My American Success Story: Always the First, Never the Last is the autobiography of Roy Roberts, who became the highest ranking African American executive in the history of General Motors Corporation and the global auto industry. Roberts transformed GM plants, merged its Pontiac and GMC divisions, and coined the term "right-sizing" during a critical period of upheaval and transformation for the U.S. auto industry. My American Success Story chronicles Roberts' spectacular corporate career, community involvement (including his 2011-2013 role as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools) and fulfilling personal life, highlighted by his 40-year marriage to Maureen, his wife. A consistent theme of Roberts' story is his determination to share success by opening doors for others. As he puts it: "It's not a sin to be the first; it's a sin to be the last."
Young Adult Fiction
Hollywood glamour, fiery passion, and a murderous stalker all come together around Simone Thompson, a young judge devoted to the welfare of children. She's presiding over the most high-profile case of her career, even as her own life starts to spiral dangerously out of control. Not only is she being stalked by a murderous lunatic, but she is also falling in love with a plaintiff before her court... D. Anthony Whittaker is a world-famous movie sex symbol whose romantic exploits have drawn him into a bitter custody battle. Nothing is more important to him than his two daughters, but holding onto his children may cost him more than just his career. Simone and Whittaker soon find themselves consumed by an irresistible attraction to each other. The potential for scandal-and murder-is incalculable, but how long can they deny the longing they both feel?
An ambitious biracial television reporter takes on a white-supremacist group in this thoughtless thriller set in Detroit. Pale-skinned, blonde reporter Taylor James uses her looks to infiltrate a white-supremacist group and break an important investigative story, but her darker-skinned colleagues resent her success and publicly question her "blackness." Her struggle for respect is compounded by her reluctant engagement to Philip Carter, the greedy, cynical owner of the network that employs her. When her first love comes to work at the same station, Taylor must choose between love and her career. A paradoxical character, Taylor insists that she is not sleeping her way to the top?and does just that, with a shallowness surprising even in a novel that tends to describe minor characters by hairstyle. The threat Taylor faces from the white supremacists is believable enough, but in the end it is impossible to care much about her or about this failed attempt to dramatize the difficulties facing people of mixed race. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Take a look at one of the most controversial topics within the African-American community: the self-hatred caused by intra-racial prejudice and the ongoing obsession with skin tone and hair texture. In other words, the skin/hair thang among black women. It begins with TaRessa Stovall's "My People, My People," in which a successful advertising executive acquires firsthand knowledge of prejudice when her clients insist on using light- rather than dark-skinned models. Next comes Tracy Price-Thompson's award-winning story "Other People's Skin," a tale set in 1970s Louisiana, where a dark-skinned young woman must come to terms with the bigotry of her light-skinned family. "New Birth," by Desiree Cooper reveals the intense roles that money, class, and skin color play in the intra-racial relationship between Catherine, a wealthy, light-skinned lawyer, and Lettie, her dark-skinned house cleaner. Finally, Elizabeth Atkin's "Take It Off" tells the story of a biracial girl who hides her coarse, braided hair from her friends at a mixed-race university in Detroit. Other People's Skin is the most innovative and varied anthology of sisterhood and unity to date. Each novella entertains, challenges, and, most important, offers healing to the reader -- no matter what her race, skin tone, or state of mind.
A powerful collection of novellas by four leading African-American women writers, each tackling the terror of domestic violence. In Other People’s Skin, Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, along with writers Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper, took on intra-racial prejudice. The second book in their successful Sister4Sister Empowerment Series once again offers hope and healing, this time from the nightmare of abuse. In Desiree Cooper’s Breakin’ It Down, a highly successful talk show host, haunted by the abandonment and self-loathing she felt as a child, is shocked to find herself inflicting the same abuse she experienced on her seven-year-old daughter. Tracy Price-Thompson’s Brotherly Love goes deep into the disturbing relationship between a beautiful, accomplished teenage girl and the seemingly dutiful brother who raised her after their parents’ death. TaRessa Stovall’s Breakin’ Dishes reveals the turmoil behind the scenes of a picture-perfect marriage as an angry wife beats her cheating husband. And in Elizabeth Atkins’s The Wrong Side of Mr. Right, an outwardly beaming bride-to-be comes to terms with the inner turmoil brought on by her emotionally abusive fiancé. In all four novellas, redemption and hope appear when a pair of blue suede shoes enters each woman’s life, helping her to overcome her challenges and stop the cycle of abuse. A raw, engaging, and enlightening collection from beginning to end, My Blue Suede Shoes is as informative as it is entertaining.
Hunter Knightly, a self described Insurance Investigator and private pilot, was working a higher than normal caseload of death claims this winter in South Florida. An odd coincidence of natural and accidental deaths among the affluent citizens of the ultra exclusive Stepford-like community of Diamond Lagoon, in West Palm Beach, would launch his journey into a new and unimaginable world of greed. He was not prepared for was the collateral investigation into the potentially sinister new world of financial derivatives known as STOLI and IOLI, or STranger Originated Life Insurance and Investor Owned Life Insurance. Originally intended to aid terminally ill AIDS patients in the mid-1980s, this market quietly evolved into a financial world gone crazy as life insurance brokers and lenders push the envelope of creating any new excuse to sell multi-million dollar life insurance policies...A Life insurance policy that requires NO COST. What Hunter stumbles upon will jeopardize his life, as well as that of the new Vice President as she strives to save our Social Security Trust Fund.
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