Moving Day Draws Near!

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Book Review: The Secrets of Newberry by Victor McGlothin

Title: The Secrets of Newberry
Author: Victor McGlothin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 21, 2010
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN: 978-0446178136
Genre: Fiction

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From the Publisher:

For Ivory Bones Arcineaux and Julian Bynote, life in 1950s New Orleans couldn’t be sweeter. Friends since they met in an illegal gambling house in Newberry, Louisiana, they have their pick of all the fine women, good food, and hot nights they can handle. They seem to have it made-especially Julian who begins to make a new life for himself after meeting the beautiful, classy Magnolia Garbo at a social. But both men are about to find out that letting the good times roll can be deadly when a simple robbery goes wrong and Julian witnesses Bones murdering a man in cold blood. The victim was a white city councilman with all the right connections-and if the two are discovered, it will mean the end to everything they’ve built together. With the New Orleans police hot on their trail, Julian must decide whether rolling in the fast lane is worth losing his freedom and his life.

My Review:

A raid on an illegal gambling establishment run in the antebellum home, Twin Cedars, brings together the most unlikely of partners, Ivory “Bones” Arcineaux and Hampton Bynote in The Secrets of Newberry by Victor McGlothin. In the segregated south, Bones and Hampton form a rather unique and illegal partnership in 1955 New Orleans. Meanwhile Pearl Lee Baptiste, Hampton’s sister, is explaining to Magnolia the ways of Broussard Parish and the secrets it has held for over a century. The Secrets of Newberry is a unique look at the partnership and friendship between a white man and black man, a bond formed in one evening that continues to grow until a murder occurs. McGlothin offers the reader an extremely detailed look at life in the Jim Crow south as well as offering up exceptional, vivid and realistic characters and a pleasing plot with the right amount of surprises along the way. The Secrets of Newberry spans almost twenty years and is a book that the reader will be hard pressed to put down until the very end is reached, and even after the end, the reader will remember the story and the characters, especially the strong women in the book including Magnolia, Pearl Lee, and Ryletta. I would recommend The Secrets of Newberry without any hesitation and think the book would be a powerful discussion group pick.

About the Author:

Essence bestselling author Victor McGlothin is a former bank vice-president who nearly forfeited an athletic scholarship due to poor reading skills. Ultimately, he overcame that obstacle and later completed a Masters degree in Human Relations & Business. Victor is also an on-line columnist of Victor Said?, a real Brotha to Sistah look at relationship. Victor lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons.

I received a complimentary copy of The Secrets of Newberry by Victor McGlothin from Hachette. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.

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Book Review and Book Tour: Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck

Title: Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
Author: Kenny Luck
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: April 19, 2010
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0982256541
Genre: Inspirational, Coffee Table Book

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About the Book:

On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. “The mass of men,” he famously wrote, “lead lives of quite desperation.” Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.

My Review:

Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck is a beautiful collection of quotes from Henry David Thoreau, compiled in the form of a devotional of sorts. Luck took a more devotional, rather than academic, look at Thoreau’s works and divided his quotes up into three sections, fully illustrated and filled with depth, breadth, and meaning. Thumbing Through Thoreau is a beautiful and calming journey and one that can be read in one sitting, however I recommend savouring the book and reading a passage a day and taking time to reflect upon its meaning and how the passage relates to ones life. I would recommend Thumbing Through Thoreau to anyone looking for a beautiful, tranquil and contemplative book.

About the Author:

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel.

For more information about Kenny Luck, please visit his website.


Kenny Luck’s THUMBING THROUGH THOREAU VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on June 1 and end on June 25 2010. You can visit Kenny Luck’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of June to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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