Book Review


The Education of Kevin Powell

You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser.

“83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson”

An accident, a murder, a surprise can happen in an instant that can seem like a lifetime. It doesn’t take very long – or does it? The odd thing about time is that it’s shapeable, as you’ll see in the ...

I Almost Forgot about You

In every love life, there’s always The One That Got Away. He got away because you were both too young, too scared, too broke, or too different. Things were said that couldn’t be unsaid, done that shouldn’t have been done. ...

Running with the Champ

Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem.

‘Blood Brothers’ is unique look at bond between Ali, Malcolm X

The authors may have said it best near the end of the book: Malcolm X “died in the struggle for Black power.” It was not the “Black Power” so fiercely espoused by more radical civil rights leaders of the 1960s ...

Chasing Perfection

Is there anything better in basketball? It’s sheer poetry, absolute magic, and your team can’t do it enough – especially when it happens from the three-point line. In the new book “Chasing Perfection” by Andy Glockner, you’ll see how science ...

Writing My Wrongs’ provides reader with clarity, admiration of troubled teen

Shaka Senghor’s riviting novel, “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison” (Drop A Gem Publishing, 2013, $26), goes far beyond the typical inner-city narrative focusing on poverty, gangs, drugs and misspent youth.

Lost in the Promised Land

The saga of Jonestown gets a fictionalized treatment

Book club will meet March 15

The Palmdale City Library African American Book Club will meet and unpack on March 15 the popular novel “Half of a Yellow Sun.” They’ll begin at the usual time of 7 p.m., and the event is free.

“The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping”

Your neighbors said they’d keep an eye on your house for you this summer. They’d get the mail in, and grab the newspaper while you were on vacation. They’d do everything for you – and, as in the new book ...

“The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in The White House”

If the walls could talk, imagine what they’d say. They’d reminisce about family meals, holidays, celebrations and romance, take sides in arguments, and watch children grow.

“Before I Forget”

You can’t remember what you came into the room for. That happens with disturbing frequency. Forgetting your glasses, losing your keys, it really bothers you because you’re not sure if it’s a normal part of aging or something else.

“Best Friends Forever”

You’d do almost anything for your best friend. You’d take a bullet, take her in, or take her anywhere she needed to go. You keep her kids and her confidences. And, as in the new novel, “Best Friends Forever” by ...

“Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest”

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire seem so cozy.

Buffalo Soldiers: Heroes of the American West

Your family is filled with people to whom you look up. There’s Grandpa, who served in the war. Grandma, who raised many children with little money. Your uncle, another veteran overseas; and both your parents, who keep you fed and ...