Fresh Off the Boat: When parents hurt more than heal

I’ll be honest everyone– I actually read this book a couple weeks ago, and have simply been mulling over what to write ever since. Finally, I figured I’d jump right in, and see if I can make this thought sound coherent.   Despite being loosely based off the text, ABC’s Fresh off the Boat is nothing like the book of the same name by restauranteur Eddie Huang. In the show, Constance Wu, a beautiful actress and thoughtful commentator on the state of Asians in American pop culture, contributes to a comedy about Asian-American life in common suburbs. Viewers laugh along, similarly to…

Book Club Recap | Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Short Rating: Parable of the Sower proves why Octavia Butler is hailed as an amazing fiction author. Conscious and spiritual, but never judgmental, it’s a great read for those looking for something different.

March Wrap-Up! (It’s already April??!)

Is anyone else surprised that it’s already a fourth of the way through 2016? I forgot to do a wrap up for February, but I won’t make that mistake this month! Here’s a summation of everything that’s been on BB&GT in the last 31 days. Teas I’ve been Obsessed With Citron Tea with Honey: I picked this up from my local Asian market. It also goes well with my ginger tea. Freya’s Spiced Apricot: I got this from Calabash, a tea shop near Howard University. Mix it with a tea called Kiss Me Guido! The Republic of Tea’s Vanilla Almond: I…

My book club read Citizen, and yours should too

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Short Review: Rankine’s fusion of poetry, prose, and visual art is a fascinating look at everyday racism that will be very familiar to many Americans. Last night was our monthly book club meeting, and let me tell y’all– it was fantastic. Between bites from the moderately successful bibimbap bar, we discussed Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine.  Citizen gained steam after a young black woman was seen reading it during a Donald Trump rally.

5 Books that deserve more shine (and 5 that can go away)

The other day, I hit 200 followers, and 1,000 likes! Thanks everyone for all of the support! Here’s to 200 more followers! I wasn’t diggin’ this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic, so I switched it up a little bit. I actually think I’m pretty good at representing the books I love, and the books I hate (no one’s ever accused me of hiding my opinions…). Instead of simply doing 10 great books  I haven’t mentioned recently, I’m doing 5 books that deserve more shine, and 5 books that can exit stage left. As always, feel free to leave some additions in…

Read like my book club!

While I make a valiant effort, I don’t review every single book that I read. Sometimes, I have far too many books queued up to take the time, or sometimes life holds my calendar hostage. Unfortunately, the books from my book club are most often the ones I skip reviewing. We read such good stuff, I hate that I overlook them on this blog. For those of you who aren’t a part of book clubs, I really cannot recommend them enough. They’re a great reason to read new books, or catch up on ones the whole group forgot to read….

Book Review | Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

In our latest book club read, Just Mercy, lawyer Bryan Stevenson showcases the essence of the Equal Justice Initiative, his legal advocacy organization. While Stevenson uses a number of cases to highlight ablest, racist, sexist, and classist hues on the American death row, Stevenson relies mostly on the highly illustrative power of Walter McMillian’s story.