"Book On It"

"Where is my bookmark? Which audiobook are my headphones plugged into?"

My bookmark is in the novel, “Halsey Street” by Naima Coster. Penelope moves back to Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn to care for her ailing father after thriving in Pittsburgh where she just bought a beautiful apartment. The voice is strong as is the description of the world Penelope and the characters inhabit. I find it fascinating that Penelope found more life in Pittsburgh and carries the responsibility to return to Brooklyn. This world is before the first fifty pages of the novel.

I am listening to “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide” by Darryl McDaniels, who reads his story. He is one of the rappers in the legendary group Run DMC. I first saw this book two years ago in a South Jamaica Queens library. The title of course grabs my attention and also that it is a memoir. The first twenty minutes of the audiobook details Darryl’s relationship with his DMC group members and the moments that lead him to want to commit suicide. It is honest and raw, which should be nothing less with a story of this magnitude.