Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I Should Probably Wait A While, Before I Buy More Books. Nah...

My homegirl, Blue, and I are bookworms. That's probably not even the right word. We're more like book hunters. We can't walk past a sale sign, for books, and not get acquainted. It's just impossible. A few years ago we were at Princeton University, for a Hip-Hop symposium with Cornel West, and we almost missed the man speak, because we saw a huge sign for a major book sale.

It's really bad guys. My apartment probably has 300 books in it, 100 or so that I haven't read yet, and I continue to buy books. Who can resist a sale though? Especially one that lets you fill a bag of books for $15?!

With that said, I had to share my haul with you. I copped some excellent reads, in all genres.

Some Cuban oriented texts, because I yearn to learn more of my father's culture. I found a few African-American authors I've had yet to read. I discovered a Julia Alvarez poetry book. Swoon. I also found some memoir & non-fiction that I can't wait to flip through. Some of these I've read, but I just had to grab a copy, because I'd borrowed them from libraries, downloaded them on my iPad, or they haven't been returned to me. I've placed an asterisk, next to the books I'm really excited about.

  • Mary Karr's "The Liar's Club"*
  • David Sedaris' "Naked"
  • David Sedaris' "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" 
  • Augusten Burrough's "Dry"
  • Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist" 
  • Walter Mosley's "Devil in A Blue Dress"
  • Kalisha Buckhanon's "Conception"*
  • Lorna Goodison's "By Love Possessed"
  • Alex Powell's "Plain Brown Wrapper"
  • Alice Walker's "By The Light of My Father's Smile" 
  • Lola Jaye's "Being Lara"
  • Iyanla Vanzant's "In The Meantime"
  • Trisha Thomas' "Nappily Faithful"
  • Kayla Perrin's "The Delta Sisters"*
  • "Writing Fiction Step by Step"
  • Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"*
  • Adriana Diaz's "Freeing The Creative Spirit"
  • Judith Abwunza's "Women's Voices, Women's Power"*
  • A.J. Jacobs' "The Know It All"
  • Kate Walbert's "A Short History of Women"
  • Aloud! Voices From The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe
  • Jennifer Belle's "The Seven Year Bitch"
  • Julia Alvarez's "El Otro Lado"*
  • Delia Poey and Virgil Suarez's "Little Havana Blues"*
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love In The Time Of Cholera"
  • Nancy Osa's "Cuba 15"

I can't wait to dig in to these beauties and hopefully have the time to write a few reviews here! Hope you guys check out some of the titles, above, too. I don't grab a book unless I've read the author's prior books or heard great things about it. Let me know if you do!

PS--If you haven't heard the exciting news already...go HERE for a special announcement!