Summer Reading Recommendation: Tayari Jones’s “An American Marriage”

Tayari Jones’s novel An American Marriage follows the relationship between Roy and Celestial Hamilton. The themes in the novel, race, socioeconomic status, and the criminal justice system, are understood through a love story. This novel is important. It tells a story that is truly American and yet largely ignored. Jones empathetically breaks down our collective ideas… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Tayari Jones’s “An American Marriage”

Summer Reading Recommendation: Robert A. Johnson’s “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche”

Robert A. Johnson’s slim book, “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche” is packed with insight into human nature. This non-fiction book takes a look at the dark side of our personalities. Johnson argues that human beings only display the most socialized, average parts of themselves. Everything else, both the best… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Robert A. Johnson’s “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche”

Summer Reading Recommendation: “Mr. Loverman” by Bernadine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman is a joy. When I was reading, I was engrossed. When I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to the characters and their lives. The novel follows Mr. Barrington Walker, a sixty-year-old immigrant to England from the Caribbean. The tension in the novel revolves around Barry’s sexuality. He has… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: “Mr. Loverman” by Bernadine Evaristo

Summer Reading Recommendation: Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” is the first in a four-part saga, The Neapolitan Novels, set in 1950’s Naples, Italy. The novel is focused on the friendship of Elena Greco and Lila Cerrullo who grow up together. Their friendship sits at the forefront of this novel, everything else, including romantic and familial relationships, is secondary.… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Summer Reading Recommendations: Amy Tan, “The Joy Luck Club”

Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” follows the lives of eight women, four mothers and their daughters. The novel is a deeply thoughtful exploration of immigration and its effect on family ties and heritage. All four of the mothers came to America from China during a time of war and stayed to get married and… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendations: Amy Tan, “The Joy Luck Club”