Quickies: On the Come UpLess

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Publisher/Year: HarperAudio, 2019 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Bahni Turpin Length: 11 hours, 43 minutes Source: Library What it is: A young adult novel about a 16-year-old girl named Bri who wants to become the next great rapper. Her father was a rapper who died before his time, but she doesn’t want to be a miniContinue reading “Quickies: On the Come UpLess

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide is a Mexican photographer and artist whose photographs seem to straddle the line between stark reality and another dream world. She was a creative child who dabbled with a camera in her youth, but she didn’t dedicate herself to photography until after marriage, motherhood, and the devastating loss of one of her children.Continue reading “Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide”

What Every Girl Should Know

All Maggie Louise Higgins knew growing up was cleaning and childcare. Her mother, Anne, already frail from recurring flares of tuberculosis, was always pregnant; out of 18 pregnancies, 11 were live births, though not all of her children made it to adulthood. The house was always filthy, diapers always needed washing, children always needed feeding.Continue reading “What Every Girl Should Know”

The Yearling

I’ve been working my way through my Pulitzer Project for almost ten years now. I break it down into manageable goals — this year I’m focusing on the winners for the years ending in 9 — which also forces me to at least acknowledge the existence of some of my ugh titles (although it mightContinue reading “The Yearling”

March: Books One & Two

Now that the summer semester I was teaching is over, and given recent events in the United States — What the hell is happening? I mean, I know what’s happening, but WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING? — I thought it would be a good time to catch up on some reviews that I never gotContinue reading “March: Books One & Two”