Book Review Time: We Are Family

The world is a scary place. I guess it always has been. But humans are inventive. We know how to edit, revise, cover- up, and gloss-over. For the last few weeks, months even, the curtains have been ripped open, revealing truths that many weren’t prepared for. I pray for better days, more open-hearts, and aContinue reading “Book Review Time: We Are Family”

Book Review Time: Knock-Off Monarch

(Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of this work, in exchange for an honest review.) When I was younger, I loved reading poetry. But for whatever reason over the years I’ve drifted away from this literary form, primarily indulging in fictional prose. As an avid reader and book lover, my taste is wide-ranging inContinue reading “Book Review Time: Knock-Off Monarch”

Book Review Time: Love In A Cold Climate

Nancy Mitford’s Love In A Cold Climate is considered a companion volume to The Pursuit of Love. But it can be read as a stand-alone work. In which case, it may just take the reader a little longer to figure out who some of the characters are and what their relationship is to one another.Continue reading “Book Review Time: Love In A Cold Climate”

Book Review Time: Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?

This book of short stories comes with its own interesting backstory. Kathleen Collins was a playwright and filmmaker, with notable credits to her name. In 1982, she wrote and directed a film called Losing Ground. It was one of the first feature films to be made by an African-American woman. It was and continues toContinue reading “Book Review Time: Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?”

Book Review Time: A Novel Bookstore

Full disclosure, I’m a huge fan of Europa Editions and the works they publish. The Elegance of The Hedgehog, Farewell My Orange, A Girl Returned, and don’t even get me started with just about every title with Elena Ferrante’s name next to it. Europa puts out great material, plain and simple. They introduce to AmericanContinue reading “Book Review Time: A Novel Bookstore”

Book Review Time: Red, White, and Royal Blue

This book has received a lot of attention in the bookstagram world. There’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t see a photo of Red, White, and Royal Blue accompanied with words of ringing praise as I scroll through the social media outlet. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this book, IContinue reading “Book Review Time: Red, White, and Royal Blue”

Book Review Time: Homegoing

I first read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi last year. It’s a powerful novel that I haven’t been able to emotionally detach from, since that initial reading.  Rich, beautiful, heart-breaking, inspiring. I found my way to this novel as a result of my own personal desire to know more about where I came from. Some ofContinue reading “Book Review Time: Homegoing”

Book Review Time: Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six reads like a “Behind The Music” documentary. It’s told in the form of an oral history and documents the meteoric rise of the eponymous rock n’ roll band as well as the events leading to their abrupt and mysterious disbandment in the late seventies. Many reviewers have noted the similaritiesContinue reading “Book Review Time: Daisy Jones & The Six”

Book Review Time: Such A Fun Age

Such A Fun Age is an AMAZING novel! It tackles weighty subjects like race and classism from myriad angles. Tough topics require a multi-faceted analysis…an inspection. This book does exactly that. And does it courageously. The story begins with an act of blatant racism; an act quite similar to the ones we’ve seen in currentContinue reading “Book Review Time: Such A Fun Age”

Book Review Time: From Scratch

Tembi Locke presents a beautifully intimate portrait of love, loss, grief, and moving forward. From Scratch is a tribute to Locke’s late husband and the landscape, people, and cuisine that informed his life. This memoir provides a truthful depiction of the grieving process. And it explores the lasting effects of loss on those who areContinue reading “Book Review Time: From Scratch”