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Book Review: Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden

Amal and Claud are married. They live in London and have a fantastic relationship and life. Together, they decide to have a child, but twenty-one days into the pregnancy, Claud has a miscarriage. The story begins here as Amal drives to the hospital to pick up Claud in order to drive to Claud’s parent’s house … Continue reading

Book Review: The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. When I first started blogging about books, I had a small understanding of what diverse literature and stories were. I thought mostly about diverse authors from the United States and less about global perspectives. I also failed to acknowledge the … Continue reading

Book Review: This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

This is Paradise is a short story collection written by Kristiana Kahakauwila, a hapa author of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), German and Norwegian extract. In efforts to set up this blogging event, a person contacted me through my blog with the recommendation I reach out to and possibly feature Kristiana during this month. I immediately went to Goodreads to … Continue reading

Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices

In the United States, November is Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month / Native American Heritage Month. Although we should be celebrating and honoring all Indigenous Peoples and First Nations year round, this month in particular is an intentional focus on standing with these communities and help to lift Indigenous Peoples voices and experiences. This month on … Continue reading

Book Review: City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

This is a feature book for LGBTQ+ History Month. Disclaimer: I received a free e-book in exchange for an open and honest review. I received an electronic copy of City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault from the author after inquiring about the book through Twitter. From the description, this book is the first in a … Continue reading

Book Review: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

This is one of my picks for #DiverseDetectives. #DiverseDectectives is an book blogging event through the month of October hosted by  @siliconphospho and @Bina_ReadThis. Through this month I am committed to read two mystery / detective novels featuring detectives of color and posting at least one review. Devil in a Blue Dress is my first pick … Continue reading

Yellow by Frank Wu: A Snapshot

I have read Yellow over the course of the past year. I did not read it consistently, but mainly used it to talk with students I work with and to provide them excerpts I thought might be useful in their own identity development. Last month, I decided to pick it back up, reread a couple … Continue reading

Waka Tanka: A Response to Bruno Faidutti

I wrote a post last month about appropriation and amalgamation of indigenous cultures to use as board game themes. A short while after, I saw a new game, being brought to the United States by Cool Mini or Not, designed by Bruno Faidutti, Waka Tanka. This is a small bluffing card game with some sort … Continue reading

Book Review: Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an open and honest review. This book has a special place for me in my heart. I am a product of an interracial marriage and my own marriage is interracial as well. When I think about it, that 50 years ago, the relationships that … Continue reading

Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

You know those books you read where you just know what to write in the review? And then there are those books that leave you thinking about the plot and the characters long after finishing, leaving you to process your feelings and thoughts. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle was one of the latter. … Continue reading

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