Book Review | If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk Book Review | 📚📚📚📚📚 5/5 James Baldwin Love intersected by social and systemic obstruction, oppression and racism. Told as a love story. One of James Baldwin’s best (that I have read). Why I was interested in this book: I had planned to read another James Baldwin book since the start... Continue Reading →


Book Review | The Fighter

Lost and found. Lost and found. Lost and found. With some moments of being lost and lost and found and found and then lost again, in between. You’ve got this. No, you don’t. Almost there; how’d that go for you? Round one. Round two. Round three. I can't wait for the movie to come out. Because, I know there will be a movie. I kind of had Tom Hardy stuck in my head as protagonist. But who knows.

Book Review | Southernmost

Southernmost Book Review | 📚📚📚📚📚 5/5 Silas House (writer) | Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Epiphanies can come in many forms to many people. While they offer enlightenment, they can be at the cost of what is safe, familiar and comfortable. Southernmost is an epiphany. Why I was interested in this book: Grit lit is... Continue Reading →

Book Review | The Dispatcher

The Dispatcher Book Review | 📚📚📚📚📚 5/5 John Scalzi | Subterranean Press The Dispatcher is a short novel filled with dark humor, intriguing possibilities and questions both morality and mortality. Why I was interested in this book: I had previously read John Scalzi’s Redshirts novel and wanted to read something else by him. I ended... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Race Sounds

Race Sounds Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | University of Iowa Press This book is great for anyone interested in really drilling down into the African American experience as a story "listener" of the African American voice. Sounds abstract; give it a chance. By really analyzing classic African American literature, poetry and... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Country Dark

Country Dark Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5 Chris Offutt | Grove Press Country Dark, by Chris Offutt, contains a series of unfortunate incidents that revolve around one protagonist who lives in rural Kentucky. The book makes for a great grit lit novel that offers escape and hope, if you’re a loving badass. Why I was... Continue Reading →

Book Review | Three Ring Circus

Three Ring Circus Book Review | 📚📚📚 3/5 John Maggie | 120 Days @ Riverdale Avenue Books The circus is home primarily to family acts, drifters and an assortment of others searching for opportunity and a sense of place. John Maggie’s Three Ring Circus offers a 1970s snapshot of coming-of-age, self-discovery, and anything-goes sex; sprinkled... Continue Reading →

Book Review | The Overstory

The Overstory Book Review | 📚📚📚📚📚 5/5 Richard Powers | W.W. Norton & Company The Overstory is a must-read, dense and thrilling trove of storytelling that deeply roots the existence of trees into relationships between our own individual selves with our families – traditional and non-; communities; humanity; globalism; individuality; and life, death, and whatever... Continue Reading →

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