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”

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 27

Day 27 – Favorite Line/Paragraph:  As you know Another Country was one of my favorite books that I read last year.  It was such a revelation to me – from the writing style to the complex characters and to all the societal themes that are still relevant today.  There were so many great lines from … Continue reading “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 27”

A Month of Faves: Faves Month Introduction

        Hello All and welcome to my blog! My name’s Didi and I hope you’ll learn more about my reading likes and dislikes but most of all about my 2014 reading results.  I’m currently two books behind on my fifty-five book challenge. Honestly I’m not worried.  For me, pressure and reading don’t … Continue reading “A Month of Faves: Faves Month Introduction”

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin – Terrance Hayes

When I heard about the release of this American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, I knew I had to read it.  I don’t often read poetry but when I do it’s because I’m sure the collection is going to move me.  And this one did that and more. This collection was savvy, intelligent, … Continue reading “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin – Terrance Hayes”

The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time.  Police brutality and systemic racism are plaguing the United States as if we hadn’t gone through the Civil Rights movement.  I living in France, a country without worry or anxiety when I go out, don’t have to face so much overt racism, nor too many microagressions, sit and listen to the countless … Continue reading “The Fire This Time”

The Birds of Opulence

If you don’t know how much mad love I have for Crystal Wilkinson’s writing, you’re going to hear all about it in this review of The Birds of Opulence, newly released in March 2016.  The story explores life in small town Opulence, focalizing on the Goode-Brown family.  The four generations of women, led by the … Continue reading “The Birds of Opulence”

#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Day 6 Make it into a Movie!

Day 6 – Make it into a Movie! – I absolutely could not decide on one.  Impossible! There are so many good ones that could be turned into fantastic films.  So went with the following five:  The Supreme’s at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat – “Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner in Plainview, Indiana is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, … Continue reading “#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge Day 6 Make it into a Movie!”

African Christmas Reviews 2015

Becoming Abigail was one of the Essence magazine book club picks.  It is also the first book I’ve read by Chris Abani and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from him this year, in particular The Secret History of Las Vegas and Song for Night.  In Becoming Abigail, Abigail is born when her mother Abigail … Continue reading “African Christmas Reviews 2015”

In the Shadow of the Banyan

I read In the Shadow of the Banyan at the beginning of the month.  It took me three and a half days to read but then plunged me into a week + worth of thought.  We’re nearing the close of the month of May and I still can’t get this book off my mind.  I … Continue reading “In the Shadow of the Banyan”