Review of Shobha Rao's Girls Burn Brighter

The Light Within: A Review of Shobha Rao’s GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER

Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter is an intense story of survival and sisterhood.  And so much more.  Set in India against a backdrop of a strict caste system, arranged marriages, and harsh poverty, the two main characters of Rao’s poetic story develop an unlikely friendship that proves to be an enduring constant on which they Read More

New Books By Women April

New Books by Women – April 2018 Releases

Need a new book for April? Here’s a roundup of the new books by women being released in April that I am most excited about, with a focus on womxn from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. If you are curious about which books I focus on, see my Review Policy. These are just guidelines and I Read More

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena: A Brief Review

A unique debut novel by Tanaz Bhathena, A Girl Like That, is a fascinating and fierce story of young love, life, and death. The book grabs the reader from the first pages when you learn that the main characters just died in a tragic car accident. As they hover over the scene, they reflect upon Read More

Song of a Captive Bird Review

Escaping Captivities: A Review of SONG OF A CAPTIVE BIRD by Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik’s latest book is a novel based on the life and work of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Darznik’s first book, entitled The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, was a New York Times bestseller. With her current work, Darznik tries her hand at recreating the life of Iran’s most provocative poet Read More

Literary Websites

Literary Websites

Looking for a few good books by womxn? Take a look through some of my favorite websites for the latest in literary news, author info, and reviews.   BookRiot https://bookriot.com/ Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. Electric Lit https://electricliterature.com/ Electric Read More

New Books By Women - March

New Books by Women – March 2018 Releases

Need a new book for March? Here’s a roundup of the new books by women being released in March that I am most excited about, with a focus on womxn from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. If you are curious about which books I focus on, see my Review Policy. These are just guidelines and I Read More

Black Women Writers from South Africa

Black Women Authors from South Africa – A Resource List

I’ve been traveling to South Africa regularly since 2009, mostly to conduct research supporting my doctorate in Information Science, which I received from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2016. As a result, I’ve grown a real appreciation for literature from this amazing and diverse country. This list will provide you with names of Read More

Drink It In: A Review of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Drink It In: A Review of FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi

  Freshwater is captivating, dynamic, and wise. At once, Akwaeke Emezi is able to frighten and confound their reader with a writing style that is intense and poetic. The raw honesty with which Emezi frames their debut book grabbed me by the throat and compelled me to continue reading, catching my breath as I turned Read More

HowWeGetFree by KY Taylor

What I’m Reading – 29 Jan 2018

Unlike many of you, I did not watch the Grammys. I love music but haven’t watched music award shows in years. Instead the gf and I finished binge-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8… I know, I am behind, but trying to catch up. In the meantime, I am recording the latest season of Ru’s all-stars. Read More

Resist or Regret A Review of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Resist or regret? A review of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

What do a polar explorer, a teenage girl, an aging teacher and writer, an unfulfilled wife and mother, and an eccentric healer have in common? A lot, surprisingly enough. Their intertwining experiences are calculatingly uncovered in Red Clocks, the third book by Leni Zumas. I say “calculatingly” because the uncovering of the relationships felt just Read More