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Homemade Love | [J. California Cooper]

Homemade Love

Critics have compared her work to that of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, but J. California Cooper has a warm, witty style that’s definitely her own. Each of her short stories is a gem of downhome wisdom, polished with a bit of gossip, some heartbreak, and lots of humor.
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Publisher's Summary

Critics have compared her work to that of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, but J. California Cooper has a warm, witty style that’s definitely her own. Each of her short stories is a gem of downhome wisdom, polished with a bit of gossip, some heartbreak, and lots of humor.

In "Funny Valentines" a "simple" woman draws one heart on Valentine’s Day and divides it among the people she loves, until all but one of them lies in the cemetery. "Living" portrays a man in midlife crisis who leaves his loving wife and pleasant country home for a taste of high city living and returns with a new perspective on life. "Spooks" is the tongue-in-cheek tale of a man who masquerades as a ghost in order to outsmart an unscrupulous suitor and win the heart of a vulnerable widow.

Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always touching, J. California Cooper’s characters enlighten us and enrich us as they find love in unlikely places. The warm narrations will give listeners a sense of chatting with nosy but well-meaning neighbors over the back fence.

©1986 J. California Cooper (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Told in first-person, in a lively, unobtrusive black dialect, these tales, set in both country and city, are lit with wisdom and high-spirited humor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 04-12-11
    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 04-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost Embarrassed to say...I was dissapointed"

    First, J. California Cooper is one of my favorites but somehow these stories, half of them were not that interesting. I almost felt like I was reading about the same people. Dont get me wrong, I had my favorites, and it could have been that one particuliar narrator whose shouting voice grated my nerves! It could be that the stories I was least fond of were the ones with this particuliar narrator. If you listen to the book, you will know who I am referring too!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 02-06-13
    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 02-06-13 Member Since 2004

    You have listened to how many Audiobooks!!!!!

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    If you could sum up Homemade Love in three words, what would they be?

    This book captures all of the best about life and the stories are moving, funny, and insightful. Need to have more of her work in Audio form


    What other book might you compare Homemade Love to and why?

    Most Alice Walker books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Jean Decatur, GA, United States 06-04-12
    Bobbie Jean Decatur, GA, United States 06-04-12

    I love to read Authors like J California Cooper,Mary Monroe and others.

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    Would you listen to Homemade Love again? Why?

    Yes,It's very funny I laughed a lot while listening to different chapters.


    What other book might you compare Homemade Love to and why?

    I would compare this book to In search of satisfaction also by J California Cooper.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is alright on a scale of 1-10. I would give them an 7 being 10 is the nighest


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the chapter about the watchers.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to Home made love through Audible books I wish there were more books by J California Cooper in Audible book form .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Myles Vallejo, CA United States 04-30-12
    Margo Myles Vallejo, CA United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Storyteller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to friend. The author is a masterful Storyteller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sabrina conyers, GA, United States 01-30-12
    sabrina conyers, GA, United States 01-30-12
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    "I loved it! excellent story teller"
    What did you love best about Homemade Love?

    it was like listening to an aunt or grandmother tell you lessons about life. lessons that are relvelant today. love all her books.


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