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”

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie – Review

In the first of twelve chapters, it’s 1925 and we meet a young black girl of fifteen named Hattie. Hattie left the state of Georgia for what she dreams is a better life in Philadelphia married to a man named August. Each chapter is named for one or more of Hattie’s children. In the firstContinue reading “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie – Review”

The Blacker the Berry – Review

Thank you to Penguin Classics for the free copy of this book. Are the books we find ourselves thinking about days, weeks, or months after finishing, the easiest to review,or attempt to summarize into written thoughts? Sometimes the words flow from mind to page; sometimes the words seem harder to capture on conveying the essenceContinue reading “The Blacker the Berry – Review”

My week in books and tea 5.5.19

It’s been a long, busy week, so I’m going to jump right in but a few items ICYMI. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (review) Our African-American Reads for May What I finished reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly Are you joining the readalong of this book for Seasons by the Book? Lilac Girls wasContinue reading “My week in books and tea 5.5.19”

Our African-American Reads – May

Welcome to the first installment of Our African-American Reads. If you’ve read either one of the books, feel free to comment on any of the questions and your experience with the book. My Book: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman Summary: Emma Lou Morgan is a young black woman who experiences prejudice within herContinue reading “Our African-American Reads – May”