Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi

17 stories featuring young people of color of differing socioeconomic backgrounds living all over the country. These coming-of-age stories feature conflicts dealing with themes such as sexuality, education, and love, while always holding onto a strong connection to history and family. Yet, these narratives also discuss issues inherently connected to people of color: skin color,... Continue Reading →

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

I read Archer's best known work, the novel Kane and Abel, a couple years ago. It tells the story of two men born on the same date in 1906. One, an immigrant in abject poverty, and the other, a member of the Boston elite. Their lives become intertwined with American history in the 20th century.... Continue Reading →

Button Man by Andrew Gross

In turn of the century New York City, ten blocks separated two worlds. Rich. Poor. Privileged. Insignificant. To live below Houston in the Lower East Side usually meant you were Irish, Italian, or Jewish, an immigrant who had few options for advancement. Morris Rabishevsky and his five siblings grow up with their share of heartache;... Continue Reading →

Katerina by James Frey

Paris 1992: An existence based on want. Of pure gluttony and desire. Cultivating a life of art, sex, drugs, and writing. A hard-driving frenetic love of Katerina. Los Angeles 2017: Stability. Boredom. Guilt. Commercial success. Deep self-hatred. Selling out. A love defined by partnership of wife, mother of children. Katerina is the story of Jay,... Continue Reading →

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