Reblog: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I absolutely loved this memoir written in poetry when I had first read it and wanted to remind everyone of it for this year's National Poetry Month! I don't know what you're reading this April but I highly recommend brown girl dreaming if you haven't read it yet! Review: I've read a lot of memoirs, but... Continue Reading →

Memoir Monday: Something Fierce

I read this memoir about this time last year. Surprisingly, it was the only memoir or biography of a Hispanic woman I'd read until last month. I recently finished My Invented Country  by Isabel Allende, (translated by Margaret Sayers Peden) for WIT Month. Coincidentally, Allende and Aguirre are both from Chile and both fled the regime... Continue Reading →

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Review: Way, way back in April, I posted about some books that had been one of the 2015 awardees of the Arab American book awards. Check out the post here. I've since added a bunch of them to my TBR and this was one. Here's an excerpt from the back cover: Aref does not want... Continue Reading →

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

 Review: I've read (listened to) a lot of memoirs in recent years but this was my first by a human trafficking survivor. It's a powerful story of survival and determination that all adults should read. I'll warn the potential reader, though, this book comes riddled with triggers. An excerpt from the back cover: Yeonmi Park... Continue Reading →

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Review: This is the second book of Tahir's series, An Ember in the Ashes. I read and reviewed the first one here. I loved it and looked forward to this sequel. It did not disappoint.  If you haven't read the first book, stop here. Here's the back cover: After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt... Continue Reading →

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

Review: I love a good memoir, especially one that comes from such an unusual history. Here's the back cover info: The winner of CBC's Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five... Continue Reading →

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: I'd heard a lot of hype around this book and it did not disappoint. I have to admit, I wasn't entirely prepared for this book. I had read some reviews back when I first put it on my TBR and I went on hold at the library. That was months ago. All I remembered about... Continue Reading →

The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung

Review: It's not very often that a work of fiction gets to me as much as this one did. It was beautiful and haunting and familiar and foreign all at the same time. Homesick and alone, a teenage girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory. Her family, still in the countryside, is... Continue Reading →

Monstress #4-6 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Review:  As always, the art in these are just amazing. It's not overly-stylized. I feel like it's not really stylized at all, but just depicts people as they look. The characters are beautiful, but I feel like it's part of their world that the women in these high power positions have the means to make... Continue Reading →

About the Night by Anat Talshir, translated by Evan Fallenberg

Review: The setting as a big part of what I loved about the story. People try to do stories of this kind in made-up scenarios and though some work, using the events that transpired in Jerusalem in the middle of the last century is just genius. There were so many things that I never quite... Continue Reading →

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