The Other Side of the Fire

Picture 2Jan R. Adams, MD

Phillip is at a crossroad, “a point in which there is nothing to be said, nothing that can be done, and no one to blame for the position an individual finds himself/herself.” The Other Side of the Fire is a conversation Phillip has with an unnamed person when he finds himself between despair and hope- a crossroad.

“As a child you learned to find acceptable in yourself that which your parents, particularly your mother, found acceptable. . . As an adult you have come to find acceptable in yourself that which society says is acceptable. . . You have sought your salvation in what you do, or whom you’re with.” (page 63)

The Other Side of the Fire is in its’ purest sense a story of one person’s journey to redemption, but everyone who reads Jan R. Adams’ book will easily latch on to a thought or idea that directly addresses the same issues of where

Paper 9.99
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Hidden Scars

c8by Iyabo Williams

At the age of eight, Aisha Praisso, alongside her great grandmother, became a victim and a rescuer of many during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 between the Hausas in the north and the Ibos in the east. The tales from the war are sporadic and many of the stories are still left untold. Aisha, a survivor and self-proclaimed motor-mouth, would not broach the subject unless her life depended on it. But it did, and her whispers became loudly heard.

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and raised by her maternal great grandmother, Aisha had a happy life until the Biafran War bulldozed its’ way into her her idyllic home and turned it into a torture chamber. Her innocence was stolen by a soldier while her guardian could only stand by and watch. Though a friend arranged an escape for her and her great grandmother, it was already too late for Aisha, she had been branded for a lifetime of abuse.

When things go wrong in an abusive relationship, she finds herself in a state of utter hopelessness after being arrested on charges connected to her boyfriend. It took her fourteen years to sort through her pain, including the self-inflicted ones and find the courage to tell her story. Fortunately, her luck turns for the better as she begins to let go and start to re-live her life again.

Cloth 30.95
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Never in My Wildest Dreams

Belva Davis

Never in My Wildest Dreams is the story of a courageous journalist who helped change the face and focus of television news. Born to a 15-year old Louisiana laundress during the Great Depression and raised in the overcrowded projects of Oakland, California, Belva Davis overcame abuse, racism, and sexism to become the first black female news anchor on the West Coast.
Belva Davis covered many of the most explosive stories of the last half century, including the birth of the Black Panthers, the Peoples Temple cult that ended in the Jonestown massacre, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor, Harvey Milk, the onset of the AIDS epidemic, and the terrorist attacks that first put Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Along the way, she encountered a cavalcade of cultural icons: Malcolm X, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Nancy Reagan, Huey Newton, Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, Fidel Castro, and others.
Davis’ absorbing memoir traces the trajectory of an extraordinary life in extraordinary times.

Paper 15.95
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Cloth 24.95
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist, James Jamerson (with 2 CD’s)

Alan “Dr. Licks” Slutsky

James Jamerson was a phenomenon. His bass lines were the “hooks” that were at least half the reason billions of songs sold. There are partial discographies that list 150 hits of Motown singles (30 of which were #1 hits), and partial discographies that include 180 albums or CD’s. About 70% of Jamerson’s performances went to the top of the R&B charts. Some of the singers he backed were: Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Tammy Terrel, Kim Weston, Mary Wells, The Jackson Five, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, The Contours, The Marvelletts, The Velvelettes, Brenda Holloway, Marv Johnson, David Ruffin, The Originals, Shorty Long, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr, Boz Scags, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, The Osmunds, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey, Maria Muldar, The Fifth Dimension, The Sylvers, Tina Marie, Rick James, The Dramatics, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Marlena Shaw, Charo, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Curtis Mayfield, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, The Hues Corporation, Billy Preston, Jerry Butler, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fontella Bass, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Taylor, John Handy, Hugo Montenegro, Yusef Lateef, Charles Wright and the Watts 103 Street Band, Quincy Jones, Billy Ekstine and Bobby Darin.   James Jamerson laid the track for the soul train

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson has an introduction by Paul McCartney. The book contains photos, interviews of The Funk Brothers, Motown singers, arrangers and composers, and transcriptions of some of his bass lines that are played by several great bass players (including Chuck Rainey and Marcus Miller) on the 2 CD’s that come with the book. The Grammy Award winning documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, (based on this book) has narration written by Ntosake Shange and includes performances by Chaka Kahn, Gerald Levert, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Harper, Joan Osborne, Bootsie Collins, Montell Jordan and The Funk Brothers.

Paperback with 2CD’s $35.00
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Documentary with 2DVD’s $15.00
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