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Readers Are Intelligent

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No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence…

 —E.B. White—

 

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When You Buy a Book

The Vineyard We Knew

The Vineyard We Knew - Resized Book Cover ImageWe so frequently think of the Black community as suffering from lack of everything: money, self esteem, dreams for the future, that it is good to be reminded that some folk had a different possibility. Martha’s Vineyard offered the community another view of the world. These are serious folk with serious ideas for the future. They are not just sitting on the dock of the bay, as it were. Kevin Parham joins the group of young middle class writers who are flying on the wings of their future while holding tightly to their roots. The Vineyard We Knew is a totally wonderful look at a community that has been much too silent about its contribution and possibilities.

Nikki Giovanni

Poet, Author and Educator

 

Mystery Novel by Kevin Parham

Greed, manipulation, and retribution set the stage for murder – and for FBI Special Agent Max Landcomb to solve the crimes and stop the violence . . . before it’s too late. 

The application of science and technology within the story gives rise to a murder mystery that accentuates the flaws and idiosyncrasies inherent in human nature.

 

 

On Reading, Learning, & Listening

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Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or poorly written. That is all.

—Oscar Wilde

The Intrinsic Value of a Book

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“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.”

—Carl Sagan