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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Review on If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. Read my thoughts on this book-to-film.Read more
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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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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more