Hey bookworms! As we all know, a good writer has to be a good reader.  At the end of each episode, I ask my guests for three books they would recommend to the listnership! Some books are fact, others are fiction but one thing is certain, is that they are ALL a good read!   

The Write Women Digital Bookshelf

When A Spade Isn't A Spade Aprille Thoma

Karlie Washington is a smart, sexy, savvy copywriter, and she’s in line for the promotion of her dreams – Creative Director at NJH Communications, Barbados’s trendiest ad agency. Karlie’s been eyeing the job since moving back home five years ago, and when the old CD resigns, Karlie’s more than ready to accept the new title.

In Time of Need_Shakira Bourne

A collection of award-winning Barbadian stories that showcase the controversial and often hidden aspects of the supposed Caribbean paradise. The themes of love and relationships, domestic and emotional abuse, politics in the rum shop, sex tourism and human trafficking and more, are narrated in a satirical and humorous style, often through the voices of innocent and naïve characters. Edited by Adonijah Alleyne.

In The Castle of My Skin George Lamming_

In a sleepy fishing village in 1930s Barbados, nine-year-old G. leads a life of quiet mischief. While the village lies tranquil in the shadow of its English landlord, Mr Creighton, and his towering house on the hill, G. makes his own fun, crab catching, teasing preachers, and playing among the pumpkin vines. Yet from this world of boyish pursuits, the precocious G. finds himself slowly awakening to strange goings-on in adult society.

"The Economist" by Allison Cadogan

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"All Over Again" AdZiko Simba Gegele

All Over Again is a hilarious and enchanting coming of age story as a young boy goes through the trials and joys and puberty, battles with his 6-year-old sister who is the bane of his existences, worries about disappointing his mother and understanding his father. He has to learn to get around the town's bully while moving beyond know-it-all Kenny. The story is energetically told and has an enchanting narrative style that pulls you into it immediately.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.

one huindred years of solitude gabrille

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buend family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

"The God of Small Things"

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969.

"This Too Will Pass" Sonia Williams

This Too Will Pass is the story of a girl's awakening to what it can mean to be an African-Caribbean spirit in a girl's body in the 1970s in Barbados. Her strong, loving relationship with her grandmother, the land, and communal memory guide her through the trauma that comes with any initiation. In this narrative misfortune is turned on its head, becoming opportunities for revelation, growth and kujichagulia.

"The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

"Song of Solomon" - Toni Morrison

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez.

"Written from Within"

Author Tameeka Castillo: "Written from Within' is my way of putting my doubts to sleep and giving you, the reader, a front row seat into my world. I have combined thirteen poems which have an arrangement of varying tones and emotions. Honestly, a huge part of me is still timid about sharing my passion with others but there is also a part of me that believes that the world is receptive to a timid but gifted Tameeka.

"Darkness To Light" - Lamar Odom

New York Times Bestseller Fame. Sex. Pain. Drugs. Death. Booze. Money. Addiction. Redemption. Dizzying heights. Rock-bottom depths. Desperation and elation—sometimes in the same hour. Not to mention power . . . and the struggle for it.

"Becoming" - Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives.

"Unraveling" by Dr. Karen Lord

Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits.

"Redemption In Indigo"

A tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha—now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones—the djombi— who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

"Fifteen Dogs" by André Alexis

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change.

"The Bone Readers" Jacob Ross

Secrets can be buried, but bones can speak... When Michael (Digger) Digson is recruited into DS Chilman’s new plain clothes squad in the small Caribbean island of Camaho he brings his own mission to discover who among a renegade police squad killed his mother in a political demonstration.

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"Peanut and the Bully" Dawn French

The first days at school can be a difficult time for many of us. But when bullying becomes part of the experience it can become an awful time as well.There is a new boy in school and no one seems to like him, not even Peanut. Matters get from bad to worse until Peanut realizes just how dangerous bullying can get.

St. Mary’s College, St. Lucia

This monumental book is the culmination of four years of dedicated research and composition by its author, Mr. Calixte George, C.M.G., on Saint Lucia’s premiere educational institution for boys, St. Mary’s College. For more information, please contact +17582841710 or email passiflorahouse@gmail.com.

Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman.

"Home Home" by Lisa Allen-Agostini

When a depressed Trinidadian teenager is sent by her mother to Canada to live with her lesbian aunt, she feels lonely and in exile. But with the help of her aunt, a gorgeous-looking boy, and her Skyping best friend ‘back home’, she begins to accept her new family and her illness.

"Manifest Now" by Idil Ahmed

The Inner Love Flow: A reminder of your deepest most innate connection to the Source that provides you unconditional love. The Inner Love Flow will help you remember that it all starts with you and that you are never alone. You are divinely guided and connected at all times. The flow of love is constantly pouring into you and this wisdom will free you from every needing to play any games to lower your frequency.

Let Love Have the Last Word

Common believes that the phrase "let love have the last word" is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life.

"Goddess Wisdom" by  Tanishka

Ancient civilizations worshipped female deities, and women were the leaders, counsellors and healers of nations. However, through various historical events, such as the arrival of Christianity in many cultures, the worship of the goddess was lost. In this book, author Tanishka shares the long-lost ancient culture of the goddess.

"The Altar of My Soul"  Marta Moreno

Long cloaked in protective secrecy, demonized by Western society, and distorted by Hollywood, Santería is at last emerging from the shadows with an estimated 75 million orisha followers worldwide. In The Altar of My Soul, Marta Moreno Vega recounts the compelling true story of her journey from ignorance and skepticism to initiation as a Yoruba priestess in the Santería religion.

"Summer Lightning" by  Olive Senior

Olive Senior is one of Jamaica's most exciting creative talents. Summer Lightning is her first collection of short stories. Her setting is rural Jamaica; her heroes are the naïve and the vulnerable, who bring to life with power and realism issues such as snobbery, ambition, jealousy, faith and love.

"Brown Girl in the Ring"

Author Nalo Hopkinson. The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways--farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

"Everything, Everything"

Author Nicola Yoon. My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

"And Sometimes They Fly"

The disasters of 9/11 trigger a Cataclysm that is unleashed every so many cycles. It can only be averted by the selfless act of the Elect, a trio of exceptional humans who are guided by Milton, a being known as an Elder. The three, all Barbadians, are David Rayside, Marsha Durant and Franck Hurley. And it is their time: to save the world before the deadliest characters of their legends and myths-the baccou, the steel donkey, la djablès, and the heart man-destroy it....

"Barefoot On Ice" by Winston Farrell

A significant part of the pleasure of this collection of poems comes from the poet's use of language and imagery where, as the examples quoted above have perhaps indicated, there is a rough "pushing" at the limits of understanding and meaning

"Eurydice's Song" - Ronald Williams

It has been ten years since American archaeologist, Andreas, reunited with his wife, Eurydice, and began happily living among the mysterious people of an unknown land hidden under the ice of Antarctica. Now everything is about to change as Eurydice, high priestess and effective ruler of the land of Tiamat, realizes that forces led by her brother, Natas, are challenging her position. Sadly, a clash seems inevitable.

"Tell No-One About This" Jacob Ross

This substantial collection brings together short stories written over a span of forty years, including those first published in the highly-rated Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999) and more than a dozen new stories.

"History of The Voice" Kamau

"Change Your Game" by Baiju Solanki

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student, employee, volunteer, business owner, speaker, or coach, the lessons in this book will show you the way to love what you do, doing what you love, and making a real difference.

"Melissa Sunflower" - Empress Zingha

Meet Melissa Sunflower, an akward fairy with no wings! Because she is different, the other Fae treat her horribly! What happens when she finds Love? A young woman just beyond the fairy realm? Will she discover who she truly is or will she choose not to get wings after all?

Empress Zingha © 2011-2020

"Redemption In Indigo"

A tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha—now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones—the djombi— who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

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