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Virgin Soul ➷ Virgin Soul Free ➭ Author Judy Juanita – Thomashillier.co.uk From a lauded poet and playwright, a novel of a young woman s life with the Black Panthers in s San FranciscoAt first glance, Geniece s story sounds like that of a typical young woman she goes to coll From a lauded poet and playwright, a novel of a young woman s life with the Black Panthers in s San FranciscoAt first glance, Geniece s story sounds like that of a typical young woman she goes to college, has romantic entanglements, builds meaningful friendships, and juggles her schedule with a part time job However, she does all of these things in s San Francisco while becoming a militant member of the Black Panther movement When Huey Newton is jailed in Octoberand the Panthers explode nationwide, Geniece enters the organization s dark and dangerous world of guns, FBI agents, freewheeling sex, police repression, and fatal shoot outs all while balancing her other life as a college studentA moving tale of one young woman s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange A novel so unlike any I ve read in years a little of Al Young s poetry and humor, a little of Toni Cade Bambara s boldness, but Judy Juanita has given us a Bay Area in her own inimitable voice, which is California like no one else She lays it out for you with this writer, there is no half steppin Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here.

    Free Unlimited eBook does all of these things in s San Francisco while becoming a militant member of the Black Panther movement When Huey Newton is jailed in Octoberand the Panthers explode nationwide, Geniece enters the organization s dark and dangerous world of guns, FBI agents, freewheeling sex, police repression, and fatal shoot outs all while balancing her other life as a college studentA moving tale of one young woman s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange A novel so unlike any I ve read in years a little of Al Young s poetry and humor, a little of Toni Cade Bambara s boldness, but Judy Juanita has given us a Bay Area in her own inimitable voice, which is California like no one else She lays it out for you with this writer, there is no half steppin Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 312 pages
  • Virgin Soul
  • Judy Juanita
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 0670026581

About the Author: Judy Juanita

Judy Juanita s latest book, a collection of essays, was a finalist in the OSU Non Fiction Collection contest in The book, DeFacto Feminism Essays Straight Outta Oakland EquiDistance Press, examines the distance between black and female empowerment Her poetry and fiction have been published widely, and her plays have been produced in the Bay Area and New York City She has taught writing at Laney College in Oakland since She lives in Oakland.



10 thoughts on “Virgin Soul

  1. Andre Andre says:

    The story of a young Black woman in Bay Area California going through college and not only being schooled academically, but learning street smarts as well In fact the book is broken into four parts, Freshman, Sopho, Junior and Senior Each part serves as a backdrop for that particular year of College, but this is not a novel about education and the university The main character Geniece happens to be attending school around the time that the Black Panter party is taking shape in Ca What ha The story of a young Black woman in Bay Area California going through college and not only being schooled academically, but learning street smarts as well In fact the book is broken into four parts, Freshman, Sopho, Junior and Senior Each part serves as a backdrop for that particular year of College, but this is not a novel about education and the university The main character Geniece happens to be attending school around the time that the Black Panter party is taking shape in Ca What happens when kids go off to school, apparently of one mind set, but come back with an entirely different one What influences young folk to act Well, there are no easy answers and this novel does a great job of delineating the various options open to young and ambitious students Although the novel is set in the time period of 1966 69, the themes are not limited to those years And parents everywhere are still asking their college age children, How did you get into this or that So what we get are historical figures mixed into the novel, to lend authenticity to the work Huey Newton is a character, Bobby Seale and others from that time period grace the pages This mostly works, as long as you are clear it is all fiction The author does a good job of showing what choices might have been available for someone like Geniece, and how one might have decided to join with the Panthers at a time that was fraught with danger for anyone calling themselves a Black Panther The writing is good and the story is engaging Although you may differ with some of Geniece s choices, you won t get the sense of her decisions just being arbitrary It s all in context and the energy of that period is justly captured The only annoyance, was toward the end of the novel There is an incident of an inapposite nature Didn t seem necessary, and may serve as a distraction from an otherwise very good debut.Of course you will have to read the novel to discover what I m referencing A good solid debut novel and I m looking forward tofrom this author

  2. Michael Michael says:

    Although technically fictional, this novel reads like a memoir, and depicts the coming of age of an African American college girl during the tumultuous 1960 s in Oakland, CA There is a lot of historical name dropping in this one, particularly with the Black Panther Party, who were founded in Oakland at the time the story takes place Although it is not autobiographical, the author was actually a college student involved with the Party at that time, so there is a sense of authenticity to what s Although technically fictional, this novel reads like a memoir, and depicts the coming of age of an African American college girl during the tumultuous 1960 s in Oakland, CA There is a lot of historical name dropping in this one, particularly with the Black Panther Party, who were founded in Oakland at the time the story takes place Although it is not autobiographical, the author was actually a college student involved with the Party at that time, so there is a sense of authenticity to what s going on.The novel s narrator, Geniece, is spunky and intelligent and interesting, and her story discovering herself as a college student, as a woman, and as a Black person in the midst of the Black Power movement is fascinating But her story arc didn t maintain a clear focus for me, and I reached the end feeling dissatisfied I think part of the problem for me was that she was the quintessential college student experimenting with this, exploring that with no real plan and no clear idea of what she wanted Don t get me wrong, this felt realistic But I needmeaning in my stories I need to see how the character has grown and understand why she made certain decisions and how she feels about them There were bits of reflection and analysis in the book, but they always seemed cursory to me, and sometimes contradictory, and were often too little too late, without her really seeing the consequences of her decisions.I had a lot of trouble rating this book, because while I was dissatisfied with the main character s storyline, I did like her and cared about what happened to her In addition, I learned a lot from all of the names and events referred to in the book, and I plan to do a lot of follow up reading on this time period and the non fictional people involved For that experience alone I would recommend it, because this is such a unique context in which to write a coming of age novel As a satisfying novel, though, I had to admit that this was an average book for me The character does not do enough reflecting for my taste, and sometimes teaches what I thought were the wrong lessons about decision making and thinking things through I wanted this novel to be something , because of the rich history presented, but it never really got there for me.Bonus section of some of the names and books mentioned in the story Huey Newton, Percy Mayfield, William Goldman, Crisis in Black and White, James Baldwin s Another Country, Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall, Marian Anderson, Nat Turner, Moynihan Report, Betty Shabazz, Kwame Nkrumah, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Cecil Taylor, Stokely Carmichael, McCoy Tyner, LeRoi Jones Amiri Baraka , Pharoah Sanders, Don Lee, Aim C saire, Fannie Lou Hamer, Eldridge Cleaver, Medgar Evers, George Sams, Marlon Brando, and Martin Luther King Jr. Allwoods s book list Muntu African Culture and the Western World, David Walker s Appeal, Black Boy, Rebirth of African Civilization, Illusion and Reality A Study of the Sources of Poetry, The Wretched of the Earth, Black Nationalism The Search for an Identity, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, The Souls of Black Folk, and The Fire Next Time reread

  3. June Ahern June Ahern says:

    Virgin Soul is a rare treat and insight to the happenings of a city San Francisco in the world s sights For those who think Flower Power was all crazy kids, it had a huge impact on society beyond the daisies in the hair and the LSD bad trips The 1960 s was a turbulent and riveting time historically and the people who lived in the city or those who came, experienced the dramatic changes in values, models and views socially and politically The Black Panthers growth with the unforgettable Bay A Virgin Soul is a rare treat and insight to the happenings of a city San Francisco in the world s sights For those who think Flower Power was all crazy kids, it had a huge impact on society beyond the daisies in the hair and the LSD bad trips The 1960 s was a turbulent and riveting time historically and the people who lived in the city or those who came, experienced the dramatic changes in values, models and views socially and politically The Black Panthers growth with the unforgettable Bay Area leaders that Ms Juanita brings into her story, remain forever big and colorful as they were then Reading about them and the story one will experience a sense of being back in the sixties I know, I was there, coming of age in San Francisco This story is muchthan about the Black Panther movement, it s about a young woman seeking to understand who she is, what s her life purpose and how does she move beyond her past Living in the city for her proved that no matter one s upbringing, moral values, the heat of the changes grabbed up everyone to think and act differently Ms Juanita presents that quandary in a most impressive way, truly visualI could see and hear it all Since this is her debut novel, I won t go into areas that might have lacked in interest to me as a reader because all in all it is a beautifully told story of a a time and place that will not be forgotten by those who were there and those who wished they were With all my research and interviews for my own novel about that time and BP, I wish I d met this author to interview She s so ALIVE in her writings with colorful scenarios Kudos to you, Ms Judy Juanita and I look forward to what else you will write.City of Redemption

  4. Paige Paige says:

    Hmm I really really liked this book starting out But it kind of fell apart for me partway through I m not sure what the precise reason for this was, if the writing declined or if I was justinterested in Geniece s interactions with her family, herself, and the world in general than I was in hearing about the abusive guys she hooked up with, the potato salad she made for the meetings, how Bobby Seale was hiding from police, how many drugs she didGeniece was my favorite part of the book Hmm I really really liked this book starting out But it kind of fell apart for me partway through I m not sure what the precise reason for this was, if the writing declined or if I was justinterested in Geniece s interactions with her family, herself, and the world in general than I was in hearing about the abusive guys she hooked up with, the potato salad she made for the meetings, how Bobby Seale was hiding from police, how many drugs she didGeniece was my favorite part of the book, and unfortunately Geniece gets kind of subsumed by the movement I felt frustrated with that I also felt frustrated about how view spoiler female Panthers were sidelined the whole book and near the very end there is only one paragraph dedicated to any awareness or unpacking of that hide spoiler We have some insights into why her personality might be mutable, but I still wish she had hadcharacter devlopment, whether through internal thoughts struggles or interactions with people It didn t feel like enough to meOverall I liked this book but there were some choppy bits of writing, where I would scratch my head wondering why the author included a certain sentence, paragraph, or anecdote At times I wondered if I would have understoodof what she was getting at I was black and or older my dad had a class with Huey Newton at UCSC, but all that stuff was definitely old news by the time I was growing up in the 90s 00s Also, something just seemedlacking The spark was there for me early on but it didn t hold and I can t really pin down why

  5. Katherine Katherine says:

    I ve been on something of a reading jag lately reading books set in my home region Berkeley Oakland The previous book I read was Michael Chabon s Telegraph Avenue, which sadly annoyed the heck out of me This one felt muchauthentic the author less pleased with every cutesy turn of phrase It brought the time period and place to life vividly Sadly, it was less successful at bringing to life the main character, even though it felt autobiographical Geniece, for all her striving for agen I ve been on something of a reading jag lately reading books set in my home region Berkeley Oakland The previous book I read was Michael Chabon s Telegraph Avenue, which sadly annoyed the heck out of me This one felt muchauthentic the author less pleased with every cutesy turn of phrase It brought the time period and place to life vividly Sadly, it was less successful at bringing to life the main character, even though it felt autobiographical Geniece, for all her striving for agency, seems to let things happen to her so much of the time, it seems She seems most alive when she starts looking after two girls that she met through an inner city tutoring volunteer program and their fate is a turning point for her.Still, overall, a worthwhile read

  6. Wiebke (1book1review) Wiebke (1book1review) says:

    I struggled with this book, for various reasons.1 The main character was unbearable at times.2 The writing felt choppy at times and didn t appeal to me.3 The happenings were exhausting at times and meh at others.But I also liked things about it 1 Mainly the development of the main character, she really improved and became a lot less unbearable towards the end 2 How informative and in depth it was about the Black Panther movement in the late 1960s and the events in the San Francisco area a I struggled with this book, for various reasons.1 The main character was unbearable at times.2 The writing felt choppy at times and didn t appeal to me.3 The happenings were exhausting at times and meh at others.But I also liked things about it 1 Mainly the development of the main character, she really improved and became a lot less unbearable towards the end 2 How informative and in depth it was about the Black Panther movement in the late 1960s and the events in the San Francisco area at that time

  7. SlowReadingJohn SlowReadingJohn says:

    In summary, this is the journey of how a young black woman is radicalized in the late 1960s and becomes a Black Panther It is very informative of the inner workings of the Black Panther Party and the name dropping is great for those who may be unfamiliar with many key radicals of the time It s rare to hear from the perspective of a non famous young person in the thick of the Black Power movement I gave this book three stars because many aspects of the main character s life don t add up for me In summary, this is the journey of how a young black woman is radicalized in the late 1960s and becomes a Black Panther It is very informative of the inner workings of the Black Panther Party and the name dropping is great for those who may be unfamiliar with many key radicals of the time It s rare to hear from the perspective of a non famous young person in the thick of the Black Power movement I gave this book three stars because many aspects of the main character s life don t add up for me or are unclear The main character takes on many responsibilities activities throughout the novel She s a full time student, has a job, a boyfriend boyfriends, and working for her student newspaper But, the book doesn t make it clear how she balances all this They re all mentioned so sparingly that I forgot she was involved in some of these activities or had previously mentioned friends Some of her friends pop up so randomly and rarely you forget them but when they appear, she speaks of them as if they re very close The novel feels poorly edited The writer doesn t do a good job of making you understand some of her relationships or her choices regarding relationships There is so much randomness I think it s a missed opportunity for a 4 or 5 star novel

  8. Olga Zilberbourg Olga Zilberbourg says:

    This novel is set in the 1960s in the Bay Area, during the rise of the Black Panther Party Geniece, the central character, tells of her role within the party as a journalist, cook, general aid, etc Though the novel is told in her voice at the time of the events, the voice contains vestiges of a much older woman telling the story from her deep past which allows the novel to be overtly feminist, while the protagonist is only just figuring out the inequalities of power between the men and women This novel is set in the 1960s in the Bay Area, during the rise of the Black Panther Party Geniece, the central character, tells of her role within the party as a journalist, cook, general aid, etc Though the novel is told in her voice at the time of the events, the voice contains vestiges of a much older woman telling the story from her deep past which allows the novel to be overtly feminist, while the protagonist is only just figuring out the inequalities of power between the men and women in her life Formally, this book is structured as a Bildungsroman Geniece begins college at the beginning of the book and graduates by the end, and the novel is divided into sections by year Freshman, Sopho, Junior, Senior She begins her college career at the Oakland City College, the hotbed of various radical movements of the era, and then transfers to San Francisco State Through her eyes we see the whole spectrum of political beliefs, from what she labels as bourgie to the militant resistance and lots of others in between She s a very compelling character and I found myself fully gripped into the choices before her, rooting for her to find a way forward through all the party politics and her own insecurities

  9. Telly Ree Telly Ree says:

    The book started out strong and amazing, but went left real quick I hated watching Deniece s decline in the movement Even though she claimed she knew herself throughout the entire experience and never lied to herself about who she was, I would totally disagree I would say she lost herself in what she thought was Pro Blackness She knew who was with Allwood, or at least was finding herself Once he left for Cal Tech, she was left to figure out the movement by herself, being led by people who w The book started out strong and amazing, but went left real quick I hated watching Deniece s decline in the movement Even though she claimed she knew herself throughout the entire experience and never lied to herself about who she was, I would totally disagree I would say she lost herself in what she thought was Pro Blackness She knew who was with Allwood, or at least was finding herself Once he left for Cal Tech, she was left to figure out the movement by herself, being led by people who were in the movement for their own self interest and not for the community or the people Also, I didn t not like how Judy Juanita took all the black female experiences during Black Panther era and put them all into one character That was too much for one character to carry

  10. Jim Fulner Jim Fulner says:

    This audio book was quite good Following the story of one young black woman and her life from high school graduation through the black power movement, into the Black Panthers and the good work they were to be doing before it all came crashing down based on infidelity, power struggle, and white power A unique perspective worthy of a read.

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