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…

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…

These Ghosts Are Family

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I LOVE multigenerational family sagas! So when I heard about Maisy Card’s debut novel THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, I knew I had to get my hands on it! THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY follows multiple generations of a Jamaican family as they grapple with the…

Run Me To Earth

RUN ME TO EARTH by Paul Yoon may be a little book but it has a BIG HEART! With poetic language Yoon depicts war on a human scale by exploring how wars effects people over time and place and how those effects can be immediate or take lifetimes to be fully revealed. The story begins…

The Revisioners

THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is a very special book and all I can say is get out there and read it!! Set in 1855, 1924, and 2017, the multigenerational story features Ava, a single mother who moves in as a caretaker for her elderly white grandmother whose lingering racism intensifies as her dementia worsens. Also…

The Nickel Boys

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead will make your blood boil and chill you to your core. The devastating story is based on a real reform school in Florida that operated for over 100 years and brutalized the lives of thousands of kids. “The Nickel Boys” shows us how the life of a black person…

Pachinko

Pachinko is an expansive novel! It covers 79 years, 4 generations of a family, 3 countries, numerous major world events and countless family tragedies and triumphs. Through telling the saga of one Korean family, Min Jin Lee presents the history of Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and the experience of Koreans living in Japan…

The Song of Achilles

I picked up Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles somewhat hesitantly. It is a very buzzed about book, numerous reviewers and bloggers that I trust rave about it. But it’s a story I know so well. Like probably a lot of gay nerds, I went through an obsession with Greek classics and mythology (is there…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’ll admit it, when I picked up Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz I thought to myself: “another Holocaust story, do we really need it?” There are already perfect books (Elie Wiesel’s Night) and Pulitzer Prize winners (Art Spiegelman’s Maus) and breathtaking movies (“Schindler’s List” “Life is Beautiful” “Bent”). But then I read the book and…

The Grapes of Wrath

First off, confession time: it has taken me over 30 years to pick up The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, I was a Book-Boo who never read TGoW. No matter how many people hyped it as a “THE American classic” and “required reading for all readers;” for some reason I always struggled to convince myself to…