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Author House, Jul 21, 2011 - Fiction - 182 pages
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NEWS ABOUT COLORED PEOPLE is an amusing look back to the mid-sixties. It focuses on the lives of three young African American girls during a very special Fourth of July holiday. Doris Marie, Lillian, and Sheritha have been friends since elementary school. Now that they are in junior high with freshman year on the horizon, the girls soon discover that their lives are changing fast. From Doris Marie’s self-appointed boyfriend since fifth grade to the trio’s obsession with Smokey Robinson, 1967 was indeed a ‘Summer of Love’ for the girls. This is a story for all ages. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Most of the time you find yourself laughing out loud. There will also be moments when you will find a tear forming from some selfless act of kindness. NEWS ABOUT COLORED PEOPLE will surely warm the hearts of its readers.

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This is a wonderful book that takes you back in time where life was so innocent. This book highlights the fun times of family struggling but yet coming together to have a good time. It draws a person in to see how the black folks lived in the sixties. Even though times were hard, they found time to celebrate birthdays and enjoy their childhood with laughter and jokes. It took me back to those days where little girls had those innocent crushes on the older boys, but it never went any further.The hold lay out of the book, took me back to when life was a slow pace and people found time to socialize without a cell phone up to their ears or texting at their finger tips. It was a time where internet was not taking over the minds of many. The author made me reflect back when she mention Smokey Robinson. The sixties music had meaning and it was soul stirring. When I read this book, all I could think of, was how I enjoyed life in a small town without the hustle and bustle. The small communities and relationships formed, where everybody knew everybody. The friendship and bonding that she emphasized between the girls was something that many of us could cherish because it was true friendship. I loved the family bonding and the respect that the young people had for the elderly people in the community. If we could only apply some of those morals and values in todays world. This is a book you need to add to your home library. It is a journey of enjoyment. 


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Doris Landrum is a retired educator with thirty years of teaching under her belt. Writing short plays and skits are two passions of Ms. Landrum. Both of these skills were used in her many years as a fifth grade instuctor of Social Studies. Ms. Landrum resides in Forrest City, Arkansas.

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