book review, Nature

January: What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Thanks to Marsha for introducing me to this fun book review exchange. Can’t wait to learn about more great reads. In January, I’ve focused on non-fiction. The titles are Soul of an Octopus, Poet Warrior and It’s Not About the Burqa. Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness (2015) by […]

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Afro-Latinos, book review, Latinas in the News, Puerto Rico, Spanish Culture and Language, writing

Writer Quiara Alegría Hudes Takes Stage and Screen by Storm

Quiara Alegría Hudes has my full attention. Her screenplay for In the Heights, her memoir My Broken Language, and her plays. In 2012, Water by the Spoonful, won a Pulitzer Prize. Quiara was born in the United States to a Puerto Rican mother and a Jewish American father. Hudes tells Caribbean-American stories that previously were […]

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book review, Indigenous Peoples, Mexico

3 Maya Reading Adventures

JC Cervantes makes learning about the Maya pantheon part of the fun in her Zane Obispo middle grade series. The first book, The Storm Runner, answers the question: What would you do if you just found out you were the half human son of the Maya creation god Kulkulkan? JC Cervantes brings alive the Maya […]

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book review, writing

Review: Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry (2021)

Lorraine Hansberry was an award winning playwright and the first African American woman to have a play performed on Broadway. Her play Raisin in the Sun (1959) was a big success. The story is about the life of a working class African American family in Chicago. The themes are segregation, restricted opportunities for African Americans, […]

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