Book Reviews Archives

“Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood” by Dawn Turner

September 16, 2021

c.2021, Simon & Schuster $26.99 / $35.99 Canada 321 pages Go left or go right? It seems that at every point in life, you need a decision: take a familiar street, or a route you rarely travel? A restaurant you frequent, or something new for dinner? Sometimes, the choices won’t matter next week or in… [Read More]

“Black Health Matters” by Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD

September 9, 2021

c.2021, Square One Publishers $16.95 321 pages This morning, your head hurt something terrible. Is it anything to worry about? Your grandfather had heart problems and died after a stroke. Your grandmother suffered from diabetes and you know there’s got to be a way to avoid their fates. Does your headache have anything to do… [Read More]

These book on the lives of Women of Color will bring you more than a good summer read, they will bring hope and healing

August 19, 2021

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women” by Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD c.2021, Amistad $24.99 / $31.00 Canada 257 pages “Wake: The Hidden History of Women- Led Slave Revolts” by Rebecca Hall, illustrated by Hugo Martinez c.2021, Simon & Schuster $29.99 / $39.99 Canada 208 pages Like almost everybody in the… [Read More]

“Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires” by Jaime Lowe

August 5, 2021

c.2021, MCB / Farrar, Straus and Giroux $27.00 / $37.00 Canada 303 pages Your oversized plastic tote is all packed. You don’t want to think about it, but if you have to bug out, you can. A backup laptop, extra dog bowls, every irreplaceable document, it’s all there, ready to slide into the car. You… [Read More]

“Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance” by Mia Bay

July 22, 2021

c.2021, Belknap, Harvard University Press $35.00 391 pages “Traveling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move” by Nanjala Nyabola c.2020, Hurst $19.95 238 pages You’ve always wanted to do it. You just wanted to go. You’d hop in a car or van, no GPS or map, no real itinerary, no destination in… [Read More]

“Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

May 13, 2021

c.2020, Crown $27.00/$36.00 Canada 239 pages Did you see that? Sure you did. You couldn’t miss it, actually, because you can spot hatred, discrimination, and bad trouble a mile away. You know when something’s wrong and you saw it; saw it coming, in fact, and you weren’t alone. In “Begin Again” by Eddie S. Glaude,… [Read More]

“Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power” by Tamara Winfrey Harris

May 6, 2021

c.2021, Barrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. $16.95 / $22.95 Canada 185 pages There’s some mail for you. And it’s not the e-variety, either; it was brought by a human, carried down the street and left at your home. It’s in an envelope with a stamp, and the good news is that it isn’t a bill. It’s a… [Read More]

“The Jigsaw Man: A Novel” by Nadine Matheson

April 29, 2021

c.2021, Hanover Square Press $27.99 / $34.99 Canad 496 pages Finders Keepers. It’s all yours now, that cool, unique, surprise thing that suddenly turned up and you laid claim to it. What once was lost is yours now. Finders keepers, except, as in the new novel “The Jigsaw Man” by Nadine Matheson, what’s found is… [Read More]

“We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy” by Natalie Baszile

April 22, 2021

c.2021, Amistad $29.99 / $36.99 Canada 368 pages One little hole in the ground. That’s all it takes, as big around as your little finger, a pencil eraser, a coffee stirrer. A tiny fissure in the Earth, that’s what you need to grow dinner next week or next winter, flowers for your table, sustenance for… [Read More]

“Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players” by Cam Perron with Nick Chiles, foreword by Hank Aaron

April 1, 2021

c.2021, Gallery Books $27.00 / $36.00 Canada 272 pages Your teeth got a good workout. Yep, as a kid, you wanted those certain hard-to-find, favorite-player baseball cards but you didn’t want to be wasteful. Because you’d do anything to get the cards, you spent your change, hoped you’d be lucky, and you chewed a lot… [Read More]