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Name : Valerie A.

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Informative, Insightful, Interesting

I didn’t know a lot about the culture or this geographical area. I enjoyed the author’s story and how he was able to overcome so many obstacles on his path to adulthood.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Informative, Beautiful, Insightful

“History is Storytelling,” and Yaa Gyasi knows how to weave a story. She is a masterful griot! Slave trade is a central theme, but at the heart of this story is the struggle of a family, though separated by life’s circumstances, they find their way home.

Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

Great things come in small packages and this books certainly is one them. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but won’t be my last. Very thought-provoking. How certain are we of our actions when faced with saving someone’s life?

Difficult, Adventurous

While I am very intrigued about the murder case of an innocent black solider by a bigoted white man during the early 1970s, the book is mostly about the era of segregation and racism through the lens of a now grown man who’s father was the local Methodist preacher who fought hard to uphold his Christian beliefs of equality and civil rights for Black Americans.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

The reader gets to know who Ove really is through the author’s telling of the story from present time to his past life. I smiled, laughed out loud, cried as I slowly began to love A Man Called Ove and I am sure others will too.

Slow, Informative, Gloomy

One year after beloved artist Prince’s death, his first ex-wife gives an account of their love story. Sadly, it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending. The book is filled with a lot of pain as Mayte describes their grief of losing two children, an illness that I didn’t know about until I read the book and about her struggles to become a mother.

Finding Gideon (Gideon Series) by Eric Jerome Dickey
Dramatic, Addictive, Graphic

Girls hit your hallelujah; Gideon is back! It has been 8 years since the resurrection of Midnight, but no worries. Even if you’ve never read the other books in this series, Dickey does a wonderful job of bringing you up to speed fast. There is nothing slow here. Fasten your seatbelt and hold on for your life as Gideon gets a little closer to learning the truth about his mother and father. When you find Gideon, you’ll be spellbound.

Insightful, Interesting, Informative

Standing O to the author for championing topics that have plagued and held black women down and back for too long. Before judging someone it’s good to know history. Freedom and the courage to pursue happiness regardless of the lies that have been told about black women lies in the pages of this book.

Queen Sugar: A Novel by Natalie Baszile
Boring, Slow

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive

The book is about a family of Jamaican women with deep hurts and secrets who are trying to survive poverty and someday escape to a better life. There are also some love stories within in its pages. The book answers what you’re willing to do for love—to get it and keep it.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The book is not what I expected. It is written in the voice of 10-year old Nujood. Probably more suitable as a youth’s book than an adult. Nujood is courageous and worthy of Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Informative, Adventurous
Tale of struggle and loss to gain one's freedom

I've read countless books on the perils of slavery, but none quiet as beautifully written as this. There is nothing subtle about this book. It's not a page turner, but stick with it, I promise it is worth it. Sometimes, we have to lose something to find ourselves and that's what this book reveals.

Them: A Novel by Nathan McCall
Book Club Recommended
Persuasive, Insightful, Informative

Them gives the readers a front porch view of what may happen during gentrification. I like how the author tried to build a relationship based on a search for understanding between Barlowe and Sandy through their spotty talks at the backyard fence. Funny how in MLK’s day, whites wanted to keep blacks out of “their” neighborhoods, now in Them, they want to kick the whites out.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Inspiring, Insightful, Interesting

Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

This book started off good, but as it continued on, I felt it became unrealistic. Not saying that the events wouldn’t try a young marriage, just saying the reactions seemed over the top and insensible.

Cost of Our Affairs by Linda R. Herman

Beautiful, Interesting, Inspiring

Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Difficult, Dramatic, Beautiful

Quite harrowing! This may be a painful and difficult read for some readers. The novel exposes how far a parent will go erase a stream of life misfortunes (bad luck). Let’s agree that enslavement is never a solution.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Dark
Excellent Summer Read

This book can easily be read in a few hours. With so many of us at home and bored because of COVID-19, the story of a sister keeping her younger sister's murders a secret is a welcome escape from CNN and Netflix.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
A Journey in Discovering Self

The Foss family loved the twists and turns of living on the river, but they never expected to be "sold down the river!" After their parents seek medical care at a Memphis hospital regarding the delivery of premature and unexpected twins, the children are taken from their home by the TN Children’s Home Society. This page-turner tells the story of Rill Foss' journey to keep the family together and to someday reunite her siblings. Memories fade, but the love found on the river are hard to shake loose. In the end, being your "real or true" self and to be loved for it, is more important than public image.

Gloomy, Pointless, Adventurous

The storyline started off really good. I settled in thinking this would be a page turner, but I was so disappointed because it was so beautifully written. I really, really wanted to like this book, but half way through it fell apart.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Life Changing
Loving someone should not be this hard

Parents' views shape their children, but where does "do as you are told" end especially when a teenager begins to discover that their parents are racists? This is a book about loving someone who your parents don't approve of and about upholding one's family culture and traditions.

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