Book Reviews

Postal | Series Review
Over the past year, I’ve been slowly but steadily making my way through Postal, a crime series. I picked up because the completed series is rather short with seven collected volumes. I have been not so steadily making my way through The Walking Dead; I wanted something shorter. It helped that the ratings for Postal are mostly positive. If you’re not familiar with Postal, Darling Reader, it follows Mark Shiffron, the mailman of Eden, Wyoming. Mark is more than Eden’s mailman, and Eden is not an ordinary town. Eden isn’t on any maps and technically doesn’t exist. It’s full of criminals …
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Review | What’s Left of Me is Yours
The story of a daughter finding out the story she was told about her mother’s death may have been a lie to cover up a possible scandal. Set against the backdrop of 1990’s Japan, an engaging story of family, romance, and deception. Click Here for More
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Review | She Wears the Mask
The Synopsis Gripping and moving, She Wears the Mask is a novel about two women from two very different worlds, both burdened with secrets from their pasts, who form an unexpected bond… 1950s Chicago: Angelique Bixby could be one of many fresh-faced sales girls working along the Magnificent Mile, but she’s unique. She’s a white woman married to a black man in 1950s Chicago, making her stand out among the tenements on the South Side where she lives. Despite the challenges the couple faces, they find comfort and strength in their love for one another. Angelique is content, as long as she …
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Review | Not Without Laughter
The Synopsis Although best known as a poet and pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes proves himself one of modern literature’s most revered and versatile African-American authors with Not Without Laughter, a powerful classic novel. This is a moving portrait of African-American family life in 1930s Kansas, following young Sandy Rogers as he comes of age. Sandy’s mother, Annjee, works as a housekeeper for a rich white family, while his father traverses the country in search of work. Not Without Laughter is a moving examination of growing up in a racially divided society. A rich and important work, Hughes deftly echoes the Black …
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Review | Push
The Synopsis Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible: invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem’s casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and highly radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as Precious learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it her own for the first time. The Review Sapphire’s debut Push is a book that has lingered on my …
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