Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

A woman robbed of her love is more terrible than an army with banners. Reflecting on Hurston's recently published collection, I needed to steep, sip and reflect on my thoughts on a few of my favorite stories. In John Redding Goes to Sea, I could feel a tumult of emotions, especially for John, wanting to … Continue reading Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

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

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