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Shared Thoughts Book Club

"Share Your Thoughts"

********* Shared Thoughts Book Club 5 Star Rating *********

* One Star - Would not recommend

** Two Stars - May recommend, with caution

*** Three Stars - Would recommend

**** Four Stars - Would Happily recommend

***** Five Stars - Would DEFINITELY recommend

March's Book Blub Selection

Confessions In B-Flat

By Donna Hill

Hostess: Alethea

STBC Overall ratings: 4.5 stars

Synopsis of Confessions in B-Flat: 

It's the 1960's. Black people are fighting for their rights. Jason Tanner has relocated from Georgia to New York to spread Dr. Martin Luther Kings message of non-resistance to violence & recruit more people for the reverend' cause. Anita Hopkins is a die-hard Malcolm X follower and doesn't believe in turning the other cheek. When Jason & Anita meet, there is incredible chemistry. They fall in love, however, their ideologies interfere in their budding relationship. To come together, they have to realize that they are fighting for the same cause.

February's Book Club Selection

Patsy

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Hostess: Tami

STBC Overall Rating: 4.5

Synopsis of Patsy:

Patsy leaves Jamaica to come to the United States to be with the women she loves. She leaves her 5 year old daughter, Tru behind. Patsy has to work low paying jobs and as Nanny to make ends meet as an undocumented immigrant. Meanwhile in Jamaica, Tru struggles to understand why her mother left her.

January's Book Selection

Rose Series Book One

"INTENSITY"

by

EDEN FORTAE 

Hostess: Shelly

STBC overall rating: 3 stars

Synopsis of Intensity: Kya Rich falls for Antonio Cortes, a criminal, whose main purpose in life is to ruin Kya's father& destroy Kya. However, Antonio's plans change, when he and Kya fall madly in love. The "Intensity" of their emotions have them longing for each other in ways they weren't prepared for.

December's book club selection

last stop from innocence.

takerra allen

Hostess: Carla 

STBC Overall Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis of last stop from innocence: This story takes place in the 90's..

Amore Brown moved to Jersey City for the summer to live with her estranged dad, a man she barley knows. Coming from an affluent town, she is thrust into a world that is totally different from the sheltered world she used to dwell in.

While mourning the loss of her mother from stomach cancer, Amore reunites with a long lost cousin, falls in love for the first time with Guap, a handsome, sexy guy, who is a mentor of a gang. She experiences another great loss, gets involved in a murder conspiracy, and heads off to college. 

The Last Stop on her way to college changes her life forever.

November's Book Club Selection

More Myself 

a Journey

By Alicia Keys

Hostess: Tracey

STBC Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis of More Myself: A Journey

Alicia Key's story of being more than a musician and combining her love of music with her love of giving back through the many organizations she has that she funds.

Being raised by a Caucasian mother, having a complicated relationship with her father, grapping with industry oppression of females, her many awards, love for her family...she tells her story.

October's Book Club Selection

The Mothers

By Brit Bennett

Hostess: Sabrina

STBC Overall Rating: 3.2 Stars

STBC Overall Rating: 3.2 Stars

Synopsis:

Nadia Turner’s mother committed suicide. Her mother’s death weighs on her, while she lives in a house with a quiet father who never mentions what happened to her mom. Nadia becomes sexually involved with Luke, the pastor’s son. She becomes pregnant & aborts the baby.

Aubrey & Nadia become best friends. When Nadia finds out that Aubrey is dating Luke, she doesn’t tell her friend that she aborted Luke’s baby. Luke & Aubrey marry, and the mistakes of Nadia’s & Luke’s youth come back to visit them.

September's Book Club Selection

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

Hostess: Larrie

Overall Rating: 4.7 Stars

In the Vanishing Half, the Vigness twins, Desiree & Stella, ran away from their hometown of Mallard (where only light complexioned people live), to find a new life in New Orleans. Although these twins are inseparable, while in New Orleans Stella discovers that her light complexion would allow her to cross the color line, and when she did, she separated from Desiree. 

Living as a white woman, Stella marries a white man and they have a daughter, Kennedy, and are enjoying their privileged “white” life.

Meanwhile, Desiree marries a very dark-complexioned man and they bore a daughter who took after her daddy and was “blue-black” as described by some of the people they encountered. Tired of her husbands’ abuse, Desiree takes their daughter Jude, and flee back to Mallard to live with her mother.

Jude and Kennedy meet, and to her surprise, Jude realizes Kennedy’s mother is her mother’s identical twin sister and she and Kennedy are cousins! Weaving together the sisters’ stories, complex issues arise.

August 2020 Book Club Selection

Bleeding Words

By Shared Thoughts Author

Tami Cleckley

Hostess: Monica

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ramona Jackson dropped out of college when she became pregnant. Casting aside her aspirations of becoming a professor and traveling the world, she focuses her energy on raising her daughter, Jazz.

Jazz and Ramona have a close, but somewhat rocky relationship as Jazz observes her mom living a life she doesn't completely accept. Despite the conflicts and turmoil, Jazz decides she is not going to let anything stand in the way of her dreams.

But on the day of Jazz's graduation, a personal tragedy occurs. The tragedy is one of many obstacles thrown in Jazz's way, leaving it up to her to find the strength to fulfill her goals or follow in her mother's footsteps.

June 2020 Book Club Selection

Black Sunday, A Novel

Author: Tola Rotimi

STBC Start Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis of Children of Virtue & Vengeance – Zelie and Amari brought magic back to Orisha. The ritual, however, gave power to the maji and the nobles who possess magic in their blood too. The kingship and armed forces want to keep control of Orisha. Zelie fights to get Amari to her rightful place on the throne and to protect the maji from nobles, while trying to restore peace.

August Book 2019 Club Selection

The Mother of Black Hollywood

Author: Jennifer Lewis

Hostess: Monica

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis of Book:

Jennifer Lewis' memoir provides us with details of her childhood and how she knew she would be a star since the tender age of 5 years old. Jennifer describes lustful affairs, sex addition and discovering she is bi-polar. She delves in to going to therapy and talks about her love for Black people. Jennifer is a trained singer, broadway performer and film and television actress.  

July's 2019 Book Club Selection

Black Girls Must Die

Exhausted

Author: Jayne Allen

Hostess: Andrea

Star Rating: 2 Stars

Book Synopsis:

Tabitha Walker is a Black woman with a thriving career, has money in the bank & is in a relationship with a man. However, she discovers that she might not be able to conceive, and this brings about a lot of stress, that affects every area of her life. Also, she has 2 friends, Laila and Alexis who have problems of their own.

June's 2019 Book Club Selection

and then there was me

Author: Sadeqa Johnson

Hostess: Marilyn

Star Rating: 3.6

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

As a favor to husband’s favorite cousin, Bea has agreed to be a surrogate, although she has an eating disorder that no one knows about, and against her husband’s wishes. Her husband, Lonnie, has cheated on her numerous times, and Bea suspects that he is continuing in his unfaithful pattern. Bea shares with her best friend only to learn of the worst betrayal she could imagine.

May 2019 Book Club Selection

Praise Song for the Butterflies 

Author: Bernice L. McFadden

Hostess: Alethea

Star Rating: 4.5

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

While Praise Songs for the Butterflies is considered a fiction book, it focuses on key elements that are non-fiction in certain parts of Africa. This book was based in a fiction country, Port Masi, in Ukemby Africa. Ukemby is a nation which very little is known; and the Portuguese used Ukemby as a slave trading post for Europe and the Americas until 1807. The main characters in the book were a small family: Wasik (dad), Ismae (mom), Abeo (daughter), Serafine (sister of Ismae) and Grandmother (mother of Wasik). The immediate family was considered well off financially until they experienced a domino effect of setbacks that lead them into financial ruins which caused Wasik to make a decision that his wife, Ismae was totally against, taking Abeo to a shrine to become “Trokosi”. 

April 2019 Book Club Selection

Rabbit:The Autobiography

of Ms. Pat

Author: Patricia Williams

Hostess: Tami

Star Rating: TBD

March 2019 Book Club Selection

Bookstore Chronicles

Books 1, 2 &3

Author: Zyla Turner

Hostess: Shelly

Star Rating: 4.0 Stars

Synopsis- 

Book 1 – Dyna and Kane meet in a bookstore. Their attraction is magnetic. Dyna tries to escape Kane’s strong hold on her, but it appears to be impossible.

Book 2 – The saga of Dyna and Kane’s story continues. Their friends, Tyler and Melanie, become a part of the tale.

Book 3- Melanie & Tyler’s love story is highlighted

February 2019 Book Club Selection

Stalker

Author: Brenda Hampton

Hostess: Krishna

Synopsis: After a brutal divorce, Abigail Wilson vowed to never love again, but when Brent Carson crosses her path, she simply can’t resist his good-guy persona that exemplifies perfection. From A to Z, Brent appears to have it all. Abigail falls head over heels for him—until the unthinkable happens. 

January 2019 Book Club Selection

Illusions

Author: Wanda B. Campbell

Hostess: Tracey

STBC Start Rating: 4.2 Stars

Synopsis: After three years of marriage, Denise Hightower discovers that her husband, Pastor Bryce Hightower, has a secret addiction that not only jeopardizes his marriage, but impairs his ability to effectively preach the gospel.

Yielding to pressure from her mother and her husband, Denise agrees to keep his addiction a secret, although her self-esteem plummets. Her life as the perfect First Lady is falling apart at the seams.

Self-centered and determined to uphold his pastoral image, Bryce is oblivious to his wife’s emotional state. He’s convinced that he can overcome his “little problem” on his own, so he rejects the spiritual help God sends him. But when his secret is discovered, will he be able to come clean with himself, God, and his congregation?

December 2018Book Club Selection

Better Left Unsaid

Author: Sabin Prentis

Hostess: Sabrina

STBC Overall Ratings: 3 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Stokely Robeson had just been dumped by a married woman. Another woman quickly shows up, that has stolen his heart. Unbeknownst to Stokely, the two women he love, share something in common, creating quite a triangle.

November 2018

The Banks Sisters

Author: Kim Brooks

Hostess: Larrie

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 2.5

Synopsis of Book: 

Simone, Bunny, Tallyha and Ginger’s grandmother dies, leaving the house & all her money to the church. The reverend wants them out of the residence immediately, unless they can come up with the money to purchase the house from him. The sisters develop a scheme to rob banks. The plan becomes more messy when their mother arrives on the scene & the pastor doesn’t want to give the house back to them. The Banks sisters have to band together to get what they want.

October 2018

She That Findeth

Author: Kim Brooks

Hostess: Desiree

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

4 friends, Shenita, Jackie, Danielle and Pippa are on a quest to find love while living Christian lifestyles. Faced with everyday challenges and past hurt, they show that true friendship is the bond that helps them though their loneness and pain.

September 2018

The Underground Railroad

Author: Colson Whitehead

Hostess: Monica

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Story of Cora and Caesar, slaves who escaped their plantation in Georgia, using The Underground Railroad (a real railroad), with the assistance of traveling secret routes and getting help from abolitionists. After reaching freedom, the experiences that they went through will keep you in suspense.

August 2018

Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Hostess: Andrea

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Once upon a time in Orisha, born were the white haired babies who were called “Maji” and were gifted with different types of “magic”. When the king suspected the Orishans of killing his family, he ordered anyone with the power of “Maji”, to be killed. He allowed the babies to live since their “Maji” can only be birth after they turn 13 and will need the 3 special artifacts to bring the magic out, which he possessed one of, the MAP . This fairy tale follows the family of Zelie, who was left motherless after the “Raid”. Zelie was approached by the Kings daughter, Amarie, the Princess, after she stole the “MAP” from the palace and ventured off to bring magic back. Between Zelia, Amarie and Zelie’s brother, Tzaine, the scavenger hunt is one to find the other 2 artifacts to bring magic back to all of the Maji’s.

July 2018

Like a Fly on the Wall

Author: Simone Kelly

Hostess: Shelly

Overall Rating: 4 Stars 

Synopsis of Book:

Jacques Berradi likes to call himself and "Intuitive Counselor", because he has the ability to communicate with spirits & pick up on people’s energy, and is making quite a good penny at it. However, Jacques’ skill doesn’t give him the answer as to why he is starting to have dark dreams about his father.

Kylie Collins and Jacques are brought together by accident. Seeking to find out more about her family, she visits Jacques, one night when a black-out occurs. She is unemployed, but that night, she becomes employed by Like A Fly On The Wall detective agency… Jacques intuition can help Kylie uncover the secrets of her parents, and Kylie’s detective skills can assist Jacque’s into discovering what happened to his father.

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