When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Stars: 5 of 5 As someone who is only part time seen as a woman of color and grew up in a home and neighborhood that is predominantly white, I'm glad I came to this book now, when I could understand it. Though Khan-Cullors does explain the systems of oppression at work in the lives … Continue reading When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko

Review: This was such a peaceful, contemplative memoir. I felt like I was listening to Silko's internal monologue as she went on one of her walks. There is a lot about going on solitary walks through nature and the way things shift depending on the day and the mood and therefore the level of observation … Continue reading The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko

My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez

Review: I'll admit it, I was never into the hip hop scene so I had no idea who Angie Martinez is before finding this memoir listed among Hispanic memoirs somewhere. I don't have any particular problems with it, I'm just not among the people it spoke to. I'm aware of the feminist issues with the … Continue reading My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Review: I admit that I don't quite get the title but I do totally love Morayo. This is one of the books I chose for Read Harder 2018, task 23, a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60. I chose two books for it because they were both smaller books. Like  a Mule … Continue reading Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

Review: This was supposed to be one of my WIT books this year, but my August fell apart and I was grateful to have worked far enough ahead of the Bible posts to get anything posted last month. Despite the timing not working out, though, I am so glad I read this book. Not only … Continue reading The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

Review: I fell in love right at the title. I'm not a big fan of running and don't really understand why anyone would choose to run this much, but I am a huge fan of thinking of myself as a work in progress. I'm also a sucker for an every woman memoir. Valerio is amazing. … Continue reading A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Review: First of all, I just want to mention how much I adore this cover. It’s one of my favorites. The book itself is pretty amazing too. I’m a bit of a sucker for immigration stories and this one is quite unique. The story revolves around Fabiola, a Haitian girl who has moved to America. … Continue reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Review: I will definitely have to read the full translation of Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book one day. The best copy I could find was on Scribd, but I’ll find a full translation somewhere, hopefully with context added in by the translator like in this one. Shonagon records random thoughts, short poems, and snippets of stories from … Continue reading The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Review: This book really makes me want to go to her country and see all the sights, especially the historical ones. I’m so accustomed to thinking of that region as a wasteland, I forget that it isn’t really like. It’s unfortunate, but she does also mention how much has been destroyed in recent years. I … Continue reading The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Review: Honestly, I enjoyed a lot of this book but not everything. It makes a statement about what it means to emigrate to the US and elaborates on so many of the little things that aren't always obvious. It shows the dream and a few ways that people try to make it a reality. It … Continue reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue