The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett is a multigenerational story of a black family. Desiree and Stella are identical twin girls born in the 1950s in Mallard, a small town in Louisiana. All the people in Mallard are black but light skinned. They are distrustful of dark skinned people, considering themselves better because of the … Continue reading The Ending of The Vanishing Half
Long Way Down is a young adult book by Jason Reynolds. It is the story of Will, a 15-year old who lives with his mother. His older brother Shawn has just been shot and while his mother is wailing, he is not; he is following the rules passed down from father to son, son to … Continue reading The Ending of Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a love story, but it is not a conventional one. The first third of the book is about newlyweds Celestial and Roy, with each of them having one chapter to set the stage. In the last two thirds of the book, the third in their triangle, Andre, gets … Continue reading The Ending of An American Marriage
Red at the Bone is a story of three generations by Jacqueline Woodson. Looking for a review only, without spoilers, read this post instead. Iris got pregnant and had a baby at the age of 15. She'd been having sex since she was 13, but didn't quite understand how reproduction worked. When she got pregnant, … Continue reading The Ending of Red at the Bone
The Nickel Boys is a book by Colson Whitehead. It starts at the ending, 50 years later, with an unmarked grave, full of bones, on the north side of Boot Hill. We must go back in time to find out the details.
This book is full of spoilers. It tells how the memoir ends. If you're looking for a review that doesn't reveal the ending, see this post instead. Notes From a Young Black Chef is a memoir about Kwame Onwuachi, written with Joshua David Stein. It begins with Chef Onwuachi at the National Museum of African … Continue reading The Ending of Notes From A Black Chef
In Kindred, Octavia Butler uses science fiction as a vehicle to explore race, power, history and the art of knowing. Dana travels back and forth in time...