GGR Book Club

I Want To Live Again

17 Sep: GGR Book Club: I Want to Live Again by Queen Hadassah

“I Want to Live Again” is about a woman’s struggle to make it in America after immigrating from Guyana in South America. It deals with issues which she had to overcome to survive in Brooklyn,New York. The stories are all true but names have been changed to protect the identities of relatives and close friends. The events take place in urban settings and they are not typical of all immigrants. The book shows that anyone…

Danielle Blaq

11 Sep: GGR Book Club: Poetry Collection Based On A Love Story by Danielle Blaiq

Writing poetry and short stories since the tender age of 7 years old, aspiring music artist Danielle BlaiQ opens her private collection of heartfelt expression to the world in Based On A Love Story. Best described as ‘love at first sight for the heart and mind’, this collection of poetry unfolds revealing the beautiful imperfections found in a young woman on her journey to defining womanhood. Honored for her lyrical illustrations, bold reflections, and vulnerable…

The Storm Within

10 Sep: GGR Book Club: The Storm Within: An Anthology by C Nadya Agard

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Storm Within is a collection of poems that touch on various life themes. The emotional drama of life is expressed in themes ranging from romantic love to love of God and includes others such as joy, rejection,pain, childhood, parenthood, and emotional turmoil. The work is titled after one of the poems in the book. It was chosen because the book reflects life as it is often experienced, but rarely expressed—life as…

09 Sep: GGR Book Club: Walk Wit’ Me . . .: All Ova Guyana by Helena Martin

My memoir is laced with nostalgia and at the same time it is my sincere intention to portray the true essence of the Guyanese culture without offence. Keep in mind that this is not based on the experience of every Guyanese. This was the way I saw and experienced things back then. The use of colloquialism is of utmost importance; it is the vernacular we understand. It may sound like another language so unless you…


01 Sep: GGR Book Club: The Last Ship and more books by Jan Lowe Shinebourne

Author Jan Lowe Shinebourne is a Guyanese novelist who was born in Canje, Berbice, Guyana and was educated at Berbice High School and the University of Guyana. After school she was a reporter in Georgetown. She began writing in the mid-1960s and in 1974 she was a prize-winner in the National History and Arts Council Literary Competition. In 1970 she emigrated to London, England. She did postgraduate literary studies at the University of London. She…

Between Myth and Nation

20 Aug: GGR Book Club: Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies)

During the colonial period in Guyana, the country’s coastal lands were worked by enslaved Africans and indentured Indians. In Creole Indigeneity, Shona N. Jackson investigates how their descendants, collectively called Creoles, have remade themselves as Guyana’s new natives, displacing indigenous peoples in the Caribbean through an extension of colonial attitudes and policies. Looking particularly at the nation’s politically fraught decades from the 1950s to the present, Jackson explores aboriginal and Creole identities in Guyanese society….


20 Aug: GGR Book Club: The Black Man Drought by Lorraine Jonelle Stephens

An insightful, bold exploration into the disappearance of African American men, The Black Man Drought is upfront about the issues plaguing them. From drugs to jail to interracial dating and homosexuality, this sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes sassy in your face narrative forces an internal look into the choices of Black men and how they affect the whole community. The Black Man Drought: An answer to where all the brothers have gone and how to…

The Stone of Fire: Secrets

20 Aug: GGR Book Club: The Stone of Fire: Secrets by Rebecca Ramnauth

Four diamonds—the Stone of Fire, the Stone of Water, the Stone of Air, and the Stone of Earth—have all been stolen. Their absence could lead to the mass destruction of Iliana’s dimension and the mortal world. Can Iliana alter the dangerous path of the world’s most certain future? Fifteen-year-old Iliana’s to-do list did not include being sucked into another dimension called Airafia with a guy named Stephon. When she’s asked to go on a mission…


19 Aug: GGR Book Club: Jumping Ship (Island Hopping Series) By Janice G. Ross

The year was nineteen seventy-five. Barren couple, Pearl and Edward Riley stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American…


09 Aug: GGR Book Club: Turtle News from the Thatch Patch by Miss Elke Noell Thatch and Dr Thatch

Turtle News from the Thatch Patch is a true story of how, as a family, we use the animals we see in our backyard to teach and learn. Our backyard is a wonderland for teaching and learning across the K-12 curriculum. On any given day, there are turtles, armadillos, foxes, many different kinds of birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, many different kinds of frogs…scampering around in our yard in Valparaiso, Florida. So, we have started naming…