Book Club · Culture

The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men

Going into The Sport of Kings I wasn’t sure what to expect. Described as a story of “racism and justice,” the majority of the story confused me. The novel focuses on the generations of the Forge family – an old and powerful family in Kentucky. We are first introduced to the family as young Henry… Continue reading The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men

Culture · Perspectives

Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

Our latest episode is in anticipation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (also known as the Bailey’s Prize). In this episode, Amanda and Adiba discuss why the Women’s Prize for Fiction came about, and the criticism that it has often garnered. They consider whether the prize is still necessary today, and discuss women’s roles within… Continue reading Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

Do Not Say We Have Nothing takes the reader on a journey through two generations where the lives of the main characters are interconnected and bound by their love for music, their struggles during violent times and the meaning they gave and shared through an unfinished book. Madeleine Thien effectively used this fictitious story to… Continue reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

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First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship.  The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

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The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

TW: for mentions of sexual violence Given the stereotype that women are biologically more compassionate, sensitive, and emotional, the answer to the question ‘what if women ruled the word?’ usually gets clouded with these stereotypical ideas of womanhood. Probably the most popular piece of literature that examines the idea of female leadership is Charlotte Perkin… Continue reading The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

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Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me follows the story of Yejide, a young hairdresser and wife in Nigeria, and her struggles to conceive a child.  When, to rectify the situation, her in-laws come to Yejide’s home one day with a new wife for her husband, Akin, her grief and anger reach new bounds. She thinks that… Continue reading Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?

Culture · Features · Perspectives

Edwidge Danticat on The Art of Death

During Black History Month, we featured Edwidge Danticat in our list of 10 Black Writers You Should Read. Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American author of multiple award-winning novels including The Farming of Bones and The Dew Breaker. Her short story collection Krik? Krak! was also nominated for the National Book Award. Danticat also writes for The New Yorker. Her work there… Continue reading Edwidge Danticat on The Art of Death