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Review — Parker’s There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Morgan Parker “I do whatever I want because I could die any minute I don’t mean YOLO I mean they are hunting me” This book is a gut punch. Full of lines like … Continue reading

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Review: Mosley’s Red Death

Walter Mosley The second Easy Rawlins novel, filled with the detail of place and time that all fans of the series enjoy. (I reviewed the first one here). This one finds our protagonist tied up in a red scare witch … Continue reading

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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his own works, including detailed essays on Dhalgren, the controversial (and at the time of publication of this book, unpublished) Hogg, … Continue reading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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