Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day | Book Review

Dapper Dan is not just an icon in the Harlem community, but his life, as a metaphor for the community, reflects its hutzpah and resilience, his memories uncoiling to reveal a heyday long gone and hailing a new, replacement dawn in its wake.  Daniel R. Day shares his recollections in a new book entitled Dapper…

The First 3 Books I read in 2018 Are About Women

I wanted the first few books I read this year to represent me in some way and these three are all written by women and feature endurance and the kindness of strangers and what strength looks like, even when it’s been a long time in coming. All three are books I highly recommend, not just…

You Don’t Look Adopted (Giveaway Closed)

There’s a lot you take for granted if you know your biological parents. If you can look at their face and hands and hairline and posture and even their health history and compare it to yours, can say, I got this from my mother, I am more like my father with this… I read a…

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver| Giveaway

As a young Jewish girl growing up in in the Midwest, Lynda Schuster collected stamps and dreamed of the exotic faraway places that produced such glowing artifacts. She resented her unambitious mother as well as the overambitious father who grew dissatisfied with his family life and left them when Lynda was just a  young teen….

A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice

A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations  by Christine Hale Summary She is the unexpected child of her parents’ later years and she starts life surrounded by an abusive father, an alcoholic mother who she obsesses about pleasing, and two older sisters, one of whom is mentally disabled. Her father, the…

Becoming Tiger Heart

I overhear the girls discussing something and I can tell it’s a secret. I lean in to eavesdrop and they stop. “Who are you talking about? Who do you call Tiger Heart” “You!” they say in unison. “You are the Tiger Heart.” Manoj continued, “You are fierce and will pounce but you are also protective and…