Book Review


Book fair celebrates ‘Blk Grrrls’

Several attendees actually passed up the space—an unassuming front on Maple Street just south of downtown, where a potted plant held a small sign pointing to a rear, large warehouse.

‘Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin’

Up and down. Up and down. When your children were infants, you did it for them all night. You do it now with the remote, clicking through when you’re looking for something good on TV. You’re up and down while ...


There’s something that really intrigues people about stories dealing with secret organizations. The James Bond glamour of being a secret agent with the weight of the world on your shoulders seems to draw attention with the allure of danger, the ...


What you wouldn’t give to spend one more day.

‘The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women’

It’s never been done before. It’s never been tried. Maybe it’s never been thought of, either, but that hasn’t stopped you. Once a valid idea pops into your head, it’s not long before the idea becomes more.

‘The Prodigal Son’

Mom always liked you better.

“I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller”

You wish you’d never done it.

‘Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore’

You need to change things up. A new sense of style is called-for, a new job, new digs, maybe a new outlook on everything. Out with the old, in with the new, different, exciting.

Fame: Tyler Perry

The struggle to find oneself in this world can be a mysterious and turbulent journey; and no one knows this better than the talented and versatile Tyler Perry. This month, Bluewater Productions released a new biographical comic book of the ...

‘Postcards from Cookie’

Among the usual fliers, bills, and donation requests in the mail last week, there was something you haven’t seen in ages: Someone sent you a greeting card.

‘The Harlem Hellfighters’

Action, drama, and a solid story—what more could you want from a graphic novel?

‘Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs’

Dear Diary… You’ve written that many times in your life. Little hurts, schoolgirl crushes, firsts, lasts, and thoughts. It’s all written in your journal so you’d see where you came from and where you’re going.

‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

You hated your tin grin, but that wasn’t as demoralizing as acne, which was nothing compared to hormones, which wasn’t as annoying as untamable hair, which was minimal compared to your teenage self-esteem—which hovered around 5 on a 1-to-50 scale. ...

‘Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist’

Your second home is a grand one. It’s much bigger than the house you live in during the week. No, your second home has huge windows to let in the light, fine linens, and it’s usually filled with music.

‘Pure Grit’

When it comes to chores around the house, you have lots of responsibility.