Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns by J. California Cooper
I probably won't be able to resist this for long because I love J. California Cooper's work, especially her stories. This is a collection about yet more women in search of satisfaction, usually in the wrong places. I haven't read J. California in a long time, so this will be a real treat for me. She was featured in Essence not long ago (looking great at 70) and she still won't tell anyone what the "J" stands for.
A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown.
First of all, I love that Cupcake is her legal name. She was on Tavis Smiley the other day, and she's got a good reason for having it. I also remember reading about her a while back in Oprah's magazine. After her mother died when she was eleven, Cupcake's life spiraled into a nightmare of sexual abuse, prostitution, gangs and drugs. The book follows her journey from that hell to her current life as an attorney at one of the top firms in the country.
The Joy of Doing Things Badly by Veronica Chambers
Veronica Chambers wants us to take all of the shame and guilt trips that come when we blow it in life and trade it in for "foolish bravery." Hey, I'm game. Veronica is one of the most accomplished and well-rounded writers around (aside from her books, she's written for television) so I am curious to see where she finds any joy in doing things "badly."
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
Elinor Lipman is one of my favorite novelists, so anytime she releases a book, I'm generally on it - but even she's got to wait. My plate is full with writing and working and I will be back in school in the summer because I have every intention of finishing my degree in the 21st century. Also, I tend to read books that are related to the project I am working on, so I don't have much time to read for pleasure. But, I know me, I'll probably sneak this in too, right after I finish J. California Cooper.
Labels: Anovelista, Books