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    • Praise Song for the Butterflies

    • A Novel
    • By: Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the 15 years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Searing!

    • By Susie Bright on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sugar

    • By: Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    Sugar arrives in the small town of Bigelow, Arkansas, like an ominous storm. She saunters down the street in a blonde wig and spiked heels, cigarette dangling between red-painted lips. Without even speaking to her, the women in town hate her. But when she moves in next door to Pearl, a woman who tragically lost her daughter 15 years earlier, the two women bond over tragic pasts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow...

    • By Courtney on 08-10-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Book of Harlan

    • By: Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An insightful account of an eventful period

    • By Ezinwanyi on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • This Bitter Earth

    • The Story of Sugar Lacey
    • By: Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    Recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award and a national best-selling author, Bernice L. McFadden returns with her sequel to Sugar. Sugar Lacey comes back home to a past she hoped to forget. She must face many obstacles and deal with secret truths about her family. This Bitter Earth is a striking novel about strength and victory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Taprn on 10-07-10

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Nowhere Is a Place

    • By: Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most importantly, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry remains determined. In just a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible Narrator

    • By Anonymous User on 11-09-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Warmest December

    • By: Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

     The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Summary

    • By cheryl james on 01-08-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Loving Donovan

    • By: Bernice L. McFadden, Terry McMillan - introduction
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    Two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist Bernice L. McFadden has also been twice honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. One of Library Journal's 25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, this heartbreaking tale follows two damaged but hopeful souls as they struggle to find love despite the ravages of their pasts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful emotional novel

    • By Candace Reynolds on 09-09-16

    Regular price: $20.99

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    • Glorious

    • By: Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Alfre Woodard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 126

    Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Gruesome violence

    • By Marilyn on 11-22-11

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Camilla’s Roses

    • By: Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated by: Patricia Floyd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Winner of two Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Awards and an Honor Award from the American Library Association, Bernice L. McFadden has authored several national best-sellers, including Suger and This Bitter Earth. Camilla spent years disassociating herself from her dysfunctional family, creating a new life and new self-image. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, however, she must reconnect with her painful past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A multigenerational family story

    • By Ellen on 05-19-16

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Finding Amos

    • By: J. D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated by: Kevin Free
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    Three daughters, connected only through their relationship to Amos, a now elderly ex-musician struggling with Alzheimer's disease, find their lives intertwining as a car accident reunites them at Amos' bedside - bringing some long-buried issues to light.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Soulful

    • By D. Stokes on 11-11-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Gathering of Waters

    • By: Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi - a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families. Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!!

    • By Naima on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Nowhere is a Place

    • By: Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 273

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Richly textured and captivating

    • By BJ on 01-19-14

    Regular price: $17.96