What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day

What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day

In a remarkable debut novel that sizzles with sensuality, crackles with life-affirming energy and moves the reader to laughter and tears, author Pearl Cleage creates a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate ...

Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: HarperPB

ISBN: 038079487X

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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In a remarkable debut novel that sizzles with sensuality, crackles with life-affirming energy and moves the reader to laughter and tears, author Pearl Cleage creates a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding. After a decade of luxe living in Atlanta, Ava Johnson has returned to tiny Idlewild, Michigan -- her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits on one dark truth: Ava has tested positive for HIV. Bur rather than a sorrowful end, her homecoming is a new beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since she left, all the problems of the big city have invaded the sleepy community of her childhood. Because dear friends and family sorely need her help in the face of impending trouble and tragedy, and Ava cannot turn her back on them. And because, most importantly, Ava Johnson is inexplicabley and undeniably falling in love.
Categories: Fiction

Reading Oprah

Reading Oprah

How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads Cecilia Konchar Farr ... Women lose love and find it again in The Pilot's Wife , What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day , and While I Was Gone - and in Oprah's life , on her show ...

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791462587

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.
Categories: Social Science

Till You Hear from Me

Till You Hear from Me

[ ABOUT THE Author) PEARLCLEAGE is the author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day ..., an Oprah's Book Club selection; Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do, a Good Morning America Read This! book club pick; Babylon Sisters, ...

Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780345519719

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Pearl Cleage's Just Wanna Testify and a Till You Hear from Me discussion guide. From the acclaimed Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . and Seen It All and Done the Rest, comes an Obama-era romance featuring a cast of unforgettable characters. Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, D.C.’s post-election sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing. Adding to her woes, her father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon and self-described “foot soldier for freedom,” is notoriously featured on an endlessly replayed YouTube clip in which his pronouncements don’t exactly jibe with the new era in American politics. The Rev’s stinging words and myopic views don’t sound anything like the man who raised Ida to make her mark in the world. When friends call to express their concern, Ida realizes it’s time to head home and see for herself what’s going on. Besides, with her job prospects growing dimmer, getting out of D.C. for a while might be the smartest move she could make. Back in her old West End neighborhood, Ida runs into childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. Ida doesn’t trust Wes or his mysterious connections for one second, but she can’t deny her growing attraction to him. While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul searching in order to get things back on track before Wes permanently derails their best laid plans.
Categories: Fiction

Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood

Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood

She is also a best-selling novelist whose first book offiction, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1999 propelling it to spend nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Author: Tikenya Foster-Singletary

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786492015

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

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This collection of essays examines popular writer Pearl Cleage’s work, including her novels, short stories and plays. It is the first book-length consideration of a writer and activist whose bold perspectives on social justice, race and gender have been influential for several decades. While academically critical, the essays mirror Cleage’s own philosophical commitment to theoretical transparency and translation. The book includes an in-depth interview with the author and a foreword by former Cleage student and acclaimed novelist Tayari Jones in addition to essays from contributors representing an interdisciplinary cross-section of academic fields.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading with Oprah

Reading with Oprah

The Book Club that Changed America Kathleen Rooney. as ... Also in response to one of several questions I posed via e - mail , Pearl Cleage — whose novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day became an OBC selection in September 1998 ...

Author: Kathleen Rooney

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1557288739

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Adored by its fans, deplored by its critics, Oprah's Book Club has been at the center of arguments about cultural authority and literary taste since it began in 1996. Reading with Oprah explores the club's revolutionary fusion of books, television, and commerce and tells the engaging and in-depth story of the OBC phenomenon. Kathleen Rooney combines extensive research with a dynamic voice to reveal the club's far-reaching cultural impact and its role as crucible for the clash between "high" and "low" literary taste. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book covers the club from its inception in 1996, through the Jonathan Franzen contretemps, the surprising suspension in 2002, and, after the club's return in 2003, the progression from "great books" to memoir. New material includes an extensive look at the James Frey scandal and Oprah's turn to contemporary fiction, including The Road and Middlesex. Through close examination of Winfrey's picks and personal interviews with book club authors and readers, Rooney demonstrates how the club that Barbara Kingsolver calls "one of the best possible uses of a television set" has, according to Wally Lamb, "gotten people of all ages to read, to read more, and to read widely."
Categories: Social Science

Even Me

  Even Me

... Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. This was also included in Oprah's Book Club. When I first read that book, I did not remove my eyes and hands from that book. I felt that I had played a part in this book alongside ...

Author: AWC – All Women Concerned

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781450026598

Category: Medical

Page: 135

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What You Lose when You Respond to Ignorance You lose control. You lose your good life and place it on hold. You lose your focus. You lose your peace of mind. You lose your temper. You lose your smile. You lose your self respect. You lose respect for others. You lose your confidence. You lose your potential. You lose the ability to solve simple concepts. You lose the ability to see a need for change. You lose family and friends & stress those you love. You lose too much time wasting it on ignorance. “Living Is About Forgiving” BE A WINNER! Richard M. Whitley Sr. 2006
Categories: Medical

Baby Brother s Blues

Baby Brother s Blues

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . . . . which was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do, and I Wish I Had a Red Dress, as well as two works of nonfiction: Madat Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth ...

Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780345497048

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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When Regina Burns married Blue Hamilton, she knew he was no ordinary man. A charismatic R&B singer who gave up his career to assume responsibility for the safety of Atlanta’s West End community, Blue had created an African American urban oasis where crime and violence were virtually nonexistent. In the beginning, Regina enjoyed a circle of engaging friends and her own work as a freelance communications consultant. Most of all, she relished the company of her husband, who never ceased to be a source of passion and delight. Then everything changed. More and more frightened women were showing up in West End, seeking Blue’s protection from lovers who had suddenly become violent. When the worst offenders begin to disappear without a trace, the signs–all of them grim–seem to point toward Blue and his longtime associate, Joseph “General” Richardson. Now that Regina is pregnant, her fear for Blue’s safety has become an obsession that threatens the very heart of their relationship. At the same time, Regina’s friend Aretha Hargrove is desperately trying to redefine her own marriage. Aretha’s husband, Kwame, is lobbying for them to leave West End and move to midtown. Aretha resists at first, but finally agrees in an effort to rekindle the flame that first brought them together. Regina and Aretha have no way of knowing that what they regard as their private struggles will soon become very public. When Baby Brother, a charming con man, insinuates himself into the community, it becomes clear that there is more to his handsome façade than meets the eye. He carries the seeds of change that will affect both women in profound and startling ways. Returning to the vividly rendered Atlanta district of her last two novels, New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage brilliantly weaves the threads of her characters’ intersecting lives into a story of family, friendship and, of course, love. Baby Brother’s Blues is full of wit and warmth, illumination the core of every woman’s hopes and dreams.
Categories: Fiction

Why We Write About Ourselves

Why We Write About Ourselves

lege in Atlanta, where many of her books, and much of her life, would be set. ... in the country in 1995, and her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was a 1998 Oprah's Book Club pick and a New York Times bestseller.

Author: Meredith Maran

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 9780142181973

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists and memoirists - this book offers inspiration, encouragement and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America's bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it. With contributions from Edwidge Danticatt, A.M. Homes, Sue Monk Kidd, Edmund White and many more.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Women Take Care

Women Take Care

Happy Endings As in touch and Push , the controversial topics of AIDS and sexuality in African American communities are remarkably realized in Pearl Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day . Included in Oprah's Book Club and ...

Author: Katie Hogan

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801487536

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 214

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Self-sacrificing mothers and forgiving wives, caretaking lesbians, and vigilant maternal surrogates—these "good women" are all familiar figures in the visual and print culture relating to AIDS. In a probing critique of that culture, Katie Hogan demonstrates ways in which literary and popular works use the classic image of the nurturing female to render "queer" AIDS more acceptable, while consigning women to conventional roles and reinforcing the idea that everyone with this disease is somehow suspect.In times of crisis, the figure of the idealized woman who is modest and selfless has repeatedly surfaced in Western culture as a balm and a source of comfort—and as a means of mediating controversial issues. Drawing on examples from journalism, medical discourse, fiction, drama, film, television, and documentaries, Hogan describes how texts on AIDS reproduce this historically entrenched paradigm of sacrifice and care, a paradigm that reinforces biases about race and sexuality. Hogan believes that the growing nostalgia for women's traditional roles has deflected attention away from women's own health needs. Throughout her book, she depicts caretaking as a fundamental human obligation, but one that currently falls primarily to those members of society with the least power. Only by rejecting the stereotype of the "good woman," she says, can Americans begin to view caretaking as the responsibility of the entire society.
Categories: Health & Fitness

My Bookstore

My Bookstore

Her book What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was an Oprah Book Club pick and a New York Times best seller. Her memoir, Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs, was published in 2014.

Author: Ronald Rice

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316362191

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes. In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works. My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops. Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.
Categories: Social Science