24 Books to Christmas – Day 11

The first James Baldwin novel I read was Giovanni’s Room and I really enjoyed it. I marveled over his ability to write a novel with so many layered themes. I also was wondering why it had taken me so long to finally read one of his novels. I notice that this is often the first … Continue reading “24 Books to Christmas – Day 11”

Reading Baldwin…

I used to run my hands along the books on the wooden bookshelves that were in the hall upstairs in my home.  It contained a myriad of first edition African-American novels from Frederick Douglas to Malcolm X.  Growing up I was particularly intrigued by the title Giovanni’s Room.  I wondered what the story could be … Continue reading “Reading Baldwin…”

#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 22

Day 22 – Set Where You Live: I had to choose two novels for today’s theme – one that I read and loved and one that I can’t wait to read.  Well if you’ve followed me on here for a while you know that I read and loved Giovanni’s Room which I picked up last … Continue reading “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 22”

Another Country

It’s the late fifties in New York and Another Country begins following the ineffaceable Rufus Scott.  He’s a jazz musician whose luck seems to have run out.  From there the story of Another Country unfolds in three parts to uncover artists on their journey to survive life among racial unrest, misguided friendships, vacillating sexuality, societal pressures, … Continue reading “Another Country”

What you must read before you die?

I fell upon this list and decided to post it here so that I could be constantly reminded to read the right things every now and then.  This is the definitive list from The Guardian of the 1000 books you should read before you die.  This list has books written in English and in various … Continue reading “What you must read before you die?”