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
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?
Racial tensions erupt in the wake of a police shooting, and the only witness must decide whether or not to go public. Can she make a difference, or will she only end up making herself and her family a target for more violence? … More Race in America: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas: Book Review
“We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story … More Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi: Book Review
“Humans haunt more houses than ghosts do.” On the surface it would be easy to read and digest (perhaps even to dismiss) The Turner House as a simple family saga. To do so would be to miss the point entirely, and to miss an incredibly layered portrait of America, Detroit, racial politics, and more. The Turners … More The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy: Book Review
“Because we were not in our country, we could not use our own languages, and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised.” Having a stamp of approval from Junot Díaz is not a small deal to me. In my mind he is one of the most authentic–not to mention best–authors working today. He … More Book Review: We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo