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Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

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Story/Time: The Life of an Idea by Bill T. Jones Princeton University Press Hardcover, $24.95                                                       104 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-691-16270-6   Book Review by Kam Williams “In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African-American dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life… Presenting personal revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking photographs… and featuring […]

Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% black. 100% jewish. 0% safe.

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Thoughts from a Unicorn: 100% black. 100% jewish. 0% safe. by MaNishtana Foreword by Saul Sudin Hyphen Publishing Paperback, $19.95 392 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-61574758-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “Born to an African-American Orthodox Jewish family, MaNisshtana has spent his life being Black, being Jewish, fielding questions and accusations from all sides, and occasionally […]

30 Years at Ballymaloe

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30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen Foreword by Alice Waters Photographs by Laura Edwards Kyle Books Hardcover, $35.00 320 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-909487-13-0 Book Review by Kam Williams             “Ballymaloe is Ireland’s longest established cookery school and a Mecca of international acclaim for those with a passion for food. Since it first opened in […]

Nine Lives of a Black Panther

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Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival by Wayne Pharr Chicago Review Press Hardcover, $26.95 320 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-61374-916-6     Book Review by Kam Williams   “In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, 300 officers of the newly-created, elite paramilitary unit known as SWAT initiated a violent battle with […]

Blessed Experiences

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Blessed Experiences Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) Foreword by Alfre Woodard University of South Carolina Press Hardcover, $34.95 386 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-61117-337-6 Book Review by Kam Williams “From his humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina to his prominence on the Washington, D.C. political scene as the third highest-ranking Democrat in the […]

The Rise

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The Rise Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis Simon and Schuster Hardcover, $26.00 272 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4516-2923-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “This book is about the advantages that come from the improbable ground of creative endeavor. Brilliant inventions and human feats that have come from labor—an […]

The Man from Essence

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The Man from Essence by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards Foreword by Camille O. Cosby Atria Books Hardcover, $25.00 374 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4767-0348-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “I know what they say about me—that I am too quiet and low-key, unassuming, even clueless. Not the one you’d expect to be the last man […]

Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community

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Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community by Daya Devi-Doolin Amber Books Paperback, $14.95 116 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-937269-46-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “This book is for you, the everyday person, the person who works, has a family (or not) and wants to stay stress-free, happy, fulfilled and healthy. This book will […]

Unbreak My Heart

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Unbreak My Heart A Memoir by Toni Braxton It Books Hardcover, $27.99                                                       286 pages ISBN: 978-0-06-229328-2 Book Review by Kam Williams “While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: a tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy […]

What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

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One Nation What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Dr. Ben Carson and Candy Carson Sentinel HC Hardcover, $25.95 254 pages ISBN: 978-1-59523-112-3     Book Review by Kam Williams   “In February 2013, I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast… I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing […]