Tag: January

Kevin Peraino: A Force So Swift

A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration’s response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong’s Communist forces in 1949–an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this day. In the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic

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
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