Crazy Rich Devil Wears Asian Prada

When I was 15, I was in Sam’s Club with my mom (who I’m sure was off somewhere buying 67 rolls of toilet tissue for the price of 13 while I was browsing in the book section). Back then, the book section of Sam’s was basically a swap-meet table set up with a bunch of…

5 Books to Read When You Think the World is Burning

Seems like everything is going to crap, huh? Well, on one hand…yes, it is. On the other hand, we’re still here, aren’t we? Listen. I’m a Black women, descended from American slaves, who went to Harvard Law School and practices at one of the top firms in D.C. 200 years ago, my ancestors were likely…

Her Body and Other Parties

This collection of short stories by Carmen Maria Machado is a work of ambition. That it falters, at points, doesn’t detract from the heights it reaches at others. Any work of ambition is a risk, and the entire collection of Her Body and Other Parties is most certainly a risk. The stories are absurd, magic,…

Power to the P***y

How do I write this review without fanning out? I have written glowing reviews of books I have loved before, but I just finished reading something that was perspective-shifting and I’m not sure I have the words (yes, I know, I always have plenty of words, but still). Y’all. Why the hell had no one…

When Keeping It Real Goes…Right…I Mean Wrong

Please, if you haven’t yet watched this snippet of your president making comments following his meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, I invite you to watch Exhibit A: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-kim-jong-un-meeting-summit/h_97ccc50308b493e9f22e108ef7402249?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=video&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-06-12T09%3A48%3A25 Yes. You watched that. Yes. He said that. Uh huh. Your president, the leader of the ostensibly most powerful nation in the world, said that…

May Bookend

May wasn’t nearly as prolific as I would have liked it to be, but I learned some powerful lessons, did some awesome things, and oh yea…I bought a house! *Cheers* So excuse me for not reading as much as I would have liked. I did somehow manage to get 5 books in this month, and…

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

And we’re glad you aren’t. Erika S├ínchez has done something great, here. My weekly reading has increasingly featured stories that are aimed at a young adult crowd, and I must say that there is something about literature that is written with the idea of shaping the worldview of those on the precipice of adulthood that…

Salvage My Bones After Reading This

Jesmyn Ward may be one of my new woman crushes. It helps that I got a chance to meet her recently when she came to D.C. for a book reading a signing. She read from Sing, Unburied, Sing, a book I read and enjoyed. I didn’t get a chance to write a full review of…

Catcher In the Why We Need to Uplift Minority Writers

After having somehow managing to slide through high school without ever having read the “classic,” The Catcher in the Rye, I really cannot say that I’m sorry I waited this long. I don’t have that much to say about the story. I have thought about it from every which angle over the last few days,…

April Book End

April was a long and busy month for me. Don’t even get me start on why May is already almost over and I am JUST NOW posting my April monthly overview. I suck, I know. But listen, this adult life won’t pause for some reason. And I’m even more mad that it took me this…