READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 16

I found this one a painful read, because of the poignant portrayal of what Black people lost and the compromises they made to gain the benefits that come from proximity to whiteness, or in the most extreme passing for white. I especially liked reading about Jude, one of the main characters’ “blue-black” daughter who suffers […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAYS 11 & 12

I forgot to post here yesterday, but if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll never miss a recommendation. Still, here goes … Day 11 I’ve rediscovered Lisa Jewell in recent years. She used to write very different kinds of books, mostly chick lit and romance and now she writes darker-side-of-human-nature novels with intricate plotting and […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAY 8

This is not a particularly imaginative recommendation. I think if you know Octavia Butler’s work at all, you’ve probably read ‘Kindred‘. I remember the first time I read it, it seemed like a uniquely Black nightmare … being transported back in time to the antebellum period and finding yourself enslaved. I was reminded of it […]

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READING RECOMMENDATIONS DAYS 5 & 6

Day 5 Day 5’s recommendation is ‘The Longings of Women’ by Marge Piercy. I’ll be honest and say I read this one so long ago, much of it is a blur. But I do remember that it gave me a new face for homelessness (though it covered many other themes, through the eyes of women), […]

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Writers for Sale?

I really need to blog more. I used to do it weekly, then stopped when I realized it was interfering with the books I wanted to write. But lately, I’ve been finding that I want to say stuff, and rather than pick fights on social media with people I otherwise like very much, I thought […]

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