Meet the Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley Tickets: $10/each Purchase yours: Main Library or by calling 532-5950
Sister 2 Sister / Brother 2 Brother is celebrating our fourth anniversary! We'll present Essense bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. She has been involved in three anthologies and has authored seventeen books including Help, I've Turned Into My Mother, Everybody Say Amen, The Pastor's Wife, Can I Get A Witness, the Good Girlz Series and in July 2009, The Devil is a Lie. She writes both adult and teen fiction. Six of her books have been optioned for movies, the first of which, Let the Church Say Amen, will be directed by actress Regina King. ReShonda has also been a television reporter for NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City and Fox affiliate KRIV in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Billingsley will speak, followed by a question & answer period, book signing, and author reception. Read more about Sister 2 Sister/Brother to Brother: Meet author ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Picking up where The Million Dollar Deception left off, Freddy Ford knocks on Nate Kenny's door, storms into the house, and shoots both Nate and his ex-wife Monica. But he doesn't stop there -- before driving off, Freddy manages to escape with little Nathaniel, Nate and Monica's beloved adopted son, while little Layla sleeps upstairs. Nate is expected to survive the brutal attack, but Monica is left in a coma, and doctors are not certain that she will ever recover. When Lewis Waters -- Freddy's best friend and Layla's actual father -- visits the hospital to see Monica, Nate bargains with him: if Lewis can get Freddy arrested, Nate will give him back his little girl.
Meanwhile, Daphanie Coleman, the woman Nate had planned to marry before he sought revenge on Monica, rushes to Nate's side with plans to get him back by making herself available to him in his time of crisis. By chance, she meets Lewis while visiting Monica's bedside, and the two devise a plan to both get what they want.
When Monica finally awakens, she opens her eyes to a world in which Daphanie and Nate are hiding an affair, Lewis and Daphanie are harboring nasty secrets, and Nate has plotted to steal another man's child in the name of revenge. Will Monica forgive Nate, whom she was about to remarry? Will she uncover the truth behind the love triangle of Daphanie, Lewis, and Nate? And, more important, can the tragic lovers escape a second attempt on their lives? Read more about Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother: Million Dollar Demise
In his first book for adults, New York Times bestselling author Hill Harper invites you to join the Conversation: an honest dialogue about the breakdown of African-American relationships. For generations African Americans have turned to their families in times of need—but now, this proud and strong legacy is in peril. Black men and women have stopped communicating effectively and it threatens the very relationships and marriages necessary to sustain the Black family. Today, less than a third of Black children are being raised in two-parent households, a sharp decline from past generations. So, why is it so difficult for Black men and women to build long-term, loving and mutually beneficial relationships? What is happening in the community that makes it so hard for women and men to find their way to each other? And why are there so few people who manage to hold a marriage together, even after finding a person to love?
In his moving yet practical book, Hill Harper undertakes a journey both universal and deeply personal in search of answers to these questions. He has conversations with friends and strangers—married, single and divorced—and learns about their private struggles, emotional vulnerabilities, and real concerns, and begins to see common themes emerge. As his journey picks up momentum, Hill begins to recognize his own struggles in other people's stories, and is encouraged to more deeply examine his own relationship issues. Read more about Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother: The Conversation
From the host of the popular "Steve Harvey Morning Show" comes a funny, honest, and foolproof guide for all women that takes them inside the heads of men and shows how men think about love, sex, and commitment. As a popular comedian, radio host and red-blooded male, Harvey doesn't have the bona fides typical to most women's relationship self-help, but he still manages a thorough, witty guide to the modern man.
Harvey undertakes the task because "women are clueless about men," because "men get away with a whole lot of stuff" and because he has "some valuable information to change all of that." Harvey makes a game effort, taking a bold but familiar men-are-dogs approach: if you're "cutting back" on sex, "he will have another woman lined up and waiting to give him what he needs and wants-the cookie." Several chapters later, however, he introduces the "ninety-day rule," asserting that, actually, he won't always have another woman lined up-and the only way to make sure is a three month vetting period. Harvey also tackles mama's boys, "independent-and lonely-women," and the matter of children in the dating world ("if he's meeting the kids after you decide he's the one, it's too late").
Devil is a Lie chronicles the devilishly rude awakening in store for Houstonite Nina Lawson after she wins $8 million in the lottery. Not only are family members she hasn't seen in years itching to share the loot, but her fiancé, Rick Henderson, starts counting on his piece before the check's in the bank. Things get even more complicated after Todd, Nina's ex-husband, ends up not being an ex; turns out his hoochie mama girlfriend, Pam, spent the divorce filing fee on a Fendi bag. Pam urges Todd to wrangle a chunk of Nina's dough, and he agrees, though with a near-reasonable motivation: to get his ailing Grams a new heart. The ensuing slapstick is fast moving and hilarious as Billingsley ponders how Nina's impulse to do the right thing gets her in trouble -- and yet, somehow, love (and God) provides. Read more about Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother: Devil is a Lie
Reesy Braxton, 35, has finally found her birth mother, after alienating her husband, distressing her adoptive mother, and upsetting her sister, Connie, who isn't happy about finding the mother who deserted them. Charlotte Rogers often thinks about the two children she had to leave behind, and she clings to her third daughter, Cammy. Mason takes a straightforward tale and spins it into an emotionally complex story with unexpected twists. Multiple points of view and flashbacks offer insights along the way as each member of this broken African American family comes into focus-Reesy, who's raising her two sons as well as Connie's daughter; Connie, who stops her string of abortions and has a baby, only to give it away; Cammy, who feels responsible for her unstable mother; and Charlotte herself, thrilled to hear from her long-gone daughters but unsure of how to reconnect. Graphic sex and violence stun the reader into realizing how much these women have been through. Read more about Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother: You Gotta Sin to Get Saved
Chandelle's love of material possessions is destroying her marriage. Now with Chandelle's scheming cousin Deidre in town, money is the least of their problems. Fortunately, the Lord works in mysterious ways, and a series of unexpected events may bless everyone with a second chance. Read more about Sister 2 Sister / Brother 2 Brother: Sinful
We'll cover the books we talked about this year. Did you love them? Hate them? Have suggestions for next year? Bring books you love; we'll talk about them, draw for door prizes, and make plans for 2008.