February 25, 2020

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks III

Today is February 29, a leap day and the last day of Black History Month. Yes, blackness is celebrated every day but you get the point. On this extra day, I thought it would be nice to highlight the stories of three (3) extraordinary women in their own right. They are from all walks of life and different eras. Each of these women have a story that is sometimes hard to believe. Need I say more?

Title: She Came to Slay
Author: Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Published: November 2019
Pithy Review: The life and times of Harriet Tubman are told from a modern point of view. This is no boring rendition of a slave story. This book delves into a timeline of Tubman's life with photos, illustrations and the right amount of pop culture mixed into the storytelling. (See: Harriet's Homies)
Quote Grab"She had very little to offer the needy, but she believed that God would always provide." ~ pg. 111 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Diamond Doris
Author: Doris Payne
Published: September 2019
Pithy Review: Diamond Doris is a notorious jewel thief. She made a living stealing from elite jewelers all over the world. She vowed to turn the tables when she was once thrown out of a jewelry store when a white customer entered. From the 1970s to her arrest in 2013, Doris had quite the adventurous career. I suspect some of the heists are exaggerated though.
Quote Grab"Like people, no two diamonds are the same." ~ pg. 1 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System
Author: Cyntoia Brown-Long
Published: October 2019
Pithy Review: The story of Cyntoia was all over the media: a 16-year-old girl convicted of murder and sentenced to life. She was treated as a teenage prostitute, not a sex trafficked victim. It is a coming-of-age memoir that held my interest throughout and urged me to research online for more case info. It is a fine example of finding hope through faith in a messed up justice system.
Quote Grab"Facts weren't facts, not in the courtroom." ~ pg. 121 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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