Singles 101 by A’ndrea J. Wilson Oct 16, 2014 6:00pm

Final Exam Question #4
Is a singles conference in Sin City a smart way to save souls or a set-up for a scandalous setback?What happens in Vegas . . . may not stay in Vegas.The characters you love—and love to hate—return for the fourth installment of the Wife 101 series! The Woods are up to their old tricks again, this time hosting a faith-based singles conference in the last place in the world any single person could stay out of trouble—Las Vegas, Nevada. Enticed by the excitement of the “second city that never sleeps,” Eric and Amber Hayes convince their unmarried friends and family to attend the conference in hopes of resolving the current chaos in their individual lives.

High school principal Tisha Dawson feels bamboozled when her plans for career advancement are blocked by the superintendent’s decision to place her at the worst school in the district. A trip to Las Vegas is just the distraction she needs while debating whether to wage a war against her boss and the county school board or walk away from a 15-year tenure. Nelson Hayes prides himself on being the ultimate ladies’ man. But when the one woman he’s never gotten over suddenly resurfaces in his life, it will take Vegas and a lot of prayer to pick up his broken pieces. Lena Henry is still sulking over her unfulfilled life and ring-less left hand. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, she jumps on the opportunity to experience the high stakes of Vegas, and to finally prove to her ex that he picked the wrong woman to marry

All night parties, casinos that never close, and access to any adult fantasy one could ever imagine, these unsuspecting singles have only six days to choose between the allure of Sin City and being a sinner saved by grace.

Hello IYBC

Please join IYBC and the author of Singles 101 a novel  A’ndrea J. Wilson on

October 16, 2014 at 6:00pm

The Augusta Richmond County Public Library                                                                                            823 Telfair St.    Augusta, GA 30901

Please bring a friend, this promises to be a dynamic discussion.

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Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is a cultural and political suspense thriller with a plot that seems unthinkable, but is yet so believable that the story could be unfolding right before our very eyes. After tasting a major professional success on a small civil rights lawsuit which he had been working on for two years, and which in turn had turned into the biggest case of his career with the client awarded $25.5 million in punitive damages, young and talented African-American lawyer Martin Grey is confident of a windfall in terms of fame and money which would firmly plant him and his friend and partner Glen Grossman in the business. Things look bright and he has no reasons to worry about the future and his chosen career.

Damon Darrell is one of the toughest attorneys and the opposing counsel in the civil rights lawsuit against Autostone Industries. He is the last person one would expect to turn up at the party to celebrate Martin’s success. But when Damon crashed into the party and invited Martin to a dinner party, it provided the opportunity for him to become acquainted with some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America.

Damon and his friends invite Martin Grey for an exclusive weekend getaway. During the journey he’s drugged so that he knows nothing about its direction and location – a palatial estate deep in the woods that is built like a fortress. Something is wrong at Forty Acres that they had to hide it way out in the middle of nowhere and protect it with a private army. Headed by Dr. Kasim, all the respectable men are members of a secret racist group organization with a sinister design – to establish black supremacy and enslave the whites. Martin finds himself trapped as declining to join the group would mean death and his belief does not allow him to become one like them.

Forty Acres is deep, intense, thought-provoking and gripping, and seeps right into the pores of your skin with pace and relentlessness. It is debut novel which is fast, furious, and powerful. Author Dwayne Alexander Smith’s writing is almost flawless as far as character development and a superb storyline is concerned. His painstaking research added a semblance of reality to a fictional story, making it

believable and hard-hitting. Forty Acres is the thriller debut of the year!

We will be meeting at Augusta Richmond County Public Library 6:00 pm
823 Telfair St, Augusta, GA 30901
on September 18, 2014.

PS: The author of “Forty Acres A Thriller Dwanye Alexander Smith will be skying in with us, Please invite a friend the public is always welcome

“A Place At The Table” by Susan Rebecca White 21 August 2014

A rich, beautiful novel about three unlikely, complex characters who meet in a chic Manhattan café and realize they must sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity, fulfillment, and love.

A Place at the Table tells the story of three richly nuanced characters whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café: Bobby, a gay Southern boy who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret finally comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef whose heritage is the basis of a famous cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her.

As it sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to the Manhattan of the deadly AIDs epidemic of the 1980s to today’s wealthy suburbs, A Place at the Table celebrates the healing power of food and the magic of New York as three seekers come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

Hello IYBC,

A Place At The Table will be facilitated by Leasher on 21 August 2014 5:30pm

Bone Fish Grill Restaurant,  Augusta, Ga



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The House Girl by Tara Conklin 17 July 2014

A stunning debut novel of love, family, and justice that intertwines the stories of an escaped house slave in 1852 Virginia and ambitious young lawyer in contemporary New York

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell.

New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit – if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?

Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.

Hello IYBC

The House Girl by Tara Conklin will be facilitated by Malissa on July 17, 2014 5:30pm, at” California Dreaming Restaurant”
3241 Washington Road 30907
Augusta, Ga 30907

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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 19 June 2014 5:30pm Michelle Alexander June 19, 2014 6:30pm

As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status – much like their grandparents before them.” In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community – and all of us – to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.



Celebrates the liberation of black American slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865

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On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Tex., to inform inhabitants of the Civil War’s end two months earlier. Two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Granger’s General Order Number 3 finally freed the last 250,000 slaves whose bondage, due to the minimal Union presence in the region, had been essentially unaffected by Lincoln’s efforts. June 19th—which was quickly shortened to “Juneteenth” among celebrants—has become the African-American addendum to our national Independence Day, for, as Juneteenth jubilees remind us, the Emancipation Proclamation did not bring about emancipation, and the prevailing portrayal of Independence Day ignores the ignominious incidence of slavery entirely.


Observance of Juneteenth has traditionally tended towards church-centered celebrations featuring food, fun, and a focus on self-improvement and education by guest speakers. Although initially associated with Texas and other Southern states, the Civil Rights Era and the Poor People’s March to Washington in 1968, in particular, helped spread the tradition all across America—to the extent that Milwaukee and Minneapolis now host two of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the nation.

Juneteenth Today

The state of Texas made Juneteenth an official holiday on Jan. 1, 1980, and became the first to grant it government recognition. Several states have since issued proclamations recognizing the holiday, but the Lone Star State remains alone in granting it full state holiday status, a day when government employees have the day off. Nonetheless, supporters and celebrants of Juneteenth continue to grow in number and in diversity; today, Juneteenth is promoted not only as a commemoration of African-American freedom, but as an example and encouragement of self-development and respect for all cultures.

Read more: Juneteenth History, Info: Emancipation Day — Celebration Abolition of Slavery |

Hello IYBC,

Please show your support on 19 June 2014 5:30pm at (TBA)

Brian Mckinney will facilitate “The New Jim Crow” Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander. Very Ironic that we will be discussing this book on June 19, 2014 which is called “Juneteenth” Emancipation Proclamation Day in which slaves were free in the State Of Texas, this is celebrated in all states today, this is day of Independence for Black People.

Are we really free?


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*Starred Review* Classics professor Hanson is also, like generations of his family before him, a fruit farmer in California’s central valley. He has employed immigrants, seen them flood his community during the last 30 years of mass flight from Mexico, and endured the crime associated with illegal immigrants. Hanson is immensely sympathetic to poor Mexicans, however, and the most powerful chapter here outlines the harried life of the illegal alien. But he hates to see the ordered culture in which he grew up drowned by an alien inundation whose undeserving beneficiaries are Mexico’s kleptocratic rulers, for whom an open border is a safety valve expelling the potential for democratic change. The four solutions to the mess that Hanson enumerates include continuing de facto open borders but insisting on rapid acculturation; patrolling the border effectively and reducing legal immigration; imposing “sweeping restrictions on immigration” and ending Mexican chauvinism in the U.S.; and allowing present policies to make California increasingly mirror an unreformed Mexico. Hanson thinks that the U.S. “still need not do everything right” to prevent social collapse in the Southwest and that the totalitarian uniformity of valueless mass culture may soften that collapse. He also sees very clearly what has brought this crisis on: the American globalist ideology’s lust for cheap labor and emphasis on “raw inclusiveness” instead of “standards and taste.” Ray Olson

Hello IYBC,

Please show your support on May 15, 2014 5:30 pm at

“Earth Fare”

368 Fury’s Ferry Road

Martinez,  GA 30907


Thomas Patterson will facilitate “Mexifornia” A State Of Becoming” by Victor Davis Hanson



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“CALICO JOE”, BY JOHN GRISHAM 17 April 2014 5:30pm

A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?

     It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.  The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…

In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic.

Hello IYBC,

Please show your support on 17 April 2014 5:30pm

at T’S Restaurant 3416 Mike Padgett HWY, Augusta, GA 30906

Kenneth Mangel will facilitate  “Calico Joe” by John Grisham

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