You Can’t Pick Your Family

But you sure can write about them. Jennifer Teege has the distinct misfortune of being a half-Black woman who finds out in her adulthood that her grandfather was the psychopathic Nazi concentration camp commander, Amon Goeth. So terrible was Goeth that as played by Ralph Fiennes in the famed Spielberg film, Schindler’s List, he seems…

Becoming…More?

We basically all read Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. Or at least, we all bought it. And great for Michelle. I’m never one to begrudge a woman her coins. What I didn’t get was my whole life, as I expected to get from this book. I’m not sure what exactly I expected from it, but I…

Broken Earth Series

If nothing else, I will make it my mission in life to see the Broken Earth series on the big screen, if I have to write the scripts myself. That’s how good those books were! According to Jemisin’s twitter page, there is a TV series hitting TNT sometime in the near future based on these…

2019 Book Goals

Whew!!!!! 2018 is finito and 2019 is here. Praise the Lordt!! I am ready for all the goodness that 2019 has to offer. Of course, that’s going to include some awesome reads (I hope). Annnnnd, not being furloughed for too long…but I digress. So, last year my goals were very clear. It was a year…

2018 in a Bookend

2018, what can I say? I came. I saw. I read the shit outta some books. At the beginning of 2018, I set my mind on one reading goal: to read one book every week of the year. There were 52 weeks in the year, so there you go. By my final tally, after I…

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta wrote a book for those people in Nigeria who live hidden in plain sight. Under the Udala Trees. In 2014, as the world was expanding beyond the pink and blue we had traditionally assigned the different halves of our population, Nigeria was moving towards one color: scarlet. That year, the Nigerian governmant banned…

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Back in October, I was in California visiting my sister, when I suddenly felt myself going into a mood. Sometimes, I just get like that. The mood is coming, I know it’s coming, I feel it coming, but I can’t get enough of a handle on it to avoid it. I consider these moody bouts…

November Bookend

November was a hard month. On the first day of November, shortly after 5 o clock in the morning, I held my grandfather’s hand as he took and let out his last breath. That last sigh ended a chapter of my life. The chapter was filled with love, with memories, with embarrassment over my grandfather’s…

Cane River

Somewhere, back in time, a little light-skinned (but still Black) girl finished the last page of Alex Haley’s epic Roots and thought to herself….”I wonder what my light-skinned roots are?” And Cane River was born. Just as Roots was an exploration of how we as a family, a people, a force, maintained even the smallest…