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Hello Beautiful People!
I am very excited as this week launches a new venture with my column, “Read A Book” Thursday. I am proud to share that each week I will be joined by the lovely Nakea Murray, a popular blog talk radio personality with 3 Chicks On Lit, and founder of As The Page Turns Book Club, as we bring weekly book reviews in our column called, “He Said, She Said.” We will give our take on the featured book of the week. Nakea will bring her sassiness and wisdom from her 10+ years of literary coverage. And, of course, I will bring my witty and savvy commentary.
Also, each month we will share our top ten Hot Book Picks. This list will feature books from every genre – romance, street lit, chick lit, literature, and sci-fi. Yes, we’re going to feature the most anticipated sizzling new books as well as those that keep people talking. We are going to give authors a place where their works can shine, and a place where readers can feed their insatiable reading appetites.
Lastly, if you are an author, or if you know an author who should have their book reviewed for our “He Said, She Said” column, then send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Once you send an email of the book to be reviewed you will receive a response with the submissions guidelines.
With that, please check out our, “He Said, She Said,” review of basketball icon, Shaquille O’Neal’s mother, Lucille O’Neal. In her new book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go (Thomas Nelson – March, 2010; $22.99) O’Neal candidly describes the pain of being an outcast and the stigma of becoming an unwed, teenage mother. Most interestingly, she candidly shares another side of fame and fortune-a side rarely revealed or admitted in public: her unexpected feelings of anger and resentment towards her son’s blinding success.
She Said – Nakea:
I must say this book was a breath of fresh air and exactly what I needed to read at the time. As a teenage mom myself, Ms. O’Neal’s journey from family shame to remarkable woman was an inspiring and enlightening one. Not always can you tell a person’s genuine spirit throughout the pages of a book, but this go round I could. If you’re looking for a juicy tell-all about the NBA, this isn’t it. She’s far more than just Shaq’s mom. She’s fierce, fab, and a five-star role model.
He Said – Terrance:
Lucille O’neal did an awesome job with, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go. Being a single parent is burden enough but raising multiple children alone, to survive being black in America along with the will to have them recognize their own greatness is WORK! The book made Ms. O’neal likeable, real, and no nonsense. Bravo on reclaiming your life Big Lu her nickname not mine!
Nakea’s Top Five Hot Book List:
1.) Allison Hobbs - Stealing Candy (Strebor Books - July, 2010: $15)
2.) Ms. KP - The Dirty Divorce (Life Changing Books - June, 2010; $15)
3.) Aliya S. King - Platinum (Touchstone - July 2010; $24.99)
4.) Jamise L. Dames, Brenda L. Thomas, Anna J, Amaleka McCall - Bedroom Chronicles (Trifecta Publishing - July 2010; $15)
5.) Frank Lucas, Aliya S. King - Original Gangster: The Real Life Story of One of America's Most Notorious Drug Lords (St. Martin's Press - June 2010; $25.99)
Terrance’s Top Five Hot Book List:
1.) Terrance Dean, Stanley Bennett Clay, James Earl Hardy – Visible Lives: Three Stores In Tribute to E. Lynn Harris (Dafina – June, 2010; $15)
2.) E. Lynn Harris – In My Father’s House (St. Martin’s Press – July, 2010; $24.99)
3.) Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes – From Cape Town with Love: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (Atria – May, 2010; $25.)
4.) Electa Rome Parks – Diary of a Stalker (Urban Renaissance – January, 2010; $14.95)
5.) Trista Russell – Bedroom Bully (Pocket – January, 2010; $14)