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.
Biggie. Tupac. Lauryn Hill. Lil Kim. Hip Hop. Late 90s. Let Me Hear a Rhyme was published in 2019 for today’s youngsters, but it was a trip down memory lane for this child of the 80s and 90s.
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.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. JacksonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This book wrecked me in such a way that I’m a fan and want to read Tiffany D. Jackson’s other books. That could be my full review, but I’ll keep going. I wasn’t ready for the story I embarked on even though I should have been with Easter eggs, like the multiple references to Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. Monday Charles, a black teen, has gone […]
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 […]
The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I was reading the last pages of The World According to Fannie Davis, the palm of my right hand began to itch. I smiled. In Haitian culture, an itchy hand means that you’re getting money. It can also mean that you’re losing money, depending on the hand. I can never remember which, so I called my […]
Nappily Ever After by Trisha R. Thomas My rating: 2 of 5 stars Nappily Ever After has been on my TBR list for over ten years, spanning back to my days of working at Borders Bookstore. There were talks of then “It Girl” Halle Berry adapting it into a film. For whatever reason, not only was the movie not produced, but I never got around to reading the novel. It faded from memory and sunk to oblivion in my TBR […]
#BlackLoveBooks Challenge Day 12: LGBTQ: a book written by or about LGBTQ community I can’t say much about I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. It’s a recent purchase and still on my TBR list. I kept hearing good things about it, so I had to get it. With such an interesting title, I know the book is bound to be humorous. It’s compared to Phoebe Johnson’s You Can’t Touch My […]