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The Fall of Rome: A Novel
The Fall of Rome: A Novel
by Martha Southgate
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's a Guy to do in These Post-Civil Rights Times?, Jan. 8 2002
In the past,for example during the civil rights era, Blacks tried their best to be respectable, and gain respect by being mainstream. They dressed proper, talked proper, and behaved proper when interacting with Whites so they would be taken seriously. Nowadays, Blacks demand respect without feeling as if they must make "the man" comfortable. This book is about an old era black man interacting with a new era black teen in an unchanged era preppy White boarding school. Although both males share sketchy pasts, it's very interesting the way history here plays on the expression of black culture. The author does not make judgements about which route is better, she just does an excellent job of illustrating the differences. It's true, some blacks may be embarrased when they see other blacks dancing like "a fool" in front of a group of Whites, others may be proud of those same blacks "keeping it real" for their music and their form of dance in spite of the White setting. And then there's the White woman who offers her perspectives on the events leading up to the end of Jamal's freshman year at prep school. Times they are a changin' but are they for the better? It depends on who you ask.

Songs In A Minor
Songs In A Minor
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trendy Pop Trash, Oct. 11 2001
This review is from: Songs In A Minor (Audio CD)
This CD is nothing like the single Fallen. There's a lot of hype about Alicia Keys because she's "a classically trained artist" but don't let it fool you. I was looking for a new sound and this CD is not it. The songs sound like all the other songs on the radio,talking about the same things. Without the piano, which isn't prominent on the majority of songs, Alicia's voice doesn't even sound very good. I hope her 15 minutes are up soon. Download it if you want it, but don't waste your money.

Love On Trial
Love On Trial
by Earl Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking yet...., Oct. 8 2001
This review is from: Love On Trial (Hardcover)
This book was recommended by my Dean, so of course I had to read it. The issues raised in this book are very thought provoking. What does it mean to be Black in America? Who is Black? Does the media influence or reflect the views of society? I enjoyed this book although the writing was at time sensationalized. Most of the information comes from newspaper archives which the writers then interpret, so we never really hear from Rhinelander or Alice in their own words. It was interesting that people in the North felt they were less racist than the South, yet they continued to provide coverage of the case along the same racial lines. Goes to show, same racism, new face. Overall, this book wasn't bad.

She's Come Undone
She's Come Undone
by Wally Lamb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Living the Life You Were Given, Oct. 8 2001
This book really touched me. It made me remember that we can only live the life we are given. In this book, Dolores Price is a young women who takes a lot of hits in life but keeps surviving. I really don't want to give away the whole book like other reviewers because you must experience the anger, the shock, the outrage, the sadness, the happiness, the anxiety, and the triumph without being forewarned. Some of the themes in this book include family, community, self esteem, love, acceptance, forgiveness, and friendship. You can't spend your life hating who you are and sacrificing yourself and your dignity to get others to accept you. It is hard to believe a man is behind the wonderful voice of Dolores Price, but Wally Lamb is very talented. Please pick this up, please read it, and please apply it to your life!

For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: School & Library Binding
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Writing Rings True For Everyone, Aug. 31 2001
To me Hemingway epitomizes the hard drinking, hard living, hard loving, worldy writer. In this book, the main character Robert Jordan is a soldier send on a mission to the hills of Spain to blow up a bridge. There, Jordan meets up with a rogue band of warriors who believe in war but not in military. Once united with the militia, Jordan becomes involved with a woman named Maria. The fight scenes are incredible. The ending is even more incredible. I'm not going give away the book, but the ending brought tears to my eyes- I guess it's true, underneath every man of steel is a heart of gold.

Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel
Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars A life with no spirit, Aug. 31 2001
The main character Rebecca has no soul. Sure she comes to a realization that her life did not end up as she planned. The beautiful, intellectual, brooding young woman she once was has turned into a dowdy, cheerful, grandma's grandma. What happened to her life, her goals, and her dreams? Did she ever want more from life than just accepting what was offered to her? Thus Rebecca embarks upon a journey we would all like to do sometimes-attempt to rewrite history. She contacts her old college beau, she signs up for classes she's always wanted to take, she buys books she's always wanted to read. But what happens? She falls flat. She resigns herself to the life she has even if it isn't perfect. Yes, the characters such as her stepdaughter No No or daughter Min Foo and grandchildren like Peter are delightful, but why should one be resigned to continue to let others call you Beck if you hate the nickname? The triumph of Rebecca's spirit is not present here, because sometimes you must leave all that is comfortable to you in order to grow.

Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel
Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel
by Rebecca Wells
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ya Ya Yes, June 4 2001
At first I couldn't decide. This is one of those books where you either love the story, or consider it melodramatic trash. The YaYa Sisterhood is a group of older women who have been friends since childhood. They've been together through gay husbands, institutionalization, emphasema, childbirth, and now old age (well not that old). The center of the YaYa's is Vivi. A woman who's summer uniform every year is white shorts, white sneakers, and a diamond bracelet. Vivi was in love but the boy got a silly notion to join the army to please his dad, which causes a mental breakdown of his wonderfully fabulous Creole mother, one of the Yaya's mother, who rescues Vivi from this "school" that treats her like a prisoner after they attended the premiere of Gone with the Wind with Vivi's black maid, only so that Vivi can help a young, poor, widow raise money by selling cheap cosmetics and buying elepant rides for her kids. As an aside, Vivi's daughter is at a crossroads in her love life because she believes she "doesn't know how to love", yet learns to love life through reliving the fantastic journey of the YaYa's. Ya Ya is a delicious story about southern women and their friendships. A reviewer once said this book was so popular because of the layers within the characters and the deep bond of friendship that runs through this book. Yes, after reading it, I allowed myself to remember when my friends and I would say "friends forever" and really believe it. Love it or hate it, you won't forget this book.

Hard Times
Hard Times
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still Hard Times, June 4 2001
This review is from: Hard Times (Mass Market Paperback)
This book isn't Oliver Twist. This book reminds me of Animal Farm, only not as comical, but the social commentary is the same. What would the world be like if children were raised without that magical sense of wonder and pretend? What was the world like before the working class was not respected for all the hard work they do? Those definately would be hard times. This is just the scenario in this book. In this book, Coketown is a hard place. The factory workers toil day in and day out yet get no respect from "civilized society". Louisa and Thomas Gradgrind are raised with books and facts and no room in the world for emotion, and then Sissy, a carnie orphan, enters their world as each spiral in different directions due to their upbringing. What happens? Hard times indeed but in the end, the human spirit triumphs even if not everyone gets to see that wonderful ending.

Big Trouble
Big Trouble
by Dave Barry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, April 20 2001
Although I don't read Dave Barry, I do remember seeing his column in the newspaper. That's why I bought this book. This book is a great plane book-1 leg & 1 layover. The characters are odd, but they bring the book together. The story concerns some homeless man on a power trip, an advertising man with 1 client, a group of teenagers who play a game called murder, a hot momma with a bad husband, and some arms dealers. You figure it out! Everytime I'm stopped at the airport gate to turn my cell phone on I laugh. (there's this great bit about airport security). Take this one with you.

Stigmata: A Novel
Stigmata: A Novel
by Phyllis Alesia Perry
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, April 20 2001
This review is from: Stigmata: A Novel (Paperback)
This book starts out so promising. The tale is intriguing. This woman receiving this blanket that pulls her back to the past to witness her ancestors hardships in order to succeed. I think the author wrote herself into a corner or was behind on a deadline because the ending is such a dissapointment. Well, it was for me anyway. This book was recommended to me and I wanted to ask the recommender did they finish the whole thing? If the story is interesting to you, you'd be better of reading J. California Cooper's "The Wake of the Wind".

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