Before Empire

Author: Andria Mayberry
Publisher: Tmg Firm
ISBN: 0998356549
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Single mother Andria Mayberry discusses the trials and tribulations of raising her television star son, Bryshere Yazz The Greatest Gray, in rough Philadelphia as she faces challenges once he is diagnosed with ADHD at the tender age of six. Taking you on an emotional journey through her life, mothers everywhere will find inspiration and courage to raise their children to be fearless, regardless of the statistics."

The Fight Within

Author: Tiana Laveen
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1505338964
Release Date: 2014-12-02

WARNING: This book contains adult language and content. It is for adults only. In Sean Mahoney's world, things are black and white, good or bad, right or wrong, with a healthy dose of good cheer. A hard-working garbage collector from Queens, New York by day, and dedicated college student and acclaimed kick boxer by night, he appears to be an open book. But, in reality, he hides past trauma and emotional pain that threaten to take him under. However, one day, the very thing he abhors becomes too irresistible to pass up--a mature, divorced woman by the name of Treasure Chambers who turns his world upside down. Treasure and Sean's first meeting is full of spirited venom as the sarcastic garbage collector sizes her up in ways she hadn't anticipated. She fights the attraction and his advances, for she has two children from a marriage that burnt to the ground, leaving a hole in her heart that seemed impossible to heal. Over time, socio-economic and racial disparities become the very issues that bring them together. As their feelings for one another grow, they are met with doubt, opposition, judgment, and a call to action to help heal themselves, and each other. Will Sean be able to convince his most precious jewel he is worth taking a chance on as he reveals his true self? A fight within ensues to build trust from the ground up, but will Love win in the end?

The Family Table

Author: Jazz Smollett-Warwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062693969
Release Date: 2018-04-24
Genre: Cooking

Before actors and Food Network stars Jazz, Jake, Jurnee, and Jussie Smollett conquered Hollywood, they spent their childhood crisscrossing the United States. Moving coast to coast thirteen times, they car-tripped to small towns and big cities across America. But no matter where they lived, two things remained constant: their incredible family feasts and the long, wooden kitchen table where they shared food and lived their lives. Each time they arrived in a new home, their mother would transform planks of hard wood into a smooth, varnished butcher block table in a beloved ritual that took three days. That hand-crafted table would become the heart of the Smollett clan, where the most important and cherished events and accomplishments, no matter how large or small, were honored, and where holidays were celebrated: Christmas, Easter, Passover, Chanukah, birthdays, milestones. With a mother from New Orleans and a Jewish father from New York who met and married in California, the Smollett kids were exposed to diverse culinary heritages and grew up open to all the deliciousness the world had to offer. In this warm and personal book, the Smolletts invite us all to take a seat at their table and enjoy the good times and good food that help families thrive. The Family Table includes more than 130 delicious, comforting recipes that pay tribute to their past and present, including: Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps Potato Crab Au Gratin Brown Butter Lamb Chops Honey Sriracha Chicken Skewers 7th Ward Gumbo North African Chicken Stew Cast-Iron Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie These favorite recipes from the Smolletts are suitable for intimate dinners and fabulous feasts alike, but more than that, The Family Table is a remarkable portrait of a loving, all-American family, rich with traditions that they continue to build to this day.

Elyrian Brides

Author: Sunshine Taylor Reddick
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1491007540
Release Date: 2014-04
Genre: African American women

Sancecrea Jeane Zenizer, formerly Wilson, went digging for Elyrian gold and got something more precious than she could have even imagined. She found the love of a good and faithful man. He is loving, gentle, kind, generous, and just as jealous for her as she is for him. Izan Zenizer has at last found the wife of his dreams. In his Sancecrea, he has found a woman whose passion and love match his own. They are so in tuned with each other that it seems as though they read each other's minds at times. He wants nothing more than to spend his life showering her with his love. But Izan broke the Dragon's edict. As they begin their lives as husband and wife, Izan's punishment hangs over his head like the sword of Damocles. Men hunger and lust after the ride or die chick from Earth. All of them with incredibly potent darayas of their own. All of them pointed at Izan's Sancecrea. Even family ties mean nothing in the competition for her heart. As they struggle to stay together, insecurities refuse to die, a date looms closer, and secrets are revealed. Can their love remain true in the face of all those who stand in their way?

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

Author: Scott Stambach
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250081889
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Fiction

The Fault In Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. Until Polina arrives. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.

Rest in Power

Author: Sybrina Fulton
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780812997248
Release Date: 2017-01-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement. Soon to be a docuseries on the Paramount Network produced by Shawn Carter On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released. Trayvon’s father—a truck driver named Tracy—tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon’s mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son’s death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who—driven by their intense love for their lost son—discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country. Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning. “A beautiful, searing account.”—The Washington Post “A reminder—not only of Trayvon’s life and death but of the vulnerability of black lives in a country that still needs to be reminded they matter.”—USA Today “A brave, heart-rending narrative from the parents who lost their son far too soon.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A Break in the Rain

Author: Tony Lotti
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781462007837
Release Date: 2011-04-06
Genre: Fiction

Mikey Carmello loves football. Appointed manager for a high school team, Mikey has but just one dream in life—to score a touchdown for his beloved Wolves. Unfortunately, everyone thinks it is too risky for Mikey to play football—he has Down syndrome. But as football season ends, Mikey has no idea that someone is about to give him a break from the rain. Mikey and the high school football coach share an uncommon relationship. With Mikey’s special wish in mind, the coach begins to develop a plan to form an organized football league so that Mikey can safely score the touchdown he has always wanted to achieve. But when Mikey’s father is suddenly killed in a car accident, the coach willingly steps into a father role and begins teaching Mikey how everything is possible in life—if he just believes. As the coach and Mikey step into the future together, both are forever changed by their inspirational journey through adversity, societal labeling, and a victory like no other. A Break in the Rain is a story about how a coach chooses to be a champion for a little boy with a simple wish and lifts himself up in the process.

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

Author: Mary Elizabeth Williams
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 9781426216336
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death--and be restored to life. After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma--a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer--journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own--with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science--and the healing power of human connection"--

How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Author: Tyrese Gibson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446585545
Release Date: 2011-04-07
Genre: Self-Help

Actor, singer, songwriter Tyrese Gibson crafts a memoir filled with every emotion and life experience one could possibly imagine. With personal experiences paired with reflective questions based on his extremely popular blog piece, "The Love Circle", Tyrese hopes to inspire readers to pursue their dreams and not let life's obstacles stand in the way. HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY is organized into a series of fundamental questions that helped Tyrese redefine who he was as a human being, and evolve into a new man. Tyrese stresses that life becomes infinitely richer when one takes the time to know him or herself and understand the true meaning of peace and fulfillment. This book is a guide to helping yourself, using his experiences as a learning tool. "It's not about talking down to people, it's about elevating them," Tyrese says. Some of Tyrese's chapter-based questions include: How much do you love yourself? How much do you want for yourself? Why do men cheat? What is your bottom line? Are you ready for the next level? Quotes and Reviews: "Tyrese wholeheartedly shares his life experiences and how he discovered a new road map of conscious compassion and love to define his true potential." --Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership "HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY is a triumph. Tyrese will shock and amaze you with how he overcame the odds and became a superstar. This star of the Transformers sequel will show you how to transform your life in this amazingly candid book!" --Rev Run "I've watched Tyrese for many years - I've watched him succeed; I've watched him fail; I've seen him as a beneficiary of serendipity, and I've watched him suffer at his own hand. And in the recent years, as we've become friends, I've witnessed Tyrese Gibson learn how to get out of his own way as he wrestled his destiny from the fickle hands of fate." --Will Smith

Building a New Empire

Author: Nathaniel Monroe Ayers
ISBN: UOM:39015011812362
Release Date: 1910
Genre: Frontier and pioneer life

Big Girl Small

Author: Rachel DeWoskin
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781921834646
Release Date: 2011-05-02
Genre: Fiction

Big Girl Small is a novel for mothers and daughters of all ages, for every girl who is, was, or will ever be a teenager. Everybody needs a friend like Judy. She is whip-smart, hilarious, and her story is so real. She's a wonderful singer, full of big dreams for a big future-and she's a dwarf. But why is she hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of town? Who are her friends? And why can't she face her family? Rachel DeWoskin has written an authentic crossover voice that is up there with Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep. Big Girl Small is a gut-wrenching teen-tragedy told with laugh-out-loud humour. Every reader will recognise the anxiety of trying to be different, to be the same, to find out who you are and what your hormones are doing, and what you might want to do in the future. Most of us don't really know, and this brave novel shows us that's just fine. 'Big Girl Small is the most engaging novel I've read in many years. DeWoskin has aimed the book at all the pleasure centers: it's sad, funny, quirkily suspenseful.' Darin Strauss, author of More Than It Hurts You

Baby Bumps

Author: Nicole Polizzi
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 9780762451654
Release Date: 2013-12-31
Genre: Family & Relationships

The greatest thing Nicole Polizzi, aka “Snooki,” ever did was by accident. But her son, Lorenzo, was never a mistake. When she and her boyfriend, Jionni, found out she was knocked up, they weren't married or engaged. She was only twenty-four and living with her parents—and she had zero baby experience. With a reckless, party girl TV persona to deal with, she had a lot to learn and discover in becoming a mother. In this funny and frank book, Nicole shares her experiences, everything from the first sonogram to the nipple-cracking shock of breastfeeding. In each chapter, she tells the unvarnished truth about pregnancy symptoms (“The High Price of Gas”), the ridiculousness of her baby registry (“Butt Paste and Boogie Wipes”) and the lowdown on postpartum life (“Shit Happens”). There's a ton of useful information, including a list of must-have baby products, MILF style tips, how to keep “I'm a whale” preggers bad body image in check, and how she got into the best shape of her life within six months of giving birth. Although Nicole had to give up partying, she's embracing motherhood the only way she knows how: with a fun-loving attitude—and lots of leopard print!

Editor in Chic

Author: Mikki Taylor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501111716
Release Date: 2018-05-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

“First Lady of Beauty” and trusted lifestyle expert Mikki Taylor shares uplifting advice for women who want to cultivate their beauty both inside and out. Mikki is that girlfriend-in-the-know who you wish you could take everywhere you go—and now you can! Written in her signature, no-nonsense style, Editor in Chic delivers fabulous advice that will give you the confidence to be your best self every single day. From dress code to life code, Mikki shares hundreds of her favorite secrets, including the five products you need to perfect your complexion; the genius ingredient for living comfortably in heels; how to define a bankable wardrobe, be frugal, and look fabulous; unexpected drugstore buys that will give your everyday look a wake-up call; rules for mastering eye-catching makeup and the perfect red lip; ruminations on the challenges of hair loss and effective solutions; what really has the power to motivate or defeat you; why being “risk adverse” is to be “success adverse”; and much more. Whether you’re standing in front of the mirror debating what to wear to a last-minute event or trying to hold your peace in the middle of a confrontation, Editor in Chic gives you the necessary tools to stay affirmed, informed, and inspired in all aspects of your life.

Queen Sugar

Author: Natalie Baszile
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698151543
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: Fiction

The inspiration for the acclaimed OWN TV series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, returning for season two on June 20th “Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club Readers, booksellers, and critics alike are embracing Queen Sugar and cheering for its heroine, Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother struggling to build a new life amid the complexities of the contemporary South. When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

A Density of Souls

Author: Christopher Rice
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 033048933X
Release Date: 2001-12
Genre: Friendship

In the brooding milieu of New Orleans, four friends are about to recognise the fragile boundaries between loyalty and betrayal. Once inseparable, Meredith, Brandon, Stephen and Greg enter high school only to learn that their friendship cannot withstand the envy and rage of adolescence. Their individual struggles are fuelled by the generations of family feuds and furtive passions hoarded within their opulent Garden District homes and soon, two violent deaths disrupt the core of this closeted society. Five years later, the former friends are drawn back together as new facts about their mutual history are revealed and what was once held to be a tragic accident is discovered to be murder. As the true story emerges, long-kept secrets begin to unravel and the casual cruelties of high school develop into acts of violence that threaten to destroy an entire community. A Density of Souls marks a stunning debut and its series of shocking twists will leave you reeling. Bold, compelling and haunting, this is American gothic in a new and intriguing guise. 'Less Than Zero meets Donna Tartt spiced with Stephen King' New York Magazine