Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

It is a story as old as time, that we always find what we needed was right at home. But, therein is the riddle: a child has to leave to return. My mother had to. She says it often. She only appreciated her mother, only understood her mother, after she had left home. I hadContinue reading “Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez”

August Reads

August has been such a great month for diverse reads. As women in translation month (#WIT), August for me has provided another great opportunity to read global women’s voices often ignored by English-speaking publishing companies (who prioritize english-written works and when they do seek translated books, skew heavily male). In addition, I’ve read Radio SilenceContinue reading “August Reads”

Review: The Man Who Snapped His Fingers by Fariba Hachtroudi

I should tell my namesake that love is the only axiomatic reality, the diagonal line to the divine ratio connecting kindred spirits. The mystery of our being is God’s only refuge for when he feels like letting go. — The Man Who Snapped His Fingers Summary and Thoughts Winner of the 2001 French Human RightsContinue reading “Review: The Man Who Snapped His Fingers by Fariba Hachtroudi”

Review: The Sarashina Diary by Lady Sarashina

With my heart pounding with excitement, I was able to read, right from the first chapter, the Tale of Genji, this tale that had confused me and made me impatient when I had read only a piece of it. With no one bothering me, I just lay down inside my curtains, and the feeling IContinue reading “Review: The Sarashina Diary by Lady Sarashina”

Review: Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye

But her heart was beating gently, calmly, and she felt the same way, gentle and calm, beyond reach, shielded by her unshakable humanity. – Three Strong Women Summary and Thoughts In this new novel, the first by a black woman ever to win the coveted Prix Goncourt, Marie NDiaye creates a luminous narrative triptych asContinue reading “Review: Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye”

Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel

She realized that you can’t be weak when it comes to killing: you have to be strong or it just causes more sorrow. It occurred to her that she could use her mother’s strength right now. Mama Elena was merciless, killing with a single blow. But then again not always. For Tita she had madeContinue reading “Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel”

July Reads

During the month of July I’ve read quite a bit – romance, poetry, historical fiction, contemporary literature, nonfiction, and others! In this list you’ll find my picks for Disability Awareness Month as well as the controversial ReadingRush Readathon (which I won’t be continuing next year). Overall, I’m pleased with the diverse reads I’ve engaged withContinue reading “July Reads”

Review: Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

Why, in all of these stories about someone who wants to be something or someone else, was it always the individual who needed to change, and never the world? – Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space Summary and Thoughts In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm—as long as you’re beautiful and walkContinue reading “Review: Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc”

The Summer Bundle

One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago I met a little girl with a book under her arm. I asked her why she was out so early and she answered that there were too many books and far too little time. And there she was absolutely right. Tove Jansson It’s been a tumultuousContinue reading “The Summer Bundle”

Review: Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

People’s fear of accessing care didn’t come out of nowhere. It came out of generations and centuries where needed care meant being locked up, losing your human and civil rights, and being subject to abuse. — Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Summary and Thoughts In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtimeContinue reading “Review: Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha”