Worth the Read: New Releases for July 2014

Pastor Needs a BooIt was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem—the lovely Marsha—would be much harder to solve. Denzelle didn’t even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah’s card and getting “booed” up with the poster girl for “church girls.” Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren’t Denzelle’s biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies—a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy—want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can’t fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a ‘boo’ who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle’s faith and love will be put to the ultimate test.

Get your copy here. 

 

Best known for his song “Super Freak,” hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star’s life and soul.

n Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, “My journey has taken me through hell and back. It’s all in my music—the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.” But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His “glow” was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him—and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music.

 

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Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man by JA Rule

Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man

 

Appearances
July 1, 2014| 7:00 PM| 176-60 Union Turnpike| Fresh Meadows, NY 

July 2, 2014| 7:00 PM| The BookMark Shoppe |3rd Avenue. Brooklyn, NY

Unruly reveals the real man behind the persona that dominates the stage and emerges from his music. In this emotive page-turner, we get to know who lives behind the performer. Ja Rule, honestly and unapologetically, delves into the pain of being a fatherless child, raised by a single mother, and eventually growing to fulfill his dreams of becoming an iconic figure in hip-hop and beyond. He shares his humble and bold reflections, which are meant to be proof for young people everywhere that if you can see it, you can be it. And he speaks with brutal candor of his own staggering mistakes, including gun possession, senseless violence, drug dealing, petty theft, substances and alcohol, and, ultimately, landing behind bars.

This intimate book is a collection of powerful memories and lessons, reflecting a certain vulnerability that can only be interpreted as inner strength. Here we see Ja Rule for the sensitive, loving person that he has become. Unruly shows that the souls of young urban men are often unseen. Here is a truly revolutionary effort from a gifted, passionate artist.

Terry McMillan Signing Paperback Copies of “Who Asked You?”

Who Asked You?

 

July 12, 2014| 3:00 PM| 10000 Research Blvd| Austin, TX 78759

This event will feature a reading by NYT Bestselling author Terry McMillan followed by a book signing.

 

Her 8th novel, Who Asked You?, casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree.

Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan’s inimitable humor, the book opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.

 

 

Callaloo: a Jazz Folktale

 

 

Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale a children’s book

Written by Marjuan Canady, Illustrated by Nabeeh Bilal

 You’re Invited to be Delighted!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1pm
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC, 20020

We would like you to join us in celebrating this new Caribbean literary work with an afternoon of exciting and educational activities for children, delicious Caribbean delights and an interactive reading of the new children’s book Callaloo:A Jazz Folktale.

FREE ADMISSION

*PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE WAIT LIST. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL BUT THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THE READING. PRIORITY WILL COME TO CHILDREN ATTENDING, VIPS, RSVP LIST THEN THE WAIT LIST

Open to children of all ages and their families! Please RSVP!

For more information on the book visit: www.callaloothebook.com

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

The Callaloo Team 

SUMO by Graphic Artist and Illustrator Thien Pham

Sumo

 

About the Book

Scott  is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale—and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.

 

About the Author

Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel.  Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about…sumo wrestling.

 

 

Appearances

July 31, 2014|  7:00 PM| 5604 Bay Street |Emeryville, CA 94608

*UPDATED*: Forever an Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray Book Tour

Forever an Ex: A Novel

Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met seven years ago at a church prayer support group and now, their friendship has blossomed into a strong sisterhood. They’ve helped each other through the tragedies of their breakups and together, they’ve celebrated their triumphs. But now, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on lives they’ve work so hard to rebuild.

Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man. But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancée—a woman! And all of Sheridan’s insecurities and doubts come rushing back. Kendall’s former husband is now married to Kendall’s sister, Sabrina. And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, she’s forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and Asia decides that it’s time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray’s best novel yet.

Get your copy from Hue-Man Bookstore here.

 

Appearances

June 26, 2014| 7:00 PM| 11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway| Tampa, FL| 33618l

July 10, 2014| 7:00 PM| 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham, NC 22707

July 17, 2014| 7:00 PM| 1800 Rosecrans Avenue| Manhattan Beach, CA 9026

July 24, 2014| 7:00 PM| 1800 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA| 90266