(Audio) Book Review: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

In 1990, Isra is a teenage girl living in Palestine. She's quiet and bookish, an obedient daughter to parents who see her as more of a burden than her brothers simply because she is a girl. Isra is quickly married off to Adam, who is older than her and lives in Brooklyn with his parents,… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Book Review: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

This short novel is a sort of throwback to Golden Age mysteries. Set in the late stages of the Second World War, in a small English community outside of London, we have the usual odd assortment of characters. A foreign vicar who probably drinks too much. His ne'er-do-well son, the young mute Jewish refugee who… Continue reading Book Review: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

(Audio) Book Review: Classic Crime Short Stories

This was an excellent collection of 10 short crime stories. There were mostly names I recognized, such as Ruth Rendell and Grahame Greene and G.K. Chesterton and others that I probably would recognize if I read more mysteries. I'm not sure that audio is the right format for me when it comes to short stories… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: Classic Crime Short Stories

(Point Form) Book Review: The Promise by Damon Galgut

South African author, winner of the Booker Prize follows one family over several years When their mother dies, she makes their father promise that he will give their servant, Salome, her house to own Apartheid South Africa, the family is white, Salome is Black...we see where this is going, right? Father does not honour the… Continue reading (Point Form) Book Review: The Promise by Damon Galgut

Book Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

For approximately two-thirds of The Other Black Girl, I felt like I was reading a smart, contemporary novel about young women in the workplace, modern publishing industries, and the issues that Black women deal with. Then, quite suddenly, the book turned into something far more nefarious and confusing. To the point that I had the… Continue reading Book Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

(Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

When Lillian Leyb's whole family is killed in a Russian pogrom - brutally slaughtered by their neighbours simply for being Jewish - she boards a ship to a new country and ends up in New York City, sharing a cramped apartment with a cousin and a rotating cast of other roommates. A job at a… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

(Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A family is brought together to celebrate a wedding. Rafiq and Layla are celebrating the wedding of their firstborn, their daughter Hadia, who is marrying for love unlike their own arranged marriage. Rafiq and Layla met only a few times before their marriage, when Layla left her home and moved to the United States to… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza