The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla – book review

The Good Immigrant is a collection of 21 essays by BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic writers) exploring what it’s like to be an ethnic minority in the UK. As in all essay collections, (they share this strange quality with boxes of chocolates), there are some essays I love to bits, and some that left me with nothing more than a vague sense of appreciation. It’s … Continue reading The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla – book review

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois – book review

I wasn’t quite sure what I expected when I first picked up The Souls of Black Folk – but I certainly did not expect to encounter quite as many statistics… W.E.B. Du Bois wrote his PhD, The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870, at Harvard, and his scholarly apparatus is in evidence in his essays examining “the problem … Continue reading The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois – book review

Stephen Fry’s Mythos – book review

I listened to Stephen Fry’s Mythos as an audiobook – a version I highly recommend, as it is read by the author himself.   I ended up listening to Mythos because I had a few credits on Audible that I had to spend very quickly, as I had decided to unsubscribe. Stephen Fry’s retelling of the Greek myths was on the bestseller list and I … Continue reading Stephen Fry’s Mythos – book review

A Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave- book review

I reached for this book because I realized that although I had read several fictional accounts of slavery, I had not read any first-person accounts. I thought Frederick Douglas’s autobiography might be the perfect place to start.   It is the first of three autobiographies that Frederick Douglass wrote in his own lifetime. It covers only the years of his enslavement, up to the point … Continue reading A Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave- book review

February 13: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find a list of topics for each week at That Artsy Reader Gir if you’d like to join in! This week’s topic is a Love Freebie – so I decided to list just a few of the literary couples that have happy … Continue reading February 13: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

Women and Power by Mary Beard

I really enjoyed Women and Power by Mary Beard. It’s a short book based on two of her lectures given at the LRB lecture series in the British Museum. There are some very useful black and white images to illustrate the author’s points – including the famous Miss Triggs cartoon (check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet). Immensely readable, the book is in … Continue reading Women and Power by Mary Beard

February 2018 – TBR

Given that I feel that I should have read some of those ages ago, I’ve decided to use this February (American Black History Month)  as a pretext to get reading. Here’s my self-selected book-bundle: It includes: 1.) The Autobiography of Malcolm X 2.) A Gift of Love Martin Luther King Jr 3.) The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 4.) Narrative of the Life … Continue reading February 2018 – TBR