Tag: January

Roxane Gay: An Untamed State

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her

WWW Wednesday 1/25/2017

What are you currently reading? Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Not sure if I’m going to review this. I think it will take another read before I understand it enough to do it justice in a write up.) For Study:  The Norton Anthology of American Literature by Nina Baym   What did you just

Derek Palacio: The Mortifications

Derek Palacio’s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature. In 1980, a rural Cuban family is torn apart during the Mariel Boatlift. Uxbal Encarnación—father, husband, political insurgent—refuses to leave behind the revolutionary ideals and lush tomato farms of his sun-soaked

Zoraida Córdova: Labyrinth Lost

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch

WWW Wednesday 1/18/2017

A couple of quick housekeeping notes:  I updated my About Page to show my new mission and goals for this year. I also included my rating system. I’m also participating in a few challenges for 2017:  Read Around the World (continuing), Beat The Backlist, and DiversityBingo2017. You should check those out and join us! One

Lesléa Newman: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

A masterful poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world. On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims

Robin Talley: Lies We Tell Ourselves

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented

WWW Wednesday 1/11/2017

  A couple of quick housekeeping notes:  I updated my About Page to show my new mission and goals for this year. I also included my rating system. I’m also participating in a few challenges for 2017:  Read Around the World (continuing), Beat The Backlist, and DiversityBingo2017. You should check those out and join us!
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