“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plat…

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plates too.” 💙 • Great, classic mystery noir. Super atmospheric and you get all of the LA vibes in the 1940s. Mystery man offering money, missing woman, out of a job protagonist… this had it all! Black man searching for … Read more

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” • I’ve b…

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” 🧡 • I’ve been loving reading books in verse – I think it’s such a powerful format and can reach a wide audience . I know there are many students who attend the charter high schools I work for … Read more

“When I shift, there’s the crunch of chips breaking and a bag crumpling, and sha…

“When I shift, there’s the crunch of chips breaking and a bag crumpling, and shards of Cool Ranch Doritos stab into my back.” 💙 • I definitely got Get Out vibes from this thriller about gentrification in Brooklyn, NY. Working in Oakland, CA I think this was a great social commentary on gentrification in general, … Read more

“When he got there, they handed him a fifth of scotch without a word, called the…

“When he got there, they handed him a fifth of scotch without a word, called the cops, and then vanished.” 🧡 • Before oprahsbookclub told me to read this, prose_and_palate told me to check this out and they were both not wrong !!! This is a smart, witty and thoroughly entertaining book about the residents … Read more

“I’m just somehow magically transported to his place and there I sit in his favo…

“I’m just somehow magically transported to his place and there I sit in his favorite chair with a cup of strong coffee in my hands.” ❤️ • Phenomenal. By the first few pages, I already knew this was going to be a 5 star read and it did not disappoint. What an amazing debut by … Read more

“We ate our salads and he asked if I’d dated in Hong Kong yet.” • There is def…

“We ate our salads and he asked if I’d dated in Hong Kong yet.” 💚 • There is definitely some exciting fiction coming out of Ireland and it’s hard not to compare this book to Sally Rooney’s work. But while it had a similar vibe and a cast of millennials, it definitely had more of … Read more

“There, we listened to admonition after admonition to stay in school, to stay ab…

“There, we listened to admonition after admonition to stay in school, to stay abstinent, and to stay away from drugs and alcohol. (The formerly incarcerated stopped by, with some frequency, to drive these points home via slideshows that ended with cookies and lemonade.)” 💙 • Read this back in Feb with the but lent it … Read more

“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured th…

“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured three servings of hard cider.” 💙 • Beautifully written book with stunning prose and sentences you just want to sink your teeth into. It’s a story of the Tasked (enslaved people) and Quality (slavers). It’s the story of Hiram, … Read more

“An older woman had given me a tall glass of sweet iced tea as I sat there liste…

“An older woman had given me a tall glass of sweet iced tea as I sat there listening and responding to questions.” 💙 • Everybody should read this book. Everyone. I got the young reader’s edition for my son so we could discuss and it was such a really great time to reflect and discuss … Read more

“‘There’s nothin’ to beat hot sweet tea when you’ve had a shock.’” • So…: th…

“‘There’s nothin’ to beat hot sweet tea when you’ve had a shock.’” 💙 • So…: this one didn’t quite work for me. It took 80% of the book to get anywhere. It was so slow, I kept telling my daughter, “nothing has happened!” Towards the end it picked up but it was a major case … Read more