Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

I try to imagine how Gifford Place must have looked to the people who lived here back then. Big-ass trees and thick underbrush. Darkness unbroken by streetlights. And in that darkness, the sudden arrival of men who’d decided the land was theirs. . . – When No One is Watching Summary and Thoughts The gentrificationContinue reading “Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole”

Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

She felt ambushed; she thought they had planned to scold her together. She wondered if they did this with Catalina. She would go into the dining room and offer a suggestion—about the food, the décor, the routine—and they would politely, delicately silence her. – Mexican Gothic Summary and Thoughts After receiving a frantic letter fromContinue reading “Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

September Reads

During September I participated in Latinx-athon and the Bratz-readathon (Team Yasmin!) and read a variety of books to fulfill those challenges, sprinkling in some poetry and history in-between. Overall, I’m pleased with the reads of the month, especially in regards to the balancing of heavy and light reading. In October I’ll be reading some moreContinue reading “September Reads”

Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

All along I’ve thought, no matter what it takes, I’m going to make sure no one so much as sneezes the pollen off a single bee on that farm. It’s like I needed to fight for them the way nobody but Miles ever fought for me. But through all that, I think maybe I missedContinue reading “Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery”

Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Does she know of me? Would my father have told her? Did she share in his confidences? While the whole while he lied to me? Or is she the only one who would understand my heart right now? If I find her would I find a breathing piece of myself I had not known wasContinue reading “Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo”

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”