Living While Black – Even after the publication of Between the World and Me

Several years ago, in 2016, after Philando Castile was murdered by police in St. Paul, Minnesota, I wrote an essay further inspired by Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates. It was so raw, real, revealing too much of my gut that I opted not to put it here, out into the world. … Continue reading Living While Black – Even after the publication of Between the World and Me

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 anThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews I think I read somewhere that The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was considered a horror story. If I did - I'll check around for that reference - it's the most incorrect assessment of this story.  Perhaps … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

A keen and insightful story. Song of Solomon is about personal and familial acceptance. It spans the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead; actually from just moments prior to his birth. Those events somehow foreshadowed the unrest he would always feel and Morrison takes us with him through his journey of self-discovery. Seems that everyone told Milkman why he existed, … Continue reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews (originally published in my now-defunct blog, "Tonya Rice - Writer": 11/22/2011) After all this time, I finally got to one of Faulkner’s books. I thrive returning to the classics which seem to be wordy to many, but … Continue reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy

Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews When I got to the last paragraph of this book, I wept. Even though I was moved many times by Afeni’s wisdom, I didn’t expect my own tears. Just as Jasmine Guy, who wrote this with … Continue reading Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy