Monthly Archives: January 2012

The results are in!

Next month’s read for the African American Read-In is: Click to enlarge. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes! Here’s more about the book from the publisher’s description: Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. She … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: In which I failed two reading challenges and haven’t finished an adult book since December

Good morning! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and my math homework is sitting at the kitchen table waiting for me. Right now I’m sitting at my desk with my cup of coffee, trying to postpone doing homework … Continue reading

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2012 National African American Read-In

Next month is the Twenty-Third National African American Read-In. The event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.Churches, schools, book clubs, and bookstores all over America will get together to read and discuss … Continue reading

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DNF: Something Like Beautiful

Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother’s Story asha bandele 208 pages Published in 2009 by HarperCollins Source: Bought it Something Like Beautiful is almost a collection of snapshots of poet/writer asha bandele’s life as a wife and mother before her … Continue reading

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Reading, or lack of

It’s late afternoon and the smell of coffee is in the air. I’m waiting for my first pot of the day so I can start reading. There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee to go with a good book. … Continue reading

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Weekend Cooking: Books for Young Foodies

Weekend Cooking is a meme hosted by Candace at Beth Fish Reads. Anyone with a food-related post can join. My kids love books about food. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cookbook or a picture book, so lately we’ve been … Continue reading

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Chunky Book Club and Indie Lit Awards Shortlist

The poll results are in! Four books stood out above the rest as this year’s picks for the Chunky Book Club. Here’s this year’s selection and reading schedule: 11/23/63 by Stephen King starts our first discussion in March. The Memory … Continue reading

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What’s on My Nightstand

We’re six days into the New Year and I haven’t posted a review yet. Part of it has to do with having a fuzzy memory on the books I read during the end of the 2011. The other part of … Continue reading

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Photo courtesy of Paul (Dex) Otherwise   I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Happy New Year!

Was it just me or did it take forever for 2012 to come this week? 2011 went by in a rush, but getting to today? Every hour went by so slowly. I don’t really mind since I went to sleep … Continue reading

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