Book Review | The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

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the-fire-this-timeThe Fire This Time |  edited by Jesmyn Ward | ECW Press | Pub: 8/02/2016 | Goodreads 

Toward the end of his The Fire Next Time, Baldwin emphatically states that the inability to resolve its “racial nightmare” is a sin for which America will eventually be held accountable. Race, and whether American can ever overcome its legacy, isn’t something about which Baldwin comes to an simple conclusion. Jesmyn Ward begins her anthology The Fire This Time by pulling this specific quote from Baldwin’s meditation:

“…If we do not dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, recreated from the Bible in song by the slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sigh, No more water, the fire next time!” 

Thus, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, discusses one of America’s greatest sins*: its refusal to substantively address race as an intractable aspect of its history. These essays fill that gap, with essays that address America’s past, present and future. The majority of the pieces were written specifically for this compilation, making Continue reading

#Diversebookbloggers Feature: Amal from “The Misfortune of Knowing”

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Today’s Diverse Book Bloggers feature is a little bit different than some of the others, seamlessly fusing law and literature. She can explain it better than myself, so I’ll hop right on into this week’s feature, with Amal from The Misfortune of Knowing! 

Tell us about yourself/your blog, The Misfortune of Knowing

Misfortune HeaderHi, I’m Amal. I’m a half-Sri Lankan woman in the United States, a public interest attorney, and the mother of three. I’ve been blogging about books, writing, and the law at The Misfortune of Knowing since 2012. Most of my posts focus on legal or sociological issues raised in novels and on legal topics relevant to bloggers, writers, and readers, such as copyright law and free speech.
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July Wrap Up!


July has been an absolutely crazy month for me, so I hope you all have been satisfied with quality instead of quantity. Here’s a look at everything that has been going on here at Brown Books & Green Tea! 

Teas I’ve been obsessed with:

Ginger Beer from David’s Tea: I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m so excited! Ginger beer is my favorite beverage– alcoholic or no. I love the harsh bite in the back of my throat when I drink it, so I’m hoping I get a little bit of that in this tea.

Coconut Cream Pie from David’s Tea: This might be way too sweet for me, but since coconut cream pie is up there on my list of desserts, I knew I had to give it a try. A friend of mine bought some, and I stole a bit. I’ll let you know how it tastes!

Oolong Orange Blossom: I mentioned this tea last month, but I used it for the 4th of July to make a great bourbon cocktail! Details were posted up on my Instagram page,
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What got me thinking in July


It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, which is a shame. I love keeping everyone abreast of the things that I’ve been reading around the web, because it gives you a bit of insight into the person I am outside of my book reviewing. 

I’m starting with this because July 10th was Bahamian Independence Day, meaning big celebrations in my house. However, the link isn’t about our Independence Day– instead, it’s about the travel warning that urges young male citizens to “exercise extreme caution” around American police.

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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