Now, I'm reading Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, which focuses on the relationships among four black jazz musicians in 1930's Berlin. Pretty good story.
= THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK by Stephen L. Carter --- I picked this book up about two years ago on strictly superfical reasons:
1) The author was Black
2) It was a bestseller that wasn't playing upon Black pathologies
3) It wa thick
4) It had cool cover
Thank goodness there was substance amongst all that external stuff. I let it sit for those years while I read bio's. Finally got to it and it's dope. Legal suspense thriller told from the perspective of a member of the Black Ivy League academia and details the social strata within the Black and White bourgeoise, intellectuals, law profession and many other sides. Great backstories and a solid compelling political intrigue plot. 700 plus pages and for real can't put it down. If you like John Grisham (though I haven't read his books) legal tales you'll dig this.
nice... this thread is one of my favorites.
i'm trying really hard to find a book i can finish/holds my interest... so right now i'm in the beginnings of anais nin's diary, the sound and the fury by faulkner, and oblivian by david foster wallace... hmph.
Right now, I'm starting to read 32 Candles by Ernessa T Carter. I haven't started it yet but it sounded like a good story with a lead character I can relate to, the "nerdy ugly duckling". Starting a new book is hard for me but I'm looking to reading it.
I'm finishing up "Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany" and am so glad that I finally pulled it out of my boxes. I hadn't read it before because honestly I just hadn't been in the mood for a sad story, but I was oh so wrong. This book is so interesting. It's one that I haven't heard before. You would think you've heard all there is to hear about Hitler's reign but this book brings such an incredibly unique perspective. I'd most definitely recommend it! So glad I bought it and finally opened it up.
The last books I read were re-reads of "Fledgling" by Octavia Butler and "Let the Right One In" by John Lindqvist. I was on a vampire kick. Both excellent books with off the beaten path takes on the genre.
A friend just gave me a book called "Stiches" by David Small which I'll be reading next. It's a memoir/graphic novel which looks interesting.
"Nothing" by Janne Teller.
This book is fucked all the way up. It's bad enough reading or watching grown folk doing horrible shit but when the subject is children it becomes even more unbearable. The story is about a kid who discovers or decides how ever you want to look at it, that life has no meaning. So in a desperate attempt to get him to come back around to society his friends and classmates start sacrificing the things most near and dear to them. It starts out of course with the most mundane of objects etc but quickly snowballs into some pretty terrifying concepts. A pretty damned good read but very disturbing when you really think about it which is what you're supposed to do with a book like this one.
John dies at the end
Guns,Germs, and steel
Dream Catcher and
Right now I'm reading the Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner.
One of the homies and I are considering putting together a workshop for the summer or maybe fall if we can't get it together quick enough. It's going to be a basic dating 101 type workshop for young men and women. We've grown TIRED of seeing couples who are clearly out on their first date and shit's just raggedy as hell. He's pretty much gonna be running it as he's a Phd in literacy with a minor in women's studies but I'm doing a lot of the ground work as far as required reading etc. Should be decent.
No feedback on the book yet as I just started reading it.
The Lover by Marguerite Duras.
This is my third time reading this book. I recently watched the movie again so I figured it's a pretty short read so why not? Besides it's a great book and story. It's a real life Lolita type story that took place in Vietnam back in the 30's. A poor 15 year old French girl meets and has an affair with a 33 year old wealthy Chinese man. Both the book and the movie were controversial and both good standalone.
I love the way she writes. It's like a person with an idiosyncrasy to their speech. A person who repeats the last few words of their sentences or tags a "you know what I mean?" to the end of what ever they're saying. It's like she's actually speaking to you rather than you reading her written words. Good stuff.