Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

It was then that I made the realization: Chidinma and I were both choking under the weight of something larger than us, something heavy and weighty, the weight of tradition and superstition and of all our legends. – Under the Udala Trees Summary and Thoughts Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the UdalaContinue reading “Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta”

Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Wayward, related to the family of words: errant, fugitive, recalcitrant, anarchic, willful, reckless, troublesome, riotous, tumultuous, rebellious and wild. To inhabit the world in ways inimical to those deemed proper and respectable, to be deeply aware of the gulf between where you stayed and how you might live. Waywardness: the avid longing for a worldContinue reading “Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman”

Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba

A possessive part of me wants to hoard this story. I want to chipmunk or squirrel away the memory of this event, place it in a tree trunk with the memories of all the other rapes, attempted rapes, and gropes, memories that will never be released or consumed. When a man asks, “What did heContinue reading “Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba”

May Reads

For Asian Readathon and AAPI heritage month I read a diverse selection of stories, alongside some other pieces in-between selections. In total I read about 18 books (one being the next installment of Yona of the Dawn, which I did not include here), all of which provided a plethora of unique narratives, even if IContinue reading “May Reads”

Review: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

She was just a person, someone who’d never even learned to fire a gun. And the police had offered her up, to draw attention from their own mistakes. They would do it again if they had the chance. – Your House Will Pay Summary and Thoughts In the wake of the police shooting of aContinue reading “Review: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha”

Review: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

There is great diversity within Asian America and across Asian American history, but there are also significant similarities and connections. The experiences of previous generations shaped the world that Asian Americans live in today.  – The Making of Asian America Summary and Thoughts The Making of Asian America shows how generations of Asian immigrants and theirContinue reading “Review: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee”

Review: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

When I am gripped with despair, when I think I might stop, I speak to my dead. Tell them a story. What am I doing with this life? They hold me accountable. I let them make me bolder or more modest or louder or more moving, but I ask them to listen, and then write.Continue reading “Review: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee”

The Spring Bundle

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Spring is here, even though the situationContinue reading “The Spring Bundle”

April Reads

It’s been a weird month – but reading has definitely provided some much needed stability for me. Also . . . ya’ll . . . I thought it was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (but that’s NEXT month, which make sense, since that’s when Asian Readathon starts) so I’ve also started reading inContinue reading “April Reads”

Review: A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell

Having and wanting at the same time – that’s what it was to carry my daughter inside me. After, I was emptier than I could ever have imagined, I thought then. Then, when I thought I would have the chance to tell her one day. – A Girl Goes Into The Forest Summary and ThoughtsContinue reading “Review: A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell”