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review 2017-12-24 23:02
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers - A... Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers - Alyssa Wong

Merry Christmas Eve! As the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð dictates, I shall be reading all of Christmas Eve as a way to celebrate! This is my first year participating and so far, it has been wonderful.


The first story I've read today is called Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by the talented Alyssa Wong, who has won many awards for this particular short story and, in my opinion, it is well deserved. This is a short story about survival. About what it's like to live in a world that is much different than one would expect. Wong does an amazing job in showcasing how a person must do certain actions in order to survive in a world that is not made for everyone. She then makes commentary about families and how they are not always as loving and kind as they are made out to be. Her writing ability is rich and engrossing. I was captured from the very beginning by her character of Jen and what she must do in order to live.


I don't want to talk too much about the actual story since it's a short one. But I will say if you love beautiful writing, horror, stories about survival, and a different way of life then I highly suggest you read this short story. It's incredible. Also, there are some LGBTQIAP+ elements that I simply adored. Warnings for graphic violence and swear words. But if that does not bother you, give this a read. Wong did a fantastic job in creating a horror story with love interwoven throughout. It's amazing!

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review 2016-01-10 22:49
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories - ... Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories - Bonnie Jo Campbell

I probably should have warned my book group about Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, a short story collection by Bonnie Jo Campbell, when we picked it last month. It’s been very well reviewed and the content of the book rings a lot of our bells: women’s issues, family relationships, profound psychology, etc. But when we picked it, I remembered hearing Rebecca Schinsky of Book Riot describing it in her mostly positive review as “every bad thing that can happen to women” (as best I can recall)...


Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

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review 2015-11-16 02:05
Stand For Something or Stand For Nothing: The Story Of How A Mother And Daughter Fought One Of The Richest Men In The World - Ebony M Jones-Kuye

Stand for Something or Stand for Nothing

Ebony Jones-Kuye

Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Ebony Jones-Kuye
ISBN: 069244470X (ISBN13: 9780692444702) 
Stand for Something is something I really enjoyed reading. Ebony Jones-Kuye writing style is very conversational, almost as if she's sitting across the table and having a cup of coffee and discussing this topic with me. This memoir covers her time growing up part in Texas, mostly in California, trying to get a good education while dealing with her brother's death, gangs, her mom's health issues stemming from Sickle Cell Anemia, and eventually the housing discrimination that her mom and many others had to deal with. Mrs. Jones-Kuye's strength and perseverance to better herself, and how she learned from her mom, shows that there is hope in what others may see as a hopeless situation.  
I really liked the conversational and honest tone of the book. This was a quick read, but also an educational read as well. Sickle Cell Anemia is not a medical condition that is talked about much, so I learned a lot on this topic. While I remember Donald Sterling from the media coverage in regards to the Los Angeles Clippers and Sterling's racism scandal, I don't remember much about the legal issues and discrimination that so many dealt with while living in buildings owned by Sterling. This, I believe, is where the real story is. And Jones-Kuye has shared that here beautifully. Yes, she shows the poverty, the negative issues of gangs that families deal with, and more, but she also shows well that there are good, strong people with dignity, a sense of purpose, and honor regardless of socioeconomic status.
Definitely a good book to read if you're looking for a success story showing hope and strength.
***I received this book through a Booklikes giveaway from the author. *****
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text 2015-10-01 12:00
Out this month

Thanks to Whiskey in the Jar Likes to Read.  Way back in July she posted about the movie Suffragette which comes out this month.  I'm posting this to remind myself to search for the movie house which has it for viewing.



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review 2015-03-29 17:59
Coming Home
The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q - Sharon Maas

When Sharon Maas first made it known to her then-agent and then-editor that she was thinking about writing a book set in her native Guyana, she met with blank incomprehension and utter rejection: "Guyana? Whyever would anyone write about that little backwater country; a place nobody knows anything about and which probably at least half her projected readership wouldn't even be able to correctly point out on a map? No no no," she was told, "stick with what is safe and what people know. And if you want to write a book set in an exotic location, write something set in India. You know India, right? You've lived there – so you can just as credibly write about that. And there are plenty of people out there who do want to read books set in India. It's even a sort of literary trend these days. You'll fit right in."


Sharon's response, after actually having published three books in which Indian settings played a crucial role, was to refuse to work with anybody who was not open to her own ideas about the construction and settings of her books; even if that meant not having any literary agent at all, nor a publisher, for the foreseeable future. The one thing she did not do, however, was stop writing. And looking for a new publisher, who would accept her without any preconceived notions about which niche to fit her in. Over a decade after the publication of her third novel, The Speech of Angels, she finally struck gold – so now here it is, the book (or first of several books, hopefully) that might never have gone to print if its author had not finally found a publisher willing to take her on solely on the strength of her writing, and accept the chosen setting as an asset rather than a burden.


Read the full review on my own website (ThemisAthena.info) or on Leafmarks.

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