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Books, books, and more books… and precious little time to read them all. But don’t let that stop you, especially given all of the upcoming opportunities over the next month to celebrate the written word. A lot more things are popping off in July than the 4th.

To name just a couple, we’ve got the Harlem Book Fair on July 23 and the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta from July 29-31 Both should be incredible events given their lengthy track records and the large number of celebrities, writers and book lovers they attract each year.

On Saturday, July 9th, I’m heading over to Fire & Sage Restaurant in the Metro Center Marriott in Washington D.C. for a fundraiser featuring Daniel Black, author of the provocative novel, Perfect Peace hosted by Go On Girl! Book Club’s VIRGINIA 4 chapter. Perfect Peace is the fictional account of a young man who was raised as a girl for the first eight years of his life. Should be a LIVELY discussion. For those of you who may not know, Go On Girl! Book Club has over 30 chapters in 13 states and is the largest national reading organization in the country for black women! Its members meet face to face in their respective cities to discuss the club’s monthly reading selection, and their feedback on each book is shared with the authors and publishers. In the coming weeks, Go On Girl! members will be sharing some of their reviews right here on as part of the Lit Bit!

Make sure you check out the weekly book review below, courtesy of AALBC. I’ll leave you this week with five books that can change your life. Hit me back at or in the comments below with suggestions on other life-changing books, and I may give you a shout out next week.

Book Review of the Week

This week’s review comes from our friends over at (the African American Literature Book Club) and it is Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom. The book was penned by the legendary Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxer wrongly convicted for murder and portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 1999 movie The Hurricane. Super–reviewer Kam Williams does the honors:

5 Books that can Change Your Life

1)    The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley, Malcolm X

2)    Peace from Broken Pieces Iyanla Vanzant

3)    Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization Anthony T. Browder

4)    The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

5)   The Mis-education of the Negro Carter G. Woodson

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is the founder of new media publishing company, Brand Nu Words and a senior vice president of the Jamestown Project, a think tank focusing on democracy.


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