i guess i need to re-work my future thesis statements rather than expending time on ancillary details!
never fear – i’m bringing back a much loved and much missed staple for your viewing pleasure.
i’m down by mishna wolff
HIGH-larious. a must listen book. i say listen, because you have to hear the book read by its author. only she can do justice to her white-but-wanna-be-black dad’s inflection. some of the things in this book are too good to be true, but living just blocks from where she grew up, and being the same age really helped me somewhat feel like i was living her life as she spoke.
say you’re one of them by uwem akpan
you may not know this about me – but i’m a sucker for all things africa. this collection of short stories is better for a listen so you can take in the accent. while akpan is no alan paton or chinua achebe he still gives you a glimpse into another world that i really love.
uncle tom’s cabin by harriet beecher stowe
how did i never read this in school? if i were giving out rainbows for writing ability alone, stowe would receive 10 rainbows. her writing is beautiful, eloquent and captivating. it truly feels like you are reading art. however, i gravitated to tom’s story line best.
the book of night women by marlon james
must listen to this on cd. the dialect would be very hard to comprehend if just reading. i caught on quickly by listening. this book is graphic, violent, disturbing and the language is extremely crude. definitely not for everyone – but i appreciated it because it opened me up to haiti, a country i never really thought about until this year’s devastating earthquake.
the help by kathryn stockett
quick read. i must have been in a fatalistic mood after reading the three previous books because i really expected more chaos to befall our main characters. i really enjoyed all the characters and the realness of the story as we peered in to the historical fiction landscape. while i liked this book quite a bit – i wouldn’t add it to my all time love love love book list.
up next: who knew at some subconscious level i was a sci-fi junkie? maybe my love of the time quartet should have tipped me off. i broke down and bought mockingjay at costco this week instead of patiently waiting my turn in a very, very long library line. i also finished ender’s game today. i know, i know, “that’s so 1985, where has robin been?” you say. to be honest, i thought the series would be too nerdy for me – but i’m kind of diggin’ ender and his game. i’ll see you next time.