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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Novel discoveries

On the Woman's Bookshelf

The urge to clean, straighten and organize has been festering inside of me for months, but I haven't let it take over. In fact, I've slowly begun to give more things away, sell things and re-organize in an effort to have a more zen-like environment. In order to not have piles of papers calling my name or causing the muscles in my shoulders to feel like marbles. And to avoid the embarrassment of Peter Walsh knocking on my door and finding a month's worth of laundry in my hamper.

Seriously.

My cleaning urge includes the desire to get every single book in this house onto a bookshelf or table, and to read those that I've neglected. I'm embarrassed to say that the majority of my neglected books are under my bed. When one lives in a small house with several people it's often hard to find a home for everything within and it's even harder when those things fuel creativity, dreams, passion, education and inspiration. You missed my point, didn't you? (Yea, I know I could have worded it better.) My point is that I don't want to give away, throw away or otherwise dispose of my beloved books.

Back to the piles under my bed: Upon inspection I, of course, found those that I've wanted to read for years and one of them is the novel "Resurrecting Mingus" by Jenoyne Adams. This book, which was a National Bestseller, was published early in 2002. I enjoyed it so much that I had to tell you about it.

Race.
Extramarital affair.
Betrayal.
Sibling rivalry.
Love.
Interracial relationships.
Marriage.
Sex.

Have I got your attention yet?

Adams creatively weaves all of these life issues into "Resurrecting Mingus," which was her debut novel. Engaging from the first page, the book gives us the perspective of those involved in a way that challenges our beliefs and feeds our urge for entertainment. It speaks of the pain and worry that surround broken relationships, the regret that often accompanies sacrifice and the emotions that are a partner to self discovery.

Even though the ending wasn't quite what I expected, I still enjoyed reading "Resurrecting Mingus" and recommend you read it too. Now, all I have to do is find a spot for my copy that has been rescued from the dark depths of Dustbunnyville. Once you read it, and you'll be glad that you did, come back and tell me what you think.



On the Woman's Bookshelf is a weekly column that I've been neglecting. :)

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