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Books - More Suggestions for Great Reads

Updated on April 12, 2015

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

Strong Women, Strong Books

This read list is compiled of strong women. Women who have conquered the obstacles of sexism, abuse and racism coming out on top without sacrificing their femininity.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" - Maya Angelou

Queen Latifah

Many may be shocked to find that there is more to "The Queen", Dana Elaine Owens, than rap music. A total artist, Academy Award nominee, songstress, actress and author. Her latest book Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman has been touted by Amazon reader reviewers as magnificently honest, an easy read and autobiography in the the good and bad ride to fame and fortune. Receiving a 4 1/2 (out of five) star rating by readers.

Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom

This is the first book from author, Queen Latifah, and is geared toward teaching empowerment to young girls and women through her life stories about money, love, weight, loss of a loved one and fear. Asking each to tap into their inner queen in dealing with the ups and downs of life as a woman.

"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!" - Maya Angelou

An inspirational self help book of sorts assisting females in accentuating the positives in their being and lives. Out of 5 star rating this one was rated a 5!

Joyce Meyer - Power Thoughts 12 Strategies To Win the Battle of the Mind

Ms. Meyers is one of my favorite authors. I have several of her books, Me and My Big Mouth, Starting Your Day Right and Ending Your Day Right (both are devotionals for each morning and night of the year) much like our own hubber creativeone59. Joyce also hosts Bible teaching on television every day of the week regarding issues we face daily. The difference in Meyer's self help advice and others is that she teaches self help with assistance of the Bible.

"Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says." Joyce Meyer

Using the word of God Meyer gives you her down home spin on its application to our personal demons and issues. A survivor of incest, Joyce promotes personal growth, she is not a licensed preacher or even a scholar. A Bible teacher who has been given a gift to help others with her own special brand of wisdom. Power Thoughts received a 4 1/2 star rating out of 5 on Amazon, and number 7 position on the nonfiction top ten best sellers list.

The Next Big Story; My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities

The Next Big Story

Soledad O' Brian documentary producer of some of the most profound works regarding race relations in America on CNN. Ms. O'Brian is from a racially mixed heritage her father is White, and her mother is of Black/Hispanic origins.

Her book The Next Big Story is about Americans and their perceptions and hang ups regarding race. At age 14, while at a photo studio, the photographer questioned " Excuse me if I'm offending you, but are you Black?" This questioned puzzled the young girl in a 1977 society, her sister promptly ripped into the guy, by asking him what the hell was his comment suppose to mean? Offended us, offended us? We're a family trying to take a picture as a gift for our parents anniversary.

The piece also mentions an incident, while changing classes in school, when Soledad was approached by an eighth-grade white male.  Who stopped her in the hall and stupidly asks; "If you're a (n-word) why don't you have big lips?" My husband has been asked this same question . . . in 2009!!! I'm glad that this book was written in an effort to show what people of color must face daily, and asks the question about our nations preoccupation with racial origins.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

A memoir penned by Condoleezza Rice. It has been touted as more revealing than the ever guarded Ms. Rice has been throughout her career. This book tells of how a young woman who was raised in a very difficult era, blossomed into a poised, intelligent, elegant woman of character, amongst the thorns and weeds of racism and hate of the 1960s south.

Despite being reared in the middle of Jim Crow and lawful segregation the entire neighborhood where Rice's family lived concentrated on education. It was unanimously felt that this was paramount in succeeding irregardless of those who would hinder people of color.


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    • pmccray profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Utah

      Revlady and creativeone59 - you're welcome

      Sage Williams - I glad to peak your interest.

      Micky Dee - thank you so much my dear friend.

      Nell Rose - I am so grateful that you are a fan, Queen Latifah is indeed talented and I truly was shocked at her range.

      To the best hubbers on the site; I salute you and thank you. You're comments mean so much to me and lift my spirits. There are no words. Thank you all so much.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I love Queen latifah! Ever since I saw her in the film Taxi, she was brilliant and made me laugh so much! so I will definitely be checking out her book, great selection here, loved it rated up! cheers nell

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Just another great hub as always from the great pmccray! Buttons up my Dear!

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      Sage Williams 

      7 years ago

      pmccray - Thans so much, there are several books that I have never heard of that certainly spark my interest. Great reviews, voted up.


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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you pmccray for very interesting and exciting list. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Interesting list. Thanks for sharing.

      Forever His,


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