Category Archives: Alise

Teaser Tuesday: Group Post

As part of a weekly feature, The Page Turners are here to share a piece of what we’re currently reading. Anyone can participate! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title, page number & author, too, so that other readers can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“The streetcar had cut him just below the torso and it had cut his left leg completely off and had crushed the right leg, because the streetcar…had just run right over him. He ended up bleeding to death.” Malcolm’s most vivid memory of his father’s funeral was his mother’s hysteria, and later her difficulty in coping with what had happened.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, page 31, by Manning Marable  –Alex

Subconsciousness could drive a person crazy if they suppressed themselves long enough.  Selah had already done this to herself before and come back; she didn’t want to scar anyone else.

Selah’s Bed,  page 10, by Jonoyne Adams –Alise

 

 

 

How dare I. Mrs. Reed? How dare I?  Because it is the truth.  You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so : and you have no pity.  I shall remember how you thrust me back — roughly and violently thrust me back — into the red-room, and locked me up there, to my dying day; though I was in agony; though I cried out, while suffocating with distress, ‘Have mercy! Have mercy, aunt Reed!’

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte –Miss  Spinks

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What genres of books do you enjoy the most?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life. One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

I most enjoy books written about women of the African Diaspora set pre-1960’s.  Probably 70% of the fiction that I read is of that genre.  Also I am a huge mystery/crime story buff.  I would call them my guilty pleasre but that would require guilt, lol.

 

What genres of books go you enjoy the most?

Who is your favorite book character?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life. One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!


My absolute favorite book character Dominick Birdsey the protagonist from I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb.  I mostly loved this character because he was written so complex, yet believable.  His reactions to extreme  adversity and the writing of his relationship with his schizophrenic twin brother is some of the most brilliant character development and storytelling I have encountered in my reading history.

Who is your favorite book character?

Wednesday Lit Roundup

Who is your favorite author?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life.   One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

Gloria Naylor

 

My favorite author of all time is Gloria Naylor.  She is most famously known for The Women of Brewster Place which was also a very popular TV-Movie.  I have read all of her books multiple times.  Some of my favorites include Mama Day (which I reviewed here), Bailey’s Cafe, and Linden Hills. I love her intricate story telling, depth of character development, and realistic dialogue and subject matter.  I feel she is one of the most important and dynamic 20th century American writers.

 

Who is your favorite author, and why?

What is your favorite film adaptation of a book?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life.   One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

Quite often books are turned into movies, some of them being terrible, but there are some that manage to make a great impact and provide us with some fabulous entertainment.  My favorite is “Shawshank Redemption” which is a film adaptation of the novella  Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King from his collection Different Seasons.

What is your favorite film adaptation of  a book?

Wednesday Lit Roundup

Teaser Tuesdays: Group Post

As part of a weekly feature, The Page Turners are here to share a piece of what we’re currently reading. Anyone can participate! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title, page number & author, too, so that other readers can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“The dead looked like pictures of the dead. They did not smell. They did not buzz with flies. They had been killed thirteen months earlier, and they hadn’t been moved.”

p. 15, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with your families, by Philip Gourevich –  Alex

 

My parents were anxious to give me a head start in life — perhaps a little too anxious.  My first memory of confronting them and in a way declaring my independence was a conversation concerning their ill-conceived attempt to send me to first grade at the ripe age of three. 

p. 1, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice – Notorious Spinks

 

“Doe’s soldiers ran around the streets of Monrovia with Quiwonkpa’s organs, including his penis and heart. People were invited to walk right up and touch them. The rest of his body was sliced up too like hamburger meat, and displayed near the gas station at the Paynesville junction.”

p. 247, The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper – Nakia

 

“If they concentrated, if they closed their eyes, they could always find their way back to the otherworld.  It was beneath the tall hawthorn tree n the yard, beneath the chestnut tree in Paris.”

p. 8, The Story Sisters: A Novel by Alice Hoffman – Alise

 

“Hurricanes and other acts of God had a way of clarifying things; clearing away the grimy film of uncertainty, they polished everything to shine, wholly reassessed, in new light. This is important, that is not.”
 
p. 242, Wading Home by Rosalyn Story – Malca

 

What are you reading?

What is the worst book you’ve ever read?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life.   One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

 

I actually have a long list of disappointing books.  However, one of the worst boks I remember reading is actually a very popular one.

Yes,  “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, I despise this book.  When I was a teenager I was a part of the whole Terry McMillan craze.  I remember reading “Mama” and “Waiting to Exhale” and loving them.  However, this book just didn’t cut it.  I remember being frustrated by Stella pining over and over  the fact of  the age difference between her and her new lover.   Dang Stella, we got the point!   That book and even the movie were supremely lame to me and very boring.  Also we see how Terry McMillan’s real life “Groove” worked out.  Nuff said.  What is the worst book you have ever read?  Share, we won’t bite.

Teaser Tuesdays: Group Post

As part of a new weekly feature, The Page Turners are here to share a piece of what we’re currently reading. Anyone can participate! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title, page number & author, too, so that other readers can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I never came on to her, so I wasn’t any kind of threat.  With no sexual investment, she couldn’t lose with me. She couldn’t win either, but that suited us best, with Lorna you had to keep your distance.”

pg. 35, “K” is for Killer,
by Sue Grafton




This new girl had better be taking note that this was no flim-flack family that she was moving in with, I thought. We had a sister who went to boarding school in England!” 

pg 40, The House at Sugar Beach
by Helene Cooper





Breaking away and moving a comfortable distance from poverty seems to require a perfect lineup of favorable conditions. A set of skills, a good starting wage, and a job with the likelihood of promotion are prerequisites. But so are clarity of purpose, courageous self-esteem, a lack of substantial debt, the freedom from illness or addiction, a functional family, a network of upstanding friends and the right help from private or governmental agencies. Any gap in that array is an entry point for trouble because being poor means being unprotected. You might as well try playing quarterback with no helmet, no padding, no training and no experience, behind a line of hundred-pound weaklings.”
pg. 5, The Working Poor: Invisible In America,
by David K. Shipler

“My brother ran away in fright. I found a piece of rope, made a noose, slipped it about the kitten’s neck, pulled it over a nail, then jerked the animal clear of the ground. It gasped, slobbered, spun, doubled, clawed the air frantically’ finally its mouth gaped and its pink-white tongue shot out stiffly. I tied the rope to a nail and went to find my brother. He was crouching behind a corner of the building.
pg. 11, Black Boy,
by Richard Wright
Alex



“Ma takes her pill from the silver pack that has twenty-eight little spaceships and I take a vitamin from the bottle with the boy doing a handstand and she takes one from the big bottle with a picture of a woman doing Tennis. Vitamins are medicine for not getting sick and going back to Heaven yet.”
(read via Kindle) Room,
by Emma Donoghue
What are you reading??