There There by Tommy Orange My rating: 4 of 5 stars In my attempt to diversify my reading, I reserved an audio copy of There There by Tommy Orange at the New York Public Library via Libby, the app that has saved me so much money. It was a swift breakup with Audible. Last year, or the year before, There There’s beautiful orange cover kept popping up in my feed. I follow a lot of bookstagrammers, publishers, and other pages […]
Convicted at the age of nine for the death of an eight-week-old baby girl Annalise, Mary B. Addison is serving time at a group home for convicted teens. Allowed to have a part-time job at a nursing home and to leave the group home on weekends wearing an ankle bracelet, Mary much rather prefers the group home to what she calls “baby jail,” where she first initially was serving her sentence.
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.
She debated hitting the accept button with the green check or the decline button with the red x. It wasn’t a mandatory meeting. Employees were “strongly encouraged” to attend. Even if it were mandatory, what would they do if she didn’t attend? Fire her? Yeah, right. It’s not like this were high school where she could get detention or demerits for not attending a function. This was work. The place she dragged herself to Monday through Friday so she could […]
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite My rating: 3 of 5 stars My Sister, the Serial Killer. Fiction or nonfiction, how could that title not entice you? Not to mention the book cover. A woman, with a gorgeous dark brown complexion, dazzling white teeth, a head-wrap and round mirrored sunglasses, looking a little off to the side. To be quite honest, until I sat down to write the description of the cover, I had not noticed the reflection […]
#BlackLoveBooks Challenge Day 14: Fiction Love Story “Magic and myth–fiction as we call it” is how Tiphanie Yanique refers to her novel Land of Love and Drowning in her Author’s Note at the end of the book. The novel is loosely based on her own family’s history in her native land of St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The novel begins in the early 1900s when the Danish West Indies become the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the backdrop […]
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a work of fiction, but to borrow from the beloved and long-running NBC show Law & Order: SVU, it’s a story line, or several storylines quite frankly) that’s ripped from the headlines. Starr Carter has suffered the trauma of witnessing the shooting deaths of not one, but two close friends a few years apart. The sixteen year old lives […]
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult My rating: 3 of 5 stars Years ago, I read my first Jodi Picoult novel. My Sister’s Keeper left me so devastated I never picked up any of her dozens of other titles. I stayed glued to my lumpy futon reading into the wee hours of the night. A glutton for punishment, I watched the movie adaptation with the cousin, who, also devastated by the book, suggested I read it. Of course the book […]