Edwidge Danticat

That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. (more…)

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TLC Book Tour Review: Where Have I Been All My Life?

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Author: Cheryl Rice

I was thrilled the day TLC Book Tours contacted me to be a book tour host. The first book they offered me was Cheryl Rice’s Where Have I Been All My Life? and being quite intrigued by the synopsis of Rice’s memoir, I quickly agreed to review it. (more…)

Review Fridays #9- Clash of the Couples

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Author(s)- “Some VERY Brave Men and Women” Editor- Crystal Ponti

While the cover may scare away more conservative readers (well… readers that wish to appear conservative, anyway) this might just be the Chicken Soup for the Hilarious, Long Standing, Tired Argument Between Couples. This collection of stories is very real and very relatable, which invites the reader right into its pages. (more…)

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Why (and how) You Should “Show” Instead of “Tell” in Your Writing

Here’s the deal: readers do not want writers to tell us how they feel or what a scene looks like. Readers want writers to show us how they feel and what the scene looks like. Lately, I’ve received many review requests from writers that tell more than they show, so I’d like to take this time to explain the difference. (more…)

Review Fridays #8- Finding Ecstacy

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By: Rebecca Pillsbury

Okay, I realize I’m a day early for Review Friday, but anywho…

What I appreciate about this book is its relatability. Ours is a culture of sex shaming (women shaming) and fundamental religious doctrine that enables groups to possess control over individuals. In Finding Ecstacy, Pillsbury goes there. She doesn’t hesitate or falter at the word “sex” and all other dialogue that accompanies such a natural act. Her story though, is much deeper than just a woman looking to have good sex. (more…)

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Happy (Belated) Birthday J.D. Salinger!

Just a special little birthday shout-out to one of my favorite authors, J.D. Salinger! His birthday was actually yesterday, January 1st, but  I thought he deserved a little late recognition anyway. I could read from the perspective of the beloved Holden Caulfield any day. While listening to my The Writer’s Almanac podcast, I learned that Catcher in the Rye is still the 2nd most taught book in American high schools, and also remains the most challenged novel. (more…)

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Book Nerd Problems #6- When You Need to (insert chore/activity here) but the Book is too Good

I once read a 3-book series in 6 days. Needless to say, I neglected all household (and even some work) duties. I just sat and read even though the television was on and a certain 7-year-old boy was running wildly through the house. I read anyway. I couldn’t help but get caught up in the world between the pages! (more…)