I think for some reason, I thought Another Day was going to be some sort of sequel. Like, “ouuuu, where did A go and what do other people like him do and who are they?” Does anyone else feel like there’s an abundance of mysterious A’s in teen literature (Pretty Little Liars, Every Day, Another… More RUN! It’s a Copout.
The fine people, literally, fine china, at Invaluable.com (an online auction house) asked me to make my dream literary collection, which is actually impossible. So, 978 books later, I decided to choose a few, more than a handful, of books and things that are must-haves in any library in which I inhale the sweet smell… More Meet Me at the (Book) Auction House
I have a lot of thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates new book Between the World and Me, a pseudo-memoir written to his son about being young and black in America, and they’re not quite organized in my head, but with a little help from Otis Redding swooners and a homemade cup of coffee sans sugar, I… More We Must Give Everyone a Name and Not a Body of Fears.
“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” I just finished crying, so I might have different feelings about this in five days, a month, three years from now, but right now, I just finished Go Set a Watchman and instead of being a ruiner,… More “That is the way I was raised, by a black woman and a white man.” – Jean Louise Finch
I’m a newbie to Rebecca Makkai. And sometimes I just like a good title. I may think the cover is too abstract (who am I kidding, is this even a real thing?) or too geometric, and unless it’s a Penguin, too plain. Sometimes I don’t like a cover because it capitalizes on the female author… More In This Collection, War is a Verb
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver In some ways, we all share the same history. Histories are… More I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.
Some little girls want to be veterinarians, some want to ride their bikes down the highest neighborhood slope faster than the boys, some imagine themselves as princesses in far off castles that they’ve only seen in pop-out books, most often, I wanted to be a mermaid. And I still do. And sometimes I even believe… More I Volunteer as Dampling.
Let’s go through a list of things I love: 1. poetry 2. young adult fiction that is not dumbed-down 3. Flux publishing 4. Publishing houses that have tumblrs. 5. Moped(ing) … at least it’s on my bucket list. 6. Stephanie Lyons and how she starts her Goodreads bio with “Most days I’m 17.” 7. Girls in… More Hot Glue for the Cracks
These poems are for the in-betweeners. The Tiresias’. The sometimes, but. The now, and the then, but not until right now. Somehow, and in the most beautiful verse, Kate Tempest in Hold Your Own weaves the story of all her separate lives into the myth of Tiresias, the blind prophet that lived both as a… More Take it on, Hold Your Own.
Today, I will ask you to preorder The Shore by Sara Taylor (Bailey Prize Longlist 2015). In three days, you will have a sea scape of time in your hands in the form of a book. It will take you across generations, through twisted murders, plots of revenge by medicine woman, how women are courted… More This Isn’t “Chick Lit” Because “Chick Lit” Shouldn’t Be a Thing….Ever.