Island Queen – Book Review

Thank you to the publisher William Morrow for this gifted book. “And don’t you ever take abuse or dim your light because of a fool. You’re remarkable. The rest of us are trying to catch up.” “You have to love yourself for more than a moment, ’cause moments pass.” —Island Queen, Vanessa Riley What book(s)Continue reading “Island Queen – Book Review”

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry —Review

“Cassie, there’ll be a whole lot of things you ain’t gonna wanna do but you’ll have to do in this life just so you can survive.” —Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor I’ve often thought I’m much to old to read middle grade or YA books. Over the last few years, IContinue reading “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry —Review”

Silver Sparrow

“Women on television have friends they can count on. My mother’s favorite TV show was The Golden Girls, about these four old ladies that live together…solving each other’s problems, being each other’s bridge over troubled water. With my Grandma Bunny a year in the ground, my mama didn’t have anybody but me.” Silver Sparrow, TayariContinue reading “Silver Sparrow”

The Yellow House – Review

“Remembering is a chair that it is hard to sit still in.” Last year, I had the opportunity to attend The Decatur Book Festival with the final session of the day, being one where Sarah Broom was discussing her book, The Yellow House. I had seen the book on bookstagram with intentions to borrow fromContinue reading “The Yellow House – Review”

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 toContinue reading “Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston”