Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection

The impertinence of a white woman to have a name with an accent when she’s neither Latino nor European! These website generating software systems don’t come with an easy way to add the accents. So, this is how I’m starting this review. My copy of The Gifts of Imperfection was published in 2020; it’s theContinue reading “Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection”

Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism

Everyone needs to read this book! Mikki Kendall wrote one of those books that leaves me thinking for days. How do I respond to this? What should I highlight for this review? And, what kind of commentary do I want to provide that will be beneficial to modern feminists? Because, that’s the key to aContinue reading “Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism”

Erika L. Sànchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Sànchez tells the story of Julia, a rebellious teenager that wants to be a writer. Julia is haunted by the death of her sister Olga who was run over by a bus. Olga essentially becomes that perfect picture image of the lost daughter hanging over the fireplace with a Virgin Mary candle burning eternally underneath.Continue reading “Erika L. Sànchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

“Superstition was with me at that moment: but it was not yet her hour for complete victory: my blood was still warm; the mood of the revolted slave was still bracing me with its bitter vigour; I had to stem a rapid rush of retrospective thought before I quailed to the dismal present” (9). CharlotteContinue reading “Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre”

E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View

“She beheld the horrible fate that overtook three Papists – two he-babies and a she-baby who began their career by sousing each other with the Holy Water, and then proceeded to the Machiavelli memorial, dripping but hallowed” (21). E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View is the coming of age story of Lucy Honeychurch. She’sContinue reading “E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View”

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! Watching Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in the 1992 film adaptation of this book led me to take a closer look at the psychology of love and damned relationships. I broke my read-the-book-first-then-watch-the-movie rule. I gotta say this story is such a teaseContinue reading “Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights”

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

“I thought sooner or later someone would start saying it had gone too far, but it just kept on, and no one said anything” (15). I have a cousin that loves this book and its corresponding film. I have to say that I’ve read this book twice now, and it’s heart-wrenching every time. It’s aContinue reading “Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go”

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

I had trouble getting through the first 75 pages or so. Even for someone like me who has experience reading difficult books, the beginning was tough. It was only when I put on my scholar reader’s hat that I made it to rest of the book. It’s a dissertation kind of book. As a scholar,Continue reading “David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas”

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day is like a long song to that Latin phrase: carpe diem. Seize the mother-fucking-day! Pardon my French. Or, you’ll end up like Stevens. At the closing of his life, he’s a very accomplished and professional English butler that gave three decades of service at Darlington. But, he’s (hella)Continue reading “Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day”

Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam

Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam is first and foremost a love story. Atwood opens the final installment of her trilogy with a summary of the first two books. I thought this kind gesture by her was unique because it’s rare when book series writers give summaries of the previous books; they sort of expect you to justContinue reading “Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam”