Our next book for month 9 is “A Piece of Cake” by Cupcake Brown
Cupcake Brown was not born into a life of privilege, intellectual stimulation, or professional dynamics. Her younger years were not a model for achieving success; her youth interrupted by violence and emotional turbulence. At 11, she regularly engaged in prostitution, drugs, and alcohol. By age 13, she had graduated to gang activities and street crime. Unfortunately, life would get much worse before it got better as Cupcake spiraled into a life that hovered somewhere above state prison, at best, and death on the mean streets, at worst.
Cupcake’s story is about system failure, societal ignorance, and a little girl who, as a result, resigned to degradation, depression, deprivation, and defeat. To purchase this book click on links below.
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Book review: “Gather the Faces” by Beryl Gilroy.
In this richly comic novel of Black British life, the heroine has resigned herself to growing old and single in her bible-soaked family. But when she is introduced to a young man from Guyana, she decides to marry him and return to the Caribbean. But will this be another entrapment, another loss of self? Gather the Faces is set in the nineteen-eighties in London and Guyana, but in some ways, looks back to an earlier era. Marvella, the heroine and narrator, leaves Guyana when she is three, and grows up in London where ‘At the back of the house, a bombed-out block stared at us, like a gaping mouth full of broken teeth. It represented what I had been taught of the world, the flesh and the devil.’ The Guyana to which she returns is an idyllic one, peopled with characters like Uncle Buff, the village man of words, who makes a speech to ‘Mr. Bride and Mrs. Groom’ before his ‘melancholy and surreptitious rendering of “”Bless this house””.’ Uncle Buff and the tranquil beauty of the Guyanese countryside recall an earlier work by Beryl Gilroy, Sunlight on Sweet Water, her reminiscences of a Guyanese childhood.
To purchase “Gather the Faces,” click on link below.
Our next book for month 8 is “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
Movie date: August 11th, 2017
Based on the biography of Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle tells a story of a little girl who throughout her childhood experienced the stress and hardship of unstable parents. She lived a life of constant survival while curious to know what it would be like if her mom and dad were normal. Her resilience and strength to overcome diversity led to a successful career as an author.
“You can’t be pitiful and power. Choose one.” -Joyce Meyer “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” -Oprah ~ When times are tough, you choose to let it bring you down or motivate you to push even harder. We believe about ourselves what we think of ourselves.