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Sister 2 Sister: Don't Play in the Sun

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Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Marita Golden
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Don't Play in the Sun

Peppering her narrative with "Postcards from the Color Complex," reminiscences of some of the author's most powerful experiences, Golden takes us inside her world, and inside her heart, to show what a half-century of intraracial and interracial personal politics looks like. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Don't Play in the Sun

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Sister 2 Sister: Never Go Home Again

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Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Shannon Holmes
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Never Go Home Again

The story of Corey Dixon, a young man whose father tries as best he can to steer him away from the lure of the streets. And yet, like so many others in Corey's neighborhood, he finds the temptations of the lucrative drug trade too great to resist. While he makes fast money for a while, it is inevitable that it is he who has to pay, with his time and maybe even his life: by the age of sixteen Corey is locked up. Incarcerated in Riker's Island and then in prisons upstate, Corey lives through experiences that threaten to destroy his body, his mind, and eventually his spirit. But in the midst of his horrific imprisonment he discovers new strength to keep himself together and survive. Corey meets a few kind souls who mean him well, including a teacher who encourages him to get out of prison and make something of himself. The teacher also advises Corey to "never go home again." Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Never Go Home Again

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Sister 2 Sister: Fortunate Son

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Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Walter Mosley
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Fortunate Son

Tommy's nickname is Lucky, but no one would think this crippled boy was blessed. Cursed with health problems and drawn into trouble more often than not, Tommy is the recipient of pity rather than admiration. He is nothing like his stepbrother, Eric. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune - he is charming, a star athlete, and a magnet for anyone in his sphere. Yet in spite of these differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as two humans can be. After tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys split. In a powerful story of modern-day resilience and redemption, Tommy and Eric forge their separate ways in the world, each confronting his own challenges. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Fortunate Son

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Sister 2 Sister: Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings

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Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Tyler Perry
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Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings

Madea helpfully suggests, "If you don't understand something I'm saying here and you're not black, you will have to ask somebody who is. Madea, Southern-speak for "mother dear," is the fierce alter ego of Tyler Perry, who has paraded the marijuana-smoking, pistol-packing, trash-talking matron through a series of hit gospel plays and films. Although primarily a comic figure based on unapologetically crude behavior coming from a harmless-looking old lady, Madea is envisioned by Perry as a throwback to a time when strong matriarchs ruled the community. The result is a surprisingly fresh compilation of homespun advice which Madea says the reader should take "at your own risk" on love, sex, getting ahead in life and (strangely) the thousand-plus uses of Vaseline. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings

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Sister 2 Sister: Life is Not a Fairy Tale

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Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Fantasia
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Life is Not a Fairy Tale

At the age of seventeen, despite the promise of her extraordinary voice, Fantasia was in danger of becoming just another sad statistic: an uneducated, unmarried teenage mother living in the projects. But Fantasia had been raised by two strong, influential women: Both her grandmother and mother are preachers, and she was raised with an unshakable faith. In Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia speaks -- with a spirit as strong as her voice -- about what it takes to believe in the power of one's self. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Life is Not a Fairy Tale

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Sister 2 Sister: Sittin' in the Front Pew

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Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Parry A. Brown
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Sittin' in the Front Pew

Death brings about strange emotions. Glynda Naylor discovers this when she gets the call that she must bury her beloved daddy, who raised her and her three sisters after their mother's death. He was a fantastic father, without question, but did he have something to hide? Like, perhaps, another daughter? Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Sittin' in the Front Pew

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Sister 2 Sister: The Amen Sisters

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Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Angela Benson
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The Amen Sisters

A Christy Award finalist offers a bold and gritty story about one of the most talked about issues in the church--religious leaders who sexually abuse members of their congregations--and how two women heal after betrayal. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: The Amen Sisters

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Sister 2 Sister: Changing Faces

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Kimberla Lawson Roby
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Changing Faces

Roby's portrayal of three steadfast best friends in Chicago shows how they cope with waves of individual and interpersonal troubles. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Changing Faces

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Meet author Kimberla Lawson Roby (2007)

Meet the author Kimberla Lawson Roby
The HMCPL and its Sister 2 Sister / Brother 2 Brother Book Club are pleased to present the New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby!
Roby's novels deal with real-life issues in compelling, readable ways. No topic is too sensitive to speak of: domestic violence, church issues, discrimination, and infidelity have all come up in her writing. Her warmth comes through in her writing; her characters become as personal and familiar as friends to her readers. Read more about Meet author Kimberla Lawson Roby (2007)

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