A Tale of Family Trauma Elegantly Rendered

Lately, if I've read a book that has garnered a long list of prizes (2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, best book of year by NPR and Publisher's weekly and over the top reviews, I read it with great anticipation and am usually surprised by the acclaim, disappointed with the story or lack thereof, … Continue reading A Tale of Family Trauma Elegantly Rendered

Mary Trumps Them All Too Much and Never Enough

This week’s blog is a hard one for me to write. I’m breaking all the rules I set for myself. First,  I was going to stay away from best selling books. There are so many books worth reading that could use light beamed their way, I prefer to concentrate my efforts there.  Second, as I’ve said … Continue reading Mary Trumps Them All Too Much and Never Enough

Accident or Hate Crime? The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

The Other Americans by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Laila Lalami, gives us a fresh look at familiar stories. What separates it from others is how the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant reveals the fault lines of our culture through family, love, ingrained prejudice, and the problems parents create for their children.