Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel

She realized that you can’t be weak when it comes to killing: you have to be strong or it just causes more sorrow. It occurred to her that she could use her mother’s strength right now. Mama Elena was merciless, killing with a single blow. But then again not always. For Tita she had madeContinue reading “Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel”

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: Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

Why, in all of these stories about someone who wants to be something or someone else, was it always the individual who needed to change, and never the world? – Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space Summary and Thoughts In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm—as long as you’re beautiful and walkContinue reading “Review: Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc”

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”

Review: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Carme had said on more than one occasion that is she died in Chile she wished to be buried in Spain, where her husband and son Guillem were laid to rest, but if she died in Spain she wanted to be buried in Chile, to be near the rest of her family. Why? Well, justContinue reading “Review: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende”

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”

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”