From the Desk of Carlene Reid :lol:
To ensure that our book selection process goes as smoothly as it did last month (which was a great success :wink: ) Pleas follow the time line below so that we can start on August 1.:arrow: Step One: Please post book nominations in THIS thread and THIS thread only. The first five books to receive seconds will be entered into another thread with a poll. I suggest nominators and others go to Amazon.com or something like that to read and post some reviews for us to read. That way we'll have a ground on nominating a decent book for the month of August. This thread will be locked on Wednesday July 28 at 9:00 am SHARP. If we haven't reached the first five nomination then the first >4 books nominated with seconds will be entered into the poll which will start sometime Friday evening.
:arrow: Step Two: The thread with the poll will be opened until 5:00 PM Friday July 30...after that time it will be locked The only count that will matter is what the poll shows. Meaning don't simply reply and say that oh I want such and such a book. You MUST VOTE in the poll.
:arrow: Step Three:BCU Book of the Month will be announced on Monday, August 1....go buy, check out, borrow, etc. your books because reading should commence through the month of AugustDiscussions/threads about the book will pop up through out the month.
NOTE: The process could change under the moderator's discretion Esp. if a certain book is getting an outstanding amount of votes.
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I suggest The Warmest December by Bernice L. McFadden
description:"Now and then I forget things.... One day last week I forgot that I hated my father... " McFadden's graphic, poignant second novel (following her praised debut, Sugar) charts the resonating legacy that alcoholic parents pass on to their children through the cycle of addiction and domestic violence. Narrator Kenzie Lowe, an African-American woman in her 30s on welfare, has used alcohol to repress the memories of abuse she suffered growing up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, caught in the physical and emotional grip of her whiskey-swilling father, Hyman Lowe. As Hy-Lo (a name that reflects his erratic mood swings) lies comatose in his hospital bed, dying of liver disease, Kenzie finds herself in the grip of buried memories. Deftly evoking the turbulence of Kenzie's tormented recollections, McFadden builds tension as Kenzie's subconscious releases events from a fearful childhood dominated by Hy-Lo's sadistic punishments. Incidents where he burned a cigarette into her palm, broke her ribs with lashes from his belt, knocked out her mother's teeth and terrorized her brother, effectively causing his death, graphically illustrate a child's powerlessness in the grip of an appallingly abusive parent. Seamless transitions between Kenzie's past and her present life anchored by AA sessions imbue this difficult tale with dramatic suspense. While McFadden's decision to tie up loose ends into a neatly contrived ending may seem facile, its cathartic message of forgiveness and recovery will elicit tears. Agent, James Vines. (Jan. 15)
I also suggest One Day I saw a Black King by J.D Mason
description:Mason tells an engaging story about a couple who are drawn to one another because of their pain and the need to share with someone who understands. John King left his grandmother's house as a teenager. She was never able to show him love and kindness because he was a constant reminder of her daughter's death. Connie Rogers' mother abandoned her daughters and left town. She lived on the streets after she ran away from the couple that took her in. They both learned techniques to survive: John stays on the move and drifts from town to town, and Connie can't seem to move out of her childhood neighborhood. When they confront their demons, John learns the truth about his family and finally lays his anger and disappointment to rest, and Connie can stop blaming herself for all of the bad things that have happened in her life. When they face their pasts they find that they can be free to love one another. Lillian Lewis
Is It A Crime by Roy GlennA different type of love story, by roy glenn. An exciting blend of romance, mystery and danger, Is it a Crime combines these powerful elements into an explosive tale of love on the edge. Is it a Crime tells the story of Mike Black, whose violent rise to power earned him the name Vicious Black. Although he has everything he ever wanted, none of it seems to matter. He becomes enchanted with Cassandra Sims, a beautiful woman involved in the drug business. When an attempt is made on her life, Mike rescues her and becomes her protector. On the trail of her attacker, their relationship develops with an intriguing journey through Washington DC, Miami Beach and the Bahamas in the backdrop. The pursuit leads them back to New York City where all the pieces to the puzzle come together.
Too Beautiful for words by Monique W.Morris
About the Book
Peaches was a good high school girl until she met Jesus, the pimp who turned her out. They had a child named Jason, who was raised in a group home. Now a young man with a son of his own, Jason meets Chinaka, a former Black Panther who had befriended Peaches. Just as she tried to rescue his mother, Chinaka sets her sights on Jason, who is looking to get into the family business. In stark, moving prose, Monique W. Morris brings us into the lives of Peaches, Jesus, Jason, and Chinaka, whose words capture with exquisite honesty the brutality and humanity of the streets.
I also nominate
PUSH- by Sapphifer
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect. That is the device deployed in the first novel by poet and singer Sapphire. "Sometimes I wish I was not alive," Precious says. "But I don't know how to die. Ain' no plug to pull out. 'N no matter how bad I feel my heart don't stop beating and my eyes open in the morning." An intense story of adversity and the mechanisms to cope with it.
Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" (Newsday) is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.
PUSH is a VERY VERY VERY easy read...
Both books are excellent and i think we should read them
I nominate a book called Succes is the Best Revenge
By: Tracie Howard & Danita Carter
Lyle Johnson's got it made as a handsome and successful Wall Street investment banker ready to take life to the next level by marrying a woman with the perfect pedigree and high-powered connections. But can he deny the needs of his heart? Then he joins with a new partner, Tess Aventura Dubois.Bequeathed a fortune of her own by her late husband, she's just the woman Lyle needs to help manage and finance his trendy downtown bar. Tess has her sights on more than Lyle's business though--and she's going to do what it takes to become his number one priority. But how much is Lyle willing to invest in a woman as cunning as Tess? And how much is Tess willing to risk before Lyle discovers the shattering secret that could destroy everything they have?
This thread is locked...the nomination period has ended.
Since directions weren't followed too closely this time ONLY 2 BOOKS WERE SECONDED. One person seconded two books...although she selected Dogism as her first choice I decided to enter "One Day I Saw a Black Man " into the poll just so no one will say that I pushed for the book I selected to get read.
With that go to the Poll and vote...a description of each book will be placed there. Only the votes on the poll will count toward the results....YOU MUST VOTE..regular replies don't count.