• Books and Movies for Adults

    Review-The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini

    In The Bread the Devil Knead, we meet Allie. Confident and ambitious, she portrays an exterior of success while harboring a dangerous secret about her domestic life. This is an engaging read that digs deep into our society’s relationship with domestic abuse and uncovers a path to redemption. (I received a copy of this book so that I could prepare…

  • Books and Movies for Adults

    Review-Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

    Hurricane Summer is a beautiful and compelling story of eighteen-year-old Tilla’s summer with her father’s family in the countryside of Jamaica. Tilla’s parents migrated from Jamaica to Canada, however, their father has never fully assimilated and spends so much time in Jamaica that the parents’ marriage seems all but over.

  • Books and Movies for Adults,  Reviews

    Notes on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

    This is not a review, just my reflection on The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler written in 1993. This book is about a young woman, Lauren, growing up in the 2020s when the United States is in a state of anarchy. People survive by living in gated communities with armed neighborhood watches and live barely above the poverty…

  • Books and Movies for Adults,  Reviews

    Review-Kingstown Burning by Rachelle J. Gray

    I received a free e-copy of this book in return for my honest review. Kingstown Burning is a debut novel by Rachelle J. Gray. The book is a work of fiction with speculative elements set in Barbados. It takes readers inside the world of a group of friends who are also Rastafarians and dips at times deeply into the culture…

  • Books and Movies for Adults,  Reviews

    Review – His Only Wife by Peace Medie

    Twenty-one-year old Afi finds herself in the middle of another family’s drama when she agrees to marry the son of a wealthy woman who provided support to Afi and her mother after Afi’s father died. She enters the marriage willingly, despite never having met her intended before, and despite knowing that her husband-to-be is in another relationship and has a…

  • Children's Books and Movies

    YA Review-Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

    I have to thank Ann Marie Harvey, Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, for bringing this book to the top of my reading list on which it has been languishing since it was first published last year. Ann Marie invited me to a virtual book club meeting which I would not have been able to attend if it had been held…

  • Books and Movies for Adults

    Review-The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

    It’s 2015 and we meet David Baptiste, his “dreads…grey and his body wizened to twigs of hard black coral.” He is a fisherman on St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, who had been the center of “the events of 1976” when a mermaid came to shore on the island and challenged the hearts and…

  • Books and Movies for Adults,  Reviews

    Review-Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma

    When I heard the premise of this book, I was intrigued and skeptical. A woman of African descent from Trinidad ends up in what is now known as Big Horn, Montana in 1830? Really? The likelihood and the logistics baffled me. Well, Francis-Sharma handles this masterfully with confidence backed up by compelling characters, complicated relationships, and what must have been…

  • Books and Movies for Adults

    Review-One Year of Ugly by Caroline MacKenzie

    This review is of what I believe is a pre-final-edited-version of this book provided to me by Simon and Schuster via Net Galley. The book is set to be released July 14, 2020. One Year of Ugly takes readers on a riotous ride of family and romantic drama. Twenty-four-year-old Yola Palacio and her family are middle-class Venezuelans living illegally in…