Usually, I either can’t, or won’t, complete books like Gabriel Tallent’s, debut novel, My Absolute Darling. It’s a gripping, exhausting, page-turner about a fourteen year-old nicknamed Turtle who lives in an isolated, but stunningly beautiful location along the Northern California seacoast. Turtle lives with her father Martin, a psychological, sexual, and sadistic abuser. Tallent’s luminous […]
A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous, is a book about mass rape during Word War II, including the author’s own violations. The forward and introduction state that the thirty-four year-old author was a professional journalist, who remained objective, even instilling bits of humor into her story. In 2001, after her death, the public learned that […]
Though they lived hundreds of years apart, Bill Clinton and Alexander Hamilton, two white men, were important pioneers in the Harlem community.
I almost didn’t read this book because I’d heard the author, Piper Kerman, described as a stereotypical, mean rich girl who only cozies up to the unfortunates with whom she’s incarcerated because she’s a calculating narcissist bitch. I totally did not detect that vibe. Sure, Kerman grew up in a well off family and we […]
Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club does such wonderful work in the St. Louis community. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking at their 20th Annual “Sky is the Limit!” Women in Careers Workshop and luncheon, held at Maritz. My talk was about seizing opportunity and not being afraid to try new things. […]