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Member: goddesspt2

CollectionsYour library (6,448), 2014 Reading Challenge Selections (369), January 2014 (35), eBooks (29), Wishlist (912), Espanol (2), 2014 Read (4), 2013 Read (29), 2012 Read (77), 2011 Read (128), 2010 Read (123), To read (134), Currently reading (2), All collections (7,359)

Reviews16 reviews

TagsAfrican American (1,575), science fiction (848), amazon wishlist (737), literature (518), biography (383), romance (360), sci-fi (343), afrofuturism (276), poetry (259), fantasy (249) — 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.



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


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Member sinceJun 18, 2008

Currently readingBleak House by Charles Dickens
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique

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I love your lib for real
Just saying hi! Hope all is well.
Hello. I notice we have many books in common and also a love of libraries. In the Chattanooga Public Library where I grew up, there was a children's library on the ground floor. The librarians sat in chairs at a desk that was the right height for children. They taught us to use the card catalog and reader's guide to periodical literature. I loved the library. When I was about 12, I found a copy of Invisible Man and Black Boy. They were my introduction me to African American literature and I was on my way. By the time I got to college I'd read everything most college kids were just discovering. I also love history, biography and science. I have come to love Indian and Japanese literature. Anyway just wanted to say hello to someone who may be a kindred spirit.

Good Reading.
Happy New Year!
The Siege by Stephen White, Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson and Taken by Robert Crais have all been pretty good. I listened to them on CD, of course. The Siege is part of a series, but I think it would be a good stand alone novel.

Sorry you're so busy at work. Or maybe not? I've been super busy at work as well, but after 15 months unemployed, I don't mind. Still getting used to living in the mountains instead of near the water. Hope you get to rest soon.

Congrats on getting to the halfway mark! My goal was 75, so I've reached mine. I decided not to pressure myself. :)
You are killing my wishlist! Man, you just keep reading books that sound good to me! How are you?
Deseree, thanks for your comment - yeah not noticed you out and about for a month or so now you mention it. Spent numerous happy hours many moons ago in the original Durham in the North of England and would be interested to see what the new one looks like! You have an extremely interesting collection of books and wonderfully varied reading - welcome back!

Missed you on the TIOLIs this month. December is up and running. I was hoping we could connect for a shared read.


Hurricane is next on my list. I can't wait to start it since I know it's better than the others.
I was thinking the same thing! :) Yes, and I enjoyed it. It appears as some of the characters from {Joplin's Ghost]will be making an appearance in [My Soul To Keep.]
[Hurricane] by [[Jewell Rhodes Parker]] fits September's Challenge #7 Title With 9 letters. Hope you join me.

I just ordered [My Soul To Take] by [[Tananarive Due]]. I can't wait to read it.
I want to thank you for listing The Personal History of Rachel Dupree in my western challenge. I had never heard of it before, and it's a wonderful, unique book.
Are you ready for the third installment of the Marie Laveaux Series? I was hoping we could read it together for the August TIOLI "Reading With A Friend".
Among the ton of books you've read I see a number of memoirs. Perhaps my latest might interest you. Though not black, I did write about white and black in the Oakland P.O., where I was a mailman; takes up about a third of my nonfiction novel. I think the other parts are all right too:

Thanks for taking a look at my library, but with the size of yours I can't imagine what you see in mine that is interesting. Love your profile picture.
Hi, how do you rate the book "How to Read the Air" of Dinaw Mengestu? I wonder about your opinion. For me it was just great. I think Mengestu is a real daily life poet. Greetings

Loves *W&P*; quotes *Tale2*!!! Too funny!! I read 200 pages of *W&P* last fall, and then put it aside to read something else big, and never picked it up again. I will though because my translation by the Maudes (from the 40's , I think) is so much more readable than was the Modern Library translation that I muddled my way through back in the day.
Looking at your recent activity, I'm reminded that I need to get back to Octavia Butler. She's another one that I was enjoying but put down and haven't picked up yet.
I can't remember whether your have found the Virago group, so I'm going to send you an invitation. Many of the women at the Orange group are also members who collect the Virago Press editions of women writers. Look the group over when you have time!
And thank you for being my new friend!
The Darkest Child was sooo good! Saw you added it. :)
Thank you so much!
Yes! I did see the shout outs to Reacher! I thought that was cool. The build up for the book was sooo good. I knew what the ending was going to be, but I was hoping something else would be added to it. However, the thought of something like that happening for real is pretty weird. What would we do if that happened in the city?

I don't watch a lot of Stephen King. My imagination is usually better. While his books are scary, his movies are almost comical to me. However, if they make a mini series of this one, I will probably watch.

I just finished The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley. I'm not into the Easy Rawlins series, but I like his stand alone novels.

Yeah, posting on the Afr-Am thread has dwindled.

Thanx for catching up!
Hi Deseree
Sounds like my first impression of Cassanegra is about right. I read the first chapter online and it seemed like an easy read. I wasn't sure if it would be worth finishing. I'm nodding and rolling my eyes about the rap scene as the backdrop. I probably won't get around Cassanegra for a while, then. I'm soooo with you on The Roots. They stay on my mp3 player! I like Talib Kweli, too, but guuurl, I be jonsin' for some Mos Def! Lol.

I used to have a crush on Blair Underwood when he was on LA Law! Whoop! You got daydreamin' bout back in the day!
LMK what you think about Cassanegra. It's on my tbr list. I've heard good and bad about it.
See you liked Under the Dome! I did, too, but I thought the ending was a little lame. I see Adichie is one of your favorite authors. Have you read The Thing Around Your Neck? I just finished it and loved it.
Hi I love your picture - it's fab. Am going to try Jewel Gomez - did you like?
Regarding your Afrofuturism collection ... All I can say is -- wow! I am not worthy! I am not worthy! You are truly the goddess!

I am researching a paper on this topic. What critical interpretations or analyses do you recommend?
Hey, there! I thought you might be interested in the titles that I have tagged Afrofuturism in my collection. Have you heard of it? It is a concept that I have just recently begun to explore. It is a cultural ethos that explores the intersections of race, class, society, technology and futurism, especially as these concepts relate to themes of alienation, abduction, isolation, otherness, etc. What really fascinates me about it is that it is not limited to literature, but also applies to movies (think Matrix trilogy, Brother From Another Planet, Will Smith's I Robot), music (George Clinton), art (Basquiat) and dance (Moonwalk, Robot).
Thanx for adding me to your interesting libraries! I'm adding you ,too. You have an awesome collection! I'll be back to browse again. :)
Your Goddess is wonderfu!!!! I noticed that you have Toni Morrison's Paradise in your library -- (we share very similiar reads & groups) I've had it since 1998 and have picked it up many times -- I'm going for it again. What was your thoughts. and, yes I do like Toni's work :)
'Though it did irritate me for a while that the folks that seemed to survive were very non-ambitious and were content to drift along and just exist day by day.'

I agree. One of the things I got out of the book was that what we call civilization/culture are not as solid as one may think. C/c take work and without that effort your society can easily degenerate into a survival of the fittest mentality.
I saw that you recently read Earth Abides. What is your opinion of the book? I think it's one of the best books I've read.

I recommend Stewart's book The Storm.
I did go to the sale at the Main Library! I was far more resesrved this time, but still wanted to go back. I have to stay away from the State sale too! I think I should probably spend what's left of my money on food... not books :)
I'm in Durham too. Interesting library!
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers looks Great, thanks for the tip. none of our local libraries have this, i'm going to have to hunt it down, maybe buy them a copy.

thanks again,
cruisin through your poetry, i see you have a plethora of nikki Giovanni.

have you picked up any of her reading her work?

I have one from somewhere in the 70's, wonderful readings, although the music background is a real throwback, it throws you back to a time i loved ...

i've seen there's a few of her reading her poems, so, just a head's up.

read on, and may you dance everyday.
Answer to a Child's Question

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Do you ask what the birds say? The sparrow, the dove,
The linner and thrush say, "I love and I love!"
In the winter they're silent - the wind is so strong;
What is says, I don't know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving - all come back together.
But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he-
"I love my Love, and my Love loves me!"
Hi! I clicked on your sight because we had a book in common. I was trying to get some ideas for books to add to my reading list. All I can an say is that your collection is AWESOME.

Jacqueline 065
No problem. Your catalog is off the chain!
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