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Subject: Suggestions for books/authors
Date Posted: 7/26/2012 9:19 AM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2009
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I am NOT asking for books, credits or anything except suggestions.  I have plenty of credits.  That being said:

My daughter has been volunteering at a battered women's shelter and they noticed that she almost always has a book.  What can I say, like mother, like daughter.  Anyway,  while talking to some of the women, my daughter mentioned that I have a vast library and that I review books.  Which I do have and I do do.  They were hoping that I would have some books that feature Blacks as the main characters.  Unfortunately, I have swapped all those books already or they are ebooks.  For the most part they like romance, mainstream stuff but I'm not sure what books/authors are the best out there.  I will be finding some books based o a few of the books I reviewed but I'd like some more suggestions.

Thanks in advance for any help with this.



Date Posted: 7/26/2012 10:45 AM ET
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For romance, Candice Poarch might be a good selection, but they can be a little 'spicy' here and there. Usually very good plot lines though.

For mysteries, I really like Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series.  Probably the best known of his is Devil in a Blue Dress (first book in series).  So far, I've enjoyed the other books  in the series as well.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2012 12:40 PM ET
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If anyone is into crime/detective stories the Alex Cross books by James Patterson are great!

Or for a fictional but historic setting of a story of a black family in America,  I loved "Alex Cross' Trial "

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Date Posted: 7/27/2012 7:27 AM ET
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Thank you for the suggestions.  I got about 6 books ordered and I can't wait until they get in.  Though I won't be the one taking them to the shelter, I'm sure my daughter will tell me the reactions.

I still have plenty of credits so more suggestions are welcome.


Date Posted: 7/27/2012 1:18 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the book "Yellow Crocus" by Laila Ibrahim.


Date Posted: 7/31/2012 12:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/31/2012 8:12 PM ET
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Patrons in the library where I am employed enjoy Kimberla Lawson Roby and ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Zane is also very popular; however, her works are labeled as erotic fiction, and I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Mary Monroe, Omar Tyree and Mary B. Morrison are also popular.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2012 1:33 PM ET
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Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions.  I've been requesting books and the first came in yesterday.  My daughter took it in with her today,  When she mentioned that I was getting these books the women couldn't believe someone who didn't know them would do something like that for them.  I hope this small gesture helps raise their self esteem and let's them realize that they have worth.  I can't imagine living in a shelter to excape abuse but these ladies have taken the first step now I want to make their lives a little nicer.

Continue with the suggestions.  I still have plenty of credits.


Date Posted: 8/10/2012 2:37 AM ET
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Little Bee by Chris Cleave; Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald (EXCELLENT book, although the black character doesn't figure prominently until the end); any books by Alice Walker
Subject: My suggestions (for what they are worth)
Date Posted: 9/19/2012 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2010
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There is a strong female African American character in Janet Evanovich's numbers series (I think there is now 18 books total)...funny, light hearted reads.

I just finished the book Through Angel's Eyes and would highly recommend it for everyone to read about a 13 year old African American in Birmingham, AL during the civil rights movement written by Steve Theunissen.

Author: Sapphire

Any of the Urban Soul Presents books.