Growing up, I barely read books with black female teen protagonists (shout out to The Coldest Winter Ever and Flyy Girl), let alone novels with Haitian female leads. I didn’t read my first Haitian author and Haitian characters—Haitian female characters—until Edwidge Danticat’s Breath Eyes Memory. Thank you, Oprah, for making it a book club selection in 1998. I’ve been a fan of Danticat’s ever since. I knew of Roxane Gay, but I didn’t know she was Haitian until I read her memoir Hunger. If Gay mentioned it in Bad Feminist (which I did not finish because I’m, well, a bad feminist) I missed it. Last year, I read Ben Phillippe’s The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, which is about a Black French Canadian teen boy (with Haitian parents), who moves to Texas and teen angst ensues. Now to my short list of read Haitian writing I can add Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite.
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m a pop culture fan, who regularly DVRs Andy Cohen’s Bravo show Watch What Happens Live. I read and enjoyed his memoir, Most Talkative and hoped this follow up would not disappoint. The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year is a behind-the-scenes look at his life and show for the year 2014. Watchers of WWHL and […]