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What's on Your Reading List this Summer?

By A. Scott Walton Executive Editor | 7/26/2013, 1:19 p.m.

As evidenced by the stacks of books sent into the Atlanta Voice for review, there’s certainly no shortage of choices.

From the many, we’ve selected a few to recommend. They can be purchased at retail or through online vendors.

They span the gamut of genres. And, in many cases, they were penned by Atlanta area authors.

We salute anyone who contributes to the cause of promoting Black literature. And we encourage you to commit yourself to reading more books.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness: How to Claim your God Given Right to Be Healthy”, by Maxim Nazaire, 162 pages.

Let a track and field prodigy who suffered a life-threatening heart attack at age 18 guide you into the fast lane of acceptance of your personal potential for success in every phase of life. Through wellness practices that include healthy eating, regular exercise and positive thinking, Atlanta’s Nazaire writes, the possibilities for achieving goals and living well are endless. Through Scripture verses, analytical research and poignant anecdotes Nazaire gets the point across that the power is within you.

“What Color is Your Money: Your Personalized Roadmap to Business Success”, by Tope Ganiya Fajingbesi, 113 pages.

Follow a Washington, D.C.-based CPA’s steps toward financial stability and independence as an entrepreneur. Fajingbesi elaborates on the simple steps it takes to start and sustain a business as well as best practices when it comes to managing personal finances. People’s money-managing personalities can be as unique as snow flakes, the author explains, and success depends on acknowledging one’s strengths and weaknesses as money managers.

“The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim: Hold ‘Em Close”, by Guy A. Sims, 84 pages.

Ideally-suited for a mid-length airport layover, Sims’ brief murder-mystery breezes readers through a hot and heavy tale of a socialite who goes missing and the urban crusader who sifts through the grit of jealousy, ambition and greed to uncover the truth. The secrets and lies define this short story’s value. We’ve heard ‘em all. Just not like this.

“It’s Not Where You’re From: But Where You Wish to Go”, by George W. Burnette III, 150 pages.

Maybe you don’t need to take orders from an Atlanta-based U.S. Army Colonel (retired) and follow his direction on how to rise from humble beginnings, serve your country and community, raise a strong family and reach your life’s full potential. Or, maybe, you do. Throughout his military career (at Fort Benning, the Pentagon and other widespread posts), Col. Burnette specialized in bringing order to certain units in need of (ahem) “enhanced” discipline. The historical photos dating back to when President Harry Truman’s administration began insisting that Black  servicemen deserved fairer treat are a bonus.

“Black History in a Nutshell”, by Allen J.Z. Shabazz, 158 pages.

It’s tempting to think it takes a nutcase to pen a chronicle of human history in which no one but Black people deserve credit for creating anything monumental, empirical, beautiful or life-sustaining. The banner type on the back cover of Shabazz’s book reads, “Black men created airplanes, helicopters and spaceships over 3,000 years ago.” Grain of salt, anyone? This tour de force is replete with riveting images of media portrayals, artifacts and vintage photos that Shabazz insists are proof of the race’s superiority. Think of it as our version of “Ripley’s Believe It, Or Not”.