It's All Good!
A New and Featured Africana Booklist
Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author.
Faraday's Popcorn Factory
Sandra Lee Gould
St Martins Press: 1998
This one is for the cosmic lover in you. Our main character Willow is graced with a divine lover in Clement who comes from above and inspires her to love again. Gould, a local author, spins a colorful and energetic tale that's part mystery and part love story. The voices her many-faceted characters bring to Popcorn Factory fill the story with beautiful narratives and lively language.
The Dew Breaker
Haitian writer Edwidge brings to life the humanity and tragic horrors of Haiti through the soul of one man's life. A dew breaker or torturer of Haitian prisoners migrates to New York in hopes of escaping his cowardly and sordid past. The story unfolds when he openly admits his former life in Haiti to his daughter. His victims speak clearly in this candid novel too, giving the reader a well-rounded view of a small man.
True to the Game: A Teri Woods Fable
Teri Woods Publishing: 1999
Anyone who lived in the inner city during the mid- to-late 1980's will understand what a realistic fable Woods has written. Young men become millionaires overnight from the proceeds of the crack epidemic. The Game is written from the prospective of a baller's or drug dealer's woman who goes from the public housing projects to a mansion and back again in this work of blood, money and conspicuous consumption.
The Portable Promised Land
Back Bay Books: 2003
Toure is gradually becoming the rightful heir to the Hurston /Chestnutt literary style. He captures the African American idea in insightful, humorous and thought-provoking short stories and lists. Stevie Wonder devotees, bugged-out jazz musicians and a child prodigy come together with a host of other vivid characters to celebrate the black experience and its growing pains.
Baby Momma Drama
Another good title for this book could have been, "Why People Should Not Have Children Out of Wedlock." Weber tells a good dialogue driven story about two sisters, their fiancées and other men who orbit their world. Characters behave maturely one moment and suddenly regress in the next in their roles as parents, couples and ex-couples. A humorous pick with spicy quick paced sex scenes included.
The Black Rose
One World: 2001
Madame C. J. Walker's amazing life is laid before us in all its struggle and triumph by Due in this fictional account of Walker's life. From 1907 to 1910 the multimillionaire cosmetologist made Pittsburgh's Hill District her home and one of her various bases of operation. Due takes the reader from her childhood as a Louisiana sharecropper's daughter all the way to her role as a Harlem socialite and philanthropist. A must read for those who enjoy historical fiction.
Beads, Body, and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe
John Henry Drewal and John Mason
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History: 1998
The Yoruba nation of West Africa is known for its classic and refined terra cotta and bronze sculptures but the gift of Yoruba beadwork to the world went unsung until this book was published. Drewal a noted anthropologist teams with Mason, a priest of the Yoruba religious tradition to present a visual history of bead art that spans West Africa, Brazil, Cuba and the United States. Spirituality, color, beauty and pride fill the pages of Beads, Body, and Soul. The table-top sized book serves as a catalogue for a traveling exhibit of the same name curated by the authors.
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston's life was a lesson in loving yourself, your ideas, your spirit, your looks, your people and your roots no matter what the cost. Boyd's extensive research enabled her to craft an excellent biography about a life well lived. Boyd, an arts editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covers Hurston's origins in the backwater town of Eatonville, Florida and her rise to becoming the toast of the Harlem Renaissance and record-keeper of the rural southern black experience gloriously. She presents parts of the writer's life that many Hurston lovers will find pleasantly surprising and tragically painful.
Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
Ballantine Books: 2000
Queen Afua has written a sourcebook for African American women in particular, but it holds a wealth of information for all women desiring to live a more natural lifestyle. Sacred Woman provides spaces for journaling about your path to healing. The title includes recipes for a raw food diet, healing herb baths and ancient Egyptian and organic methods dealing with stress, old wounds and health remedies for the whole body.