Category Archives: Book Reviews

A Literary Desegregationist Selects 11 Works Published by Black Women Writers in 2020

To witness is to humanize. Reading is an act of both witnessing and humanization. The passive activity of reading – sitting silent in a room and devoting one’s full attention to a printed page – is a powerful action. A … Continue reading

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Afrofuturism: The Diaspora Strikes Back

In an irony, new walls against immigration imperil the people who were the slave triangle’s abductees and source of capital. Black people are confined in places capital abandoned. Continue reading

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Children With a Different Point of View

I have read three excellent Teen/Middle Grade novels this summer, that all feature children with an unusual way of looking at the world. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, out now. Lily and Dunkin is a charming upper Middle Grade … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Humans” by Brandon Stanton

Many of you are probably familiar with the website Humans of New York, which was started by Brandon Stanton. For those of you who are not, the basic concept is that he approaches strangers in the street to take their … Continue reading

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Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho, reviewed by Susan Petrone

Andrea Tang is 33 (almost), working to make partner at one of the top law firms in Singapore, and surrounded by good friends. She has it all except someone to share it with. Then she meets Eric, an older, sexy … Continue reading

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Members Only, by Sameer Pandya, reviewed by Susan Petrone

Raj Bhatt is a happily married Indian-American with the holy trifecta–job, kids, mortgage. He’s happy but hasn’t always felt like he fits in. When he says absolutely the wrong thing to an African American couple applying for membership to the … Continue reading

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2020 and 1596: How We Are (Still) Finding Links to Shakespeare through Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel “Hamnet”

Yet another way Shakespeare has infiltrated his way into our contemporary realities comes in the form of Maggie O’Farrell’s newest novel, Hamnet. While O’Farrell could not have predicted the current pandemic in which we find ourselves, the novel, with its universal … Continue reading

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Brevity and Memory: On Billy-Ray Belcourt’s “A History of My Brief Body”

Sometimes, a book comes along, and it commands that you dig into it with a pencil, highlighter, or post-its. You’re hungry to eat it up, and your brain enjoys the meal so much that it’s like the best food coma … Continue reading

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Books by Black Authors to Look Out For in 2020

This February, Loganberry Books hosted a reading “challenge” to encourage our customers to only read books by Black authors in celebration of Black History Month. I twisted it a little this year, in homage to N.K. Jemisin’s compelling essay “How … Continue reading

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Ottessa Moshfegh and Intention: A Book (/Author) Review

Ottessa Moshfegh’s upcoming novel, Death in Her Hands, has been on countless “Most Anticipated Books of 2020” lists. Intrigued by the author’s reputation and the (campaigned) subject matter of the novel as a thriller, I opened up my advanced reader copy … Continue reading

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