Guess what?! It’s been one year!

I’m one year old! It’s been a great first year here at Brown Books & Green Tea. Lately, things have been rather quiet while I get used to my new work schedule. For those of you who don’t know, I actually started this blog in the midst of unemployment, as a way to keep myself sharp during my job hunt. One year later, and my life seems to have done a complete 180. I’m employed at a job I love (so far), I’m in a fantastic apartment, and there are so many other things on the horizon. It’s great! Moving forward,…

20 Black women with killer bibliographies

As many of you know, I’m trying to read a couple Zora Neale Hurston books to get deeper into her not-insignificant bibliography. But she’s not alone on the list of black women whose work I wish I could read and analyze full-time. Who wants to fund a PhD program for me to spend 100% of my time on the following 20 names?

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

The 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…

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

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!  Hi, 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…

July Wrap Up!

Did real life keep you away from Brown Books & Green Tea this month? No worries! July has been an absolutely crazy month for me, so I hope you all have been satisfied with quality instead of quantity. Here’s the July Wrap-Up! 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…

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. If nothing else, that article sets the tone for the…

10 Books for the Literary Traveler

If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely love traveling. While I’d love to go back to Singapore or Uganda… my bank account has been known to sabotage my plans. In case your checking account is just as evil as mine, here’s a list of old and new books that will transport you all over the world: