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to read this book… Brilliant.…So utterly original that it makes most everything previously written about slavery seem outdated and pedestrian.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…

The Visit

There was always the strong scent of Pine Sol that masked the stench of neglect, but this home surpassed all the intolerable places we’d visited before being sold.  Its other selling point was the open air breeze that furiously chased bad air and negativity down the long corridors and on its way.  The breeze worked…

Mirror, Mirror…

*One of the first things any image consultant will ask is: Who are you?  This is a loaded question if you consider it with the gravity it deserves.  Ideally you’ll reply with an abundance of virtues and adjectives that paint a picture of a fantastically together “you.”  Then there are folks that will be a bit more critical…

How to Clean Like a Crack Addict

This rumination on cleaning came about after my experience with a new housekeeper.  I had a three year old, a lovable, sloppy husband, and a puppy in my household all at one time.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  In stepped the cleaning woman.  We’ll call her “Rhonda” for the sake of anonymity.  After…

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…