Shuggie Bain

“To have marked her sobriety in days was like watching a happy weekend bleed by: when you watched it, it was always too short. So he just stopped counting.” “Ah think the more ye love someone the more they take the piss out of that. They will do less and less of what ye want…

The Vanishing Half

“The hardest part about becoming someone else was deciding to. The rest was only logistics.” THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett is one of the most buzzed about bestsellers of 2020 and let me just say it lived up to the hype! Without a doubt this is one of my most entertaining, unputdownable books I’ve…

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…

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…

Conjure Women

CONJURE WOMEN is Afia Atakora’s intriguing debut novel that is steeped in history and heart. Atakora drew largely from actual historic records, basing elements of the plot and characters on the stories of formerly enslaved people collected by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The characters and their relationships are the soul of this…

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…

Death in Her Hands

DEATH IN HER HANDS is Ottessa Moshfegh’s riff on the classic detective novel. The “detective” is Vesta, a lonely old widow who stumbles upon a note in the woods that alludes to a woman’s murder. The note consumes Vesta’s every thought. Her mind runs wild as she fabricates clues and invents background stories for the…

The Mirror & The Light

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel was my most anticipated book of 2020. I absolutely loved the first two books in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy and I’ve been waiting almost 8 years for this final book, so needless to say my excitement and expectations were very high! But don’t worry, it did not…