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.
By O.H. Bennett
What you wouldn’t give to spend one more day.
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.
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Mom always liked you better.
By Dennis Kimbro
Your wallet is almost totally empty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mary Cronk Farrell
When it comes to chores around the house, you have lots of responsibility.
By Greg Kot
For as long as you can remember, there’s always been someone in your corner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for something with a great plot? Something different, delightful, but a little dark? Then you need “Nine Years Under.”
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.
Author: Dan Brown
In the new novel “Inferno” by Dan Brown, you may have no choice. Hell may be coming to Earth.
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.
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.
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.
Strange dreams of death
Either way, no matter how you seize it, “Little Green” is a book to die for.
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