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Ellison’s Invisible Man

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison It always feels a bit absurd to review a classic, especially one with the profound emotional and political resonance of Invisible Man. I could leave it at this – you need to read this book – … Continue reading

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Review: Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin The first volume in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. The story of a world beset by earth quakes and other natural phenomenon, which can be kept at bay (or instigated) by a group of people … Continue reading

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Review: Delany’s Straits of Messina

Straits of Messina Samuel Delany A now out of print and dearly priced collection of Samuel Delany* writing about his own works, including detailed essays on Dhalgren, the controversial (and at the time of publication of this book, unpublished) Hogg, … Continue reading

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Review: Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time James Baldwin The latest in a long line of classics I should have read years ago. The latest in a series of reviews o books so important, so pivotal, that it’s absurd to try to write … Continue reading

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A Rage Inducing Indictment of Our Justice System — My Quick Notes on Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson As soon as I finished Just Mercy, I ordered four additional copies of the book to share with friends and relatives. I’ve never done that before, but this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler I call myself a science fiction fan, and a progressive, but somehow, I’d reached middle age without having read Parable of the Sower. FAIL. Very pleased to have filled this gap in my education. … Continue reading

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