READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 24

One of my pastimes is figuring out how people became who they are. I sometimes idly wonder about an average person I might meet–their parents, their home life, whether they were hugged, and loved, berated or made to feel ashamed. I wonder if they read a lot, and were curious about the world, heard parents […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 23

When I read ‘The Dear One’ by Jacqueline Woodson, I don’t think I paid attention to who had written it. I forgot that much of her work focuses on young, Black girls and their coming of age. This is one of those, looking at when worlds and classes collide. One girl a pregnant teen, the […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 22

Could a child go missing and people simply not notice? Most of us would tend to say not. But shockingly, it’s not that uncommon, and not just in cases where the child in question is a toddler. In different cities around the country, there were cases of young Black girls simply … not showing up […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 21

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters My rating: 5 of 5 stars This one took me by surprise. I remember the hype and the acclaim, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t rush to get it at full price because I’m skeptical of books about race and the experience of Blackness in America written by white […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 20

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I always feel awful giving star ratings to people’s memoirs. I mean, how do you critique someone’s journal? This one is part of a pile of books I have, that I buy automatically because it is acclaimed and purports to illustrate something […]

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