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American Gods (American Gods, #1)
i'm a graduate student in theology, so how can i not love this book?
this book is one of the most creative descriptions of my own understanding of theo
Sep 2006
Aug 29, 2007
The Kite Runner
i had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book at first. i'm picky about characterization and overly sensitive to indulgent description. at ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Just Above My Head
God damn. James Baldwin's novels are intense, and this is the best I've read. He writes so sharply, almost viciously, about the inner thoughts and exp ...more
Jul 15, 2008
May 28, 2008
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
Despite the cover (which looks like it's about Left Behind / Christian Armageddon), this guide leads you through Andrew Harvey's vision for a world tr ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora
I said in a previous review that one of the themes of my reading is about what happens when we try to bring gods into concrete human reality. Another ...more
Nov 2006
Aug 29, 2007
Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature
i love Dorothy Allison's writing style, and she's a mesmerizing public speaker. i literally couldn't speak when i met her -- i just kept blushing and ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2007
Birds of Paradise Lost
Andrew Lam, one of my favorite writers, has often demonstrated his journalist's ability to see the broad themes in the most particular of situations. ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
The After-Death Room: Journey Into Spiritual Activism
This is a fascinating and deeply internal book about a man who crosses oceans to try to figure out himself. Weaving together vignettes from his own li ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
I Say a Little Prayer
This is a charming, quick read that tackles some serious issues. I appreciate that E. Lynn Harris doesn't shy away from his perspective on religion an ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 31, 2009
The Taqwacores: A Novel
I realize that just because I relate to something doesn't make it universal. However, I found the struggles of these characters to balance peer cultur ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2010
Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma
This book has just about all of my favorite things in a story: a strong, engaging central character; insight into a way of life and approach that is d ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
This book came along at the right time. Rather than proposing a template to follow to "fix" people who wade into any kind of difficult work that can l ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
God Says No
This book, despite the slightly outlandish situations Gary Gray gets himself into, is a surprisingly honest and unflinching look the conflict between ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
Nairobi Heat
This book starts off with an interesting mystery and travels through territories of African-American experiences of racism, class stratification, Afri ...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo
This book is somehow spare, dusty, and surreal. It creates (or describes?) a world that is recognizable yet completely foreign. Through the use of sho ...more
May 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Six Kinds of Sky: A Collection of Short Fiction
This collection reminds me that one of my favorite genres is farce. When it's done well, farce makes you laugh at the situations without turning away ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine
This is the first cookbook I read cover-to-cover. I've made several of the recipes already, and to great reviews!
The music (and art and book) suggesti
Feb 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
This is a great book - engaging, readable, informative, and even-handed in its discussion of how Western mental health professionals and drug companie ...more
May 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Babel Tower (The Frederica Quartet, #3)
My ethics professor, Dr. Gabriella Lettini, suggested this book to me -- suggesting i need a better understanding of how desire can harm -- after read ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Say You're One of Them
A part of me rates this four stars, and part of me rates it one. Here's the deal:
This book is incredibly difficult to read. Very well-written, but the
Feb 15, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York
This just a great read - engaging us in the lives and stories of queer kids of color (mostly guys) from the poorer parts of New York just trying to ge ...more
Feb 2009
Jul 26, 2008
East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres
Mr. Lam continues to be one of my favorite writers. His writing style is conversational and approachable, and he has a rare talent for drawing univers ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Dec 12, 2010
Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost
I liked the movie, and I was surprised at how different - how much more subtle - the book is.
This is a wonderful memoir about the power and punishment
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
Wow. An honest, heart-felt, wrenching story about AIDS in the country. I couldn't help but imagine my own Midwestern hometown in this story of an "out ...more
Mar 2011
Dec 12, 2010
Heterosexual Africa?
Lately I've taken an interest in the ways that sexuality, gender, and culture are constructed to seem timeless, and this book promises to further my u ...more
May 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
This is Braestrup's personal story of the death of her husband, her seminary education as a grieving widow with four children, and her ministry as a c ...more
not set
Dec 09, 2007
Feeding the Gods: Memories of Food and Culture in Bengal
This little volume is a great example of reminiscence through food. It's a look at culture - including gender, sexuality, immigration, education, and ...more
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Into the Beautiful North
This is one of my new favorite books. Hints of magical realism and adventurous style, combined with race and class politics and a fine story. I love t ...more
May 26, 2010
May 28, 2010
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
This is an excellent, intimate novel about alienation, the distance that separates people from their homeland, and the social barriers that are broken ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
Queer Africa
The stories in this collection are uneven in nature and tone. Some leave lingering thoughts and tastes, while others are forgotten as soon as they are ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2014
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