Gabrielle Union is a beautiful, intelligent Black woman who grew up in a neighborhood that didn’t appreciate who she was and went into an industry thaGabrielle Union is a beautiful, intelligent Black woman who grew up in a neighborhood that didn’t appreciate who she was and went into an industry that is no better. In her autobiography, she touched on racism, colorism, sexism, rape, relationships, self-confidence, success, and so much more. But she only touched.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s her book, but why write an autobiography when you are closed off. I’m not saying she had to tell all of her business, but when I read autobiographies, I usually feel closer to the author because they give more than the forest view. You get to see trees and even some of the leaves. Not with this book.
I enjoyed some of the stories she told. The content just didn’t go deep enough for an autobiography.
I can not stand first person fiction books. When I see a book is first person, I put it back on the electronic shelf. Another turn off for me is OprahI can not stand first person fiction books. When I see a book is first person, I put it back on the electronic shelf. Another turn off for me is Oprah recommended books. Shhhh, don’t tell her. I’ve read a few and most of those were misses for me. So when my book club chose An American Marriage, I went in with doom and gloom, ready to take one for the team.
Well, I am so grateful for my book club for choosing this book. In the book you have a young couple, married a little over a year and in love. Then the husband is sentence to over a decade in jail for a crime the wife knows he did not commit. The plot was compelling but the author’s writing style was what won me over. Yep, you heard it here first. Hats off to the author.
This book did have unanswered questions, but they weren't supposed to be answered. The novel focused on the relationship between the couple and their struggles to deal with the situation they were placed in, which I liked. I'll watch Law and Order if I want courtroom drama. IJS....
For those of you, like me, who give an automatic “no thanks” to first person books, I hope you give this one a try. You won’t be sorry.
Someone has murdered a close friend of Sister Lou, and the police are either inept and/or unwilling to do their job and solve the case. Not to be outdSomeone has murdered a close friend of Sister Lou, and the police are either inept and/or unwilling to do their job and solve the case. Not to be outdone, Lead Foot Lou (as I oh so affectionately call Sister Lou) sets out to catch the lout who murdered her friend.
From the moment I read Sister Lou’s driver’s license was suspended for speeding, I absolutely loved her. I’m so looking forward to the future releases of this series. The cast of characters are well balanced with those I like and don’t like so much. The writing is excellent and the mystery had me going to the very end, which isn’t the easiest thing to do. I could easily see this as a television series.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a perfect example of why I love book clubs. Belonging to a book club has made me read many a title I wouldn’t have consBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah is a perfect example of why I love book clubs. Belonging to a book club has made me read many a title I wouldn’t have considered reading. Don’t get me wrong. I read nonfiction, but I knew nothing about Trevor Noah outside of he is a comedian and I’d seen a few clips from The Daily Show. I had no idea he had written a book.
Anywhooo, when I read the blurb about the book, I was like, “Oh no, a depressing book about apartheid in South Africa. At least he’s a successful person, so it won’t be all bad.” I know, I’m a horrible person, but there you have it. Now that I’ve read the book, I believe everyone should and it should be assigned to high school classes. This is how history should be taught. I found Born a Crime extremely entertaining and educational. Reading the book felt like watching an amazing movie. I’m going to order the audio because it’s the closest I can get to turning the black and white movie in my mind into full color.
My favorite aspect of his story is actually his mother. An incredible woman, she was the star of the movie in my mind. Extremely religious, yet progressive in many ways, she refused to be held back by the chains of apartheid. You know how people say if you could have someone over for dinner to pick their brain, who would it be? Well, Trevor Noah’s mother would be the person I picked.
I wish I could give Born a Crime ten stars, but they only allow five. Read the book, folks, and you’ll see what I mean.
In Live Rich Save Money! Learn Investing, the author took the concepts of investing—a subject that can be complicated--and broke it down into easy toIn Live Rich Save Money! Learn Investing, the author took the concepts of investing—a subject that can be complicated--and broke it down into easy to digest bites. This title is short and sweet. I’ve read quite a few investment books and they tend to be redundant and full of fluff. I’d like to thank Lois for just getting to the point. Anywhoooo, I digress. Once you know the basics, her website is available and has a wealth of information and tools that can help you reach your financial goals.
The only issue I had with the book was the many promos throughout. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for self-promotion, but these distracted from the great content and would have been better placed at the end of the book along with the excerpts of her other books. I highly recommend this title for those of you interested in building a strong investment knowledge base.
I don’t usually judge a book by its cover or title, but this time—I’m ashamed to admit—I did. I hated the title of this book and didn’t like the coverI don’t usually judge a book by its cover or title, but this time—I’m ashamed to admit—I did. I hated the title of this book and didn’t like the cover much better. Since this was an author whose writing I haven’t read before, if I hadn’t read this book for my reading group, I would have missed out on a great read because of it.
In Volume 1 of Drunk On Men, you meet three 1920s women from completely different backgrounds: Belle—an older kept woman ready for a new lover, Edie—a rich debutant who doesn’t want to marry the man chosen for her, and Hanna—a poor country mouse in the big city for the first time to find a husband. When the three women meet, they hit it off and their lives change instantly with good ol’ 1920’s girl power. I enjoyed watching the relationship between these women grow and look forward to seeing what they will get into next.
Growing up, I absolutely loved comic books. I know, it’s a “boy” thing, but oh well. I was and will always be a proud Tom Boy. Why I stopped reading cGrowing up, I absolutely loved comic books. I know, it’s a “boy” thing, but oh well. I was and will always be a proud Tom Boy. Why I stopped reading comic books for pleasure is beyond me. Now that I think about it, I know why: joined the Army, got married, had children, went to college…. Life happened.
When I began pleasure reading again, I went to novels and didn’t get back to my love of comic books until I heard they were bringing the Black Panther back and Ta-Nehisi Coates would be the author. I’ll admit, I was a tad bit worried at first. I’d come to know him as a serious non-fiction writer and journalist. More on that in a bit.
In A Nation Under Our Feet, T’Challa (Black Panther) returns to Wakanda to find his country under terrorist attack by a group of supernatural beings. Needless to say, the government in turmoil and his people struggling to survive. This type of thing does not happen within Wakanda boarders—at least it didn’t use to. Now T’Challa must adjust to this new reality while fighting to unite and save his people.
All I can say is I worried for nothing because Ta-Nehisi “Did that thang!” Those of you who know me know I love to color. I appreciate the skill it takes to be a graphic artist. Brian Stelfreeze & Chris Sprouse brought their “A” games to the illustrations. I love, love, love the Black Panther series. I enjoy my monthly trip to the comic book store for each issue.