Book Rant/Review: Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi

Book Rant/Review: Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi

Read my review of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a wonderful graphic novel about a young woman growing up during Iran's turbulent years of war & conflict.
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Newish Jan/Feb Releases by Black Writers

Newish Jan/Feb Releases by Black Writers

Here are some recent publications by Black Writers released in January and February 2021.
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Educator Book Recs #1: Black Writers

Diversify your reading curriculum or classroom library with suggested titles from my February Books, all by black writers in celebration of Black History Month.
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Tuma's Book Diversity Checklist - Supporting Authentic and Respectful Representation

Read about my method for evaluating diverse books to ensure that the portrayal of the characters or story from a particular cultural, ethnicity, or social group is done authentically and respectfully, using Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali as an example.
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Book Rant: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Read Tuma's thoughts on Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is about two sisters (one in the Dominican Republic and one in NYC) who didn't know of one another's existence until their father's tragic death on a flight from NYC to DR. Inspired by an actual plane crash that had occurred two months after 9/11 and was mostly ignored, Acevedo writes a beautiful novel-in-verse that shows us the impact of secrets, hurt, loss, and discovery.
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Recommended New Releases (6/26/20)

Mostly male writers in honor of Father's Day! In addition, Asian-American and African writers are heavily represented in this week’s recs! Lastly, tons of humous reads--we need a bit of laughter these days.
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Book Rant: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (Review)

Review on If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. Read my thoughts on this book-to-film.
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Recommended New Releases (6/12/20)

Tuma returns with this week's recommended new releases!

  • This week, we have the following genres: Romance, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, and a Cookbook.
  • Themes covered: love, family, secrets, sexuality, finding self, and food.

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New Releases: Recommendations (6/5/20)

Recommended New Releases as of June 5th, 2020!
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APIAHM Notable Writers and Recommended Reads

May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month to recognize and honor the accomplishments of Americans who are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Today, we would like to recognize notable APIA writers and provide our readers with some great recommendations!
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Book Rant: Review of Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes

Under the Feet of Jesus is an unapologetic and raw portrayal of the Hispanic migrant worker. Reflecting the hardships of the migrants’ lives set against the beauty of an equally harsh landscape, Viramontes pulls readers into an entirely different world, one in which its inhabitants are caught between worlds, not truly belonging in either one. 
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Book Rant: Bag of Bones by Stephen King Review

Bag of Bones begins with the lulling, soft, authentic voice of Michael Noonan as he tells his incredible story, starting from his wife's sudden death and including the hard to believe events that follow. With a gripping combination of quiet grief and a startling, sometimes blunt, sense of humor, readers quickly find themselves deeply caring for Mike as soon as the end of chapter one. 
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