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The 2003 & 2004 Bookshelf

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2003
Nigger:  The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
Randall Kennedy
 
 
Harlem Redux
Persia Walker
 
 
Loving Donovan
Bernice McFadden
 
 
A Man Most Worthy
Marcus Major
 
 
Chocolate Sangria
Tracy Price-Thompson
 
 
Leslie
Omar Tyree
 
 
The Emperor of Ocean Park
Stephen L. Carter
 
 
Redemption Song
Bertice Berry
 
 
The Other Woman
Eric Jerome Dickey
 
 
The Blacker the Berry...
Wallace Thurman
 
 
Standing At The Scratch Line
Guy Johnson
 
 
2004
Getting Mother's Body
Suzan-Lori Parks
 
 
A Gathering of Old Men
Ernest J. Gaines
 
A Love Noire
Erica Simone Turnipseed
 
Kindred
Octavia Butler
 
 
The Wake of the Wind
J. California Cooper
 
Leaving Cecil Street
Diane McKinney-Whetstone
 
Crave
Darnella Ford
 
Camilla's Roses
Bernice McFadden
 
Like The First Time
Francis Ray
 
Blood on the Leaves
Jeff Stetson
 
 
The Seasons of Beento Blackbird
Akosua Busia
 
 The Blackbird Papers
Ian Smith
 
 

2003
January
 
 
 
 
February
 
 
 
March
 
 
 
April
 
 
 
May
 
 
 
June
 
 
 
July
 
 
 
August
 
 
 
September
 
 
 
 
October
 
 
 
November
 
 
 
 
 
2004
January
 
 
 
 
February
 
 
 
March
 
 
 
April
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
 
June
 
 
 
July
 
 
 
August
 
 
 
September
 
 
 
 
October
 
 
 
November
 
 
 
December
 
 
 

2003
Controversial & Intriguing!
NCBC Rating = 3.3
 
 
Wonderfully Written Historical Fiction
NCBC Rating = 4.8
 
Moving & Touching
NCBC Rating = 4.1
 
Light Romance
NCBC Rating = 3.0
 
 
Entertaining Drama
NCBC Rating = 2.9
 
 
Conflicting & Debatable
NCBC Rating = 2.8
 
 
A Daunting Mystery
NCBC Rating = 2.3
 
 
Powerful Message
NCBC Rating = 4.8
 
Exciting Contemporary Drama
NCBC Rating = 4.3
 
Timeless Social Issues
NCBC Rating = 3.0
 
 
A Wonderful Epic Tale
NCBC Rating = 4.8
 
 
 
2004
Love It or Hate It
NCBC Rating = 2.9
 
 
Courageous!
NCBC Rating = 4.1
 
 
 
Black Love Lives
NCBC Rating = 3.6
 
25th Anniversary!
NCBC Rating = 4.7
 
 
 
Great Historical Fiction!
NCBC Rating = 4.0
 
 
Expertly Written!
NCBC Rating = 4.4
 
Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places!
NCBC Rating = 3.0
 
Touching & Engaging!
NCBC Rating = 3.9
 
 
Light Romance!
NCBC Rating = 3.6
 
Outstanding!
NCBC Rating = 4.9
 
 
 
International Love Story!
NCBC Rating = 3.3
 
 
A Good Debut!
NCBC Rating = 3.9
 
 


Nubian Circle Book Club ratings are based on a numerical scale of 1 through 5:
 
1 = Poor - Not Recommended by NCBC
2 = Fair - Not Recommended by NCBC 
3 = Good - Recommended
4 = Very Good - Strongly Recommended
5 = Outstanding - Highly Recommended