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A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in America
3.86
it was amazing
There is so much in history that we do not learn, or we glance over, and it's always interesting to read an engaging book that uncovers another aspect ...more
Jun 26, 2017
May 31, 2017
 
Nairobi: A Night Guide through the City-in-the-Sun (Contact Zones Nairobi Book 9)
2.33
liked it
Presumably from (or styled like) a serial newspaper column, these short entries don't seem to have a core or center beyond the writer himself and his ...more
Feb 04, 2016
Jan 28, 2016
 
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
4.00
really liked it
Serious and spoof at the same time

This is a cinematic and action-packed novel that may be eerily prescient, in which rich people leave us further behi
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Feb 26, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
The Fire Next Time
4.46
it was amazing
As always, Baldwin is incisive, direct, and pitch-perfect in his essays on race, religion, and humanity. He is one of my favorite theologians.
Jun 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
Connected: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do
3.73
liked it
This is an interesting overview of social connections and how the impact us and our world. The authors cite a lot of studies and include a lot of inte ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Aug 09, 2017
 
The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo
3.76
really liked it
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
 
The Argonauts
4.00
Beautifully written meditation on almost everything

I appreciate any artist who can relate theory and philosophy to everyday life - who can take their
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not set
Mar 14, 2016
 
The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
3.92
it was amazing
A fitting end to an epic trilogy

This final installment takes on a new voice, the godling Sieh. The author captures his unique, child-like, Trickster v
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not set
Mar 25, 2016
 
Black Water Rising
3.37
really liked it
Good old fashioned mystery/thriller with details

This is one of those murder mystery / David & Goliath / thriller with depth. The 80s Texas racism
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Mar 08, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
 
Modern Romance
3.86
really liked it
This is a smartly-written expose of dating and relationships in the technologically-connected world. Combining research in sociology and psychology wi ...more
Oct 02, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
 
Six Kinds of Sky: A Collection of Short Fiction
4.28
it was amazing
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
3.96
it was amazing
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
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Feb 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
Don't Let Him Know
3.54
A sum of whole parts

This wonderful collection of short stories paints a vibrant and unique portrait of generations within and Indian family shuttling
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not set
Feb 02, 2016
 
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
4.01
it was amazing
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
 
Say You're One of Them
3.49
really liked it
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
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Feb 15, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
 
Blackass
3.34
really liked it
What intrigued me in the beginning was the literary exercise: rewrite Kafka's The Metamorphosis with a Black Nigerian who wakes up as a white man with ...more
Sep 13, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
 
East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres
3.77
it was amazing
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
 
Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York
4.57
it was amazing
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
 
Another Brooklyn
3.87
it was amazing
The larger story here is the (occasionally mystical and mysterious, often uglier than I'd like) ways that life turns girls into women. The girls bring ...more
Sep 21, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
Jam on the Vine
3.82
it was amazing
In this book, Barnett tackles a part of American history that was glossed over in my public school classes. But this doesn't feel like a traditional " ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2015
 
The Sympathizer
4.00
it was amazing
Here is a character that you get to know so well that you forget he is never given a name.
Here is the personal exploration of the tortures of global h
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May 13, 2017
Dec 29, 2016
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
really liked it
A story about what might have been

The book is woven through with a strong thread of melancholy, as I suppose many of Gaiman's books are, as should any
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Mar 02, 2016
Mar 01, 2016
 
Binti (Binti, #1)
4.02
A magical story about the power of those who are marginalized

True to form, Okorafor creates a beautifully imagined world, where even advanced technolo
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not set
Jan 28, 2016
 
Get in Trouble: Stories
3.65
it was amazing
Parallel worlds that ask what if

Each of these stories is set in a world or time that is somehow both very much like and very different from our own. A
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Jan 20, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
 
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
4.18
it was amazing
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
 
Neverwhere
4.18
really liked it
Exactly what you want from Mr. Gaiman

This is classic Gaiman: a mythical, magical twist on everyday life. An ordinary schmuck accidentally-or-maybe-on-
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Mar 30, 2016
Mar 27, 2016
 
The Lives of Tao (Tao, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
Alien spy geek adventure story

Its that old trope where the loser gets inhabited by an ancient alien (commence training montages with a beautiful train
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Apr 07, 2016
Apr 03, 2016
 
Heterosexual Africa?
3.60
it was amazing
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
 
The Best of All Possible Worlds
3.60
really liked it
I read The Galaxy Game first, not knowing they were part of the same series, and I was surprised to be reading a back story about the same characters. ...more
Jun 25, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
 
The Drowning Eyes
3.47
really liked it
Refreshing swashbuckling story

Containing just the right amount of seafaring tropes, and populated with magical logic and crusty but likeable character
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Feb 05, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
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