Transcendent Kingdom

“I’m no longer interested in other worlds or spiritual planes. I’ve seen enough in a mouse to understand transcendence, holiness, redemption. In people, I’ve seen even more.” TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM by Yaa Gyasi is an intimate story about grief, addiction, and mental illness told through the experiences of a Ghanaian family living in Alabama. The story…

Leave the World Behind

I need to get this out of the way: LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam scared the shit out of me! Never have I felt so unsettled by a book! This story burrowed a worm hole into my brain and I cannot stop thinking about it. An upper middle class white family rents a…

Luster

“‘I’m an open book,’ I say, thinking of all the men who have found it illegible.” LUSTER by Raven Leilani is a mesmerizing debut novel with stunning prose, complex characters, and a story that is unconformable, darkly comical, and absolutely fascinating!! Edie – a 23-year-old black woman living in New York City – is unenthusiastic…

A Burning

“If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean that the government is also a terrorist?” As the title of Megha Majumdar’s debut novel implies, A BURNING is a blaze of a book that burns brightly from start to finish. The story begins after…

The Beauty of Your Face

THE BEAUTY OF YOUR FACE by Sahar Mustafah is a complex story about Muslim identity and Islamic faith centered around a school shooting. As Afaf Rahman – the principal of a school for Muslim girls in the suburbs of Chicago – comes face-to-face with active shooter at her school, we are brought back through Afaf’s…

This is My Brain in Love

I knew that THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE by I. W. Gregorio was going to be a cute read but, boy oh boy, there is so much more to this book than I expected! As a YA contemporary romance novel I was very impressed that the book not only depicted a budding romance well…

Real Life

“The most unfair part of it, Wallace thinks, is that when you tell white people that something is racist, they hold it up to the light and try to discern if you are telling the truth.” One sign of a truly great book is that when you finish reading it, the book doesn’t end. You…

Normal People

I know I’m late to the party and y’all smarties read NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney waaaay back in 2018 but I’m here now and ready to join the horde of people cheering this book! NORMAL PEOPLE is an intimate view into the very complex relationship of Marianne and Connell. Sometimes lovers, sometimes friends, sometimes…

There There

There There is told through the lives and experiences of 12 different Native American narrators in Oakland, California. Though the plot of the book is pushed along by the events leading up to and occurring at the Big Oakland Powwow, the real subject matter is the experiences and lives of “Urban Indians.” Subjects such as…