(Re)view: Homegoing

Multiple women in my life gushed about how I had to read this book. They tripped over their words with both excitement and caution as they warned me that Yaa Gyasi’s confident debut novel wrecked them in the best possible way. For your reference, Goodreads provides a strong summary for the plot of the novel [...]

(RE)VIEW: BLUE NIGHTS

I first heard of Joan Didion while excitedly discussing literature with an old colleague and friend. We were stumbling through authors and titles like two toddlers rushing to run before mastering walking. There was an air of joy and enthusiasm as we exchanged stories. Literature that had shifted something inside of us enough to warrant [...]

The Hate U Give

It is nearly impossible to ignore the honorable mentions and accolades being handed over to debut novelist Angie Thomas for her YA book “The Hate U Give.” The literary world has been ablaze with praise for the Black Lives Matter inspired narrative. It has spent 49 consecutive weeks as the number one New York Times [...]

“Whereas” Book Review

Things I (re)learned from Layli Long Soldier’s debut collection of poetry, Whereas: On Saturday, December 19, 2009, US President Barack Obama signed the Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans. No tribal leaders or official representatives were present to receive the Apology. President Obama never read the apology aloud publicly. Reservations have a suicide rate [...]