Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top 10 Before 2010

The Twitterati often asks me to recommend a good book for them. Well what works for me may not work for others, so I've compiled a top ten list of the year. Hopefully you'll find something worth reading. I read a lot of books before I started blogging about them in June, but honestly, I can't remember them so my top 10 list will only cover what I've read since June.

Before teen pregnancy became a "norm", girls that got in trouble (read: pregnant) were sent down south to have their babies...

When he left Stamp Creek, Arkansas ten years ago, Tommy Lee (TL) Tyson had no intention of ever coming back.

James Moses Johnson, Jr., Mo as he's known to his fans, knows that he hasn't been the best father he could be...

Imagine awakening on your fortieth birthday and deciding that you were through performing for others.

Ugh, I can't stand parents that sell out their kids to save themselves. It just overcooks my grits!

On August 3, 1952, Ruby McCollum, a wealthy African American woman, shot Dr. C. Leroy Adams, her white doctor, lover and father of one of her children with another on the way.

A delightful collection of short stories, The Prophet of Zongo Street, skillfully introduces the reader to a wide array of characters connected to this fictitious street in Kumasi, Ghana.

Anchee Min's Empress Orchid gives the reader a glimpse into the life of an ordinary girl picked to become one of the seven wives of Emperor Hsien Feng in 1852.

In the early 1800s, several freemen of color set sail for Africa from the United States, settling in what came to be known as Liberia...

Think Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s where the "colored folks" know their place and proper young white ladies do as well, then think again.

I've enjoyed reading and interacting with you for the last six months and I look forward to reading and chatting even more in 2010. Happy New Year!

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