Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

I loved “Lakewood” by Megan Giddings. At the beginning it gave me a “We Cast A Shadow” vibe (by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, another book I loved!) but though they both deal with racism and the burden of white-centered beauty standards (among other themes), they are very different books. Lakewood takes us to a tiny town in Michigan, of the same name, where secret and unethical … Continue reading Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Book Review: Memorial or A Study on Relationships

I am a firm believer in second chances. Sometimes a book is not for you because of the place you are in as a reader or your own bias. But all authors deserve to be read again, and their stories must be told. Though not a fan of Bryan Washington’s “Lot”, in that spirit I picked up his newest novel “Memorial”, coming out on October … Continue reading Book Review: Memorial or A Study on Relationships

Frying Plantain or Growing Up Jamaican in Canada

I have a confession to make. I rarely pick up Caribbean authors. I don’t know of many besides VS Naipaul, who is controversial at best. But it all starts by acknowledging our shortcomings, and I jumped on the latest bookstagram hype and bought a copy of Frying Plantain by Zalike Reid-Benta. This is the story of a young girl, daughter of Jamaican immigrants, growing up … Continue reading Frying Plantain or Growing Up Jamaican in Canada