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review 2019-12-15 13:47
Time for Bed, Miyuki - Roxane Marie Galliez, Seng Soun Ratanavanh
Time for Bed, Miyuki - Roxane Marie Galliez,Seng Soun Ratanavanh

Before Miyuki's grandfather can put her to bed there are a number of chores that must be done. There is an element of fantasy to the routine of chores and getting ready for bed that intrigues and charms. The mood is completely different, but it reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are.

The art is exquisite: beautifully patterned and shaped while also calming and serene through clever use of white space.
So lovely. I'm going to need to see all the Miyuki books now. Also, someone needs to make a Miyuki nursery using fabrics based on the patterns and incorporating some of the art into the aesthetic.

Library copy

 

 

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text 2019-08-09 14:44
Roxane Gay on Toni Morrison

You can read the piece here

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review 2019-05-28 02:06
Review: Ayiti
Ayiti - Roxane Gay

Title: Ayiti

Author/Narrator: Roxane Gay

Format: audiobook

Time: 02:46 (166 mins)

 

Wow!

 

Powerful.  Haunting.  Amazing.  Haitian-American is not my experience, but I feel through the author's words--hearing them in her own voice figuratively and literally--I got a taste of what it is to live the Haitian-American experience.  While I'll never truly know, this collection of short stories makes me wish I could.  I wish we could all just immerse ourselves into other cultures so that we could learn from them and appreciate them and our own more.

 

I loved every minute of these stories and only wish there were more.

 

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review 2019-04-10 18:50
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay

Date Published: May 1, 2018

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

Date Read: March 7-8, 2019

 

Review:

I thought Roxane Gay did a great job putting this anthology together. Partly it was the variety (not every story involves a rape), partly was the lack of tangents which comes with talk about rape culture. She kept it to the voices of men and women who had a clear voice and point that came across in such short works. I would have liked a few more men and non-binary people voices though, as I found the last few stories just repeats of points made earlier in the book.

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text 2019-03-31 16:02
March 2019 Reading Wrap Up
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Abigail Pesta,Sandra Uwiringiyimana
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein
Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb

Got through all but one of my library borrows. Also got through another too busy month. Really hoping April is more relaxed schedule wise. A big thank you to OB and MR for Snakes and Ladders, which has motivated me to read (or listen to an audiobook) so I can move up the board.

 

Read:

1. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta  5 stars

2. Hunger Makes Me a  Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein 4 stars

3. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay 3.5 stars

4. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn/narrated by George Newbern 5 stars

5. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts 4 stars

6. Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi 4 stars

7. Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell 5 stars

8. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 2.5 stars

 

DNF:

1. Connections in Death (In Death #48) by JD Robb

 

1st Quarter Stats (Jan-Mar):

Total Books Read: 30 (12 fiction, 18 non-fiction)

Total Books DNF: 5 (not included in the percentages below)

Total Pages Read: 6,353

Avg Monthly Pages Read: 2,118

Diverse Authors: 8 Authors of Color (26.67%), 3 LGBT+ (10%)

Female Authors: 22 (73%)

Male Authors: 8 (27%)

Volunteered 10 hours in January, 8.25 hours in February, and 13.5 hours in March in my base's library

 

BL/GR Reading Goal: 31/75 (40% completed)

 

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