Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

You know what, sometimes it seems to me we’re living in a world that we fabricate for ourselves. We decide what’s good and what isn’t, we draw maps of meanings for ourselves . . . And then we spend our whole lives struggling with what we have invented for ourselves. The problem is that each of us hasContinue reading “Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk”

February Reads

February was a busy month for me, with a final reading total of eight books. With this being Black History month as well as the month of Valentine’s day, I tried to incorporate some of these themes into my reading list and look forward to all the great finds I’ll have in March. All photosContinue reading “February Reads”

Review: The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Nobody in this nation feels safe, and I’m still a reason why. – The Tradition Summary and Thoughts Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillationContinue reading “Review: The Tradition by Jericho Brown”

Review: The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

But Yehya was not convinced, and he did not stop bleeding.” – The Queue Summary and Thoughts In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as ‘the Gate’ has risen to power in the aftermath of the ‘Disgraceful Events,’ a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permissionContinue reading “Review: The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz”

Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home. – Homegoing Summary and Thoughts Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives inContinue reading “Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi”

Review: The Pretty One by Keah Brown

Care, respect, fighting for our proper representation and rights: that’s what’s necessary. – Keah Brown Summary and Thoughts In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled—so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identicalContinue reading “Review: The Pretty One by Keah Brown”

January Reads

I’ve read a lot of interesting books this past month, and I’m so excited to share them all with you. Though not each book was a hit, I am still glad to have read them all, as I felt they all provided a unique voice and story. As always, this is based on my personalContinue reading “January Reads”

The Winter Bundle

She could not fathom the hexagonal miracle of snowflakes formed from clouds, crystallized fern and feather that tumble down to light on a coat sleeve, white stars melting even as they strike. How did such force and beauty come to be in something so small and fleeting and unknowable? – Eowyn Ivey, The Snow ChildContinue reading “The Winter Bundle”

Review: Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo

I gazed into the mirror, hoping that it would reflect creatures less afflicted, less demented than ourselves. – “The Punishment,” Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo Summary and Thoughts Thus Were Their Faces collects a wide range of Ocampo’s best short fiction and novella-length stories from her whole writing life. Stories about creepy doubles,Continue reading “Review: Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo”

Review: The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino

The living mourn the dead for a time but they forget about them as days pass. The living are so selfish, so spoilt, so taken with the very act of living that they don’t remember long. – The Goddess Chronicle Summary and Thoughts In a place like no other, on a mystical island in theContinue reading “Review: The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino”