What I Read: September 2016

I read 6 books in September. 3 were fiction, 3 were non-fiction. 2 were on the Kindle, 4 were in print. All but one were by authors of color.

Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins (2009).

The first book in Jenkins’ Blessings series. I was introduced the series when I got the 6th book through Early Reviewers. I read it back in January and thoroughly enjoyed. Just a feel-good, Maeve Binchy-esque series about a historically black town in Kansas, which is bankrupt and puts itself up for auction on eBay. Purchased by billionaire, Bernardine Brown, who wants to turn the town into a haven for foster children. Such a good, light read.

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King (1985).

A humorous memoir of growing up in DC in the 1940s & 1950s. I loved all the discussion of places I know in DC. The last third includes some very frank discussion of King’s sexual awakening and relationships with men and women.

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward (2016).

This book is fantastic. Not a weak essay in the bunch. I especially loved Daniel Jose Older’s. Read it, read it, read it.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (2016).

Mercy Wong has an plan – to gain admission to an elite girl’s school in San Francisco in 1906 and then leverage that education and connections for business success. Such a great YA read!

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas (2016).

Middle schooler Zomorod (aka Cindy) Yousefzadeh moves to Newport Beach, California with her parents, and is soon faced with both the normal troubles of middle school and the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Her father, an engineer in the U.S. working on a U.S.-Iranian oil project loses her job. Despite the serious subjects in the book, it is funny and heartwarming. An enjoyable read.

March, Book Two by John Lewis (2015).

This graphic novel autobiography series by John Lewis is just fantastic. I can’t wait to read the third!

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What I Read: September 2016

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