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Super Freakonomics

This book makes me want to be an economist. There are fantastic sections about all kinds of different situations, none so long that you get really bored, all with lots of clear explanations. The book explains how people (and animals) act in various and sundry situations, which really helps to explain a lot to someone like myself who has a time understand why people sometimes act the way they do. The variety of subjects is such that, if one short section is not to your liking, the next one probably will be.

Lady Elect

The book was about a preacher marrying someone not in his congregation. The mothers of the church at least 2 of them paid her nephew to rape and beat her. He beat her so bad that she lost her baby and she didn’t know she was pregnant. She rebelled against her because she said he was suppose to protect her. The mothers of the church thought she was a gold digger but she had her own money she sold very expensive homes she was a real estate agent. She dressed in very expensive clothes the mothers put red ink in her chair in her office at church, they told all the women to not like her and it was crazy because they treated her badly until they started to speak to her and found out she was a pretty nice person. She finally proved to her husband that the mothers were behind her getting raped. Her husband couldnt believed that the mother were so hateful against his new wife.


I read this book to my 3.5 year old daughter and she loved it. While many online reviews said that the book is meant for older children, I disagree. Assuming that the child has some experience with school (so that they realize that the story is not what school is really like), then the story of a child feeling empowered and overcoming her own situation/taking control of her life is one that all children (and people) can relate to. Also, children seem to love a good villain, and Trunchbull is an excellent candidate for the hall of fame. Finally, there is currently a stage and cinematic telling of the story that can add extra dimensions to the experience of the story and introduce children to different methods of storytelling.


I have mixed feeling about the story of Rachel and her growing up in a devote Christian home. This piece of fiction was similar to the biography “Rapture Practice” which I read earlier this year. Rachel grows up believing that there is only one way to live and that it entails her serving men, obeying her elders, caring for her many (10!) siblings and becoming a wife and a mother as God intended. As a Christian, I was worried that this book would be about Rachel’s rebellion from her family and her faith and that it would cast a shadow over the religion itself. While it certainly gives pause, the book is not overtly negative.

For the most part, I thought that it was well written. Mathieu tended to use a few phrases repeatedly which I find annoying, but the book was truly engaging. I read it over the course of 2-3 days which is quick for me, and it pulled me out of my reading slump.

Madam C.J. Walker, Pioneer Business Woman

Sarah was born on December 23, 1867 in Delta, Louisiana on a large cotton plantation that she worked with her parents, Owen & Minerva Breedlove with four brothers and a sister. Blacks were not allowed to go to school during that time. Her mother died in 1873 and her father died in 1875. Sarah went to live with her sister Louvenia and her husband Jesse Powell. When she turned 11, they moved to Vicksburg Mississippi where she worked as a washer woman and gave all her earnings to the Powells each week. At age 14, Sarah married Moses McWilliams and had a baby girl named Lelia and he died 3 years later. Sarah and her baby moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she earned a $1.50 a day washing clothes. On Sunday she attended St. Paul African Methodist Church and learned of a school for African Americans and sent her daughter there. Sarah met and married John Davis. Lelia went to Knoxville College in Tennessee in 1902 and Sarah went to night school. Sarah met a hairdresser named Annie Pope-Turnbo who sold shampoo and other hair products that she made. Sarah began to work for Ms. Annie selling her products door to door making more money than washing clothes for people.
In a dream, a man told Sarah the ingredients for a special hair treatment that worked. She called it “Wonderful Hair Grower”. It was sold in tins with her name on it and her picture. Sarah Walker and Charles Joseph married in 1906. Sarah became known as Madam C.J. Walker. Walker moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1908 and opened a training school called “Lelia College” that trained hundreds of women how to be hairdressers and Walkers agents. The class was offered through the mail too for those who could not come. In 1910, Walker moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she opened another training school. In 1912 Walker divorced her husband and Lelia adopted a 13 year old girl named Fairy Mae Bryant. Walker moved to New York City in 1916 to Harlem. Walker had the Lelia College on the bottom floor of her house and lived upstairs. In 1917, Walker had heart problems. At the age of 51, on May 25, 1919 Walker died. In 1985, the company was sold.

How to Get Rich When you Ain’t Got Nothing, The African American Guide to Gaining and Building Wealth

Create a detailed budget that shows how much money is coming in and where the money is going. Make a list of all bills that is due and how much they are. It is good to pay yourself first and then pay your bills. It is important to do comparison shopping so the money saved can be used for investments. When doing home improvements, do your research on the contractor first. Find a number of reputable, proficient and experienced contractors in the type of work you need done. To be financed by a bank there has to be 3 detailed bids from the contractor. For major jobs have a lawyer review the contract before you sign. To be an entrepreneur, you can buy an existing business, buy a franchise, or create your own business. The Federal Small Business Administration has many programs to assist you. SBA has a program called SCORE, which is Service Corps of Retired Executives that serve as consultants at little or no cost to help you with growing your business. When it comes to life insurance, the policy should be large enough to cover 7 or 10 times your annual income. At the back of the book is the appendix that list the employment office for each state in appendix C. In appendix D, the site for state government jobs for each state. In appendix F, is the Small Business Administration office that is closest to you. In appendix G, is the list for National Headquarters of Minority Business Development Agency in various states. When investing in stocks or bonds it is important to diversify. In appendix H, is the list of some of the major fund families.

Praise Him Anyhow

This book was talking about Carmella children Joy and Dontae . Joy is still upset about her mother and father divorce that she took law in her own hands and she did what her step father told her to do was finish law school and she did and when she did she got a case so she could be in the same court room with her father to tell him how she felt about him leaving her mother .

The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success & Betrayal

This novel is the first comprehensive biography of the most successful female group of all time. They paved the way for all great girl groups of today, including a lot of the turmoil and trials. Diana, Mary and Flo were the single most biggest acts of the 1960s in America. The hits are countless, memories many and they shall go down in history.

Approaching God

This book is one of god and how he is many things he is in our lives. Those thing that are touch in this book are god as a friend, father, mother ,artist , healer and guide. Each one of these section elaborates on what it mean for god to be each one of these roles in our lives. This book was a good way to work through, trying to figure out what god is to you.

Avengers vs. X-Men Avengers Academy

It was tense when the Avengers and X-Men drop off a few students and a prisoner, Sebastian Shaw, to keep safe. There were boiling tempers and some hostility in the school toward the other group. Their distrust of each other causes them to fight, at which point the Avengers and X-men blow off steam. That happens after a breakout. They were kids and could fight well, but they made a discovery that shocks the X-Men and Avengers. That led to some problems about the discovery and things get worse when Emma Frost pays a visit to the school. The real shock comes at the end of the book. It is a good read. It has a few surprises in it along with the fate of the school too.

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