Almost American Girl shares the experiences of author Robin Ha as she and her mother abruptly moved from Seoul to Alabama when she was fourteen years old. Rendered in comic, this memoir is another expertly crafted voice to add to the archive of this medium.Continue reading “Almost American Girl: A Book Review”
Why had I not heard of James Baldwin or read any of his works until 2020? In college, I studied English, and although we covered many novels and American writers, I was never required to read James Baldwin. A couple years ago, I picked up If Beale Street Could Talk and had my heart broken. Last year, I read Giovanni’s Room and finished it in awe of Baldwin’s talent. This week, I read The Fire Next Time, and now I say that James Baldwin is one of my favorite writers of all time.Continue reading “I read The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and it is just so good.”
In The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, author Anna Malaika Tubbs highlights the oft-overlooked incredible mothers of three of history’s most important men.Continue reading “The Three Mothers: A Book Review”
Kimiko Does Cancer, written by Kimiko Tobimatsu and illustrated by Keet Geniza, is a brief yet excellently framed memoir told in graphic novel format.Continue reading “Kimiko Does Cancer: A Book Review”
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, written by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar, is a lovely biographical picture book portraying the life of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré.Continue reading “Planting Stories: A Book Review”
Memoir Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi is a deeply energetic text exploring their experiences existing as an ọgbanje in a world of human constructs, a Nigerian writer within the constrictive realm of U.S. academia and publishing, and a soft heart seeking comfort among the spirits of loved ones.Continue reading “Dear Senthuran: A Book Review”
This week we are welcoming back guest contributor Bryant R. for this double feature book review of Across That Bridge and Carry On by John Lewis!Continue reading “John Lewis Book Review Double Feature: Across That Bridge and Carry On – Review by Bryant R.”
This week’s A Promised Land write-up comes from Slanted Spines’ first ever featured contributor, Bryant R.! Recently, he listened to Barack Obama’s latest memoir, and offers his stunning insight here. Please enjoy!Continue reading “A Promised Land: A Book Review by Bryant R.”
As I’ve recently discovered, July is Disability Pride Month. At the end of June, I finished a collection of essays entitled Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong, and having been quite moved by these articles, I would like to highlight some of the voices and encourage you to pick it up as well.Continue reading “Disability Visibility: A Book Report”
This Pride month, I am highlighting a book I read last month titled Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen.
Prior to reading this book, I did not realize that asexuality was as complex as it is. In fact, I believe that most people have a limited understanding of asexuality. What Angela Chen succeeds in with Ace, in addition to painting a broad portrait of asexuality, is commenting on the ways our society is inundated with sexuality, which I believe makes this a compelling read for not only aces and questioning aces, but for all members of our western society.
Ace is down-to-earth and informative, and an insightful book for almost all readers. I truly enjoyed my reading experience and gained a much wider perspective, and it is because of this that I would like to share some of its most important ideas and highly encourage you to read it as well.