The Pros and Cons of An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage has been anointed by Oprah and featured on bestseller lists and critic’s picks. But it’s not without flaws. … More The Pros and Cons of An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

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The Catch-22 of Oscar Hosts

Until yesterday, the 91st Academy Awards did not officially have a host. The announcement that Kevin Hart will assume the role came exceptionally late compared to other years–perhaps indicative of the conundrum which was the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece published yesterday (before the announcement was made) entitled “Why Oscar Host Has Become the Least Wanted … More The Catch-22 of Oscar Hosts

Achieve Catharsis with Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, by Phoebe Robinson

The Two Dope Queens podcast was one of my favorite things, so I was devastated when I heard that it was coming to an end. The good news is that Phoebe Robinson, one half of those Dope Queens, released her second book just in time to console me.  Like its predecessor (You Can’t Touch My Hair and … More Achieve Catharsis with Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, by Phoebe Robinson

Life as a Work in Progress: In Pieces, by Sally Field

Celebrity memoirs always give me pause because the ones I’ve read tend to feel as though they have a thick coat of veneer. They’re always conscious of their image, so what they present in the memoir feels calculated or even whitewashed. As such, reading a celebrity memoir usually feels like an exercise in futility: by … More Life as a Work in Progress: In Pieces, by Sally Field