The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Wow! My first read of Toni Morrison, and it did not disappoint. It was powerful and weighted–normally I’d brace myself for a read like this before jumping in. So, ignorance is bliss, and I jumped, committing to finishing the book in three days. Subjects addressed in The Bluest Eye…race, class,…

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone Christopher Paul Curtis The Mighty Miss Malone, Bud Not Buddy, The Watsons Go To Birmingham. What do these books have in common, besides a great children’s literature author? They have history, social studies, suspense, humor and heartwarmingly hopeful stories. At a time when children’s literature is inundated with fearful characters and…

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Worth Reading

It’s been a while since I read a book that I really, truly enjoyed. Angela’s Ashes, by Irish-American writer Frank McCourt, was considered an outstanding example of its genre immediately upon publication. Indeed, it was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1996, a fact that makes me wonder if I ought to read…

Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt This was my hour of power summer—meaning I packed my summer full of an hour each day (sometimes more) of powerful 20th century and modern day classics—and I’m proud of myself.  I’ve not only read more than a handful of wonderful novels, I’ve viewed their movies or listened to them performed,…

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston I have a reading list a mile long, so the choice of my next book has lately been influenced by what’s been written about the book before I open it.  This was the case with Their Eyes Were Watching God.  The talk surrounding this book weighed heavily…

The Known World

The Known World Edward P. Jones Why you have to read this book… Brilliant.…So utterly original that it makes most everything previously written about slavery seem outdated and pedestrian.  It belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison’s Beloved and William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner. -Atlanta Journal-Constitution One of…

Slanted-Eye Malcolm X

Fresh Off the Boat Eddie Huang Read Eddie Huang’s book, to know that the title of this post is a direct quote from Huang’s dad.  He cleverly captured Eddie’s militant conviction and pugnatious attitude in this referring to him as a slanted-eye Malcom X.  Huang’s dad might have even captured a bit of Eddie’s mayhem, like dealing and petty crime, which…

Fearlessness and Loathing

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson Hunter, Hunter, Hunter…boy, what the hell was you thinkin’?!?  My question can apply to both the story (which for me was a head scratcher) and the personal choices (tragedy to the comedy for which Hunter S. Thompson is over reaching). Let’s start with the story… I…