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CollectionsYour library (1,841), Wishlist (19), Currently reading (2), Read but unowned (24), Favorites (11), All collections (1,875)

Reviews67 reviews

TagsAfrican American Fiction (1,131), African American Non-Fiction (247), Magazine (170), Signed (151), Families (80), Fiction (73), Romance (65), Non-Fiction (45), Mystery (42), Men (41) — see all tags

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About meI cannot get enough of books. Besides the fact that I love to read them, I also collect them and treasure them. I buy them faster than I can read them. I attend many authors book signings and readings. I received my BS in Business Marketing and I'm looking for a way to combine my love for books, research, reading and promoting into a career.

I'm currently reading "Dorothy Dandridge" by Donald Bogle.

About my libraryIn the 70's I read a lot of books that I checked out from the library down the street. I was a sponge for biographies and autobiographies, this explains my read but unowned list. If I wasn't reading a book, then I was reading an Archie Comic book or KREAM magazine (I was into Rock during this time in my life) or writing in my diary.

I'm an avid collector of Fiction, Biographies, Books on/about Detroit and Memoirs about and/or written by Minorities. I've included books by Detroiters or Native Detroiters, like Mitch Albom and Loren D. Estleman. I began collecting in 1996. I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks. Even though I collect, I'm more interested in the content and not its' value. I shop mainly at Used and Bargain Bookstores and frequent local book sales that I find via

GroupsAfrican/African American Literature, Bloggers, Books By Us, Covers, What did YOU buy today?

Favorite authorsTina McElroy Ansa, Daniel Black, Connie Briscoe, J. California Cooper, E. Lynn Harris, Bernice L. McFadden, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Delores Phillips (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBargain Books - Farmington - Downtown Farmington Center, Cross Street Book Shop, Half Price Books - Bandera Rd., John K. King Used and Rare Books, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesDetroit Public Library, Ypsilanti District Library


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Currently readingDorothy Dandridge by Donald Bogle
Secret (Secret Series Book 1) by Nia Forrester

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I love J. California Cooper so very much!!! I have collected her books over the last few years and when I'm done reading one of her fabulous books, I'll pick up another one and just enjoy reading her books!!!!!
Hi, Donna - Nice to hear from you. Good luck with grad school at EMU. Got my 2nd MA from there in 78 while I was serving in army in Germany. I can't help you w/ current bookstores at UM, since I haven't been around there in years. You might try going to Kerrytown Book fest in Ann Arbor on Sep 12 though. You'll prob get to meet some writers and chat with them. I remember going to Borders near UM back in early 70s - it's where Borders was born, you know. And there used to be several great used book stores around there too. Today, I dunno. So many indy bookstores have folded. Sad. My new book is in. I'm just waiting for my son to update my website to start trying to peddle it. It's called Booklover, another memoir in journal form with lots of book chat in it. Watch my website at for its official release. And I'll try to get it up on Amazon soon after. Be well. - Tim
Drop by the African/African American Literature Forum and discuss or recommend a book! :)
Hi Altima313,

You are the person that I shared the most book titiles with. Hope you don't mind me dropping by to see what's new in your library.
Hello. I appreciate your acknowledgement of my interest in your library. I wasn't exactly sure how it worked. I just became a member last week. Your library is really impressive! I've always loved books written by and about African Americans. My interest has increased since I started researching my ancestry. There is so much to learn.

I recently discovered "Numbering All the Bones" is actually a children's book for ages 10-14. I'll still read it though, then pass it to my grandson. He's ten. Talk to you again soon.
Hi i seen that you are currently reading the book "PUSH". I am a high school student and i have to write book report on a novel and i wanted to wrie it on that book but still havent gotten it yet. So, i was wondering if you could help me out a little with it that would be great. Let me know.
Good news. I found a few copies of my novel (Dirty Little Angels) lying around. Send over your mailing address (my e-mail is and I'll send you a signed copy.

"The change we are looking for is always a change within ourselves. And the change will come. I've noticed that as long as I'm willing to be different, something or someone arrives to show me how."

~ Marianne Williamson

Hi, your "African American Non-Fiction" collections are great
Hello, Donna - An army brat. My daughter can lay claim to that too. She was born in the Augsburg mil hosp in Germany. I was in the army twice, 1962-65 and 1976-81. It's a long story and I'm still working on telling about my mid-life crisis and that second hitch, which turned out to be a pretty good career move. The first hitch is pretty well documented in SOLDIER BOY, which has been my Little Engine that Could of books; it just keeps on selling at a steady dribble. People all over the country seem to relate. Go figure. And, another coincidental connection, my wife was born in Ypsi, and grew up in Belleville. We met at Ferris State and our story is told in PINHEAD, at least the beginning of it. And, like I said, I'm working on the rest of it. I taught at Monroe Co Comm College for nearly six years and picked up a second MA at Eastern, as well as taking a few courses at UM, so I know your neck of the woods pretty well. My idea of a fun Saturday back in those days was to spend a few hours prowling the bookstores in Ann Arbor. We have 3 kids and 5 grandkids now, most of them back east in PA and MD (where we lived for 21 yrs). We retired back at the end of 2001 and I published my first book, REED CITY BOY, in 2004 and have been scribbling away ever since. I might have written more but there are so many good books out there to READ! Enjoy your reading and I hope we'll stay in touch. - Tim
More Michigan memoirs? Info on mine at or Amazon. - Tim
No prob, holla!
I enjoyed looking at your vast collection. It is nice to see pepolpe enjoy books as much as I do
Noticed you liked The Bluest Eye, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Thank you!!! We tried to make it hot and interesting!!
Thanks for the add. We go downtown a lot, too. Glad you liked D.C. Nice to meet you.

Hi altima313

Thanks for your thanks on your library. i started reading African American women authors a few years ago and realized what a feast of reading I was finding. I haven't catalogued many of them yet. Alice Walker remains my favorite author and Jamaica Kincaid.(and of course Terry McMillan) I was so happy to see that you have Sapphire("Push") and Sistah Souljah included. But wow, you have the definitiive library on this "genre." I'll be checking often for your recommendations.
Hey altima!

Thanks! Your catalog is off the chain too. I hope mines as large as yours.
I love the way you have rated many of the books you have read and also left comments. When I am looking for a good book to read, I am going to refer to your library.
Just to let you know that I'm going to another Library profile is Come and join me
You make me wonder what literature I would find if I searched for literature from my hometown (Toledo, OH) or the city where I live. (Indianapolis) I believe Mari Evans is from Toledo (and lives in Indy) and Mildred Taylor (children's author) is from Toledo. I don't know who else is.
Happy New Year!
I am also a native Detroiter and I love books about Detroit and Detroit's history. I can't wait to have a look at your library and put some of your books on my "want to read" tag.

Happy reading!
Thank you so much for accepting my invitation and for frequenting our online reading and book promotion community. Your blog is WONDERFUL, I can tell you that I will visit you online regularly too!!! I appreciate you linking to us; again, thank you for this connection!
Beautiful library!

I'm a native Detroiter and I lived for a few years in Ann Arbor. I absolutely love your library. I loved The Farming of Bones... and I was just recently introduced to J. California Cooper.

Have you ever read Middlesex? The history of Detroit in the book is pretty on target. I think Eugenedes is a native Detroiter (or from the Metro area...) I didn't realize that Mitch Albom was, too.

I'll definitely keep an eye on your library. Have a good one.
I hope you enjoyed the sample chapter on my website. Please let me know what you think?

Trice Hickman
Author of Unexpected Interruptions
Thank you for accepting my friendship. I am new to Library Thing but I really like this site. I will keep you posted regarding new books that I read.

Thanks also for the compliments regarding my books. I am now writing my 6th book.

Grateful for your friendship,

Dr. Angela Isom

My name is Trice Hickman, and I am the author of the upcoming novel, Unexpected Interruptions (Platinum Books, $15.00). I noticed the selection of books in your library, and wanted to let you know that you might be interested in reading mine.

Unexpected Interruptions follows the journey of Victoria Small, a smart, savvy sister who finds herself falling for two men--one black, one white, both determined in their pursuit for her affections. As things heat up with both men, she resurrects a painful secret she thought she'd buried long ago, and finds herself doing things she never thought she'd do! Please feel free to read a sample chapter on my web site at

Happy Reading,
I love your library! I have been on the hunt for African American authors and your catalog has some amazing suggestions.

Thanks for your comment. I think that this is the beauty of LibraryThing, by your leaving a comment about my books I looked at the books in your collection and found two authors that I had not seen before and I will now be getting their books.
Thanks for the update, Donna. That's interesting to hear from the author. You know at some point when they found out someone uttered - in a wailing ululation - D'oh!

Hi Donna:

Your slip cover comparisons on the blog were interesting! You have to wonder (with all the books out there) how many have the same cover. Especially those that only differed by title and author!


Hi New Friend!!! Thanks for the note! I'm going to check out your blog next week (I'm in a bit of a time crunch right now...!)

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for the good wishes on my book! I thought I recognized your user name from somewhere, and now I remember that you're the user that shared both the Lionel Newton and Brent Wade novels that nobody else on LibraryThing seems to own. :-)
I share the most books with you. I appreciate that you don't discriminate when you purchase/collect books. I hope to one day get my library up to where you are!
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