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*****Book Review, Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous

A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous, is a book about mass rape during Word War II, including the author’s own violations. The forward and introduction state that the thirty-four year-old author was a professional journalist, who remained objective, even instilling … Continue reading

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What We Learn When Writing a Memoir

Recently, when a neighbor’s son started medical school, he told me he would have to learn 15,000 new words in the next four years. What I found most interesting was that as a college graduate, his vocabulary already consisted of … Continue reading

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What about a Play Featuring Alexander Hamilton and Bill Clinton

In July, ‘Hamilton,’ the hugely popular Off-Broadway hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton will move to Broadway. Now, there’s also ‘Clinton: The Musical,’ a comedy that parodies President Bill Clinton’s highs and lows. Besides Hillary running for president, why this … Continue reading

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‘Hamilton.’ the Play Called Bold, Sexy…Historically Respectful

You may not be listening to me, but accolades keep pouring in for both Hamilton, the man, and the play  ‘Hamilton.” David Brooks calls it: “Bold…sexy, tear-jerking…historically respectful.” He could easily be saying this about my book, Afterlife in Harlem … Continue reading

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Husband’s Inaction & Reaction to my Novel, Afterlife in Harlem

So, my hubby and harshest writing critic, who mostly reads non-fiction, condescended to finally start reading my new novel, Afterlife in Harlem. He called me from work to say, “You left this morning before I could tell you that your … Continue reading

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5***** Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

About fifty pages in, it becomes obvious why “Unbroken” has topped bestseller lists for three years and is again at number one in this week’s New York Times Book Review. It’s a riveting account of what American POWs endured in … Continue reading

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Florissant Valley Community College

My thanks to Martha Senior, Lonetta Oliver and the students at Flo Valley Community College for inviting me to speak to the students about “Sugar Hill” and the history of  the Harlem.

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