The Good Reads

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“The Sacrifice,” by Joyce Carol Oates is a ficitional retelling of the Brawley story, set in the invented Red Rock neighborhood of Pascayne, NJ.

book 2A young adult novel, Hate List, is a novel about Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, who opened fire on their school cafeteria.  Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

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Lily Wilder, a young Manhattan lawyer, is having serious doubts about getting married. Unlike most of those brides, she warms her cold feet in one bed, office and bar bathroom after another. Lily really, really likes sex with lots of different people, however a week before her weeding to Will, a responsible archaeologist, is threatening to end all of her fun.

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Diving in Stilettos First by Shauntay Dunbar.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting the beauty behind this book down at Essence Festival and just hearing her talk about the premise of the book made me purchase it. I felt like it related to my life so much (that is until I actually started reading the book, she was once married and I’ve never been married outside of that, we twinkies).  Basically she talks about her living the single life in New York City and the different guys she dated!

The Good Reads


A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel takes on a number of investing strategies, axioms, truisms, and superstitions. The central premise of Malkiel’s book is that low-cost index funds will serve the individual investor better than any other strategy for choosing stocks.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is about one night, Starr goes to a party in Garden Heights and she meets her childhood best friend, Khalil. When he drives her home after the party, they are stopped by a policeman. Khalil is forced to get out of the car and the police officer shoots him, even though he was unarmed.  The movie adaptation of the book will be coming out this October!


Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. McMillan’s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.


In Deep Shelter by Oliver Harris, Detective Nick Belsey is plunged into a perplexing mystery of secrets, danger and suspense beneath the city’s streets.