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The Brothers and Sisters Book Club

The name was derived from the first book the book club discussed, "Brothers and Sisters" by BeBe Moore Campbell in 1995. Members meet monthly (for 16 years now) from September-June. Most of the meetings take place in members homes in Gloucester, Burlington, Camden counties in New Jersey and various parts of Philadelphia. Many of the members have traveled together to Paris, France, New York and Philadelphia for trips that include plays, Broadway Musicals and African-American owned restaurants.

Next meeting: Sunday, June 26th at 2:30 pm in Cherry Hill.

Discussion: Ernest. J. Gaines, "Of Love And Dust".

To Join: Contact Ed Cohen -


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A.C. Riley is a writer, blogger and Harry Potter enthusiast. Riley holds degrees in both Journalism and Media Studies and Political Science from Rutgers University. She has written articles for Burlington County Times, JerseyMan Magazine and NJ Spotlight. An avid book reader, she enjoys the works of Suzanne Collins, J. K. Rowling, Rick Riordan and Curtis Sittenfeld. Her favorite book is the Phantom Tollbooth and the Camp Half-Blood books. She also loves her dog, Lupe, very much. Keep up with her here!

Tis The Season To Be Eating

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 12:57 administrator

By Stephanie Brewster


Gwyneth Paltrow put out her new cookbook this month.  She’s a versatile lady, huh?  She’s gone from an award-winning actress to a country music star to Susie Homemaker in the blink of an eye. is a collection of recipes devoted to her, well, father, who imbued her with the idea that cooking is love. She not only shares recipes, but stories of growing up with her dad. It’s a warm, fuzzy, inviting cookbook with recipes like Cheesy Stuffed Burgers and Sole à la Grenobloise (how do you even say that?!).

I guess it’s no surprise that she’s a foodie.  She did name her baby Apple, after all.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2011 14:18

Bestselling Hardcover Nonfiction of 2010

Monday, 25 April 2011 13:37 Roseann Fino


As promised here are the top 2010 bestsellers of hardcover non fiction thanks to Publishers Weekly.   On this list you will find an eclectic group of writers from mostly outside of the publishing world.  To name a few titles there are rock stars, media personalities, comedians, chefs, and politicians.  Some you might hate, some you might love; either way they sold a ton of books. So, get ready, here it is the Top 10 Bestsellers of Hardcover Nonfiction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 16:07

First One Author Feature! -Brunell Donald

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:30 Brock Tilford

Many of our young people today are lost and struggling with no hope.  What can we do to inspire them?   I recently did a speaking engagement where I spoke to 100 girls who were considered at high risk for teen pregnancy, drug use, domestic violence and jail.  I could see fear and worry on many of their faces.  I looked around and saw many defeated  faces and my heart broke for them. As I stood before them telling my life story of my father being in prison, seeing my mother murdered, living in a two foster homes, living in a group home, along with my teenage rebellion I could see  surprise and disbelief on many of their faces.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:39

See Kemba Read!

Monday, 18 April 2011 22:25 Karen Hunter

Kemba Walker announced last week that he read his first book ever. The outrage comes because The NCAA championship guard is a senior in college, set to graduate from UConn next month. The question is how can a person go through college (or high school, for that matter), without ever reading a book?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:57

E-Book Sales Top All

Monday, 18 April 2011 13:41 Karen Hunter
In a glimpse into the future of publishing, CNNMONEY released a story last week that showed the sales of e-book topping every other format for the month of February.
The future is here, which is why First One, was one of the firsts into this space, publishing books primarily through digital/e-book formats. We even have a slate of free ebooks. (to check our free library, sign up here)
Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2011 14:38

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