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Greetings All! Lets explore the challenges of Black Love in yet another Oprah's Book Club selection that debuted in February of last year. This book has been the hype all of 2018, so why not see what the hype is all about on it's one year anniversary?! Critics have called this book compelling and groundbreaking. Plus, our favorite president Barack Obama has even vouched for this novel stating it was "his favorite read of the summer" last year. A brief summary is below. Happy Reading Everyone! "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future." - Amazon
Greetings All! The winner of the black sci-fi poll has ended and the winner is cult classic, Parable of the Sower by the late critically acclaimed science fiction novelist Octavia Butler. I'm excited to read my first science fiction novel and look forward to this discussion. A brief summary is below. Happy Reading Everyone! "When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a revoltionary idea christened "Earthseed."
Greetings All! April will be a double feature where we read two books based in Nigeria. The first is a comical thriller where a Nigerian nurse tells her story about living with her sister who likes to kill her boyfriends...YIKES! NY Times, In Style, Buzzfeed and many more have raved about this book and with Black thrillers on the come up nowadays (*coughs* Us directed by Jordan Peele), I'm excited to read! Summary is below: "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.
Greetings All! The second book for April is also based in Nigeria and tells the compelling story of a Nigerian married couple that chose not to practice polygamy but is unable to conceive a child. However with pressure from their families, hard sacrifices and twists and turns accompany this couple on their journey to having a baby. This novel debuted in 2017 to rave reviews and was mentioned in Books of the Year lists by the NY Times and New York Public Library. A brief summary is below: Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.