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Just As I Am | [E. Lynn Harris]

Just As I Am

Just As I Am, picks up where Invisible Life left off, introducing Harris's appealing and authentic characters to a new set of joys, conflicts, and choices. In this vivid portrait of contemporary black life, with all its pressures and the complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris confirms a faith in the power of love - love of all kinds - to thrill and to heal.
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Publisher's Summary

E. Lynn Harris's blend of rich, romantic storytelling and controversial contemporary issues like race and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic and diverse audience across America. Just As I Am, picks up where Invisible Life left off, introducing Harris's appealing and authentic characters to a new set of joys, conflicts, and choices. Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and with the grim reality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiring singer/actress, experiences frustration in both her career and in her attempts to find a genuine love relationship. Both characters share an eclectic group of friends who challenge them, and the listener, to look at themselves and the world around them through different eyes. By portraying Nicole's and Raymond's joys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases to remind us that life, like love, is about self-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporary black life, with all its pressures and the complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris confirms a faith in the power of love - love of all kinds - to thrill and to heal.

©1999 E. Lynn Harris; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes, whether between men and women or men and men, are always touching." (San Francisco Chronichle)

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    Pam S 02-19-06
    Pam S 02-19-06 Member Since 2014
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    "enjoyable"

    This book was very enjoyable..the characters were fully developed, it had a quick pace and having two readers was a nice change. I look forward to reading more of E Lynn Harris' books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Agua Dulce, CA, USA 06-30-09
    Robert Agua Dulce, CA, USA 06-30-09
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    "Wonderful Listen"

    This was my first E. Lynn Harris book. What a delightful and touching story. I can't wait to read more from this author. Narration was superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 03-12-15
    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 03-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "sad and happy at the same time.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Just As I Am to be better than the print version?

    I guess, I never read the print version, but I like to hear the books cause I get to hear the emotions of the readers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just As I Am?

    There were two parts, when Kyle passed away and the end when both Raymond and Nicole found love.


    What about Michael Boatman and Brenda Braxton ’s performance did you like?

    Their emotions they gave the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    What would have made Just As I Am better?

    I found the jumping around from character to character confusing and an impediment to telling the story


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. Lynn Harris again?

    probably not


    What about Michael Boatman and Brenda Braxton ’s performance did you like?

    Reasonably good job


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I could not finish it so do not know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Julius Memphis, TN, USA 08-10-08
    Mrs. Julius Memphis, TN, USA 08-10-08
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    "The Best of The Best"

    I really enjoyed this book. It shows just how confused some men are when it comes to sex.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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