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Get Your Reading On: Books To Check Out

What better to spend a lazy summer afternoon than a good read. The New York Trend has a few suggestions in a variety of genres.


All The Right Moves

How can you go wrong with Rita Mae Brown? And Cakewalk: A Novel will not disappoint. In Cakewalk, Brown returns to fictional village of Runnymede where she explores love and sex, politics and religion. Of course, it is written in Brown’s alluring and unique Southern style.  It is a delightful read.


Getting To The Real

It’s human nature to harbor some sort of bias. And  many times these biases can prevent you from making authentic relationships.  Bias: Building Authentic Relationships across Differences  by Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman tries to help readers work out their own biases though real-life stories and fun self-help exercises/activities. The point is to help us overcome knee-jerk reactions, fears, and closed-mindedness.

Get Your Fierce On!

Even though she was living the glamorous life of a Hollywood exec, Nicole Roberts Jones didn’t felt fulfilled. The stream of Red Carpet vents and celebrity filled parties couldn’t fill a professional void she was feeling. But after some soul search, risk taking and the courage to give up her Hollywood life, Jones did ultimately find her calling in counseling and coaching others. Now she wants to help many, many more find their “fierce.” Her newest book release, Find Your FIERCE, reveals how she “unlocked her fierce” and how you can too.


Inside The Hookup Culture

Wonder what’s going on today’s college campus otehr than hitting the books? American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus  by Lisa Wade takes an insightful look at the current sexual culture on campuses, including disturbing sexual violence trends. It is brutally honest in its assessment and is a call for parents, educators, and students to address the concerns.

Looking Into Love

Love is a many splendored thing, as the saying goes. But it is also complicated, complex, and multi-layered. Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray (Completely Revised and Updated with a New Introduction) by Helen Fisher discusses the nitty-gritty of the passionate emotion. This is an updated version of her groundbreaking 1992 release. In the new edition, Fisher conducted thought research on lust, romantic love, and attachment. She polled some 80,000 people on sexting, hookups, friends with benefits, and more. this is a fascinating and enlightening read.

We The People

The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era

Akhil Reed Amar is a preeminent constitutional scholar and in The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era he offers an insightful look at the Constitution’s text, history, and structure while relaying its relevance in today’s society and political world.

The Non-Believer

The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Ali A. Rizvi delves into the rarely seen community of non-believing Muslims. Rizvi reveals how they face harsh consequences for not being devoted Muslims, from being disowned by their families to even sentenced to death by certain governments.


Racial Injustice Examined

Have you ever heard of Caliph Washington? If not, He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty  by S Jonathan Bass tells you why you should know all about this young, African-American man.  Washington, 17, was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1957 during the Jim Crow era. He was ultimately sentenced to death by an all-white jury. Interestingly, Governor George Wallace, known for his active advocacy of segregation, stayed Washington’s execution more than a dozen times over Wallace’s dislike of the death penalty.


Understanding Marley

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens, one of the world’s leading Marley experts, gives an insider’s account on Marley’s life.  During the course of 40 years, Steffens interviewed more than 75 personal friends of Marley as well as business managers, relatives, and confidants. This is an intimate look at one of music’s greatest.

Healthy Matters

Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease by Kristin Kirkpatrick and Ibrahim Hanouneh is an easy-to-follow guide not just for your liver, but for your whole body. It tells you have to have a healthy liver and a healthy life.


Life At War

The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan Hardcover  by Gregg Zoroya delivers the never-before-told story of one of the most decorated Paratroopers units in the war in Afghanistan and its 15-month experience that led to the 2008 Battle of Wanat, which turned out to be the war’s deadliest battle.

Stolen Girls, Stolen Lives

The kidnapping of 276 young girls in Nigeria by the Boko Haram gained worldwide outrage. Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story Hardcover by Wolfgang Bauer tells the story of  their ordeal–from their point of view.



It’s In The Stars

Celebrated and beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has written  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry breaks down such a complex topic making it easy for all to understand. He also mixes in humor, making it a lively read.

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

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