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Quote sandra Replybullet Topic: FOR THE BOOKWORMS
    Posted: 26 Dec 2009 at 1:39am
My friend's latest novel.



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Shades of a Colonial Coloured An Autobiography chronicles the young author’s memory milestones, such as asking her mother to pick her up, at age one-and-a-half; Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation celebration, at three years old; and the colony’s conversion from British pounds, shillings and pence to the new Eastern Caribbean Currency of dollars and cents, at age ten, among others.

The author documents taboo subject questions such as “Where do babies come from?” She touches on the very subtle racism that lurks amongst a few people; the days of migration to England; her first encounter with Rock & Roll and the juke box; and her first peek into American racism.

The book gives insight into the author’s makeup and foundation, literally. It shows her enthusiasm for learning, and her curiosity about humanity. It also reveals how much corporal punishment was used in home and school. This autobiography is testament to a determination to persevere and rise above all odds, in spite of obstacles. Youth’s honest naďveté, innocence, and beauty shine through this thoughtfully written, informative, and valuable work.

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I welcomed the new Eastern Caribbean Currency, or EC money. It was so much easier to deal with, when adding change. In the old system, we added in three columns: pounds, shillings, and pence. Then we converted more than eleven pence to at least a shilling, and more than nineteen shillings to at least a pound or guinea. Solving in dollars and cents for mental arithmetic became so much easier to me because I was only concerned with two columns. More than one hundred but less than two hundred cents were equal to one dollar. The left over change would be exactly its added sum, up to ninety-nine cents.

“Modern” was a term nearly everyone was using. Some of the middle-aged, and elderly, were saying, “Ebryting a get modern, now. Me no understan’ de dollars an’ cents business.”

The new one cent, two cents, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, and fifty-cents coins now featured Queen Elizabeth’s instead of King George’s image. The ha’penny was traded in for a one cent coin, and the penny for a two cents coin. There was no replacement for the three pence piece; but it was equal to the new six cents, which was a five cents coin plus a one cent coin. The various dollar bill denominations I saw came in pink, green, blue, and purple.



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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 31 Dec 2009 at 2:36pm
Sounds good ... especialy the historical parts ... I could enjoy ... 
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Quote sandra Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2010 at 3:30am
I forgot to mention that it can be obtained at AuthorHouse.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and also as an E book.
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Quote sandra Replybullet Posted: 02 Feb 2010 at 4:03am
I visit the library in my area to take out books-mostly paperbacks. I paid a visit recently, took out four paperbacks and was told by the librarian that I had to return them in two weeks. I was surprised, because they never ask that you return paperback books. She went on to inform me that if the books are overdue, there's a 10 cents fee for each book. Well, I never!!! As much as I hate to part with books, I usually give them books from my library. I took a huge bag of books there yesterday.

I'm going to look into this fee for paperback books thing. If it's really in effect, I'll buy books from thrift shops. I don't see why we have to pay for them when we are the ones donating them to the library.

That's just my beef for today.
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Quote sandra Replybullet Posted: 05 Feb 2010 at 3:21pm
I guess that there are not many readers on CC. I love a website site/message board where people can discuss books. Anyway, I started reading a book "The Golden Orange", by author Irving Wallace. It's not holding my attention. I remember starting a book 'Bread Upon the Waters' by Irwin Wallace. I thought they were the same authors. What I'm trying to say is that I'm stereoptyping. I don't think that their work is identical. I never finished reading 'Bread upon the waters'. I'm going to go back to it.   But I don't think I'll continue reading Irving Wallace. I just can't get into the story. When I read, if I really get interested in "Bread Upon the Waters', I'll comment here.

Yeah, CC. No literary souls here, huh. No international book readers, book lovers here, huh.
And when you read, why don't you post your comments here. Maybe the person who read the same book might have some comments also. Oh, well... what's the use....

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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 2:01pm
 ... I do that on I read and living social on FB ... enough for me ... 
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