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Terri Schlichenmeyer

Stories by Terri

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‘Supersurvivors’

By David B. Feldman, Ph.D & Lee Daniel Kravetz

You’re not sure if you’ll ever recover.

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

By Monica Parker

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 cleaning, working, exercising, and weighing yourself—and on that note, if the latest diet doesn’t work, maybe the next one will.

‘Recognition’

By O.H. Bennett

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

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

By Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards; foreword by Camille O. Cosby

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.

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‘The Prodigal Son’

by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Mom always liked you better.

‘The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires’

By Dennis Kimbro

Your wallet is almost totally empty.

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“I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller”

By Terry Hayes

You wish you’d never done it.

‘1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever’

By Bill Madden

You know the rules. Each base must be touched, each ball hit within bounds - or so you hope. No spitballs, corked bats, pine tar, or steroids. Four bases to run. Three strikes, you’re out.

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‘Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore’

by Walter Mosley

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.

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‘Black and White: The Way I See It’

by Richard Williams with Bart Davis

Everything can change in an instant. That’s how it goes: one minute, you’re on a good path and the next minute, you’re heading in another direction. The game-changer might be something small, something you never noticed before—or, as you’ll see in Black and White: The Way I See It by Richard Williams (with Bart Davis), (c.2014, Atria, $25.00 / $28.99 Canada, 304 pages) it could be something huge.

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‘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.

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

By Pearl Cleage

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.

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‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

By Rosie Perez

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. Still, you overcame, lived through it, and here you are. And in the new book Handbook for an Unpredictable Life by Rosie Perez, (c.2014, Crown Archetype, $26.00 / $30.00 Canada, 322 pages) you’ll read about another survivor.

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

By Anthony B. Pinn

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.

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‘Pure Grit’

By Mary Cronk Farrell

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

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‘I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway’

By Greg Kot

For as long as you can remember, there’s always been someone in your corner.

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‘The Invention of Wings’

by Sue Monk Kidd

Your best friend has been all a-flutter about something lately. You haven’t seen much of her, in fact. She’s been sticking close to her nest but that’s okay. Next time you get together, it’ll be just like you were never apart.

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‘American Adventures: Westward Journeys’

By Judy Young and Devin Scillian, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Chris Ellison, and Doris Ettlinger

The last time your family moved, it was quite a big project.

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‘Band-Aid for a Broken Leg’

By Damien Brown

Plan A or Plan B? This one or that? It was a big decision, and you made it with as much information as you could find. Now you hope you’ve gotten the healthcare coverage that works best for you and your family.

“Twelve Years a Slave”

By Solomon Northup, introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Ph.D.

Nobody could tell them like she could, either. She was full of tales of caution and thrift and could remember things that happened back when she was a girl. She even knew stories about her own grandparents, the lives they led, and how they survived.

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‘Letters to an Incarcerated Brother’

By Hill Harper

You figured you had a lock on things. Sell or steal a little something. Hold for somebody, “borrow” a car, gain respect. Make a little money, and it’d be all good, right? Now that lock you h

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“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him”

Author: David Henry and Joe Henry,

Dirty, nasty, filthy. That’s what your mother claimed “those words” were. You said them once … and were never allowed to say them again in her presence. They were bad words.

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“Style Bible: What to Wear to Work”

By Lauren A. Rothman

This morning, you were stylin’. You left for work, in fact, feeling like a million bucks in your favorite shirt, your most comfortable suit, and your lucky undies. Yessir, it would be a good day, and it might be even better, if you didn’t have missing buttons, a stain on your suit, and undies that played peek-a-boo.

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“The 34-Ton Bat”

The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobble Heads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects

No matter where you are, you can remember that sound. You can just about hear it now: that “thwock” that comes when baseball meets bat. That hollow noise, that breathless second before the knowledge that you’ve hit it square; it’s exquisite.

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“The Rejected Stone”

You needed a leader. So why can’t it be you? In the new book, “The Rejected Stone” by the Rev. Al Sharpton, you’ll see how it could happen.

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“Who Asked You?”

By Terry McMillan

You can’t fix everything. That’s a hard lesson to learn, no matter who you are. You can’t swoop in and make things right, when they’re not yours to correct. You can’t throw money at something to make it go away; there are some issues that can’t be mended, and you surely can’t fix stupid.

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“For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law”

Hiring on the basis of race or gender is supposedly illegal … but it happens. And in the new book “For Discrimination” (c.2013, Pantheon $25.95 / $28.95, Canada 295 pages) by Randall Kennedy, we read why the author believes that affirmative action is an idea that needs to stay.

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“Room 1219"

The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood”

Would you be surprised to learn that in the beginning, Hollywood, despite the innocence of the time, could be very indecent? In the new book “Room 1219” by Greg Merritt, you’ll see how.

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‘A Family Affair’

You know the story of how your parents fell in love, but there are a lot of things you don’t know about them. And in the new book, “A Family Affair” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, finding out could be a painful thing.

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‘What We Talk About When We Talk About God’

For most of your life, you’ve had a good relationship with God. He’s a close personal friend, in fact, and you talk to Him often. He even lives nearby; so close, that you visit Him often. He’s a good listener, too.

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‘Rumor Central’

Gossip is fun and you love hearing it—until you’re on the receiving end. And in the new book “Rumor Central” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, one tattle-tale finds her tail in a bunch of trouble.

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‘Nine Years Under’

Looking for something with a great plot? Something different, delightful, but a little dark? Then you need “Nine Years Under.”

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‘Nelson Mandela’

Now imagine being locked in a room for years and years and years for no good reason. That’s what happened to a great man in Africa, and in the book “Nelson Mandela” by Kadir Nelson.

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‘Inferno’

Author: Dan Brown

In the new novel “Inferno” by Dan Brown, you may have no choice. Hell may be coming to Earth.

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‘Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress’

By David Posen, MD

You set goals at the beginning of the fiscal year and you already know that your employees won’t make them. Yes, they’ve had to push a little harder than they did before and they’ve endured some layoffs, but everybody seems to have adjusted. Still, you know that morale is low and you’re thinking a fun group event might help.

‘Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her’

By Amy Novesky, illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Nobody listens to a thing you say. Grown-ups are always telling you to hush, be quiet, don’t yell, and always use your inside voice (even outside). You know you’re never supposed to keep secrets, but don’t be a tattle-tale. Talk louder but stop shouting. Don’t make so much noise.

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‘Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City’

By Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson

When you become a parent, much is expected of you. Of course, you’re expected to feed and clothe your child, to provide shelter and comfort, toys and encouragement. Society expects you to teach morals, kindness, and compassion, and to send your kids to school to learn more.

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'Little Green'

Strange dreams of death

Either way, no matter how you seize it, “Little Green” is a book to die for.

Book Review: The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium

This month, you've decided you need a whole new look. Your hair and wardrobe are...

Book Review: My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks

Truthfully, the bad news came as no surprise. Your Mom hadn't been feeling well lately,...

Book Review: Where Did Our Love Go

The song always pops up when you least expect it. There you are, minding...

Book Review: 'The Secrets of Happy Families'

Six o'clock, right on the nose. That's when your family sat down for the evening...

Book Review: The Supremes at Earls All-You-Can-Eat

All for one, and one for all. That could've been the motto for you and...

Book Review: Do I Look Like an ATM?

Your child has caught some bug that's going around. He has a terminal case of...

Book Review: The Storyteller

You couldn't sleep without a bedtime story. When you were small, snuggling with your blankie...

Book Review: Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge

No problem. That's been your motto since forever because you've always loved a good challenge....

Book Review: The Amistad Rebellion

History is filled with half-truths, especially about our heroes. Lincoln, for instance, wasn't the stern,...

Book Review: The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

The situation had you flummoxed. You looked at it from every angle, knowing there had...

Book Review: Raising Hell: A Life of Activism

There are people in your community that make it stronger. In many cases, you don't...

Book Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

You've always tried to do best for your family. You make sure everyone's fed nutritious...

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