Review: 1378 Oak Street by Lovely Whitmore

*This review was first published on Goodreads on 3/14/13. It is one of many filler posts for this blog*

13604475Release Date: April 13th 2012

Publisher: Createspace

Genres:  Memoir/ African-American Culture/ Narrative/ Recollection/

Format: Kindle (98 pages)

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia in the 80’s was full of fun, friendship and lots of adventures for me and my siblings. Especially on Oak Street! Even though we weren’t rich we learned how to take what we had and have fun. Whether we were playing restaurant, making mud pies and barbecue chicken out of sticks and dirt; or playing monster chase games, or even taking turns riding on one bike, there was never a dull moment for us kids.

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Review: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

*This book was first published January 1st 2014*

24902492Release Date: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Adult-Fiction/Historical/Literary-Fiction/African-American Culture

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city–the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village–all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

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