Quicksand – Review

“But just what did she want? Barring a desire for material security, gracious ways of living, a profusion of lovely clothes, and a goodly share of envious admiration, Helga Crane didn't know, couldn't tell. But there was, she knew, something else. Happiness, she supposed. Whatever that might be. What, exactly, she wondered, was happiness. Very … Continue reading Quicksand – Review

Invisible Man – Review

“Perhaps, I thought, the two things are involved with each other. When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Even though it's been weeks since I finished this book, I believe it's one I would continue to see in my reading, interactions and observations, looking at the past and … Continue reading Invisible Man – Review

Best of 2019- Audiobooks

Audiobooks have changed my reading life for the better especially when commuting and running errands, doing things around the house. I'm planning to use them in 2020 to get more active. If anyone can recommend affordable wireless ear buds, I'm all ears. Speaking of ears, here's some of my favorite audiobooks of 2019. Narrated by … Continue reading Best of 2019- Audiobooks

Black No More – Review

Thank you to Penguin Classics for gifting this book to feature and review. "What, indeed, was fifty, sixty or seventy dollars when one was leaving behind insult, ostracism, segregation and discrimination?" There is much to discuss in the pages of this satire and I'm not sure if I'm ready.  But I want to give it … Continue reading Black No More – Review

Best of 2019 – Fiction

I'm back with the next installment for my best of 2019, I wanted to wait a few days to share my favorite fiction reads including short stories and historical fiction. Three of the books on this list were published this year. UNMARRIAGEABLE by Soniah Kamal “Jane Austen is ruthless when it comes to drawing-room hypocrisy. … Continue reading Best of 2019 – Fiction

The Nickel Boys – Review

"Elwood never ceased to marvel how you could walk around and get used to seeing only a fraction of the world.  Not knowing you only saw a sliver of the real thing." I don't often, matter of fact, I don't think I've ever, pre-ordered a book. But I promptly and without hesitation pre-ordered Colson Whitehead’s … Continue reading The Nickel Boys – Review

The Black Tulip- Review

"You don’t know, sir, what I suffer. You don’t know the struggle going on in my heart and mind." - The Black Tulip, Alexandre Dumas Tulips are a BIG deal in the Netherlands.  I discovered that when I visited a few months ago.  So when I started reading this book, I felt like I'd been … Continue reading The Black Tulip- Review

Diamond Doris – Review

"Under no circumstances did I want a 'normal' life--a normal, regular, everyday Black life. No way. Being humiliated at work. Paycheck to paycheck. Church on Sundays. Regular clothes. Routine relationships that don't go nowhere. Absolutely not. Not Miss Doris Payne. I wanted more than that. I wanted nice things. I wanted to travel the world. … Continue reading Diamond Doris – Review

Excellent Women – Review

"I felt that I needed to get away from all the problems---mostly other people's---with which I had been worries in the last few months. If I could look at them from a distance they might solve themselves." This charming and delightful book introduces us to Mildred, a single unmarried woman who falls into the category … Continue reading Excellent Women – Review

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer – Review

Thank you to the publisher, Gallery Books, for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. "I've always wanted to dance on the Cabinet Room table." - Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer Betty Ford was a firecracker. I had no idea she was … Continue reading Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer – Review