A book that cleverly mentions moments in history like Emmett Tills Assassination, Mohommad Ali's ideas about not having a beef with Vietnamese while eA book that cleverly mentions moments in history like Emmett Tills Assassination, Mohommad Ali's ideas about not having a beef with Vietnamese while exploring concepts about broken family ties, friendships, education, and parenting. Dealing with the loss of a parent takes center stage, as sisters are separated and then reunited at a Thanksgiving feast to only remind everyone in the family and also friends of what I will call the ugly snake that reared its head to call attention to Blacks who are able and embrace passing as white. Abuse, long-distance relationships, letter writing and the competition between Sisters will get you involved and excited as they exchange letters in an unusual way. This adds fluff to the story as relationships are formed and torn down, only to be built up again. The story started in New York, making the adventures that occur before the town of Flax Hill seem likely. The story starts with a young woman leaving her Fathers home like a runaway, even though she is really of adult age. It is easy to go along with her and to also embrace her life mission of getting away from her Father since his actions and personality are abhorrent. The uneasiness and instability of Boys work history are very relatable. Warmth develops through the story and it can grow on you as the narration shifts from adult experiences of love and marriage to the voice of children who are attending school, learning and even fighting among themselves as they form relationships among characters who participate in all kinds of mischief. Though the ending is cleverly written, it disappoints because of the immoral act of one character. It made me sorry that I had played Singer Sade's Love Is Stronger than Pride CD, over and over. However, it left me appreciating the scene featuring Jay Ellis in a cheating episode with a stripper which happened in the last episode of Season one of the HBO Series created by Issa Rae called Insecure. Yes........more
Since poetry is a form of expression, I have to respect the idea that someone would not only take time to create English version of Ghazels but do so Since poetry is a form of expression, I have to respect the idea that someone would not only take time to create English version of Ghazels but do so in a way to include prayer which is a part of all faiths. Including the Five Daily Prayers in a book of poetry that really speaks to the modesty of women while also being used to express love, worry and pain is something is creative and brilliant. The idea that Audience Of One can be used as a teachable tool to at least highlight the importance of understanding a very important part of the Muslim daily practices makes me appreciate the Authors effort in translation. ...more
Africans and their History takes readers on an enlightening journey that includes chronological accounts between the races with a cultural focus that Africans and their History takes readers on an enlightening journey that includes chronological accounts between the races with a cultural focus that details how the start of life from Africa, giving an account of slavery and how it became so prevalent once the states started to form. It helps readers to understand how seeded the ideals of skin color are and how past ideas about race and culture play into todays more contemporary environment. The Author Joseph E. Harris nailed this historical account by elaborating on the lack of responsibility shown by seamen who often fathered children and continued with their travels, leaving families behind as they explored new territory. A realistic account of congregational formation is given for various faiths and early culture and acceptance of diversity between people interacting during different periods seemed more hospitable than even today. ...more
Another experience with BOT brought me to a point where I at least questioned whether or not the birds and the bees should be told using another creatAnother experience with BOT brought me to a point where I at least questioned whether or not the birds and the bees should be told using another creature roaming the earth. Eels in particular, just because of my recent exposure to Memoirs of A Geisha written by Arthur Golden. Eels and caves were how the talented author described one conversation that took place between a Geisha and her sister, giving details of how men and women made their sexual connection happen. It was quite interesting to me because immediately I wondered if there was a cultural difference in how Japanese Women and other women living in world countries told talked about sexual intercourse.
To soften the details of what sexual intercourse really is or to at least speak more euphemistically about it, is what Arthur Golden accomplished in helping to tell the story of what a Geisha Lifestyle entails. Without having to revert to using (the birds & the bees analogy) a commonly chosen angle in our Western Society, the topic of how babies are born or how the sexual act itself happens was spelled out a little differently.