Review: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Human lives were short and fragile. Time and illnesses consumed us, like flames burning away these pieces of wood. But it didn’t matter how long or short we lived. It mattered more how much light we were able to shed on those we loved and how many people we touched with our compassion. – TheContinue reading “Review: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai”

Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

I’m not what anyone thinks I am. I never was. I didn’t have the mouth to put it into words, to say what was wrong, to change the things I felt I needed to change. And every day it was difficult, walking around and knowing that people saw me one way, knowing that they wereContinue reading “Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi”

Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Alex was alone, and the one thing she still had was the freedom to follow the narrative that suited her best. – Such a Fun Age Summary and Thoughts In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler BriarContinue reading “Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid”

Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The things you experience are written on your cells as memories and patterns, which are reprinted again on the next generation. And even if you never lift a shovel or plant a cabbage, every day of your life something is written upon you. And when you die, the entirety of that written record returns toContinue reading “Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien”

November Reads

November has not been my best month health wise, but it’s given me the opportunity to read more, evidenced by my high book count. I did my best to include as many Indigenous authors for First Nations / American Indian Heritage Month as I could depending on what was available at my library (lots ofContinue reading “November Reads”

Review: Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

In a corner, looking over our shoulders, was a statue of the crucified Savior, all bloody and beaten up. Charlene looked up and said, “Look at that poor Indian. The pigs sure worked him over.” That was the closest I ever came to seeing Jesus. – Lakota Dog Summary and Thoughts Mary Brave Bird grewContinue reading “Review: Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog”

October Reads

This month has been full of spooky, Halloween themed reads! Though I don’t think any will reach my top books for the year, I’ve still enjoyed the opportunity to pick up such diverse stories. This is also Filipino-Heritage month in the US, with First Nations/Indigenous Heritage month coming soon in November. Overall, I’m pleased withContinue reading “October Reads”

Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

An elk mother, cornered, will slash with her hooves and tear with her mouth and even offer the hope of her own hamstrings, and if none of that works, she’ll rise again years and years later, because it’s never over, it’s always just beginning again. – The Only Good Indians Summary and Thoughts A taleContinue reading “Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones”

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”