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CollectionsYour library (6,493), 2014 Reading Challenge Selections (369), January 2014 (35), eBooks (29), Wishlist (912), Espanol (2), 2014 Read (6), 2013 Read (29), 2012 Read (77), 2011 Read (128), 2010 Read (123), To read (134), Currently reading (2), All collections (7,404)

Reviews16 reviews

TagsAfrican American (1,595), science fiction (852), amazon wishlist (737), literature (521), biography (384), romance (360), sci-fi (343), afrofuturism (280), poetry (264), fantasy (251) — see all tags

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Recommendations50 recommendations

About meHmmmm, so a little bit about me. I'm a Black woman in my late 40s and a recent transplant to Durham, NC. I spent most of my teen and adult life in the suburbs of DC (Northern Virginia and Maryland). Currently, I work at the Research Triangle Park campus of a large Silicon Vally technology firm as a web developer and technical writer -nicknamed Inspector Gadget for my love of tech toys.

Since you're reading my profile, then naturally, you've guessed that one of my favorite activities is reading. With my daughter now off to college in Atlanta, I have much more time to indulge in this past-time.

My first vivid memory of books and reading was the day my grandmother took me to the public library as a small child. While I felt there was something special about that day, it was only years later that I learned the significance of this event. My mother, also an avid reader, and her sister were only able to visit the "Colored" library growing up. Once the public library was de-segregated and I was old enough, my grandmother walked me up those marble stairs to a whole new world.

As a pre-teen, I made a private haven in my closet where I would sit for hours, propped up on pillows reading. The one book that made the most impression on me was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I was taken by her non-sense, bookish persona and wanted to build my own "castles in the air." During these private moments, my readings consisted of adventure and fantasy stories, like Treasure Island and the Oz series, an encyclopedia of fairy tales, detective stories (Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys).

During high school and college, I devoured the classics of Western literature and discovered African-American literature. Reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X made a huge impression on me.

"I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive" -- Malcolm X

It was during this time, that I started filling my personal library with non-fiction books about and by Blacks in the African Diaspora; as well as, books about Egypt and African classical civilizations. In my adult years, I started reading and collecting science fiction books, biographies/memoirs, and literature.







BOOKS READ IN 2014

January

Groups100 Books in 2011, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, African/African American Literature, Amazon's Kindle, Ancient Egypt, And Other Storiesshow all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, L. A. Banks, Steven Barnes, Nicholas A. Basbanes, Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Octavia E. Butler, Noam Chomsky, John Henrik Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Cheikh Anta Diop, Trey Ellis, bell hooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Jayne Ann Krentz, Haki R. Madhubuti, Bernice L. McFadden, Ishmael Reed, J. A. Rogers, William Shakespeare, Neal Stephenson, Askia M. Touré, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ivan Van Sertima, Amos N. Wilson (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAfrocentric Bookstore, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Brier Creek Commons, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - The Streets at Southpoint, Blacknificent Books and More, Books Do Furnish A Room, C & W Used Books - Woodbridge, Flyleaf Books, Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, Jeannie's Book Shoppe, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Letters Bookshop, Nice Price Books - Durham, Nice Price Books- Carrboro, Northgate Books, Politics and Prose, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Quail Ridge Books & Music, Reader's Corner, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, Strand Bookstore, The Regulator Bookshop, Wentworth & Leggett Fine Books

Favorite librariesDurham County Library - Main Library, Durham County Library - North Regional, Durham County Library - Stanford L. Warren Branch, Library of Congress, North Carolina State University Libraries - D.H. Hill Library, Wake County Public Libraries - North Regional Library

Homepagehttp://www.duskyliterati.com

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LocationDurham, NC

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Member sinceJun 18, 2008

Currently readingVoices From The Other Side: Dark Dreams II by Brandon Massey
Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) by Elizabeth McHenry

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