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
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
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
Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies is a pretty good psychological thriller, but it’s also emblematic of a male mystery author trope I hate. … More The Male Mystery Author Cliché I Hate: All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson
When a rap mogul’s life is in danger, he turns to IQ, a brilliant high school dropout detective, to keep him alive in this first installment of a gritty mystery series. … More IQ, by Joe Ide: Book Review
When a newly married couple experiencing financial difficulty discovers (you guessed it) something in the water on their honeymoon, chaos quickly ensues. … More Honeymoons Can Be Hell: Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman
For many years The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe’s satirical novel about race and money in New York City, has been called the definitive novel of the 1980s. It was a smash hit upon publication in 1987 and earned Wolfe, already known for his nonfiction books The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, raves. But … More Is The Bonfire of the Vanities a Garbage Novel?