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Book Journey

This is Me

This is me. Back when my hair was done. Back when one of my best friends and I could steal away on a Saturday afternoon and take silly pictures at a bookstore. Back when I got dressed every day and carried a purse. My name is Deedee Cummings, and I don’t think I’ve ever introduced […]

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Being Genuine: Candid Conversations about Race

Recently, I was lucky enough to have this thoughtful email appear in my inbox. Hi Deedee, I wondered if I could ask for your advice? Amy and I would like to responsibly and sensitively address the protests and the need for white people to educate themselves with books. We were thinking about inviting a black […]

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Tomatoes and Writing Books: Try, try again

You don’t know how magical these little berries in my hand actually are. Well, they’re not berries. They’re tomatoes. Or they will be anyway. I have tried to get tomatoes now for exactly four years. My family and I moved to our new home four years ago and one of my goals was to garden […]

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Author Advice

Supporting Black-Owned Bookstores

Post COVID-19 and the amplification on #BlackLivesMatter, I had read that independently-owned bookstores were flourishing after nearly being ignored into extinction. I think that speaks to the heart, dedication, uniqueness, and passion of the owners who have fought to keep these much-needed parts of communities afloat. Despite all of the setbacks that 2020 has offered, […]

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Author Advice

Racism undermines mental health. Here’s what we can do

“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get […]

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Book Journey

A Christmas in July Promo Code: A fun way to gift a book to a child

Christmas is one of our favorite times of the year. Happy humans, family time, gifts, good food, and decorating…what’s not to love? So imagine how intrigued we were when we happened upon an “unofficial” holiday called Christmas in July. This online event imitates the festivities of the actual Christmas during a time when we are […]

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