Black authors, Reviews

Review: Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

Synopsis: Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic—and yet she couldn’t articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt as she grew older. Everything changed… Continue reading Review: Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

bipoc authors, Reviews

Review: Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

Synopsis: Things can change in a second:The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he’s in trouble.The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.And the second Frankie joins his uncle’s gang in exchange for paying for… Continue reading Review: Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

Black authors, Reviews

Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Synopsis: The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives… Continue reading Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Black authors, Reviews

Review: The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Synopsis: Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown… Continue reading Review: The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Black authors, Reviews

Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Synopsis: Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled… Continue reading Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Thought Pieces, Writing Pieces

Diversifying my Bookshelf: Black Authors

Hello and welcome back to Monika tries to diversify her reading list! Something else that I want to be cognizant of, especially when it comes to reading Black authors, is that I don't only read books about slavery or anti-racism. I think those books have a lot of important and should all be read, but… Continue reading Diversifying my Bookshelf: Black Authors


Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Synopsis: Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold… Continue reading Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi