Book Talk Reviews

Blue Talk and Love, by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Harlem serves as the setting for most of these stories in Sullivan’s first collection of stories, and like the city itself, the characters are diverse, black, Latino, and often lesbian or gay. “Read More.”

Brooklyn Antediluvian Poems by Patrick Rosal

The familiar lines from Rumi, “There is a field beyond good and evil, I’ll meet you there” suggest that a field is infinite and contains unlimited possibility, perhaps a mystic view of heaven or prelapsarian innocence and wonder. “Read More.”


Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice. Edited by Francisco X. Alarcón and Odilia Galván Rodríguez.

Chicano/a activists who enter into a traditional MFA program may be told that their poetry is too didactic. “Read More.”


Blackass a novel by A. Igoni Barrett.

Years ago, the college where I taught assigned me a state car to attend a conference in San Francisco. It looked like a detective’s car, a white four-door, Ford sedan with a searchlight on the driver’s door and with white, government plates. People must have thought I was a cop  “Read More”


 Happy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better by Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D and Billie Fitzpatrick.

There used to be the belief that once your brain developed into old age, that was it. There was nothing you could do but witness its deterioration. Your memory gets worse, your thoughts get slower.

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