Library of African-American Biography - Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc - Books
Mon Jul 07 00:00:00 MDT 2008curtis4 Rating:5.0
One of the best books I have ever read. Great inspiration and an even greater source of principles upon which Chirstian values rest. Tony Dunge's ability to use football as the grand stage to draw men to Christ, encourage stronger family values, elevate Christian men as role models ("All Pro Dads"), and community service is without equal. His is a must read for men in general and African-American men in particular.
Mon Jan 30 00:00:00 MST 2012iiboroxcii Rating:5.0
A True Warrior Melba Pattillo Beals, acclaimed African-American author and winner of the Congressional Gold Medal, documented her experience in the integration movement in Little Rock, Arkansas. In her unforgettable memoir, Warriors Dont Cry, she focuses on the harsh environment she and her fellow black students were forced to endure. It is a story of hardships and faith in God. Only 12-years-old at the time, a young Melba would never forget May 17, 1954. The Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that it is unconstitutional to have separate public schools for blacks and whites. She has only dreamed of attending to the all-white, gothic, and castle-like building known as Little Rocks Central High School. Melba is happy and even excited; she feels that maybe this is the beginning of the acceptance of her people, but she is very wrong. In fact, things only get much worse. Melba and the other eight brave volunteer students head off for Central High. When they arrive, they are surprised by the sight of an enormous crowd at the school gates. Even the Arkansas National Guardsmen are there, barricading the doors to let no one in. Yet, the nine warriors dont give in. On several other occasions, Melba is attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, acid sprayed into her eyes, and many other threats. Still, she doesnt let it get to her. Melba Pattillo Beals shares her story with us to open our eyes to the horrors of prejudice and discrimination. She wants people to realize that there needs to be an end to this. She wants others to sympathize and feel her pain to demonstrate why racism is wrong and unjustified. Sometimes we dont understand the gravity of something until it happens to you. By then its already too late, but after reading this memoir, it dawns on us how horrible this bigotry is and that it still happens today. Overall, this message is evident throughout her book and Beals does an adequate job of portraying it. Taken as a whole, I didnt come across many problems with this book. I feel that it does its job in a way that is both entertaining and realistic. As far as memoirs go, this was one of the higher-quality ones I have read. If you are like most readers, you are probably not going to the library to check out a memoir any time soon. Still, take it from me, you wont be disappointed. Dont be scared off because its technical term is a memoir, because I promise it has plenty of rising action and suspense. Warriors Dont Cry is a reputable story filled with emotion that will have you fighting along side Melba Pattillo as she battles for her freedom. B-
Thu Dec 20 00:00:00 MST 2007horseloverz Rating:4.0
Very pretty book. I purchased it to donate to my 8 year old's school library and they love it. It is a nice (and true) story about the wild west and the great African-American cowboy, Bob Lemmons.
Fri Jan 25 00:00:00 MST 20130ldendewd Rating:5.0
I received this cookbook a few weeks ago and read it end-to-end in three sittings. Although Ms. Holmberg states at the outset that she was trained in Classic French cuisine, the book is not just a rehash of the French mother sauces and small sauces (if you are not familiar with these I'd recommend "Professional Cooking" by Wayne Gisslen), but a rethinking of the subject with nods to variations and flavors inspired by Asian, Mexican, African, and South American influences. Ms. Holmberg's writing style is light and engaging making this an easy book to read. Her "theme and variations" approach to classes of sauces and use of flavor combinations from different cultures will inspire your creativity and help set your cooking off in new directions. Her cooking tips will demystify sauce making and boost your confidence to incorporate sauce making more often in your cooking. I cannot speak for every recipe, but the first I tried, Tangerine-Brown Butter Vinaigrette, was a hit served with tilapia fillets on creamy mashed potatoes and turnips and again a few days later as a hearty pre-skiing breakfast over salmon fillets and fried eggs. These were certainly not flavor combinations I would have tried had I not read the book! It is definitely a worthwhile addition to a cook's library!
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