the prom book

Metz, Lauren. The Prom Book. San Francisco: Zest Books, 2013. After only looking at the cover, I understood this book was a marketing ploy to get cheap bucks coming into the publisher. It offers nothing of substance and even less than that if you are anything but an upper-middle class white…

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the good lord bird by james mcbride

McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird. New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. When abolitionist John Brown passes through the Kansas Territory in 1856, he leaves with Henry Shackleford. Henry’s master is killed by Brown, leaving the young boy no choice to but travel with Brown and his band of Free Staters.…

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among the bloodpeople

Glave, Thomas. (2013). Among the bloodpeople: Politics and flesh. New York: Akashic Books. This is my first introduction to Glave, a gay Jamaican who fully embodies his country and sexuality. This collection of essays follows years of  public praises for his writing and a handful of awards from the biggest…

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contemporary dance in cuba: tecnica cubana as revolutionary movement

John, Suki. (2012). Contemporary Dance in Cuba: Tecnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Suki John has written a well-researched yet personal memoir on a contemporary dance movement in Cuba. Tecnica Cubana is both an art form and a political entity; it requires an understanding…

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after visiting friends

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey (Scribner, 2013).  Michael Hainey’s father, an accomplished journalist, died young and, according to the obits, alone on a street at night. Hainey follows in his father’s footsteps by becoming a newspaperman. As a reporter, Hainey is determined to learn the full story of his…

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