Best Books of Summer Part Two: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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Best Books of Summer Part Two: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This was a powerful book about the impacts of slavery, and for me it was another book of summer that completely lived up to the hype.  Gyasi writes of two sisters, living in two different African villages.  One marries a white slaver and remains in what is today Ghana, and the other is captured at … Continue reading

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman
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The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. This book was amazing.  It took a … Continue reading

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is a first novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for literature.  It’s a fascinating look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the perspective of the Vietnamese.  Right away it makes you realize how much Americans only see the Vietnam War from our own perspective, not those … Continue reading

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. I read this powerful work for the Classics Book a Month challenge.   It’s the story of the Younger family, an African-American family living in … Continue reading

Reading the Bailey’s Longlist: The Lonely Hearts Hotel and The Gustav Sonata
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Reading the Bailey’s Longlist: The Lonely Hearts Hotel and The Gustav Sonata

Both of these books were on this year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women longlist, although neither made it to the shortlist (in addition to Hag-Seed). The winner of the Bailey’s Prize will be announced June 7. Though quite different, these two books had several things in common.  Both are historical fiction, both have a main character who … Continue reading

Literary Links: looking for some good science fiction and fantasy?
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Literary Links: looking for some good science fiction and fantasy?

Warm weather means outdoor reading, and if you’re looking to pick up some new science fiction or fantasy, these links will help. If you’re looking to diversify or change up your science fiction and fantasy reading, here are two links with recommendations.  SFF Book Reviews has a two-part list of favorite diverse science fiction and … Continue reading

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

This is a beautifully written book.  Woodson is known for writing award-winning children’s books; this is her first adult novel in twenty years and was a finalist for the National Book Award.  In it she tells the story of August, who returns to Brooklyn for her father’s funeral and runs into an old friend.  This … Continue reading

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

I had heard so many good things about this book (it won the 2016 Bailey’s Prize) that I was nervous it might not live up to expectations.  It absolutely did. I was immediately drawn into the story of Ryan, a fifteen-year-old boy with an abusive, alcoholic father who is experiencing love (and as he tells … Continue reading