Book Talk: I need more memoirs

Last month, I read four new memoirs by or about people of color, but this month I am hard pressed to find the same number to read. Of course, I could read some of the classics, but I'm more interested in reading about someone I don't know much about. The ones I read last month... Continue Reading →


Review: Like Vanessa

"Pop Pop gave me my very first "Darlene" eight years ago and a brand-new one every year after -- custom-made of pressed, dried wildflowers spanning every color of the rainbow." Like Vanessa explores the dense and complicated life of a teenage girl growing up in a low-income community in Newark, New Jersey at the beginning... Continue Reading →

Review: Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

"Father was a loud man." The story of a young girl named Blessing whose life drastically changes when her father leaves the family for another woman. Not only must Blessing leave all that she knows behind in Ikeja, but she must begin to reconcile the image she has of her father, mother and brother with... Continue Reading →


Review: Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

"When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness." This very thought will bring all that Baba Segi knows about his life to a crashing ____. The story begins as he begins the process of finding... Continue Reading →


Review: The Parking Lot Attendant

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat Expected Publication: March 13, 2018 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 240 This book started off extraordinarily slow. So much so, I almost abandoned it. I don't care for stories that utilize in medias res (although, I love the phrase and it's meaning) and then flashback to the... Continue Reading →


Review: So you want to talk about race…

  So you want to talk about race Published: January 16, 2018 Publisher: Seal Press Pages: 248 Goodreads Review "But as I got older, as the successes I had reached for slowly became a reality, something inside me began to shift. I would try to make my voice quieter in meetings and I couldn't. I... Continue Reading →


Review: when they call you a terrorist

when they call you a terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele Published: January 16, 2018 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Pages: 272 Goodreads Review I didn't know what to expect going into this read, but what I received far surpassed my expectations. I went into thinking it was going to be a memoir detailing how... Continue Reading →


Review: Freshwater

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Published: February 13, 2018 Publisher: Grove Press Pages: 240 Goodreads Review The dedication reads,  "To those of us with one foot on the other side." From that moment you know this book will be unlike anything you've ever read and it did not disappoint. Emezi illustrated with perfection just how delicate... Continue Reading →


Review: An American Marriage

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Published: February 6, 2018 Publisher: Alongquin Books Pages: 320 Goodreads Review Contrary to all of the hoopla surrounding this book and the rave reviews I read after reading it, I simply don't agree with much of what has been said thus far. True indeed, the characters Roy... Continue Reading →


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