I’m back this week to give you a recap of my week in books and tea. How is it the last day of July already?
One of my favorite teas this week come from Brooklyn Tea. I ordered 3 teas from them in mid June. I took a chance and ordered Hojicha, a roasted green tea I’ve heard about but never tried. Many have raved about this one particularly because of its roasted and nutty flavor, recommend as a tea latte. I cold brewed over night and made my own iced hojicha latte for the win. I added a little hazelnut creamer and it was fantastic.
Books I finished
Self-Made, Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (formerly titled On Her Own Ground) has been on my radar since I read Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires. I was particularly interested in a couple things.
“I am not merely satisfied and making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.”Self-Made, Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles
Walker is well known and celebrated as a pioneer in the Black Hair Industry but there was another woman named Annie Malone who also left a mark. I’d never heard about Malone until I read a book called Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires.
I wanted to see what I’d find out in Self-Made about their relationship, did Walker take Malone’s hair formula and repurpose it as her own? I also learned about Walker’s relationship with Booker T. Washington and was surprised by the seemingly dismissive tone he had towards Walker, when she approached him about marketing her products.
More on this book later.
In Memorial Drive, A Daughter’s Memoir, Natasha Tretheway shares the story of her mother, murdered by her former stepfather when the author was nineteen years old. The range of emotions while reading (+ listening author narrates) for what Trethewey has carried with her for so long. Seeing her during a virtual book event discussing the book and seeing her shed tears. All of which make it difficult for me to say anything then and now as my own tears flow…
“Perhaps this division is a metaphor [sleep paralysis] for the way I’ve lived all these years: the conscious mind struggling to move on, but the body resistant. The mind forgetting, the body retaining the memory of trauma in its cells.”Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir
Reviews for both books coming soon. I would recommend both books but before reading Self-Made, I’d also recommend picking up Black Fortunes.
Any of these books on your radar? What great books did you read this week or this month?