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2nd Time Around [Paperback]

James Earl Hardy
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Book Description

Oct. 1 1996 B-Boy Blues
Pooquie and Little Bit are back in love and back to stirring up the hip-hop community and the rest of New York. But as these two strongly independent yet passionately linked men discover, the pursuit of happiness takes work to maintain. This is the seriously sexy, fiercely funny, black-on-black sequel to the bestseller B-Boy Blues.

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From Publishers Weekly

The Second Time Around is the sequel to B-Boy Blues, Hardy's hugely successful first "Africentric" gay hip-hop novel. Raheim Rivers is back, and he's trying to pick up the pieces and carry on with his life. The narrative is mostly dialogue?either Raheim's conversations with himself or with the people in his life?and it provides an engaging, immediate window to Raheim's character and his dawning maturity. The novel begins with and is centered around Raheim's reconciliation with his lover, Little Bit, who left him after Raheim hit him in a fit of jealousy. Through a series of flashbacks to his youth, readers learn what made Raheim the man he is now?a black man in love with another black man, not entirely out of the closet, prone to bursts of verbal violence and, most importantly, a man with an enormous capacity for love and for learning from his mistakes. Added to Raheim's struggle to win back Little Bit's trust are the complexities of co-raising his son, L'il Brotha Man. Raheim is determined to be a better father to his son than the one who left him and his mother behind. Things move in cycles of beginnings and endings, from Raheim's burgeoning modeling career to L'il Brotha Man's graduation from kindergarten. The result is an upbeat tale which, while confronting issues of violence, racism and homophobia, is romantic, absolutely sensual and downright funny.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Fans of Hardy's stereotype-breaking B-Boy Blues (1994) will welcome this sequel, not least because it picks up where B-Boy left off, with gentle, educated, conventional-English-speaking, upper-middle-class Mitchell and his homeboy lover Raheim, whose family doesn't know he's gay, who speaks rappish black English yet is well read and wants to be a good father to his son, Junior. Mitchell is still writing freelance, Raheim is making it big-time as a model, and Junior still worships his daddy. The plot unfolds a little less quickly this time, but Hardy continues to astonish in such moving scenes as Mitchell's meeting with Raheim's mother and former wife. Equally important are the revelations Hardy affords of the reluctance with which two black socioeconomic classes come together and of the gap between the black gay and straight worlds. These concerns in Hardy's fiction elevate it from the level of mere entertainment to that of the work of such classic socially critical American novelists as Sinclair Lewis. Charles Harmon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel From A True Voice July 26 2000
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel From A True Voice July 26 2000
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS, BRUTHA, 4 TELLIN MY STORY July 16 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My friend gave me this book to read and said, "You will love it and hate it at the same time." And he was right. I LOVE this book because it is about me. I am just like this Brutha in the story, Raheim: boy from da hood, grew up with a single mother, has a son (mine is three). We both chocolate drops, six feet, but I'm more muscular, maxin out at 240 pounds. The writer, Hardy, really gives you the low down on Bruthaz on the down low like me, who don't be livin life as punks but kick it with other Bruthaz. It's like Hardy been followin me around all my life -- he got the story, the events, the people, the language we use down. I was laughin a lot and I even was tearin up a little.But I hate this book cuz its makin me face some things about myself I don't wanna face and deal with how I'm feelin for my friend. He and I been tight for like eight months and I guess I love him. But I ain't never been in this spot before, so it's kinda hard to handle, to tuff out. But I guess I gotta thank Hardy for makin me come to this pointsee what I gotta do. I ain't never thought somebody would write a book about a Brutha like me but they did. I'm gonna pick up the first one now but ain't no way its gonna top this. If you wanna know how Bruthaz who ain't into that lifestyle really live, this is the book to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOW, THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A SEQUEL! June 14 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am SO glad that hardy decided to take a different track with this book. While I, like many other, enjoyed B-Boy Blues, I thought it was too Terry McMillanish and only hinted at the talent he has. Well, I was right. Instead of giving us more gossipy narrative and lots of sex (hey, I don't mind reading about it but it shouldn't consume the story), he really digs down deep into the psyche of his characters and delivers a tale that, unlike most novels written by Black men, straight or gay, really shows us as human beings trying to name ourselves. I saw myself and the Black and Puerto Rican boyz I know in this book more than I did the first. This sequel isn't sophomoric, nor does it lack tension, as a couple of folks below claim (I suggest they reread the novel with both their eyes and mind opened); it's an original, engaging, insightful, passion-filled story. Hardy proves that sequel doesn't have to mean repeating yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
Great sequel about Pookie and Lil'Bit's love and family life together
Published on July 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Raheim just irks me but I'm lovin that man.
This and Bboy blues are my favorite books.. I also have to admit that this is the first Gay book I read and i was quite taken by it. Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by Raheim Baltazar
3.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite of the 5
Really, this book ain't all that bad, but it appealed to me the least of all of the series so far. I honestly couldn't put my finger on what disappointed me so much. Read more
Published on July 4 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to read this...
I had to read this book after finishing the first book. My uncles girlfriend wouldn't even let me read the first one from all the sex in it... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2000 by nobie
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Time Around
This book was very well written. James Hardy shows a passion that I have not seen in writers in a long time. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2000 by Adrianna
4.0 out of 5 stars "THE 2nd TIME AROUND" was not as good as the 1st.
Maybe I wasn't as gripped as I was with B-BOY BLUES, but THE 2nd TIME AROUND did have it's good points. Read more
Published on July 27 2000 by Blackworm
1.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Time Around Isn't Always The Best Time
I was filled with excitment as I opened the pages to 2nd Time Around. This excitement soon turned into boredom. Mr. Read more
Published on May 12 2000 by Chris Spann
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me think twice about those type of men.
Very insightful,if this is what true love will be like in the end, then count me in. Loved it very much.
Published on Oct. 16 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Wantin More
James Earl Hardy has done it once again. He left us with another tasty drop of Pooquie and Little Bit's love. I truly love this book. Read more
Published on May 21 1999 by nasi17@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO, Better than the "First Time Around"!!!
Well I was very pleased with the second effort by JEH. I was hoping that I would get to read up on Lil' Bit and Pooquie. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1998
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