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Good Talk by Mira Jaco Book Review

  Good Talk by Mira Jaco Book Review  Good Talk by Mira Jaco this book mira jacob is exploring a lot of different topics. A lot of them revolving around identity and specifically like american identity, racial identity, things along those lines. But also things like parenthood and her life growing up and sort of how that's formed how she views things now and those sorts of things. So the story begins with her having a conversation with her son who is biracial.  Her husband is jewish american man. Her son is asking questions about his own identity, about really like sort of basic in terms of like surface level what he's looking for sort of questions, but questions that are really complicated to answer. So things about like skin tones and people's races without specifically saying those things. So he's asking like whether or not like his other biracial friends that he knows are similar to him or not. He starts asking questions about like michael jackson because he was rea
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Dominicana by Angie Cruz Book review

  Dominicana by Angie Cruz Book review Dominicana by Angie Cruz. This is a new release. I think it comes out in like September 3rd or like early September. But it was actually released a little bit early through book of the month.  I usually am not great about reading my book of the month books right away all the time. But it was kind of just like sitting there and I had like a free day and I was like,  I'm just gonna grab this one because it's on the top of my multiple piles of unread books. And I was immediately hooked. So in this story you are following this girl named Ana CanciĆ³n and it starts off while she is 15 years old and living in the Dominican Republic.  And it takes place in like the 1960s. So yeah, she's about 15 years old and the story starts off with her talking about how basically she knows that her parents are going to force her to marry this specific man who is significantly older.  I think he's like in his 30s. And it's mainly because like it'

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora book Review

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora book Review  Conjure women by Afia Atakora this is a historical fiction book and you are following two timelines in this book.  The first one is set during slavery time, or during-- right before the civil war takes place and kind of through part of the civil war.  And then there is the timeline of freedom time, which takes place about like five to ten years after the civil war has finished.  In the slavery time timeline, you are following-- or you're mainly following a character named miss may belle who is basically a healer on a plantation.  She's obviously a slave herself, and so her duty on the plantation is to take care of the other slaves,  Whether it be you know healing them, providing them with like various medicinal needs, or like being a midwife and helping with the birth of various children.  She herself has a daughter named rue and you also follow a little bit of things from rue's point of view as well.  And then the freedom time tim

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris book review

  The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris book review The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. This is a relatively new release that came out earlier this year and it was getting a whole lot of publishing buzz. I think partially because it takes place in the publishing world, but it's also a pretty good book.  In this story you are following this black girl named Nella who works at this publishing company named wagner books. It seems like it's a pretty big publisher, like akin to one of the big five publishers like penguin or harper or something along those lines, harpercollins.  She's basically been the only black girl working at this publishing company as long as she's been there. And at the beginning of the book she sees that another black girl has been hired at the company and she's super excited that she will no longer be the only black girl at this publishing company.  The other black girl that gets hired is this girl named hazel. She just seems like

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas book review

  On the Come Up by Angie Thomas book review On the Come Up by Angie Thomas This is the follow up, well, I mean her second book after publishing the hate you give a couple of years ago, which I'm sure everyone knows about at this point because it's been adapted into a fantastic film.  It's been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a hundred weeks. The hate you give and on the come up are, is currently as of this recording like the number one and number two spot on the New York Times bestseller list for like young adult literature. So great job Angie Thomas.  And so I'm pretty sure I don't need to do too much of an introduction to who she is and those books. So in this story you are following this character named Bri. I think you say Bri. I don't know if it's Bri or Bree.  I'm gonna go with Bri. She is a 16 year old black girl who has dreams of becoming a rapper. Her father was a rapper and was like pretty popular in terms of the underground rap

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim book review

  Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim book review Spin the dawn by Elizabeth Lim. This is a pretty new young adult book. This is a fantasy and adult book. And I was actually sent this in the mail by Knopf. So the way this book is being pitched is Mulan meets Project Runway, which is a mostly correct comp for this book.  And I will get into that in a second. You are following this girl named Maya. She is the youngest daughter of this really well-renowned seamstress. What's a male seamstress called? A tailor? Yeah, a tailor.  So her father was this really well-known, a well-renowned tailor in this area. But then some things occurred and he lost a lot of his business. They end up moving to the small village and you know the business isn't quite what it used to be. In this world, women are not allowed to be like seamstresses or anything like that. And so it's kind of assumed that the sons in the family, Maia's older brothers, would become the sort of apprentices to her father. B

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester book review

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett book review Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia  So the story begins on el dia de los muertos and you are following this couple who have just gotten married. Their names are isabel and martin.  And Isabel is being Martin's dad for the very first time, except Martin's dad is a ghost. His name is Omar.  He left the family, Martin's family, a number of years ago, like when Martin was a pretty small kid. Isabel obviously never met him and Martin had no idea that he had actually died.  And so this is the first time Martin is really seeing him since he left the family. And it obviously creates a kind of tension but Isabel is you know polite and at least gets to meet him. And this event sort of starts off a series of events in this family's life.  So like I said, the couple got married on el dia de los Muertos and you follow them and this family over the course of a couple of years, and every year on their wedding anniversary/el dia de Los

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