Books by Jay Thomas Willis

The Devil in Angelica
This novel is about an interracial relationship that's hot blooded in more ways than one. The South. A university. Together, these two places become one of the most repressive settings in America to find and express love between racial lines. Still, it happens. Steffon: A Black man who comes from meager circumstances. Angelica: A rich and debonair White woman. These two find each other when Steffon discovers that Angelica is a white female in so-called "Black drag"-- in love with parties, basketball, Southern Comfort, and Black men. Through their stormy relationship, Steffon learns that people may be different colors, but still have the same fears, shed the same tears, and die in so many years. For a contemporary view of college love, sex, and how the two chase each other around in circles--buy this book. click cover for larger view
ISBN: 0-7414-0299-8 | 110 pages


Freeing the African American's Mind
click cover for larger view This book discusses how African-Americans can free their minds from psychological effects of slavery, and the many years of pre-colonial oppression. The basic idea behind the book is that African-Americans were freed from the shackles and chains on their hands, feet, and necks; but so far have been unable to successfully free their minds from the psychological effects left by these past restraints. This book suggests that African-Americans will need extensive reconditioning in order to remove the psychological effects of this conditioning. The book is a detailed exposť on how African-Americans can accomplish this objective.
ISBN: 1-56411-191-1 | 256 pages


God or Barbarian: The Myth of a Messiah Who Will Return to Liberate Us
This book's basic theme is that many of us seem to be waiting for a messiah to return on wings and silver clouds to rescue us from our decadent plight. The fact is that the Creator has given us the creative intelligence to liberate ourselves from our own condition. Since He has given us this gift to save ourselves, He will not likely return to save us. If we await His return before doing something about our situation, we will find ourselves in the same position as the North and South American Indians, as well as other groups who had a similar myth in their folklore about a white bearded God who would return to liberate the people from their condition. This God has never returned, and most likely never will. Besides, if the Creator did return, why should we expect Him to take our side? The Creator made all things, and He or She is neutral concerning all of them. click cover for larger view
ISBN: 1-56411-212-8 | 119 pages


Implications for Effective Psychotherapy with African-Americans
click cover for larger view This book is bombarded with original ideas for doing psychotherapy with African Americans. It explores pre-slavery, slavery, and post-slavery experiences; while relating how this has impacted the Black family; and how this will influence African Americans in therapy. It presents several models for specific types of psychotherapy. It also examines internal dynamics, how to relate to the individual and family in psychotherapy, and takes a look at the future of African American families. The book suggests the Black family has unique qualities, based upon its pasts, making it necessary to utilize a different therapeutic approach.
ISBN: 0-7414-5860-8 | 279 pages


Where the Pig Trail Meets the Dirt Road
This collection of nineteen short stories is filled with excitement. The short stories describe many wishful thoughts in the life and times of the author. They follow the chronological development of the author's life. These stories are like an insane man with a sword; they cut to the bone. The author may not have followed all of the literary rules, but these short stories are masterfully done and conceived. In these stories the author earns credibility, and the right to call himself a writer. click cover for larger view
ISBN: 0-7414-0412-5 | 148 pages


Finding Your Own African-Centered Rhythm
An extensive collection of articles designed to help African-Americans find their African center. It is felt by the author that many African-Americans, in coming to America and having existed in slavery, have lost their sense of who they are. This collection of articles will help them regain a sense of who they are. Most African-Americans function from a sense of rhythm, and to lose it is tantamount to losing one's ability to survive. It is important to find and nurture this sense of rhythm.

It is necessary for us to reclaim our African-centered values, and take control of our destiny. Eurocentric values are not working for African-Americans. These values have helped only a small percentage of African-Americans to improve themselves. We continue to lose ground as a people, rather than gain ground.

We must cling to the values that helped our ancestors to survive in Africa during the Middle Passage, slavery, and eras since slavery. To continue to adhere to morally and politically bankrupt values is cultural suicide!

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ISBN: 0-7414-0503-2 | 137 pages


A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: Insights, Perceptions, and Reflections on the African American Condition
click cover for larger view A collection of articles written as Op-Ed Commentaries for the Chicago Defender between November 1995 and August 1999. The author describes his thoughts on a variety of subjects in the news, and other thoughts he felt the need to express.

This book documents the author's thoughts on the final years of the twentieth century. In the author's mind, here is how it all goes down. He proposes some problems and solutions. He feels that if we go into the twenty-first century with the same problems hanging around our necks, we will likely choke before the middle of the century is done.

He feels that it is up to us to collectively make the necessary changes to improve the system for all individuals concerned, and fears that without improvements in the system, we are headed for a situation far worse than any conditions before or after slavery.

In 126 essays of some 600 to 750 words each, there is very little repetition, and although easy to read, each one challenges the mind to think.

ISBN: 0-7414-0492-3 | 369 pages


REFLECTIONS ON MY LIFE: You're Gonna Carry That Weight a Long Time
A poetry collection that describes the life and times of the author growing up in rural East Texas. These poems reflect the good, the bad, and the ugly times in the author's life. These poems are not all morbid, yet are not all about love and romance. They reflect the reality of living without ever having enough of anything, and somehow surviving the experience. It is a story about a young man growing up in search of himself.

He writes this poetry many years later as he looks back on his life.

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ISBN: 0-7414-0502-4 | 90 pages


You Can't Get There from Here
click cover for larger view A semi-fictional autobiography, it depicts the life of a young man growing up in a rural area of North Louisiana. This young man grows up driving a wagon in an age of jet propulsion. The novel considers his early years, his school days, his college years, his military experience, and the latter part of his life. The trials and tribulations of the primary character, C.L., are described. The author tries to get the point across that if one starts out with severe deficits, it may be difficult to overcome them.

Mostly there were dirt roads of red clay leading to the homes of blacks. Electricity was a new invention for these rural blacks, and running water was unheard of. There was no natural gas, no indoor toilet facilities, and no telephone lines. The houses were crude and strong winds could be felt indoors. Many of these houses resembled plantation shanties from slavery days.

C.L. was born in the South in 1947, his parents the products of a bygone era. They had what C.L. refers to as a "sharecroppers mentality." They couldn't escape the conditioning they underwent as children, and thus passed along to their children the experiences they themselves once had. C.L. makes it quite explicit that through his story that it's difficult to change one's situation once life is begun with severe deficits, which can lead to many other depriving situations.

ISBN: 0-7414-0504-0 | 143 pages


When the Village Idiot Get Started
This book is a collection of articles written for the Chicago Defender and Final Call newspapers. These articles were written between August 1999 and October 2001. The author describes his thoughts on how the Black community has been conditioned to be chaotic, disorganized, and confused.

Many ideas in the news during this period are discussed, and other thoughts he felt the need to express. He attempts to analyze the Black community as it embarks on this new millennium. In 116 essays, he challenges Blacks to overcome their disorganization and confusion, while developing love, loyalty, unity, and consolidation of resources.
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ISBN: 0-7414-1813-4 | 335 pages


Nowhere To Run or Hide
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This book is the final collection of articles written for the Chicago Defender, and the Final Call Newspapers. They were written between September 2001 and January 2003. The author describes and prescribes solutions for the continuing chaos, confusion, and disorganization in the Black community.

The author analyzes frequent issues in the news. He
considers whether Blacks are progressing as the new millennium advances. In sixty-four essays he raps up his thinking on the ending of the old and beginning of the new millennium, and how conditions will continue to affect Blacks.

ISBN: 0-7414-2473-8 | 197 pages


As Soon As The Weather Breaks

Charles decides he's tired of living on the farm, taking care of animals, being called a country boy, and feeling generally neglected. He also doesn't like the education he's getting at the local high school. He gets an opportunity to leave the farm when his brother buys him a car.

He wanted to find a big city far enough away that his parents couldn't find him He took what money he had saved and headed for Chicago one Friday evening after school. He had many trials and tribulations, but found individuals who helped him to attain his objectives, and eventually received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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ISBN: 0-7414-2474-6 | 195 pages


The Cotton is High
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This book is a collection of fictional short stories about some aspect of the author's past. Some of them reflect the remote past and some the recent past. These 21 short stories are guaranteed to enterain you. Each story is fast paced and easy reading. They are strictly created from the author's dreams, thoughts, and fantasies. As they say, there is a little truth in all fiction, and a little fiction in all non-fiction. They also say truth is stranger than fiction.

ISBN: 0-7414-3640-X | 196 pages


God, Or Balance in the Universe

Out of our tendency to believe in something bigger than ourselves, we created an all-powerful God, this God is supposed to be capable of supplying all of our needs. It is considered here that this God in the Bible is a myth handed down though fables, folkores, and allegories. There is no supernatural God, only a Balance in the Universe, this balance keeps the Universe in perfect motion, and supplies all the necessary resources needed for this magnificent creation to continue. We will reach our ultimate development when we learn to believe and trust in each other.

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ISBN: 0-7414-3641-8 | 86 pages


Why Black Americans Behave As They Do
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This book describes the conditioning process of Black Americans, and attempts to further explain why we behave as we do. The pre-slavery, Middle Passage, post-slavery, and present-day process of conditiong is elaborated upon. It explains why Black America is confused, chaotic, and disorganized; why we lack love, loyalty, unity, or the ability to consolidate resources. We also have much self-hate as well as self- and other-destructive behaviors. Few Blacks or anyone else want to talk about how we got this way. This book elaborates on the problems, the process, and offers some solutions to negate past and future conditioning.

ISBN: 0-7414-3682-5 | 199 pages


Over The Celestial Wireless - Critical Essays

This book is a collection of articles written for the East Side Daily News of Cleveland, Ohio. They were written between June 2006 and July 2007. The articles analyze current events in the news, and other thoughts on the author's mind. The author's insights are based on experiences from his childhood through his mature years. The author describes problems and prescribes solutions for issues that continue to plague the Black Community. In sixy-five essays of 700 to 1,000 words, he describes how past conditioning will continue to effect Blacks from generation to generation.

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ISBN: 0-7414-4160-8 | 208 pages


Hard Luck
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Each of these sixteen short stories are based upon only a small amount of reality, and simply designed to entertain. They will delight and excite you. There is no central theme in this collection of stories. Each story is meant to be read and enjoyed in its own right. In some cases the stories are the author's view of what he would like to have had happened, in other cases just the opposite. These stories are the exact fantasies of the author: they are uncut-raw funk. The author has resisted letting his stories be perverted by heavy-handed editors.

ISBN: 0-7414-4783-5 | 136 pages


Paranoid, But Not Stupid

This book consists of sixty-five articles written for the East Side Daily News of Cleveland, the Dallas Examiner and my online blog. The articles are between 700 and 1,000 words each. All the articles deal with developing the conscious level of Blacks. The author believes that we must all work to improve our situation, no one can do it alone. The articles emphasize the fact that we must develop love, loyalty, unity, trust, and learn to consolidate resources; that if we don't do this we will forever be wandering and groping in the darkness.

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ISBN: 0-7414-5844-6 | 237 pages


Nothing But A Man
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This is an analysis of the author's development from a boy into a man. It takes a look at why our ancestors were the way they were. How their conditions were passed on to subsequent generations. It also takes a look at his parents and their history. It then describes his development from early life to his latter adult years. It cleverly tells us all things about our history that we should inculcate. This memoir helps us to better understand that we must learn from our past. It is also a candid and frank portrayal of the author's ascent into manhood.

ISBN: 0-7414-5846-2 | 151 pages


Educated Misunderstanding

This is a book of sixteen colorful and riveting short stories. The stories describe some fictional aspects of the author's life. Some are recent and some are of the remote past. They are written to give self-expression to the author's imagination. Each story is approximately 2,500 words. The stories were first written strictly to entertain the author. Each story came from deep down inside the author's soul. If we can say anything about these stories we can say they are easy reading and original. The author decided to write what he wanted to write rather than writing for an audience.

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ISBN: 0-7414-5845-4 | 159 pages


Things I Never Said: Emails to my African-American Son in College
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This book consists of emails from the author to his son during his first two semesters in college. The author wants to build his relationship with his son. He knows the relationship between them was ruptured, much like the relationship between he and his father. He wants to plant seeds for a new generation, and to stop the transmission from generation to generation of pathological relationships. So he sends his son an email once a week for two semesters to help achieve this objective. He also hopes to get him off to a good start in college.

ISBN: 0-7414-5994-9 | 155 pages


Born to Be Destroyed: How My Upbringing Almost Destroyed Me

The author has not told a sweet-positive story. He has told the truth about what cuts to the bone, bites, gouges our eyes out, and does more damage than being hit by a Mack truck. It's the truth about the author as he sees it. A lot of people refuse to admit the truth about their backgrounds. Sometimes people are not interested in your story unless you are rich and famous. But he has written this story anyhow. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of the author's pathologies. The memoir is told from a psycho-pathological perspective.

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ISBN: 0-7414-6236-2 | 116 pages


Word to the Wise
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This book consists of sayings I have heard over and over, from childhood through adulthood. Many sayings I could not remember, but these happen to stick with me. No particular individual is responsible for them. They came from many sources. Most of them may have come from some written source, but I only use them because they stuck in my mind. I wrote them strictly from memory. These sayings go from the profound to the simple, but always powerful and practical. Throughout my life there have always been individuals to give me words of wisdom.

ISBN: 0-7414-6190-0 | 87 pages