Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” is an ‘in your face’ with a load of humor on the side sort of perspective on racism in America. It addresses specific elements of racism and stereotypes that are commonly discussed amongst black people. The purpose of this piece is to make people in general aware that racism is still alive and well in America. It mainly focuses on the behaviors of white people and their ideas about what it means to be black and how they relate to blacks. There are also a few words of debatable wisdom to black people as well. It is filled with humorous illustrations and quizzes geared toward aiding both whites and blacks to be more aware of what type of person they are based on their responses towards the opposite groups. It is meant to be a lesson for Caucasians on how to successfully navigate the cultural divide and to become enlightened on the humanity of the African American race.
Though it was written with an ample dose of humor, much of it is thought provoking and yes, debatable.
This book is right on time as we witness racial tensions increase daily. The author is clever and has created a conversation piece for any get together.
Reviewed by: Trenika
To Be or Knot To Be…
Mariah Langston is a twice divorced career woman with a handsome boyfriend Isaac, a successful and wealthy man who adores her. Life couldn’t get any better, but her insecurities, about her past marriages always rain on her sunny parade. Her sister Tina has three children with her husband Paul and a faltering catering business. Picture perfect…until you realize the glare is blinding and looks can be very deceiving. These two sisters wrestle with the many channels of love, life, and release. When to fight…when to love harder…when to walk away…when to stay…when love is just knot enough. Their tales testify that love is indeed real and sometimes you win and sometimes the cost of love is priceless…which will be their truth?
“When Love’s Knot Enough” was an enjoyable read. It was neatly packaged with just the perfect amount of riff to attest to being a realistic read. Relationships are challenging whether bound by marriage vows or trust. Sometimes the ties that bind aren’t strong enough but decisions have to be made because the changes affect everyone. There were no spine tingling scenes, it was merely a smooth read. The story line was well developed filtered with engaging characters, plots and the dialogue was tastefully penned and is entertaining enough to hold the readers’ interest. I would recommend this read.
Reviewed by: Tazzy
Practical. Useful. I enjoyed reading this book. “Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia” by Monica F. Anderson is a book that I not only read but I’m actually putting into practice. It really is about being happier. I’m not big on self-help books, but I’d easily recommend this to others. Readers will be able to identify with at least something addressed within its pages.
Anderson’s approach is easy to follow and understand. Overall, I think this is an excellent book and could benefit many people. This book does what it says it will do – it gives readers a powerful and practical guide to achieving more fulfilling relationships at work, at home, and in your community.
You May Have to Kiss Some Frogs to Find Your Prince/Princess!
Four friends are all seeking that special one. They’ve dealt with lots of past hurts, bad relationships, and loveless relationships. Will Ethan, Walter, Angel, and Stacy ever find the one?
I really enjoyed Christopher Markland’s “Desperately Seeking Exclusivity.” He did a great job of individually painting a vivid picture of each of the four friends and their situations and lack of full fulfillment in the love department.
The story line was easy to follow. It was a pretty quick read full of drama. There were some errors and extra words used that were not needed, but I did enjoy this one. I will be on the lookout for other novels from this author.
Reviewed by: Lisa M.
Two strangers. One night.
Witty, fun, intelligent, layered, simple yet complex, “One Night” follows the course of two strangers as their lives intersect one night. A night that will change their lives forever.
This man, this man, this man! I’ve read practically everything Eric Jerome Dickey has written and he still blows me away. He never fails to awaken the intrigue in readers seemingly effortlessly. Every word matters. As I’ve said in a previous review, he taps into readers’ five senses. There are a lot of themes addressed between these two characters within the span of one night including second chances, marital conflicts, loss, guilt, social issues, and forgiveness. You enter the world he has created fully. You get to know the characters and their distinct personalities and flaws. Their problems, their issues, their pain, their joys become yours. Dickey allows his characters room for growth and readers get to see that. Full of vivid descriptions and details, Eric Jerome Dickey does not disappoint with “One Night.” I hope he revisits these characters again in the future. The only drawback I have with this novel is the slow start.
Reviewed by: Toni
Thought Provoking, Dark & Intriguing
“Every Breath You Take” is the story of Natalie. She has endured many losses as well as successes in her life. She refuses to become involved in another relationship for fear of losing out again. She meets Jason one night and everything changes. But what she fails to realize is her past is hiding in the shadows waiting to exact revenge, waiting to claim what he feels rightly belongs to him. Waiting and watching…
Bianca Sloane’s story had me up and reading until early the next morning. She has written a very thought provoking and serious novel. It deals with some deep issues including rape, kidnapping, sex, murder, and so much more. I found myself really intrigued. I was feeling all Natalie went through. There were parts where I wanted to cry and others where I wanted to scream! Very well written. My one and only complaint was the ending. It left me with some unanswered questions. Overall a great read!
Reviewed by: Lisa M.