My Reading List

Page From a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

The Given Day Dennis Lehane

Clockers by Richard Price

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Devil in a Blue Dress  by Walter Mosely

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Lover Mine by J R Ward

The Way of Shadows Trilogy by Brent Weeks

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Moonshine by Alana Johnson

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The Warded Man by Peter Brett

The Desert Spear by Peter Brett

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter

Lover Unleashed by JR Ward

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter


Reading now:

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire     

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  1. Hi again!

    I was just browsing the site Goodreads when I stumbled across the book The Street by Ann Petry. As I read more and more of the reviews and also reviews of other sites, I said to myself I must get this book. Luckily, my husband was in the States attending a course at the time, so I told that he must go to the nearest Barnes and Noble to get the book. I even called B & N to see if they had the book and they said they had and placed it on reserve.

    All this happened last week. I now have the book and cannot put it down. As I cannot believe that it was written in 1946 and tells in point blank terms of how a black woman tries so hard to keep her head above water despite the fact that the environment she is in refuses to allow her to do so. Whether it’s men, women, black or white, she has to fight everyone all the time, everyday. Petry’s prose is simple and beautiful. Racism is shown in its full glory and Petry, clearly, is not scared to call a spade a spade. There is a short but poignant section in the story where the protagonist, Lutie, is a maid for a wealthy white family. The reader is able to see the family’s failings through the eyes of Lutie but also it shows her ambition to succeed by her listening to the family having endless conversations of how to make money. When she finally leaves the job, she has an idea of what to do but does this idea gets off the ground?

    I wonder if Stockett has read this book. When I read The Help, I was surprised that there was very little mention of black maids being sexually assaulted or harassed to the point you wonder if this was something black history courses exaggerated but The Street shows how being black, female and beautiful was not only a curse during those days but how it was expected for black women to make themselves readily available at all times. Saying no was not an option. If you haven’t read this, then please do and give us a review.

    Have a good day!


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