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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    I Remember Cecil Street

    As a West Philadelphian, I enjoyed this book tremendously. While reading this book, I could picture every landmark to which the author was referring. I have also experienced the love of the close knit 'Block-Family', and I also remember the block parties. The plot was exciting. I became involved with each character's dilemma and reveled in their triumph.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Harlem Renaissance Memories

    1969 was a tumultuous time for blacks in America. Black leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King had been assassinated after leading the battle for civil rights. Hippies roamed the streets preaching free love; and the ¿black is beautiful¿ movement was in full effect. And though there were troubles and hard times, there were still neighborhoods where folks treated either other decently, almost like family. Next-door neighbors spanked your kids for you when you were away. Block parties brought people together. Even funerals brought out the love in others in the form of repasts, where neighbors cooked all kinds of food in hopes of bringing your spirits up.............. ¿Leaving Cecil Street¿ captures all of the above and then some. The new novel from the author of Tumbling, Tempest Rising, and Blues Dancing tells the story of the goings on of two families who live next door to one another in West Philadelphia. This includes Joe, a horn-playing lover of both jazz music and women who can¿t seem to keep his hands off the latter even though he is married. Louise, his wife, is a wife and mother who refuses to see a dentist, even though half the teeth in her mouth are rotten. Shay is their Afro-wearing teenage daughter whose best friend lives next door. Bonita (Neet) is Shay¿s best friend for life. And Alberta is the church-going, mean-spirited mother of Neet who has a secret past. Then there¿s Deucie, a strange and dying woman looking for her lost daughter who takes up residency in Joe and Louise¿s basement during a block party without their knowledge......................... The story centers on what happens with both families before and after Neet¿s pregnancy and subsequent, illegal abortion (described with shocking and incredible detail). After this tragedy is revealed, it affects the entire neighborhood, especially the next-door neighbors and their relationships with each other. Before the story ends, the past will be remembered, secrets will be revealed and life-altering decisions will be made...................... ¿Leaving Cecil Street¿ is a moving and enchanting work of art from Diane McKinney-Whetstone. Not only is the author an expert in crafting a masterful plot but the fine-tuned writing shows a clear love of the language, a skill lots of writers lack. The book invokes the spirit of works from The Harlem Renaissance era. You can almost hear the likes of Langston and Zora kindly nudging the author on. This book is a must read for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Excellent Book!

    This book is a page turner. Interesting storyline, the characters were amazing and interesting. I also felt the storyline was juicy and exciting.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down

    This book was so hard to put down. It starts getting good right from the first few pages. You will be so engaged with the characters and there will be at least one or two with which you will personally identify with. This book is an AWESOME read. Get it!!!!

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    No Place like Home....

    Reading "Leaving Cecil Street" was a pleasant surprise, considering it had been on my shelf well over 2 years!!! I honestly didn't expect it to be that good...once again I underestimated Mrs. McKinney-Whetstone. This author has such a gift of storytelling. The main characters stick with you long after you've finished. Her depiction of this neighborhood is so real it literally came to life. What I admire most is that Mrs. Mckinney-Whetstone is not afraid to show the human side of her characters...they actually feel like real people!! The ending leaves you wanting more however but that's just as good because you can't get enough!!! Let's pray she writes a seque!!!! GREAT READ!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    Bravo! Take a Bow!

    Once again, an amazingly told story, I wait anxiously for anything written by this author. I think she is the most gifted of writers! All the characters in Leaving Cecil Street were woven together in true art form!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    ONCE AGAIN DIANE WHETSTONE SHINES!

    In a word, WOW! I would say more... but I would tell what you need to experience. Get this book, no, wait, get ALL OF HER BOOKS. Diane Mckinney-Whetstone has become my favorite Author! She is second to none! BRAVO! BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    Great book!

    After reading Blues Dancing I knew she was a great author, but I just finshed Leaving Cecil Street and I have to now say that Diane McKinney-Whetstone is one of my favorite authors. Leaving Cecil Street is a great book. Being a avid reader I have realized that it's hard to find authors who know how to nitch a story together. This books gives me a glimpse of history and it shows you how 'the good days' use to be when everyone looked out for each other on 'The Block' and how actually all of our lives entertwine in one way or another. This book is a must read. This is the fourth book that I have read so far this summer and I must say discourgment set in for a moment because the other authors writings were missing something. But as soon as I picked up this book I realized what they were missing. And that was a way to weave words together to keep the reader wanting more.Plus Diane knows how to make words make scenes in the readers mind. I did not want the book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    flawless flowing read

    leaving cecil was just that flawless and flowing. i would have like a more sewn together ending. it leaves room for a sequel (hint) but none the less i could not put this book down and when i did i looked forward to picking it up again when i was alone so i could 'go to cecil street.'

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