Friday, February 21, 2014

Migrations of the Heart: An Autobiography by Marita Golden


This book was a random find. Late last year, I was scanning the shelves at a used bookstore when I saw it. I skipped over it but decided to go back and get it before going to checkout. I’m glad I did. This is one of those books that has the ability to reach you in very intimate way. 

Migrations of the Heart begins with the most memorable dedication I’ve ever read:

“To my father, who told me the stories that matter.
To my mother, who taught me to remember them.”

And with that, I was ready to snuggle up with this book.

In Part I, Beginnings, Golden discusses her upbringing in Washington, DC. As she goes through adolescence, she shares her parents' back-story, their relationships with her, and the disheartening end of their relationship with one another. Her mother's journey is so uplifting. Her father's path, cynically familiar.

And then this:

“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.“ Bob Marley

This is what came to mind as Golden enters adulthood and begins to discuss her relationships with men. I grimaced a few times, because I remembered what it felt like to realize that another man has led you to believe, falsely, that you are special - to him.

When Golden finally meets Femi, I began to turn the pages eagerly. There are red flags in the relationship, as with those before it. In my mind, I caught myself saying a several times, end it now. But eventually, they get engaged.

Part II, Journeys, is a journey indeed. Golden moves to Nigeria to be with her fiance. As he struggles to get reacquainted with his native land, Golden adapts rather quickly. But she continues to ignore signs that would later lead to the end of their relationship. The loss of a child, the birth of her son, an extramarital affair, and her secret escape from Nigeria lead to her return back to the US.

I absolutely will be reading other books by Marita Golden. The verdict is out on whether or not she will become my second favorite author. 

“My life is too important to share with someone who can’t understand it.” Migrations of the Heart

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

January 2014 Books Galore!

I’m not sure what happened in January, but clearly, I succumbed to a lack of impulse control because I ended up with 21 new books. Fortunately, it cost me very little because you all know that I know places to find cheap books!

Here’s the rundown:

3 are from the Library of Congress list of Books That Shaped America

1 is from Melissa Harris Perry’s Black Feminism Syllabus 

1 is from For Harriet's list of 100 Books by Black Women Everyone Must Read

2 are part of a series

4 are Goodreads recommendations

And the rest, well they have explanations too, but writing this post is interrupting my movie.......

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The lists mentioned above are included on RHP’s new Links We Love page.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dennis Kimbro

This book has been on my radar for some time but the price had been a deterrent. I was particularly impressed with all of the 5 star ratings that kept appearing for it on Amazon. So after receiving an Amazon gift card for Christmas, The Wealth Choice was the first thing I added to my cart.

Once I delved into the book, it wasn’t what I thought it would be for two reasons: first, the book felt like a compendium of self made black millionaires. Some well known, others not so much. Second, there are numerous scriptural references. I wouldn’t say it’s heavy on religion, but it is pronounced.

However, once I got what the author was trying to do, I was able to switch gears around the third chapter or so and enjoy the book. Tons of information is rendered through the countless success stories which were compiled after seven years of research by the author. Whatever your business or idea is, Kimbro has likely found an individual that became a millionaire by doing exactly that, or something in that industry.

There are seven laws of wealth distinctly identified, but you have to be prepared to digest this book in its entirety. Reading each individual story illustrated how those people abided by the different aspects of the wealth laws which ultimately led to their success. 

The Wealth Choice is overflowing with information, questions to ask yourself, and stories that inspire. But if you’re planning to pick up a copy, be sure to have your highlighter and notepad nearby. Oh, I guess that’s only applicable for those of us that are still reading physical books!

“The primary goal of the poor is survival, the aim of the middle class is comfort, and the objective of the wealthy is freedom and control. ” The Wealth Choice

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