Book Review | The Conjoined, by Jen Sookfong Lee

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The Conjoined Jen Sookfong LeeThe Conjoined: A Novel |  Jen Sookfong Lee | ECW Press | Forthcoming 9/13/2016 | Goodreads 

While cleaning out her late mother’s deep freezer days after her death, Jessica and her father find a human body frozen at the bottom. They call the Vancouver police, who find a second body upon further inspection.

Her father might not remember who the girls were, but Jessica immediately identifies them as Casey and Jamie, two girls her mother hosted during her years as a prolific foster parent. Authorities presumed the girls had run away years ago, but the bodies in the basement prove otherwise. Refusing to wait until the bodies thawed to learn what happened, Jessica digs into the past of both the girls and her mother to form her own hypothesis. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggers Feature #5: SquibblesReads

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I’m excruciatingly excited for this blogger feature, because I’ve finally tapped into the wealth of book reviewers on BookTube! I first came across Joce on Twitter, where I realized just how brilliant she is. Check out the feature below, and take a moment to peruse some of her fantastic YouTube videos on her channel, SquibblesReads. 

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    Introduce us to your BookTube page! Do you have any specific genre focus for your page?
    Hey! I’m Joce (pronounced Joss), and my channel is called squibblesreads, which is where I do most of my talking! I read everything but my favorite genres are literary fiction that discusses social issues, psychological thrillers, and fabulist fiction. You can find me on: Youtube |  TwitterInstagram |  Goodreads

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6 Times nayyirah waheed Embodied ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Poetry


If you haven’t already fallen in love with nayyirah waheed, now’s the time to do so. Her poetry, popularized through social media, is oftentimes short and powerful– some lines reading more like one brief self affirmations. Like Warsan Shire, she manages to talk about a long list of societal and internal struggles. Her 2013 latest book, salt., is an insightful exploration of identity that will resonate with those who have been following the racially charged events of last week and beyond.

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Book Review | Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta

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Under the Udala Trees coverUnder the Udala Trees | Chinelo Okparanta | 336 pages | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Goodreads | Amazon

In her striking novel Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta details the development of a young lesbian in 1960’s Nigeria. Ijeoma is a young girl when she begins to understand her sexuality, falling in love with a close friend. She’s barely older when she and Amina are caught embracing, after which she is sent to complete intensive bible study with her mother. “Nwoke na nwunye. Adam na Eve. Man and wife,” her mother repeats in their daily sessions. Ijeoma’s feelings remain unchanged, instead forcing her to learn how to adapt to her mother impassioned pleas. The expectation, Ijeoma knows, is for her to finish school, find a husband, and have children. Even the udala tree itself is a symbol of feminine fertility.  Continue reading

#Diversebookbloggers Feature #4: Read Diverse Books

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This week, I’m so excited to feature another of my favorite bloggers out there– Nazahet from Read Diverse Books! For those who don’t know, he was a pivotal part of the Diverse Book Bloggers hashtag, so I knew I had to speak with him sooner rather than later. Enjoy!

Tell us about yourself/your blog! Do you have a specific focus?Nazahet
Hello! My name is Nazahet Hernandez, but you can call me Naz. I’m a 20-something Latino living in Texas. Being Mexican-born but raised in the U.S. has given me a complicated dual identity that is often not represented in any media I consumed. As an immigrant of the .5 generation, I was often unsure about where I belonged when I was younger. Being gay added another layer of complexity and confusion to my identity. Looking back now, I realize that exposure to literature and media that was representative of my culture, experiences, and identity as a Latino would have helped lessen those feelings of isolation and confusion. That’s why fair and equal representation in media is personal to me.

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BB & GT June Wrap Up!


The end of another month– and officially half way through the year. If you’ve fallen behind at all over these last few weeks, here’s a summary of what went down this month on Brown Books & Green Tea. 

Teas I was obsessed with:

  • Rumi Teas and SpicesRumi Tea, Oolong Orange Blossom: This is technically a July tea since I bought it yesterday, but I’m highlighting it anyway since it tastes and smells absolutely amazing. I’ve loved citrus notes in my tea ever since I was little, when my favorite tea was Bigelow Constant Comment. I don’t drink black tea much anymore, but this one might fill the void.
  • Teavana Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea: This is one of a mixture of teas I gave a friend for her graduation. She finished with her Masters in Social Work and her Juris Doctorate, so I figured it required something great. I picked this particular tea because I knew it would also make a great iced tea. The other teas I picked are:
    • Earl Grey Creme (my favorite black tea of all time)
    • Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea
    • Moroccan Mint Green Tea

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