Yabo

I don’t remember when or how, but I was introduced to a snippet of Yabo many months ago through the characters Ruby, Ramses, and Jules. Yabo was released in 2014, and finally, in 2017, I can remove it from my TBR list with much delight. If Yabo has been lingering on your (Black/lesbian/queer) TBR list too, move it to the top. Make it a priority. This book ain’t for the faint of heart. You must read with care and memory, Read More …

Difficult Women

I recently read Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women and when I finished, I felt like I needed a surgeon to put my heart back together. This collection of short fiction is powerful, at times hard to read, so much so that I’d advise to you read it a story or two at a time. Before my review, a caveat or two: Roxane Gay does not identify as a Black lesbian, which is generally a prerequisite for a book to be reviewed Read More …

Pat Greene: Her Story

In Pat Greene: Her Story, Anondra “Kat” Williams has crafted autofiction by permitting Patricia “Pat” Greene to recall her life, lovers, and heartbreaks. Some chapters are named for and exclusive to a single lover. In a way, this is a coming-of-age story because Pat relays (through a series of reflections and lessons) her emotional growth and the journey she took to achieve equilibrium. It took Pat several decades to realize her worth and truly understand and find love, but in Read More …

Jam on the Vine

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett is a tasty literary history lesson of black migration, race reporting, and the joy of finding love and purpose in life. Barnett tells the story of Ivoe Williams, an inquisitive black girl growing up in Texas in the late 1800s to a Muslim mother and African American father. Her world is wide open and her quick mind leads her to attend college where she finds her first love— journalism. It is during her Read More …

Another Brooklyn

“I lifted my head to look up into the changing leaves, thinking how at some point, we were all headed home. At some point, all of this, everything and everyone, became memory.” Thus ends the hauntingly beautiful lyrical novel Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. This was my first foray into Woodson’s work, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d read that she was an amazing writer, and she has a National Book Award to prove Read More …