Diversebookbloggers Feature: African Book Addict!

We’re back with another Diverse Book Blogger feature here on BB&GT, this time with another of my favorite bloggers– African Book Addict! She has so many great recommendations for us in this post, so get ready. When you’re done reading her answers, make sure you visit her blog as well!  Tell us a bit about your blog! If you have a specific literature focus, let us know why!  African Book Addict! was conceived about 2 and a half years ago out of my intense love of reading and discussing books by writers of African descent (in Africa and the diaspora)….

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“We Should All Be Feminists” is the feminist book we needed all along

“We Should All Be Feminists” | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 49 pages| Vintage Books | Goodreads I love TedTalks, but I very rarely fully absorb the information the way I absorb written material. With that in mind, I picked up this little 8 dollar copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists,” which is essentially the written adaptation of her viral Tedx presentation (yes, the one that Beyoncé excerpted). If, like me, you’re the sort who likes to reread poignant sentences and sticky note facts to look up later, perhaps this is the better format for you. As a text,…

#Diversebookbloggers Feature: The Reading Desk

Back with another #diversebookbloggers feature, this time with Vijayalakshmi from The Reading Desk! She’s one of my favorite bloggers to interact with on social media, and I can’t recommend her enough. Check out her answers to a couple of my questions down here, and read all the way to the end. There is so much discussion that could come from her last response.  Tell us a bit about your blog!  There is no defined focus for my blog, The Reading Desk. Blogging is something that I started for fun and to fill time and it is only recently that I’ve started taking…

Guest Post: 15 Middle School Reads by Black Authors

Two weeks ago, my 11-year-old brother asked me to help pick out some great books, and I realized that I didn’t know would be a good fit for him! Thankfully, I knew just who to ask. Hopefully some insight from Black Children’s Books and Authors‘ Stacy Ladonna will help y’all as well.  I know a lot of educators,  and the mere mention of the words “middle school” tends to elicit groans, moans, and all sorts of monosyllabic utterances. It’s that awkward developmental stage—ages 11 to 13—where a child’s physical, social, and emotional growth is all over the place. Cognitively, however, they are growing “increasingly competent at…

20 Black women with killer bibliographies

As many of you know, I’m trying to read a couple Zora Neale Hurston books to get deeper into her not-insignificant bibliography. But she’s not alone on the list of black women whose work I wish I could read and analyze full-time. Who wants to fund a PhD program for me to spend 100% of my time on the following 20 names?

Book Review | The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire This Time |  edited by Jesmyn Ward | ECW Press | Pub: 8/02/2016 | Goodreads  Toward the end of his The Fire Next Time, Baldwin emphatically states that the inability to resolve its “racial nightmare” is a sin for which America will eventually be held accountable. Race, and whether American can ever overcome its legacy, isn’t something about which Baldwin comes to an simple conclusion. Jesmyn Ward begins her anthology The Fire This Time by pulling this specific quote from Baldwin’s meditation: “…If we do not dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, recreated from the Bible in song by the slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sigh, No…

#Diversebookbloggers Feature: Amal from “The Misfortune of Knowing”

Today’s Diverse Book Bloggers feature is a little bit different than some of the others, seamlessly fusing law and literature. She can explain it better than myself, so I’ll hop right on into this week’s feature, with Amal from The Misfortune of Knowing!  Tell us about yourself/your blog, The Misfortune of Knowing!  Hi, I’m Amal. I’m a half-Sri Lankan woman in the United States, a public interest attorney, and the mother of three. I’ve been blogging about books, writing, and the law at The Misfortune of Knowing since 2012. Most of my posts focus on legal or sociological issues raised in novels…

Book Review | The Conjoined, by Jen Sookfong Lee

While cleaning out her late mother’s deep freezer days after her death, Jessica and her father find a dead body frozen at the bottom. They call the police, who then find a second body upon further inspection. The Conjoined is a fantastic emotionally-wrought crime drama that will get you thinking about everyone around you. Read my review!

6 Times nayyirah waheed Embodied ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Poetry

If you haven’t already fallen in love with nayyirah waheed, now’s the time to do so. Her poetry, popularized through social media, is oftentimes short and powerful– some lines reading more like one brief self affirmations. Like Warsan Shire, she manages to talk about a long list of societal and internal struggles. Her 2013 latest book, salt., is an insightful exploration of identity that will resonate with those who have been following the troubling events of last week and beyond.

Book Review | Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees | Chinelo Okparanta | 336 pages | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Goodreads | Amazon In her striking novel Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta details the development of a young lesbian in 1960’s Nigeria. Ijeoma is a young girl when she begins to understand her sexuality, falling in love with a close friend. She’s barely older when she and Amina are caught embracing, after which she is sent to complete intensive bible study with her mother. “Nwoke na nwunye. Adam na Eve. Man and wife,” her mother repeats in their daily sessions. Ijeoma’s feelings remain unchanged, instead forcing…