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  • Invisible

  • The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s life. She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s - and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected 20 lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Moving Biography

  • By Jean on 10-31-18

Amazing, beautiful and inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Stephen L. Carter has long been one of my favorite writers since I first flipped the pages of the Emperor of Ocean Park. To now know his family history, I have an even deeper appreciation for his work. I have an obsession for genealogy and history and this book satisfies both. I congratulate him for remembering the amazing woman that was his grandmother and for once again placing her in her rightful place in American history and Black history in particular. In being as thoughtful in his writing, Ms Hunton Carter comes to life. I look forward to learning more about her and her brother, Alpheous.

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  • The Case Against Sugar

  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Revelation

  • By ChumlyDad on 02-03-17

Absolutely fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This insightful book should be required reading for all medical professionals regardless of discipline. As a speech and language pathologist, most of my patient caseload is made of up of people suffering from the many conditions the author points out as attributable to sugar and other processed foods. I can't go back in time to prevent their diseases but now I have a better understanding to help them lead a possible healthier life. This has definitely made me take a look at my own diet and that of my family. If I can prevent these diseases in my children, then it is well worth it.

  • Queen Sugar

  • A Novel
  • By: Natalie Baszile
  • Narrated by: Miriam Hyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051

Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would like it but I loved it 😊

  • By Colette M. Cummings on 12-05-16

Read this after getting hooked on the show

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I decided to read "Queen Sugar" after becoming hooked on the show and the Bordelon family.

As expected, there was a constant comparison between the characters in the book and the show as the narrator laid out the story of Charley and her family. There were moments where I just couldn't reconcile the atrocious actions of Ralph Angel in the book with the (very handsome) gentle father who supports his son's playing with dolls on the show. I found myself less impressed by Charley in the book as compared to her on the show and at times wanted to strangle her, lol! I
The book compelled me emotionally and that's a sign of a good book and storyteller.
I definitely recommend this book