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Turning Angel
it was ok
I disliked this book the more I read it ...I'm sure that the reason I, as a Black man, put it on my to read list is because some review must have said ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 20, 2009
it was amazing
This is not the most artfully or lyrically written book but it deserves 5 stars for the tale it tells..It's a story of one of the few true heroes of o ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Mar 07, 2008
Black Mamba Boy
it was amazing
This book was really in my wheelhouse. I love historical fiction. I love African literature. And I love reading about places that I have absolutely no ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Oct 05, 2010
it was amazing
Lots to say a little later..having difficulty with the star rating for this one.

Dumas wrote this one year before his masterpiece Three musketeers and
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur
it was amazing
If ever there was a book that fit the description "life changing" than this is that book. Dr. Bashir writes elegantly about her idealic (almost too fa ...more
Jul 2009
Nov 06, 2008
Capital: A new abridgement
it was amazing
Karl would be spinning in his grave right now and in between gaffuws saying I TOLD YOU SO! as America saves its most stalwart capitalist icons with so ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
'Til the Well Runs Dry
really liked it
One of the highest compliments that I can give a book is that it is a page turner. This book certainly qualifies. When one foregoes mundane household ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
really liked it
This book can't possibly be for everybody...I, in fact, started out hating it... too repetitious, too dense, way too many footnotes and as an African ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
really liked it
What a book. Its so hard to review a book who's author is both an enormous intellectual and an equally enormous ahole. I certainly would recommend it ...more
Oct 24, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
The Water Cure
really liked it
Everett is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors. All of his books require the reader to not lie back complacently while a story washe ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Tree of Smoke
liked it
If you like an epic story this is for you. I wanted to give it 4 stars but the number of interwoven stories deterred me. I can see this being a plus f ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Apr 16, 2008
The Nubian Prince
it was amazing
Oh my goodness...I've never read a book quite as disturbing as this before...both horrific and damn funny about a subject that even the book jacket sa ...more
May 13, 2011
May 06, 2011
it was amazing
I had a lot of fun with this book...from his waaay over the top novel within a the imagined conversations of historical was a bo ...more
May 20, 2008
Mar 21, 2008
The Emperor of Ocean Park
did not like it
Hated it..Soap opera from a conservative Yale professor..please..needs to stick to his day job.
not set
Mar 19, 2008
Jesus Boy
it was amazing
I did not expect to like this book. I figured that it was a comic and satirical novel of the fervently religious. Making fun of fundamental religion i ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jun 09, 2011
All I Did Was Shoot My Man (Leonid McGill, #4)
it was ok
I have read a lot of Mosley. Have him listed as one of my favorite authors. This tome however was a muddled mess. I was never sure whether Mosley was ...more
May 02, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
The Garden of Evening Mists
really liked it
This book is somewhat of a chameleon. But is it the Chameleon that changes or our perception of it? A lot depends on whether you look through rose col ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
The Sly Company of People Who Care
it was amazing
When I was young I had a camp counselor from the country of Surinam in South America. He became a family friend and visited my home a few times even a ...more
May 18, 2015
Sep 08, 2011
Half of a Yellow Sun
it was amazing
Adichie covers territory that should be familiar to readers of her first effort, "Purple Hibiscus" That is the Nigerian upper-middle class business an ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Feb 26, 2008
A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
really liked it
This is a different kind of prison memoir. Literary, lyrical and philosophical. R. Dwayne Betts was an above average student in the lower middle class ...more
Aug 03, 2015
Oct 19, 2011
did not like it
I can never say I liked a book when halfway through I'm praying that its over. BUT, I can also see someone rating this book 5 stars and be fine with t ...more
May 30, 2012
May 15, 2012
Diana Ross
really liked it
The author/biographer got his start as a writer for fanzines and it certainly shows in this book. The writing quality is sometimes pedestrian and he e ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 19, 2008
The Hakawati
really liked it
This is really 2 books in one which are very much intertwined. One the story of an extended Lebanese Druze family. Extended in both its current size a ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Sep 02, 2008
The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District
it was amazing
I loved this book. I have a very strong streak of wanderlust and this book seemed to put me right in the middle of the red light district of Lahore Pa ...more
Nov 26, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Soul City
it was ok
Toure, Toure, Toure...trying so desperately to be looked at as a "new Negroe", as one who broke the mold, apart from the pack Negro. Soul City, the ci ...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Walk Through Darkness
really liked it
It was a good read though maybe 4 stars was more than I think it deserved. Somewhere in between 3 and 4 was more like it. The story of a runaway slave ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
really liked it
It's been a while. I had forgotten how much I enjoy short story collections. Especially ones as finely written as these. Only one was only average, th ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jun 09, 2011
really liked it
This book was a bit say the least. It was like Morrison packed 10 novels in the space of one average sized (320 pp) tome. It was so full ...more
Jun 03, 2016
May 27, 2016
Spilt Milk
it was amazing
So I'm reading Victor LaSalles book "The Big Machine" while in South Africa on my ereader. all about Western indulgences and stupid nonsensical situat ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
it was ok
I was very close to the conclusion of this book and wondering whether is should give it 4 or 5 stars. Within the last 2 or 3 pages I came to a very di ...more
Nov 11, 2015
Nov 07, 2015
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