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Book Of The Month: August 2011 - December 2009 - Book Listing

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Book Of The Month: (August 2011) "The GQ Candidate" By Keli Goff


After a sex scandal brings down a local politician, Luke Cooper finds himself catapulted into the Michigan Governor's mansion, making him one of the few black and—by virtue of adoption—Jewish elected officials to hold such an office. His national celebrity is increased when he heroically saves the life of an avowed racist, and his good looks and charm earn him the nickname "The GQ Candidate." One day Luke stuns his inner circle by informing them that he has decided to run for president. His friends offer to help but a fundraiser, hosted by one, and a major scandal involving another, become the subject of negative gossip that threatens the campaign. Meanwhile, Luke's wife is ambivalent about her husband's political aspirations, and grows wary of life in the spotlight especially after a surprise from their past inconveniently reappears during his historic run. The GQ Candidate gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the lives of candidates, and the people closest to them, when the cameras aren't rolling. In addition to the story of the campaign, the novel also follows the lives of Luke's tight knit circle of friends and reveals how his amazing race changes their lives forever.

Book Of The Month: (June / July 2011) "Satan's Sisters" By Star Jones


Set in the bright lights of daytime television, SATAN'S SISTERS is the story of The Lunch Club--a long-running, popular ladies' talk show in which alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned. The show's famous red couch is ruled by its esteemed matriarch, Maxine Robinson, the first African-American to become a network news anchor, who maintains a hidden safe of diaries chronicling others' indiscretions for posterity--and leverage as needed. But even all-knowing Maxine is caught off-guard when now superstar former co-host Heather Hope makes a ratings-gold guest appearance only to announce a bombshell: the imminent inside scoop straight from the mouth of another ousted member of The Lunch Club's inner sanctum. Self-described "southern belle" Melissa "Missy" Adams has written an explosive tell-all exposing all the Lunch ladies' secrets and she's going to reveal it on Heather's show; but the story is bigger than just the two of them. Delving into the murky waters of each of the current five co-hosts' life--and the loved ones, lovers, and support team surrounding them, SATAN'S SISTERS dishes the dirt while serving up laughs, suspense, solidarity, and heartbreak. The Lunch Club's beleaguered publicist is assigned to track down the embargoed manuscript and assess the potential damage to everyone's livelihood...but time is running out and there's now a new mole spilling details of the show's private panic mode. Looks like Maxine is going to have to take things into her own hands...but can even she escape becoming collateral damage?

Book Of The Month: (March / April / May 2011) "The Choir Director" By Carl Weber


New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn't always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song--and it's time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal. Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Aaron Mackie, to revive the church. Aaron Mackie had been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove that he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Aaron is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job. Simone Wilcox is just one of the women who's caught Aaron's attention. She's smart, beautiful and sexy, along with being a highly respected church trustee. She's got her eye on the new choir director with the intention of having a lot more on him and she doesn't plan on letting anyone get in her way. First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn't subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she's willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop. The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You'd think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort. . . .

Book Of The Month: (January/Feb 2011) "The Company We Keep" By Mary Monroe


New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's extraordinary novel celebrates life, love, and the power of sisterhood—proving that friends, like fine wine, only get better with age. . . Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L.A.'s hottest record company—and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasn't had much luck...because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. She's holding out for Mr. Right and won't settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind—and Teri can't deny she's fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything. . .

Book Of The Month: (November/December 2010) "Use Me Or Lose Me" By Maryann Reid


Publishers Weekly This sassy sophomore effort brings back Farah Washington, an aggressive, charismatic character last seen climbing the corporate ladder in Reid's spicy debut, Sex and the Single Sister. Not much has changed for Farah, 27, single, and a recent Emmy award winner who's now an anchorwoman for Channel 7 Primetime News. With her amorous aspirations on the back burner, she is focused on stealing the coveted hosting position on Rise and Shine, the station's morning show. Standing in her way is the only other black woman at the company, vice-president Joan Meyers, who thinks Farah's ambition could make her a liability. Enter rich, chiseled, Harvard-educated attorney Lenox Whitworth, who sweeps Farah off her feet and puts in a good word with Meyers, who just happens to be his aunt. His ulterior motive is to have Farah interview a falsely imprisoned man, thus exposing a duplicitous scheme hatched by a conniving politician. When Farah's segment airs to much fanfare, her star rises just as Lenox's diligent work at Life House, a nonprofit agency for children, is threatened by a friend's embezzlement. The couple's relationship falters, Farah gains weight and she bites her tongue for her career's sake while Lenox two-times her with French stripper Maritza. The narrative boils over when Farah, Rise and Shine's brand-new hostess, makes a shocking announcement at her launch party, which leads to more skirmishing and a mushy conclusion. Reid's writing may be slapdash and her moralistic message drowned beneath a tidal wave of sex and convoluted melodrama, but she delivers a quick, adrenaline-packed fix.

Book Of The Month: (October 2010) "Darius Jones" By Mary B. Morrison


Darius Jones New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison brings readers back into the world of basketball star Darius Jones. He has it all. But when a tragic accident turns his world upside down, he’ll have to fight to get back on top of his game. Darius may soon become the league’s most valuable player, he’s crazy in love with his wife, Fancy, and his relationship with his parents has never been better. Then a drunk driver slams into his car, leaving Fancy in a coma with a slim chance of surviving. Right away, Ashlee Anderson, the mother of his son, files for custody, claiming his demanding schedule and emotional tragedy make him unfit. Now a heartbroken Darius struggles to balance keeping his head in the game, sitting by his wife’s side and winning back his son. But when a stalker groupie convinces him to escape his sorrows for just one night, he doesn’t realize his sexiest fan has more in store for her obsession, and that she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure Darius becomes her man—and that Fancy leaves the hospital in a coffin.... With his life quickly unraveling, Darius must put everything on the line to right all the wrongs and prevent one moment of weakness from becoming a lifetime of pain.

Book Of The Month: (September 2010) "Secrets Of A Soap Opera Diva" By Victoria Rowell


Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva Soap opera fans know her as Drucilla of The Young and the Restless fame, so it’s no wonder Victoria Rowell’s first dishy novel is culled from her own experiences. But where does the real world end and Victoria’s vivid imagination begin? You’ll be guessing to the very end! Known and loved for her longtime role as Ruby Stargazer on TV’s The Rich and the Ruthless, Calysta Jeffries is the hottest black actress in the soap opera world. But after fifteen years, three returns from the dead, two failed pregnancies, one alien abduction, and overcoming retrograde amnesia, Calysta still hasn’t managed to snag the biggest award in daytime drama: the Sudsy. She’s sure this is her year. So imagine her surprise—and outrage—when the Sudsy slips from her grasp again, right into the clutches of her most heated rival onscreen and off…Emmy Abernathy. For the fourth time! Now Calysta’s had as much as she’s going to take. So when reporter Mitch Morelli asks her for a quote after the award show and her true feelings for her costar slip out, that’s just the beginning as she goes on a rampage with her own brand of hardcore drama. And everyone’s about to learn a harsh lesson—never cross a daytime diva!

Book Of The Month: (August 2010) "Ruby" By V.C. Andrews


In the heart of the bayou, Ruby Landry lives a simple, happy life. But innocence can't last forever... The only family Ruby Landry has ever known are her loving guardian, Grandmère Catherine, a Cajun spiritual healer, and her drunken, outcast Grandpèrb Jack. Although thinking about her dead mother and mysterious father sometimes makes her feel as mournful as the wind sighing through the Spanish moss, Ruby is grateful for all she has. Her life is filled with hope and promise...especially when her attraction for handsome Paul Tate blossoms into a mysterious, wonderful love. But Paul's wealthy parents forbid him to associate with a poor Landry, and Grandmère urges her to follow her dream of becoming a great painter, foreseeing a time when Ruby will be surrounded with riches in the dazzling city of New Orleans! Yet she cannot know how close that uncertain future looms.... In a faded photograph, Ruby glimpses for the first time the image of her father — and learns of a shameful deception and a shocking scheme of blackmail that now must come to light. Stunned by these revelations, she is devastated when Grandmère dies, leaving her to seek out her father in his vast New Orleans mansion. There, in a house of lies, madness, and cruel torment, Ruby clings to her memories of Paul to keep her heart alive. For only their love can save her now....

Book Of The Month: (June / July 2010) "Murder In The Hamptons" By Danita Carter


Murder in the Hamptons intersects the worlds of music, money, and murder. A clash between the classes is played out in the Hamptons, when a rapper moves into an elite community with his unruly crew. The residents of Coco Beach, a private enclave tucked away in the Hamptons, are a hoity-toity bunch. Black society snobs with roots in Sag Harbor that run generations deep. So imagine how incensed the locals become when their tranquil summer getaway is infringed upon by TuSmArt, a rapper with money, but without the necessary pedigree to fit into this upper-crust community. When a body is found floating face down at TuSmArt’s yacht party, the police waste no time swarming in to find the killer. The snooty locals rejoice, automatically assuming that now the police will rid the area of the unwanted inhabitants. However, their victory song is cut short when one of the most prominent residents of Coco Beach is implicated in the murder.

Book Of The Month: (May 2010) "Message From A Mistress" By Niobia Bryant


Niobia Bryant-the red-hot author of Show and Tell-delivers a sexy, unforgettable novel about love, infidelity, and the importance of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer... Through good times and bad, longtime friends Jaime, Renee, Aria, and Jessa have shared just about everything. But all hell breaks loose when Jessa texts them a shocking revelation: she's been sharing her bed-with one of their husbands. To make matters worse, she refuses to name which husband she's been cheating with. And all three wives believe they have reason to worry... Jaime wonders if her own past infidelity drove her man into Jessa's waiting arms... Renee thinks her busy career opened the door for Jessa to step in and fulfill her wifely duties...and Aria fears her competitive relationship with Jessa pushed her so-called friend to claim the ultimate prize in revenge. The betrayed trio vow to stick together. But before the identity of Jessa's lover is revealed, each woman's deepest secrets will be exposed for all to see-and they'll need each other more than ever.

Book Of The Month: (April 2010) "Diary Of A Mad First Lady" By DiShan Washington


As First Lady of Pastor Darvin Johnson’s hugely successful Mount Zion Baptist Church, Michelle’s got her finger on the pulse of their community, and she’s got everything—and everyone—under control. Until Daphne Carlton joins the congregation. Daphne’s got her own agenda. Determined to clinch Darvin for herself, she begins to weave a twisted web of lies to push Michelle right out of the picture. But Michelle doesn’t like to be pushed. She’s been worried about her marriage lately and she’s not about to lose her man to some voluptuous vixen. A battle soon brews between the First Lady and the hoochie... But how far is Michelle willing to go, in order to remove the woman who threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard to achieve?

Book Of The Month: (March 2010) "Twisted" By Tracy Brown


Celeste Styles is starting over. After losing her cherished salon in a suspicious fire, she has finally left her adulterous relationship and her drama-filled life in Brooklyn for the peace and tranquility of Atlanta, Georgia. But when Rah-Lo heads down south after deciding to leave his wife Asia, Celeste is floored and isn't quite sure if she wants to rekindle their affair. Meanwhile, Asia is hell bent on revenge. Vowing not to let Celeste get away with her man that easily, she, too, heads to Atlanta. But just on her heels is Ishmael Wright, ready to save the day and to warn his best friend Rah-Lo about his vengeful wife. Though Ishmael also has something else up his sleeve. Secret betrayals are exposed, bitter rivalries explode, love is lost and found. Life will never be the same on the streets of "Hotlanta" in Tracy Brown's epic new urban drama.

Book Of The Month: (February 2010) "Big Girls Do Cry" By Carl Weber


New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber cranks up the heat in this explosive follow-up to Something on the Side—a novel of friendship, family ties, and the bonds—and betrayals—of love… Isis and her sister, Egypt, two of the original curvaceous members of the Big Girls Book Club—have hightailed it out of New York and settled in Richmond, Virginia, where they've started a new chapter of the BGBC. The same rules apply here: You must be at least a bodacious size 14 to join. Living in the plush suburbs, Isis has it all—almost. The thirty-seven-year-old plus-size beauty is happily married to Rashid, and they're living in the lap of luxury. There's just one thing missing. They want to start a family. Enter Egypt, who's moved into her sister's McMansion with dreams of starting over. There's just one hitch: before her sister married Rashid, he was Egypt's man for ten years. Egypt thought she was over him, but the close quarters are giving both her and her sister doubts. She's ready to pack her bags until Isis and Rashid ask her for a serious favor. Egypt knows she shouldn't get involved, but she can't say no to her sister—even if the price might be way too high for them all. Egypt isn't the only one with drama. Rumor has it that Loraine—Isis's brilliant boss and one of BGBC's newest members—is in the running to be her sorority's next national president. But Loraine has more than one secret that will ruin her if they ever see the light of day. Thank goodness only one other person knows them—BGBC's first male member, Jerome—and what he knows just might destroy him. As friendships and family and past and present collide, these book lovers are about to learn that drama can follow you wherever you go—and that big girls do cry…

Book Of The Month: (January 2010) "I, Alex Cross" By James Patterson


You can't run Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim. You can't hide The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain--they will do anything to keep their secrets safe. Alex Cross is your only hope to stay alive As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.

Book Of The Month: (December 2009) "Going Rogue: An American Life" By Sarah Palin

A Word From "Books, Novels & More":

Sarah Palin is clueless about many things, including the assumption that she actually believes she is qualified to be Vice President...much less the President of The US! Ridiculous! However, take a interesting read with the new novel..oops I mean biography "Going Rogue"...


One year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage like a comet. Yet even now, few Americans know who this remarkable woman really is. On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world. As chief executive of America's largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. While revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol' boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel. Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn't a packaged and over-produced "candidate." She was a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom was serving his country in a yearlong deployment in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Palin's hometown story touched a populist nerve, rallying hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans to the GOP ticket. But as the campaign unfolded, Palin became a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Supporters called her "refreshing," "honest," a kitchen-table public servant they felt would fight for their interests. Opponents derided her as a wide-eyed Pollyanna unprepared for national leadership. But none of them knew the real Sarah Palin. In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost. Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey, and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth. The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani

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