really surprise me that it was labeled the bestseller at it's time.
It has a 90's theme to it(since it was created in the 90's of course).
I lol when it mentio
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I know what the author was trying to do, but I didn't like it. I got the message though. But boy did EDJ make 99% of the Black women bitter, angry, sneaky, violent and/or greedy. I don't necessarily like the title for the book but I kinda get it. I didn't enjoy his style of writing either, especially when it came to the back story. It took me a while to read because of it. But I did really appreciate the imagery. I felt like I was cold in New York & miserably hot in Tennessee. Can Jordan get his ...more
Jacqueline J
This book was okay but I think the author copped out a bit at the end. (view spoiler) The author just seemed to lack the courage of his convictions. ...more
Dani Elle
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
My expectations were much higher. The story was just okay and I didn’t like abrupt ending. The main two characters had so much potential but the random plot lines and distractions from peripheral characters took away from the story.
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff
Checked this out of the library because it's fluff with some twists - male-written, interracial romance written from the male perspective. It was just ok. ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
All the Dickey books I have read are a real treat. I am excited to see the others available. They are the best to take on a trip, to read on the plane, on the beach, etc.
Rachel Jackson
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this one wayyyyy back in the day and am in the process of rereading it. It's a bit dated in some parts, and there are certain lines that make me cringe, but it's remarkable just how well EJD captures some of the uncomfortable elements of interracial dating and how they are impacted by America's warped social views. EJD has a gift for writing hyper-realistic, believable dialogue and layering his characters with relatable views and flaws. I'm enjoying the re-read, and this book is proving t ...more
Jw Li
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
milk in my coffee ... let's see...
a light read, there were high points & low points.
The descriptiveness and details of the characters and their surroundings were good.
The story flowed well in the beginning however to the end i felt too much happened too fast, almost ass if the author was running out of time to develop characters. the story ended a but sudden.
I did like the insight into the different cultural and even different mannerism in different parts of the USA (namely NY & Jodan's home t
Carol Hornsby-mccoy
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I can’t remember what took me so long
To read it, considering I’m a fan of his work. I loved the way the title blended in with the story. Yes, we as black African Americans have a tendency to past judgement on a brother when he’s with a vanilla woman. But truth be told we love who or whom we love and color has no limits. My question is why is it so easy for whites females to get a black man but we see very little of the reverse side of this.
Jaguar Jonez
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sheesh I read this book 15 years ago, and it was actually the first book I read by Eric J. Dickey. I have re-read all of his books a couple of times over because he is an excellent storyteller. His writing style has evolved since this book, but I love how realistic his characters are in in all of his books.
Rebecca R
I read Milk In My Coffee twenty years ago, not long after it was first published. It's still one of my favourite EJD novels. It looked at the interracial dating honestly and had one hell of an incredible ending.
My copy is worn out, the spine is broken and the cover is torn because I've re-read it so many times.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly good read, having a nice balance between pleasure, drama, and going over issues that minorities have to face. It is very much a timepiece of the 90's, and I guess it's interesting to hear about New Yorkers going to chain restaurants (there are a few cases of weird product placement). But I did find myself enraptured by a lot of it. ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. Dickey kept me glued to his words as I turned the pages and dealt with the twists and turns from the story as the characters dealt with race,friendships and the demons in their past.

This book reminded me yet again that love is and will always be all that matters in the end.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read at least one if Eric Jerome Dickey's books at different points in my life. My reactions have ranged from lukewarm to okay. However, having concluded "Milk in My Coffee", I must say that I am now quite excited to read more of his books.

"Milk in My Coffee" certainly did not disappoint. It was funny and entertaining, yet there were many lessons to be learned. It was interesting to get the perspectives of both characters, which I think brought more depth to the story. The supporting charac
Ms Donna
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really like this book at first, but I decided to read it anyway. The book grew on me and I started liking it more and more each time I picked it up. The ending is what actually made it a great read to me and the reason why I gave it 5 stars. ...more
Hilda Holt
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I liked the relationship between Kim Kim and Jordan. It is always a new experience when a person get in a relationship . The different problems and situations. A great read!!!!
Stephanie Speight
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throw back!

This is the first time I've read a book from the author. It took me back to the 90s. I can see why people were talking about him. He developed the characters. The story was well written. I just think I discovered him too late.
A'Sian Starr Dotson
Coffee with a Twist

Eric Jerome Mickey is one of my favorite male authors. This book was pretty good. I felt like it dragged on in spots longer then necessary but overall a good read.
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a

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