The Nickel Boys // Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s work–from his debut The Institutionist to his Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad (2016)–seems to evoke a number of descriptors: powerful, for one, moving and emotional, for another.  The Nickel Boys meets this same criteria and beyond.  Though it was my first experience with Whitehead, The Nickel Boys will certainly not […]

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The Girls // Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls was the “it” book of summer 2016, and, yes, it did take me three years to finally pick it up.  Moody and dramatic, very much like the first season of True Detective, it follows fourteen year-old Evie Boyd’s coming-of-age as she is drawn into a dangerous, Manson-esque cult.  Told […]

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An American Marriage // Tayari Jones

With An American Marriage, Tayari Jones presents one of the most tragic, complex love triangles I’ve ever read.  We have Celestial, a thriving black artist in Atlanta, her husband Roy, wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, and their neighbor Andre, Celestial’s childhood best friend who attended college with Roy.  Andre is the […]

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Island Bookstore, Corolla, NC

Whenever I’m on vacation, I always try to scope out a local independent bookshop.  During my family’s week-long trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I was happy to drag them to Corolla’s Island Bookstore!  Island Bookstore has three locations across the Outer Banks, in Corolla, Duck, and Kitty Hawk, but I was most […]

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