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”

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: 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”

June Reads

June has been a emotionally demanding month and I’ve answered my thirst for respite and education through reading more than ever, even as the initial weeks made it difficult for me to focus. For this month, I mixed Pride and Black-authored reads, with a few other entries in-between. Though I didn’t cover as much groundContinue reading “June Reads”

Review: Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

No, I was mad at society. Andy had the courage to come out to a hateful world at a relatively young age. He was supposed to live three-quarters of his life as his authentic self. Instead, because cancer cut his life short, he had less than a quarter. Some people have even less time than that.Continue reading “Review: Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride”

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”