White Tears (Left Me Bored to Tears)

I haven’t read an entire book in a day in so many years. That used to be par for the course with me, but I haven’t had the spare time or really the inclination to commit a whole day to such an endeavor in a month of Sundays. This was not the book for which…

If Beale Street Could Talk (Novel and Film)

“Beale Street is our legacy,” James Baldwin said. It is, but he gave it to us. He gave us two characters, Tish and Fonny, who are not remarkable at all…which is exactly what makes If Beale Street Could Talk unmistakably remarkable. Baldwin painted a portrait of young Black people in love, but what’s more, he…

The Leavers

Polly, the protagonist of the novel The Leavers by Lisa Ko, is a character unlike the majority seen (or read) in modern mainstream literature. She is an immigrant woman who is ambitious, who has sexual desires, who trudges through the monotony of daily life in the working-class, who sacrifices for her child, who also makes…

Training School for Negro Girls

Sometimes, I buy books just because I see them a lot. I try to visit different bookstores as much as I can, and when I do, there are some books that pop up in many or all of them. Training School for Negro Girls is one of those books. I saw it in the curated…

The Vegetarian

Sometime last spring, I stopped wearing bras. I lost a bit of weight, which caused my bra size to change froma 32G to a 30F, neither of which is terribly easy to find in stores…or cheap. Around the same time, my relationship with my ex was disintegrating. It’s clear to me now that some of…

January Bookend

The first month of the year got me off to a good start. I enjoyed all of the books I read this month, and I’m ticking away on my goal of reading more non-fiction. Plus, I got a chance to meet my Spelman sister, author Tayari Jones (whose latest book, An American Marriage, was a…

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…