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What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day Hardcover – Dec 1 1997


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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction (Dec 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038097584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380975846
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,134,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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i'm sitting at the bar in the airport, minding my own business, trying to get psyched up for my flight, and I made the mistake of listening to one of those TV talk shows. Read the first page
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Ava and Joyce this a pair that I won't forget. This book has many twist and turns because one the sisters had to endure alot of issues such as losing their parents at an early age, AIDS, losing a spouse, and falling in love again renewing their spirts together from a community that was supposed to be the black Mecca turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the both of them. By the end of the book you will be saying go girl in one breathe and in another saying God DON'T LIKE UGLY so be careful what you wish on others (...)
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By A Customer on May 19 2004
Format: Paperback
Ava Johnson was the typical everyday woman until a trip to the doctors changed her life; she was diagnosed with AIDS. As a result of all of the stress that comes with living in a big city (Atlanta) and living with AIDS, Ava decides to make a pit stop at her sister's home, while on her way to move to San Francisco. However, once in Idlewood, Michigan, at her sister, Joyce's, everything changes. This book tells about the summer from Ava's point of view. At first, it seems like a pretty harsh book, with AIDS, teen pregnancy, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. However, the way Cleage ties all of these realities together makes the book even more eventful. Her use of first person allows you, as the reader, to feel as though the book is talking directly to you. Overall, the book is a great example of real life turned into a fiction novel that is a must read for everyone.
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By A Customer on April 7 2004
Format: Paperback
391 reviews and this book averages 4 stars??? Give me a break. The story is flat, predictable, and full of cliches. The way in which the 3 main characters are written just doesn't seem real, and that is why I found it hard to care about what happens to them. So, with only 50 pages left to the end, I put it down. Don't waste your money because this book is highly over-rated.
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By A Customer on March 19 2004
Format: Paperback
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry reading this book, so I did a little of both. At times witty and urbane, the writing turns dark and foreboding the next, but not in a bad way. I'm reminded of McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood" or some of Vonnegut's novels in the way that Cleage handles her material. A bit rough at times, this book is nevertheless worth every cent. Never preachy, but rather informative and clever, it's nothing but enjoyable.
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Format: Paperback
This novel is about a woman {Ava Johnson} dealing with the fact that she has HIV and her promiscuous pass that lead to her having gotten it in the first place. Cleage also writes about Ava's day-to-day journey of living with this disease and the prejudices and the ignorance of people. I'm talking about those folks that don't know how HIV is transmitted, so they make things up as they go. Ava returns to her hometown of Idelwild, Michigan seemly just for a visit to her sister on her way though to San Francisco. Where she was determined to make a new life for her self... Idelwild is not the small country town she remembers. Not only did things change but they have changed for the worse. Drugs, break-ins, teenage pregnancy and other gang related incidences seem to be the normal occurrence now.
Secondary plot revolves around Ava's sister Joyce. Joyce is on a mission to spread the word and educate teenage girls and young woman all over about the importance of safe sex, self-love and self-respect. Joyce, a single woman, has decided to adopt a child. Having lost her husband and two children by tragic means. This child is special and the adoption is not so easy, as you will come to see the more you read into the novel. You will get more than a few twists and turns in this novel folks... Very good read, I promise...
Ave is also fortunate enough to have found true love with a man {Eddie} while in Idelwild. Eddie too has had to dealt with the skeletons in his own closet and came out on the other end of life just fine... Eddie helps Ave realize that just because she has this terrible disease that life without true love isn't necessary.
My first taste of Pearl Cleage. I must say I am very impressed with this author style of writing.
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By A Customer on Feb. 16 2004
Format: Paperback
AMAZING book, just amazing! I loved this book so much , just can't recommend it highly enough. It's one of those books you will never regret owning. My copy has pride of place in my bookshelves while Pearl's voice still dances in my head.
I also recommend "Second Glance" by Jodi Picoult. A very different type of book, but mesmerising also. Enjoy!
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Format: Audio Cassette
I listened to the audio version of this book, which is undoubtedly a much different experience than reading the book. The stereotypes in the beginning of the book were tiresome (every non-black woman as "that white woman", geographical biases, etc.) and muddied the story of an HIV-positive woman with AIDS. They decreased eventually. The language is also a bit rough all the way through. But the story itself is interesting. It was a "light listen." The characters are a bit unevenly defined. Eddie was unreal. The Reverend's wife was also quite unreal, but the author still made me want to smack her, so I guess she succeeded in making her villainous to some degree. Overall, a good, light read with some important messages to be gleaned - if you don't miss them due to some of the author's mistakes.
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