White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

Wow. Jamaican-British author Zadie Smith is an international treasure. This book was phenomenal, a solid 4/5 stars. I read this years ago for a class in college called The Modern British Novel alongside Virginia Woolf, Kingsley Amis, and Ian McEwan. At the time, I may not have been as impressed, and I didn't remember as … Continue reading White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

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Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin

I first read this book in 2005 for a seminar in my English Honors Program in college. The course was entitled "Constitutional Law and Literature" and we read four Supreme Court cases alongside four works of fiction. One of the cases we read was Lawrence v Texas which looked at US sodomy laws that were … Continue reading Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin

Another Country, by James Baldwin

"Ne m'oublie pas," he whispered. "You are all I have in this world..." Another Country was an extraordinary novel. Baldwin tells the tale of several friends/couples with interwoven stories of race, gender, sexuality, and love. Taking place in the 1950s and set between NYC and Paris, Another Country has undertones of American racial relations that … Continue reading Another Country, by James Baldwin