Back to Garden Heights: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Writing a sequel to a successful book is always a big risk to take. Even more so if that book is a smash bestseller called The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas took the plunge nevertheless—and delivered another masterpiece. In THUG, all eyes are on Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who finds her voice after witnessing her friend … Continue reading Back to Garden Heights: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

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Seeing Humanity Through a Robot’s Eyes: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun has been among the most anticipated releases of this year. For those of you who know the novel's author, this hardly comes as a surprise. Winner of the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro is among the most gifted authors of this century. Set in the near-distant … Continue reading Seeing Humanity Through a Robot’s Eyes: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Story About Idiots: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

The day before New Year's Eve, a desperate robber aims to rob a bank in a small Swedish town. The only problem: it’s a cashless bank. When the police are closing in, the culprit flees into a nearby apartment building and ends up turning an ordinary apartment viewing into an extraordinary hostage situation. The hostages … Continue reading A Story About Idiots: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

How Fun is “Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid?

"Cringy, uncomfortable and fun." According to Kiley Reid, these are the three words most readers have used to describe her bestselling debut novel Such a Fun Age1. And I think I couldn't have come up with any better terms to describe the book myself. Such a Fun Age is smart, witty and funny, but at … Continue reading How Fun is “Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid?

Performing Race in Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Since its release in 2020, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half has been all over my social media feeds. It debuted at number one on The New York Times fiction best-seller list, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction, and won the Goodreads choice award for best historical fiction. To find out if it … Continue reading Performing Race in Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Slavery and the Power of Memory in The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What if memories had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom? In his debut novel, The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates experiments with this idea of memory as a superpower. Blending historical fiction and magical realism, Coates's novel prompts us to rethink the institution of slavery and its enduring legacies. Set largely in the antebellum South, … Continue reading Slavery and the Power of Memory in The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates