Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

The Review In a world full of sex comedies, could there be such a thing as a sex drama? Perhaps? Brandon Taylor’s debut novel follows Wallace, a grad student, through a weekend which will forever change his life. As a reader, I picked up the book prepared for the truncated timeline. Knowing the short periodContinue reading “Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor”

Interview with Sonya Heaney

Recently I was able to get a copy of an advanced copy of The Landowner’s Secret, due out from Escape Publishing/Harper Collins. The blurb from the publisher: “When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush. It is wealthy landowner RobertContinue reading “Interview with Sonya Heaney”

Book Review: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates

The Review The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehesi Coates, is a marvel, the first full-length work of fiction by the author. The novel follows Hiram Walker, a child born into slavery and the child of the master of a plantation. Hi’s incredible memory sets him apart as a child, bringing him not just to the attentionContinue reading “Book Review: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates”

Book Review: The Everlasting Rose

The Details: The MUCH anticipated sequel to The Belles is on its way in 2019– and it is worth waiting for! If you’re unfamiliar with The Belles, it may be helpful to check out my review of Dhonielle Clayton’s first book in this YA Fantasy series lush with commentary on societal beauty expectations and power. Basically, the BellesContinue reading “Book Review: The Everlasting Rose”

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves

The Review I have to admit, it took me a few chapters to catch the tone and premise of The Gilded Wolves, but once it hit its stride, I was hooked. NY Times Bestselling author Roshani Chokshi’s newest fantasy novel follows a group of down-and-out teens– smart, wily outcasts, artists, and academics on the run. ThickContinue reading “Book Review: The Gilded Wolves”

Audio-Crushes

I’ve been averaging 4-5 hours of broken sleep a night for the past two weeks. I don’t know if the baby is going through a growth spurt or if I can just diagnose it as “baby wierdness” (a real and all-too-prevalent condition). No matter the reason, I have to be up with him when he’sContinue reading “Audio-Crushes”

Book Review: Illegal

The Review: Illegal is a graphic novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, with a primary audience of children (probably ages ten and up), and this is the kind of book that every child should have access to. Colfer and Donkin trace the fictional path of Ebo, a young Ghanian boy, as he makes his wayContinue reading “Book Review: Illegal”

Book Review: BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

The Review: This novel is the heartwarming story of a mother-daughter bond unlike any other… Just kidding. I originally requested this book because of the blurb in the PW announcement which compared it to THE BAD SEED: While I’m a bit of wimp when it comes to horror and thriller as a genre, “bad children”Continue reading “Book Review: BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage”

Review: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Review: Part memoir and part handbook, Ijeoma Oluo’s new book is not just about talking: it’s about action. Oluo addresses two distinct audiences: people of color and white people who hope to engage in dialogue about race. She makes it clear early on that her book is not some magic cure for white supremacy,Continue reading “Review: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo”

Southern-Set Book Pairings to Try

It’s funny how books end up accidentally being in conversation with one another, just because you happened to pick them at the right time. Those accidental connections and conversations between texts are some of my favorite things about reading, so I have a few suggestions for book pairings if you’re stuck in a reading rut.Continue reading “Southern-Set Book Pairings to Try”