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Thumper
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Username: Thumper

Post Number: 772
Registered: 01-2004

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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 06:16 pm:   

Hello All,

Crystal: I LOVE your list!! You mentioned several books and authors that I have not heard of before. I'm going to have to put them on my to-read-list. I have heard of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, though. I've been wanting to read his "Wizard of the Crow" novel for a while now. I'm going to have to move it up my to-read-list. I love Petry's The Narrows! It's one book that should be made into a movie. I don't know if you remember this scene in The Narrows, it's the one where the cook (I forget his name) in the bar is telling Link how to cook spaghetti. And he tells him that when he was in Italy he discovered a secret to cooking it. The cook says that when most people start the sauce they use olive oil, but he uses bacon grease. And then he builds the sauce from there. Well, I decided to listen to the cook and fixed spaghetti sauce using bacon grease and it did change the taste of it, pleasently. It comes down to one's own preference, but the bacon grease is a most welcome change of pace. Who knew reading novels could enhance the way a person cooks. I know after reading James Baldwin's Another Country, he had instructions on how to cook a perfect pot of rice and it WORKS! I've been cooking my rice the way Baldwin's character instructed for YEARS!

Anyway, my reading taste lately has taken me to the Caribbean. Now, I'm in the middle of Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey. Then I hope to follow the biography with Marlon James's The Book of Night Women. I read and reviewed his book John Crow's Devil years ago. John Crow's Devil is off da damn HOOK! So, I am so looking forward to that. I also plan to start Keith Lee Johnson's Little Black Girl Lost series. Since I love what he has done with Phoenix Perry, I would like to see what he is doing with this series.

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