Seventeen-year-old Lainey dreams of becoming a world-famous chef. But when her best friend–and secret crush–suddenly leaves town, Lainey finds solace in her cooking as she comes to terms with the past and begins a new recipe for the future. This delicious debut novel is peppered with recipes from Lainey’s notebooks.
In this eighth installment, Jayd finds that even at holiday time, things can get heated at South Bay High. Jayd Jackson keeps herself movin’ and is determined not to get dragged down by ex-boyfriends, haters, or her vodka-guzzling aunt. Jealousy builds inside her circle until a gun is pulled. Jayd rightfully wonders how one minute they can be kicking it and dancing and the next running from gunshots.
For South Bay High’s bold, beautiful Jayd Jackson, drama has reached record-breaking heights as she finds herself on the defensive at home, work, and school. Maybe it’s time to take her destiny and her power into her own hands. Her relationship with now-ex boyfriend Jeremy behind her, Jayd realizes drama is just a never-ending part of daily life. Even so, she’s reached her limit, battling with her new boss, jealousies at school, and tensions at home.
To deal with it all, Jayd is ready to give some attention to her legacy as one in a long line of conjure women. But that legacy comes with a line of rivals too and a couple of them are much too close to home. First, there’s Misty, Jayd’s enemy #1 and current girlfriend of Jayd’s other ex, KJ. Then there’s Jayd’s neighbor, Esmeralda, a conjurer from Louisiana whose crystal-clear blue eyes are said to be deadly. When Jayd spots Misty’s mom visiting Esmeralda, she knows something’s up and it’s time for Mama to fill her in. Turns out there’s a history between these families, and if Jayd wants to keep the drama under control, she’ll have to learn to use her power like never before and become the woman she was born to be.
When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can’t possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November’s life forever, and now she’s faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh’s parents take the news? She’s never needed a friend more.
Jericho Prescott lost his best friend when he lost his cousin, Josh, and the pain is almost more than he can bear. His world becomes divided into “before” and “after” Josh’s death. He finds the only way he can escape the emptiness he feels is to quit doing the things that made him happy when his cousin was alive, such as playing his beloved trumpet, and take up football, where he hopes the physical pain will suppress the emotional. But will hiding behind shoulder pads really help? And will his gridiron obsession prevent him from being there for his cousin’s girlfriend when she needs him most?
One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose.
Her mother ran off with some man, leaving Janie, then a baby, with her grandmother. Her grandmother marries her off to an old man when Janie is just a teen. Grandma sees the marriage to the old man as a security move for Janie. Another man promises to make her a queen, another wants to be her friend, to the extent that his male friends will allow. The three different men present three different restrictions on Janie’s sense-of-self. What, then, is an ideal relationship? Hurston’s masterwork helps men and women find their way through the entanglement of impressions and oppressions.
Dana, a modern Black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the White son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Kindred is that rare a magical artifact that walks through doors of time and skins of different color. This story, set in and out of slavery’s vice, Ms Butler implants the notion that we may be those ex-slaves who escape to a future time. Octavia is an incredibly creative writer of detailed, highly conscientious, social criticism.
“In Kindred, Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be.” –Walter Mosley
“Butler”s books are exceptional . . . She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . real women caught in impossible situations.” –The Village Voice