Personal Book Club

Reading is a passion for me.  I tend to read more non-fiction, but I enjoy a breath taking novel from time to time.  Normally my goal is to read one book per month.  Last year when I started that goal I reached nine.  This year I am ahead of schedule.  As I complete each one I will post them here along with a link to the synopsis.  If I feel a book is not worth reading I won’t post it at all.  That is a rare thing.  If one cares to get a more personal take on a book I’ve read to decide if you want to read it, then send me a note and I will do so.

Books Read in 2009

Change in the Weather: Life After Stroke – Mark McEwen

Change in the Weather: Life After Stroke


Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival – Anderson Cooper

Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

Uncommon:Finding Your Path To Significance – Tony Dungy

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

Church Folk – Michele Andrew Bowen

Church Folk

The Measure of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography – Sidney Portier (2nd Read)

Miracle at St. Anna: A Novel Of The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II – James McBride

Miracle at St. Anna (Movie Tie-in)


Running For My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond – Warrick Dunn and Don Yaeger

My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter – Sidney Poitier 

 Letters to My Great-Granddaughter


 Books Read In 2008

Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty, Jeff Pearlman

Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, Sanyika Shakur

Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0, Rick Pitino

The Way of the Superior Man, A Spiritual Guide To Mastering the Challenge of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire – David Deida

The Coldest Winter Ever: Sister Souljah


 On The Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld

The Measure of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography – Sidney Portier

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir – Cupcake Brown

Souled Out?: How Blacks Are Winning and Losing In Sports – Shaun Powell


Third And a Mile:From Fritz Pollard to Michael Vick – An Oral History of the Trials, Tears and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback – William C Rhoden

Callus On My Soul: A Memoir – Dick Gregory & Sheila Moses

Convervatives Without Concious – John Dean

Know What I Mean?: Reflections On Hip Hop – Michael Eric Dyson

Healing Wisdom Of Africa – Malidoma Patrice Some’

 Gang Leader For A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes To The Streets – Sudhir Venkatesh

Letters To A Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny – Hill Harper

Pride: The Seven Deadly Sins – Michael Eric Dyson

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography – Paul Rusesabagina & Paul Zoellner

Machete Season: The Killers In Rwanda Speaks – Jean Hatzfeld, Susan Sontag & Linda Coverdale

American Son: My Story – Oscar De La Hoya & Steve Springer

The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner & Quincy Troupe

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream – Barack Obama

Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda – Romeo Dallaire & Samantha Power

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho




Some of My Favorite Books Read:

Bud, Not Buddy: Christopher Paul Curtis

Roots: The Saga of An American Family – Alex Haley

The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail – Mary Jordan & Kevin Sullivan

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones – Quincy Jones

Temptations – Otis Williams

Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America – Nathan McCall

6 thoughts on “Personal Book Club

  1. Rich says:

    That movie Hotel Rwanda is still impacting you I see. Definitely not a bad thing.

    You got some good books here, you should join Shelfari — go to and look up “therichhouse” to see my shelf

  2. Shanel D says:

    Oh my God! Christ I love your blog….This will be on my list of everyday websites.

    How is the book coming along? I am so proud of you….I love to witness dreams come true. You are a true talent…
    Take care,

    Shanel D

  3. bbgcmac says:

    Hey Shanel,

    Good to hear from you. It’s been what.. 15 months? Still holding it down at the corporate plantation? LOL

    Anyway thanks for the shout out! Book 1 is in transition. I have like 2-3 more chapters and it will be a wrap but i am trying to figure where to go with it next. Book 2 about another subject altogether is also about 2-3 chapters from being done. that one will probably be published first. I am about to reach out to some people for counsel as to where to take it so that its processed and marketed correctly.

    Are you out of school? Stay up and be blessed~!

  4. thickgirl45 says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the book (A Piece Of Pie).
    That book was good. It kinda reminds you of the book A coldest winter ever. You’ve encouraged me to read a little more often. You are a good mentor and a beautiful person at heart. Keep up the good work.

  5. Kenny says:

    Thanks for coming through a while back on a post similar to books that I have read. I have a few of the ones you’ve read on my wish list; I have a laundry list of some I’m eager to get to, and once I do, I’ll definitely get to some of the ones you’ve highlighted as well.

  6. Ellen says:

    ok I like your book club– I’ll be back. I’m still learning how to work wordpress — would love to be able to add your blog to so kinda list on my blog. Don’t help me I need to figure it out myself. Again, I like your book club selections.

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