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All Natural

Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau has recently been released by Penguin Publishing in their Classics series. I am embarrassed to admit I had never read this famous book. I think however, its impact would have been lessened … Continue reading

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Bronson Revealed

March by Geraldine Brooks (2005) is a fabulous novel about the father of the March girls made famous in the beloved novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Mr. March is absent throughout most of Alcott’s novel and Brooks has … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Fence

Glory Over Everything Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is thematically similar to a book I reviewed not long ago about a light-skinned African-American woman passing as white. This excellent book is set in the early eighteen-hundreds prior to … Continue reading

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The Black Gemstone

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a best-selling epic tale about the descendents of two half-sisters who were born on the Gold Coast in Africa during the days of slave trading. Although Effia and Esi share the same father, they are … Continue reading

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Promises Made

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is a captivating historical fiction novel based on the life of President Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph.  Known for much of her life as Patsy, she spent the majority … Continue reading

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Our Bodies

I came to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates unaware of its context. I had seen the book listed on a number of 2015 Best Books lists and decided to read it. To me, a second generation American, … Continue reading

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Lasting Impression

The Marriage of Opposites is a new novel by one of my favorite authors, Alice Hoffman. This story is based on the family of Camille Pissarro the well-known impressionist artist. The story traces the history of his ancestors and their plight to … Continue reading

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