Basketball Jones

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E. Lynn Harris has wowed and seduced more than three million readers with the wicked drama and undeniable heart in his novels. Now he’s back with another winner sure to top the bestseller lists—a rip-roaring tale of sex, secrets, betrayal . . . and blackmail.

Aldridge James “AJ” Richardson is living the good life. He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles from jet-setting around the country on a whim, and an MBA—but he’s never ...

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Overview

E. Lynn Harris has wowed and seduced more than three million readers with the wicked drama and undeniable heart in his novels. Now he’s back with another winner sure to top the bestseller lists—a rip-roaring tale of sex, secrets, betrayal . . . and blackmail.

Aldridge James “AJ” Richardson is living the good life. He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles from jet-setting around the country on a whim, and an MBA—but he’s never had to work a regular job. He owes it all to his longtime lover, Dray Jones. Dray Jones the rich and famous NBA star. They fell in love in college when AJ was hired to tutor Dray, a freshman on the basketball team. But Dray knew if he wanted to make it to the big time, he must juggle his public image and his private desires. Built on a deep, abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both, but when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions about AJ, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray’s “other life.” Or does she?
In Basketball Jones, E. Lynn Harris explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow. Filled with nonstop twists and turns, it will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

AJ Richardson, the hero of Harris's raucous latest, has been the secret boyfriend of NBA star Drayton Jones for seven years. AJ is only too happy to keep their relationship under wraps-after all, with European trips and spending sprees financed by Dray, what's there to complain about? But when gold-digger Judi Ledbetter nets Dray and his fat wallet, things get tricky. Soon, they're married, Judi gets pregnant, and she's gunning to drive AJ out of Dray's life permanently. Blackmail, intrigue and double-crosses round out this fun little romp. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

In this latest from Harris (Just Too Good To Be True), Aldridge James and longtime lover Dray are on the downlow and must keep their relationship hidden because of Dray's status as a famous NBA star. To quell rumors, Dray decides to get married, but someone finds out his secret and tries to blackmail him.


—Ann Burns
From the Publisher
“There’s nothing like a little love triangle. . . . Steamy.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Harris’s books are hot, in more ways than one.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity.” —USA Today
 
“Keeps the sex, scandal and drama churning.” –People
 
“[Harris’s] prose is clean and engaging, the characters compelling, and the plot fast and twisted.” —Seattle Weekly 
 
“Slam-dunk entertainment. . . . A big score for novel lovers.” —Insight News 

 “A story of intrigue. . . . We come to understand why, even in our enlightened time, a pro athlete cannot feel that being openly gay is an option.” —The Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
 
“Scandalously entertaining. . . . A look into the glitz and glamour of the NBA.” —Urban Reviews
 
“In true E. Lynn fashion, there’s betrayal, deceit, secrets and of course, sex; all leading to a high-impact denouement.” —Bleu magazine 
 
“Harris . . . create[s] characters that remind us of someone we know. . . . Titillating.” —GBM News 
 
“Since his first novel . . . Harris has challenged and delighted his readers with juicy stories of love, betrayal and the lives of beautiful people. . . . Fast-paced, funny [and] hip.” —Bookreporter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739381878
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

E. Lynn Harris

E. LYNN HARRIS is the author of ten previous novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. His recent novels Just Too Good to be True, I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, and Any Way the Wind Blows hit the bestseller lists in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Biography

Jackie Collins has kept the literary romance world well stocked with claws-out, upper-crust melodramas. But until E. Lynn Harris came along, the genre lacked a little ... diversity. Harris brought diversity and then some, with his now-trademark "buppie" characters, questions about sexuality, and hopelessly (but deliciously) complicated relationships.

Written from both male and female points of view and featuring recurring characters, Harris's books can be read as a veritable soap opera. The cycle begins with Invisible Life, the story of Raymond Winston Tyler Jr. -- a character Harris has acknowledged bears many similarities to himself. Raymond grapples with his sexuality, developing a relationship with a man he meets in law school and jeopardizing one with his girlfriend. His coming-of-age continues over the next two novels in the trilogy, Just As I Am and Abide with Me, as he struggles with losses of friends to AIDS, the ending of a relationship with an actress, and the beginning of a new one with a man.

Another recurring Harris character, Basil Henderson, is the man readers love to hate. An arrogant, badass football player-turned-sports agent, Basil beds both women and men until he meets up with his female (and later, male) counterparts. His story is mainly told in Not a Day Goes By and Any Way the Wind Blows.

It's true that in the Basil Henderson books, Harris is taking a saucy cue or two from his female romance novel predecessors; but the author claims to be more heavily influenced by writers such as Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan, and it would be misleading to pigeonhole his books as purely guilty pleasures. Particularly in his earlier books, Harris brought to a mainstream readership the issues that many gay and bisexual men face, and added a new voice to the portrayal of black, upwardly mobile characters. And in books such as If This World Were Mine and the young adult novel Diaries of a Light-Skinned Colored Boy, he has addressed issues of race and self-realization.

Given his themes, it may seem surprising that the majority of Harris's readers are straight women; but it's also a testament to his ability to write about love and self-discovery with humor, not to mention a little steaminess.

Good To Know

Harris worked as a salesman for IBM, and earned a following by self-publishing Invisible Life before getting a book deal.

He was tapped to write the screenplay for an update of the 1976 movie Sparkle, to be produced by Whitney Houston's production company. But with the death of Aaliyah, who was attached to star, the project's future is uncertain.

He lived most of his adult life in Chicago, Illinois.

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flint, Michigan
    1. Date of Death:
      July 23, 2009
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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One

Although I have two degrees, including an MBA from Georgia State University, I haven't worked a nine-to-five since I met Dray. When we first moved to Atlanta, I was kept busy furnishing his new condo and my town house, which were about ten minutes apart. Even though we spent a lot of time together, Dray thought it best that we have separate living quarters. I understood that. I even picked up a few clients for interior design work and then pursued my MBA at night but didn't tell Dray about it, because he made it clear he wanted me to be able to travel at a moment's notice to attend his road games.

Being Dray's love at times was like having a full-time job. I was responsible for purchasing most of his NBA wardrobe, which meant his suits, shirts, underwear, and ties. He bought his own jeans and sneakers. I set up his computer and iPod and made sure he had the latest electronic gadget. Life was easy and good. I had season tickets to the Hawks: I didn't miss one home game and attended as many road games as I could get to. I wouldn't call myself a huge basketball fan, but I loved going to the games to see what the wives, girlfriends, and groupies were wearing. At first I was envious that they got to show their love and support publicly, but later I felt sorry for many of them when Dray reminded me how much their husbands and boyfriends cheated on them when away on road games.

The first three years in Atlanta were like heaven.

Then she came along and everything changed.

The straight club scene in Atlanta bored me and the gay one didn't do much for me either. So I didn't mind when Dray went to the clubs and strip bars with his teammates. To me it was part of his job. But when one of his teammates suggested that I might be more than his interior designer/stylist, Dray went on a tear to find women. And trust me, the ladies were waiting.

At first he dated a couple of ghetto-fabulous sisters and some plain ghetto girls but got tired of them easily. I knew there was something different when he told me he'd met this young lady at a club in Miami after a road game there. He talked about how smart and beautiful she was and how much she knew about sports. Judi Ledbetter gave Dray the appearance of a socialite but sounded to me like a shrewd gold digger who gave good head, for a female, that is. I guess everybody is good at something.

I imagined her being like the ladies I sometimes saw in tony restaurants enjoying liquid lunches, and having flings with their trainers. I had no proof this was the case with Judi, but it was my secret wish.

Before I knew it, she was doing some of the things Dray had depended on me to do for him, like buying his clothes, planning his vacations, and advising him on what products he should endorse. The difference between her advice and mine was that she did it with a feminine flair, whereas I always presented my advice as one of his bois telling him what was cool. I hadn't grown up in the lifestyle Dray and I were now living, but I'd done my homework to keep my head above water. I pored over style magazines like GQ and Esquire. I watched the Fine Living channel daily. I was constantly reading InStyle and Architectural Digest. My design background came in handy when I talked with the builders of Dray's condo about crown molding, marble, and bbuilt-in ookshelves. When he built his first house it was I who suggested the indoor pool and the basketball and tennis courts.

As far as I was concerned, nothing seemed to change between Dray and me after he met Judi. I still saw him four to five times a week. But, unbeknownst to me, Dray had other plans that would cause things to change a bit. I showed no reaction when he announced that he was marrying Judi in what was to be one of the biggest weddings Miami's Star Island had ever seen. I'd seen it coming and told myself that I'd hold it together when he broke the news. I wanted to show him I could take care of myself. Needless to say, I didn't attend. Instead I spent the entire month of June touring Europe on Dray's dime so I didn't have to endure all the press attention their nuptials captured.

When he bought a mansion in Country Club Hills, my design input went unsolicited. Dray had to know my feelings were hurt, so he moved me out of my town house into a bigger house with a pool in Brookhaven and bought me a new Porsche. This didn't make me feel much better but I took his gifts anyway. If buying me a house and car made Dray happy, then that made me happy. Judi was none the wiser. I understood that Dray needed to be married or have a steady girlfriend to enhance his career with the Hawks and endorsers like Nike, Sean John, and Gatorade. I didn't like it but I understood. During his third year in the league, Dray was right behind Shaq, Kobe, and LeBron when it came to product endorsements. In his fourth year he was still a popular pitch man.

There was also the matter of his family, who had been pressuring him to marry. Dray came from a big family with three brothers and three sisters, who were now living in a slew of mansions Dray had built between Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi. His father, Henry, had quit his job as a construction worker and came to almost as many games as I attended, but I was never introduced to him or any of Dray's family. From what Dray told me, they were a_close-_knit bunch, but very country and conservative when it came to certain things. I translated that to mean that they wouldn't be too happy about our relationship.

My family, on the other hand, was a lot different. I'd been raised by a single mom in the small town of Burlington, North Carolina. My biological father left when I was six years old and I don't remember that much about him. Mama eventually started dating a guy who I called "Mr. Danny." I liked him, but he made Mama cry a lot and disappeared when he got Mama pregnant, and she found out he hadn't divorced his first wife. I loved Mama and would do anything in the world for her, because she made sure we always had food on the table and a roof over our heads.

As Dray made life more and more comfortable for me, I could take care of Mama and my fifteen-year-old sister, the beautiful Bella Lynn. With Dray's money I bought them a house in a nice neighborhood right outside Raleigh and paid the tuition for Bella, who was a budding ballet dancer at the North Carolina School of Ballet. I was already planning a _sweet-_sixteen party for her, which I hoped would rival some of the parties Bella and I watched on MTV.

My mother didn't know about Dray or where all the money came from, and just figured I was doing well with my career. I _assumed she knew I was gay because Mama never asked me about girls or who I was dating, only stating one day very casually, "I just want you to be happy, baby. With whomever you choose."

JAbout three months ago Dray said casually, after an evening of food, wine, and great sex, that I was moving to New Orleans. Just like that. He told me he'd found me a gorgeous two-story town house with a wrought-iron fence and a luscious garden and I was closing on it soon. When I asked why, he told me he asked the Atlanta Hawks for a trade because Judi didn't think pretty white girls were appreciated in Atlanta. She wanted to go to Denver or Los Angeles, but the Hawks got the last laugh by trading him to the New Orleans Hornets. Now Dray was on a team that, after Hurricane Katrina, didn't have a place to call home and spent two seasons in Oklahoma City.

So without further discussion I moved to New Orleans. A couple of days after Dray was traded, two burly Mexican guys showed up at my home to pack my belongings. Things were happening so fast, I almost let the movers pack my personal journals, which I protected like the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe.

After a week in the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton, I moved into a refurbished town house in the middle of the famed French Quarter, now a resident of the rebuilding Crescent City.

I was getting ready to go out and explore my new neighborhood when the cell phone beeped, indicating I had a text message. It was the phone that only Dray called me on. "Got some free time. C u in 30."

I took off the jeans and polo shirt I was wearing and jumped in the shower for the second time that day. There were a few things I knew Dray liked without his ever telling me. He was a neat freak and personal hygiene was paramount. Dray always smelled good and kept his nails clipped and manicured. I knew he expected the same from me.

When I wore something he liked seeing me in, Dray would say, "You look nice in those jeans, AJ." I would make a mental note and buy several more.

After I got out of the shower, I covered my body with cocoa butter, then applied capsules of pure vitamin E to the few blemishes on my face. I looked at my abs and realized that they weren't as tight as they had been when I lived in Atlanta and worked out with a trainer four times a week. The one thing that I loved about New Orleans-the food-was already showing up on my lean but muscular five-foot-eight, 162-pound body with a booty like two soccer balls tied together. When I hired an assistant, the first task would be to have him find me a trainer so I could get back to the size I was when I competed in college gymnastics. I really didn't need a _full-_time assistant, but I'd heard a lot of young black men and kids in general were left unemployed in New Orleans after Katrina, so I made up my mind to hire someone who could help me adjust to the city and run errands for me. This would allow me to volunteer for one of the several organizations trying to bring the city back to its former self. I was really interested in Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, which was building _low-_cost housing in the historic Ninth Ward.

Instead of putting my jeans back on, I threw on a pair of gray _warm-_ups that I knew Dray liked (without underwear) and a pink T-shirt. Now, it wasn't like Dray and I made love every time we saw each other; it had been two weeks since we'd put it down. I'd missed his smell and big hands caressing my head and ass.

I was still upstairs in my bedroom looking for a pair of sneakers when I heard the security bell. I looked at the alarm panel in the bedroom, which told me the back door had been opened. Dray had arrived. And not a moment too soon, I thought, as I quickly removed the greasy vitamin E from my face and replaced it with moisturizer.

"I needed that." Dray sighed as he playfully pushed me off him.

I caught my breath and said, "You? I needed it more."

For a few moments, we lay in the bed in silence. I always loved these moments when the two of us would lie in bed in absolute solitude.

"What are you going to do with the rest of your day?" Dray asked.

"I'm going to meet a lady who heads up Brad Pitt's foundation here. I think they might be able to use some of my skills with the houses they are building."

"That's cool. AJ, you're a smart man. You'd be a big help to them."

"I hope so."

"So you like this place?" he asked, looking around my master suite.

"It's okay. There are still a few things I need to do."

"Like what?"

"I don't know if I like the color in this room. The yellow might be too pale," I said.

"It's calming," Dray said, snuggling closer to me, his arms tightening around my waist.

I quickly tried to pull back, hoping he hadn't noticed I'd picked up a few pounds.

"Don't do that," I said.

"What? Hold you? Or don't you think I noticed you put on a little weight?" He laughed. "AJ, I notice everything. But it's going to all the right places. And that's real talk, _ba-_bee."

"I'm going to hire a trainer," I said decisively. Even though we never talked about it, I knew Dray wanted me in top shape. I wanted to be in top shape too. It was one of those funny things about our relationship; we seldom said, "I need you to look good" or even "I love you," which I was sure he told Judi every day. Girls needed to hear that, but I told myself I didn't. All that mattered was that I knew Dray loved me, whether he actually told me or not. I just wish he kissed me more often.

"That's what's up," Dray continued. "I got a cousin who lives down here that used to train me. Mainly we just shot hoops. If you want I'll ask around and find you someone good."

"Don't worry about it, I'll find somebody. I know you're busy getting settled in your new house." Judi sprang to mind and I was hit by a wave of jealousy, but I didn't let Dray know. "How is it coming?"

"It's fine. Judi's like you, she's great at all that shit. When she's finished and goes back to Atlanta to close up the old house, I'll take you out to see the new one," he said. Dray's phone rang and he looked at it, then answered. I was lying so close to him that I knew from the look on his face that it was most likely his wife.

"What's up, babe? You miss me? Of course I miss you, J-Love." He smiled at me and winked, and then I heard him say, "If that's what you want, Judi, then get it. You know I'm not worried about how much it costs. Love you too, J-Love." J-Love? So that's what he called her. Dray may have thought it was cute, but it made me want to throw up.

He clicked off his phone and then looked at me and asked what we were saying before his phone interrupted our conversation.

I felt slighted but didn't want Dray to know, so I replied offhandedly, "I was just saying, you know, I'm here if you need me."

"I know you're here for me always. I 'preciate that, Aldridge Richardson," Dray said.

"I know," I answered softly, suddenly wishing I could hold back my tears and hear that every day of my life.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Foreword

1. In the Prologue, AJ claims that even though he has to keep his relationship secret, he is happy with his choice to do so and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.” Did you believe AJ’s claim at first? Do you think he believed what he told himself? Did his attitude change through the book?

2. In Chapter Six, AJ laments, “Sometimes I don’t know if I chose the life I lead of if it chose me.” How would you answer that question for AJ?

3. Do you know anyone on the “down low?” Why have they not yet come out? How would you react if someone close to you surprised you by admitting he or she was gay?

4. Why do you think the world of athletics is unaccepting of homosexuality? Do think Dray was more concerned about being “outed” to his wife, to his father and family, or to his fans and teammates?

5. Do any of the main characters—AJ, Dray, Jade, Maurice—remind you of people you know in your own life?

6. For whom did you feel more empathy, AJ or Dray? Do you think one of the men had an easier time in his life than the other?

7. Consider the idea of “friendship” in terms of AJ’s friend Maurice. Why was AJ friends with Maurice? Why do some people choose to remain close to someone who isn’t a good friend, or worse, causes them upsetment or harm?

8. “I longed for the days when I had the upper hand and Dray needed me more than I needed him.” Discuss this statement of AJ’s in Chapter Six. Do you think it’s good for a relationship if one member has the “upper hand?”

9. When AJ gets the first of several menacing phonecalls that threaten to reveal his secret relationship, he refuses to tell Dray what’s happening. Why do you think he didn’t want Dray to know?

10. Which character did you suspect might be responsible for blackmailing Dray and AJ? When the perpetrator’s identity was revealed, were you surprised?

11. Discuss the book’s ending. Were you wishing that AJ and Dray got back together?

12. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Think about AJ’s grandmother’s wise words from the end of Chapter Twenty-Three. Does AJ take them to heart?

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Reading Group Guide

1. In the Prologue, AJ claims that even though he has to keep his relationship secret, he is happy with his choice to do so and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.” Did you believe AJ’s claim at first? Do you think he believed what he told himself? Did his attitude change through the book?

2. In Chapter Six, AJ laments, “Sometimes I don’t know if I chose the life I lead of if it chose me.” How would you answer that question for AJ?

3. Do you know anyone on the “down low?” Why have they not yet come out? How would you react if someone close to you surprised you by admitting he or she was gay?

4. Why do you think the world of athletics is unaccepting of homosexuality? Do think Dray was more concerned about being “outed” to his wife, to his father and family, or to his fans and teammates?

5. Do any of the main characters—AJ, Dray, Jade, Maurice—remind you of people you know in your own life?

6. For whom did you feel more empathy, AJ or Dray? Do you think one of the men had an easier time in his life than the other?

7. Consider the idea of “friendship” in terms of AJ’s friend Maurice. Why was AJ friends with Maurice? Why do some people choose to remain close to someone who isn’t a good friend, or worse, causes them upsetment or harm?

8. “I longed for the days when I had the upper hand and Dray needed me more than I needed him.” Discuss this statement of AJ’s in Chapter Six. Do you think it’s good for a relationship if one member has the “upper hand?”

9. When AJ gets the first of several menacing phone calls thatthreaten to reveal his secret relationship, he refuses to tell Dray what’s happening. Why do you think he didn’t want Dray to know?

10. Which character did you suspect might be responsible for blackmailing Dray and AJ? When the perpetrator’s identity was revealed, were you surprised?

11. Discuss the book’s ending. Were you wishing that AJ and Dray got back together?

12. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Think about AJ’s grandmother’s wise words from the end of Chapter Twenty-Three. Does AJ take them to heart?

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Blew My MIND!!

    This was a great book, looking at the cover i knew i would love it and i did. This plot was on point at all times, not one dull moment. There were so many twist and turns to keep you hooked but not to many to confuse you. I was some of everything but not overly gay like some of his books tend to be. One of the male characters reminded me of the guy from Housewives of ATLANTA, guess you have to read to find out who.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Scandal

    E lynn always was a good writer especially how helps the reader understand the difficulties behind being a black gay man. For him to write such a story exposing the behind the scenes with a black gay ball player was jaw dropping to say the least. How they lead double lives makes you think do you really know the person you are sharing your bed with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Must Read!

    Very entertaining book! You won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Wowzer

    First book i have read by e lynn harris and it did not let me down! Awesome book

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Once again E. Lynn Harris scores a three pointer. "Basketball Jones" was so dynamic that I was able to read it in one day. Yes, I couldn't put it down and was determine to find out what was going to happen next. The twist and turns of the love triangle helped to keep the sex, secrets and drama churning for more. However, the end was very disappointing, but was still worth every moment of reading. The characters AJ (Aldridge Richardson) and Dray (Drayton Jones) were secret lovers every since AJ had to tutor Day in Algebra while at college. Then Dray who was drafted by the NBA goes on to have a very successful career decides not to end his relationship with his secret lover. Yet, he decides that he wants to get married, but continues to have AJ in his life. AJ has to deal with this new twist in Dray's life, because Dray doesn't want anyone to find out or even question his relationship with AJ. AJ agrees to keep the relationship a secret because Dray is good to him and takes care of him financially. AJ really doesn't seem to mind because Dray takes him to every part of the country where his career takes him playing ball. Regrettably, someone knows about their secret and is determine not to stop until they get paid or even expose the grubby affair of the married NBA star and his secret gay lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2009

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    Jonesing For Early E. Lynn

    While this book may have been a fun, light, fast read, it in no way packs the emotional punch of E. Lynn's earlier works, particularly Just as I Am and Invisible Life (or my personal favorite, And This Too Shall Pass). In recent years his books have become increasingly cartoonish, and Basketball Jones is no exception. He should be credited for not only starting an important dialogue about sexuality (brothers on the down low), gender, masculinity, and culture but for being willing to explore the complexities of these issues in ways that may not always be easy to empathize with. Bravo to E. Lynn, but if you've never read him before start with one of his better novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2009

    a must read

    i got the book today and JUST finished it. i could not put it down. it is one of his best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    Basketball Jones - A Must Read!

    I just finish reading this book (1 day) and could not put it down. I have read all of E.Lynn Harris books and this is one of his best. A must BUY!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Announcer

    "5.9 seconds and it looks like Duke wins 76-65."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    KANSAS JAYHAWKS

    ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK #jayhawkforlife

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    This was the first E. Lynn Harris book that I've ever read and i

    This was the first E. Lynn Harris book that I've ever read and it was so good. This story was truly a gem to read. I bought this book on my NOOK Tablet and read it in about 12 hours. His characters are so real and the story was very intriguing. It has similar themes to other books written where a gay character is in a romance with someone on the "DL" (down low), but it was so enjoyable and nicely written that I didn't even care. The main character was relatable and I could identify so much with him. My only criticism of the book is that I wish the author did more with scene building. The main character would often be in a different city, but not much was done to build the scenery of the place other than saying he was there. New Orleans was an exception though. He did a good job with building the beauty of NO. Other than that though, the character development and pacing were flawless!

    This is a book that I would definitely recommend to friends, family, and lovers of the contemporary African-American fiction genre. I have been this excited about a black author since Eric Jerome Dickey.

    I definitely look forward to reading more of Harris's work! This won't be his last book that I read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Good

    I like this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Aprentice den

    Of FruitsBasketClan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Love

    Who wants to have sex

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Great book

    A must read!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    wow!

    this book was an okay read. i was disappointed with the ending. it's like there should be more. which leads me to think the story of AJ and Dray is not over.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    good but not great

    this was a good story. it had potential to be great, I felt like some of the key players story could have been expanded more, it would have made the plot that much better. the ending made me feel like something was missing as if the story was wrapped up to quickly. a good who-done-it (although i figured out the end result early in the story)

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    good

    very interesting read

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    I love and will miss E. Lynn Harris VERY much!

    I just starting reading this book and I am already in love with it. This is just one of E. Lynn's great write's. I have read all and love ALL of E. Lynn's books and will miss his writig greatly.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    I Gotta Love jones

    Its been a while since I have read anything by Mr. Harris. I finished the book in two nights just reading after work. The relationship in this book can be compared to so many regardless of orientation. I couldnt put it down. I wish Mr. Harris was still here to give us a sequal.

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