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February, 2016

Tale of the Parker Sisters

Books: Your neighbors said they’d keep an eye on your house for you this summer. They’d get the mail in, and grab the newspaper while you were on vacation. They’d do everything for you — and, as in the new book “The Parker Sisters” by Lucy Maddox, you should be glad if they watch your children, too Comment.

Young activist collects #1000BlackGirlBooks

Books: At 11-years-old, what was your biggest concern in school? Figuring out what was for lunch or perhaps counting the hours of the day until recess and then dismissal? Comment.

‘The Family Tree’ exposes dark secrets

Books: The skeletons in your closet don’t rattle around much anymore. Most of your family has long forgotten the secrets those skeletons represented, while the ones who haven’t forgotten have made sure they’re not discussed. Comment.

January, 2016

How to get out from your rut

Books: For far too long, you’ve been holding back. Opportunities have presented themselves, and you’ve passed on them. Chances have leaped in front of you and you skipped them, but you’re not sure why. Some days, you feel like you’re in a ten-foot-deep rut; in the book “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes, you’ll see how to get out. Comment.

Friendship with strings attached

Books: You’d do almost anything for your best friend. You’d take a bullet, take her in, or take her anywhere she needed to go. You keep her kids and her confidences. And, as in the new novel, “Best Friends Forever” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, she’d do the same for you. Probably. Comment.

Queen Hadassah writes ‘I Want To Live Again’

Books: Six-time author Cheryl Ainsworth-Martin (Queen Hadassah) writes about her life escaping depression, sadness and anger, and overcoming adversity to make it in America. Comment.

The real deal about author Alex Haley

Books: The gardening catalogs started arriving this week – right on time. In the gray of winter, they represent so much promise, whether you have six acres or six inches of dirt. This time of year, it’s fun to imagine what will come from the soil months from now – but in the meantime, read “Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation” by Robert J. Norrell, and see how a career can grow. Comment.

A vision of audacious political transition, by a future president

Books: I bemoaned the effect of Reagan’s policies toward the Third World: his Comment.

Misty Copeland making history for the little brown girls

Books: “This is for the little brown girls,” says Misty Copeland. On the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, she became the first black woman to perform “in Igor Stravinsky’s iconic role for the American Ballet Theatre,” a renowned dance company. Comment.