March 23, 2021

Lit Tidbits: Pithy Picks VI

*in my best Jay-Z voice* Guess who's bizzack! I may have taken an extended blogging break but I most certainly did not pause reading. Allow me to catch you up!

Title: The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Published: December 2020
Pithy Review: A retired therapist with a grim diagnosis looks for a peaceful place to live out the rest of her days. From the outside, the Crouch family seems perfect. Until she overhears a conversation. She really shouldn't get involved but maybe this revelation will help her make things right. Atone n'shit. A lot happens under this one roof!
Quote Grab"Wolves know when they're being raised by bears." ~ 25% 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Homie
Author: Danez Smith
Published: January 2020
Pithy Review: It's hard to survive in a country overrun by violence. It's even harder to remember reasons for living. Then family and friends show up and is ultimately your saving grace. The poems are about friendship, redemption, racism, queerness, and most of all blackness. Which leads me to the REAL title of this book...well, you have to read it to figure that out. 
Quote Grab"Everybody love Lassie but what about Sounder?" ~ 25% 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️

Title: Inside the NBA Bubble
Author: Jared Dudley
Published: February 2021
Pithy Review: This is a behind-the-scenes look inside the NBA lockdown by LA Lakers' Jared Dudley. It begins with the team's reactions to Kobe Bryant and Gianna passing followed by the protests surrounding the deaths of Brianna Taylor and George Floyd. The pandemic basketball season was about more than just winning games. Jared Dudley shares his memories of inside the bubble in a vacant Disney World for nearly 100 days with 350 players and personnel from 22 NBA teams. They did it, y'all! A whole championship season under quarantine! You can read this quickie in one sitting (and for free with Prime membership).
Quote Grab"No offense to the other leagues, but this is a league that has its shit together." ~ pg. 13 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Kindest Lie
Author: Nancy Johnson
Published: February 2021
Pithy Review: Ruth is a Black engineer married to a man that is hoping to start a family. But Ruth never got over the baby she birthed and left behind—when a teenager. Obviously she needs to confront the past before moving forward. She returns home and finds the city plagued with racism, unemployment and family secrets. It makes you wonder, what does a wife owe her husband? What does an educated black woman have in common with a young white boy in a factory town?
Quote Grab"All my skinfolk ain't kinfolk." ~ pg. 55
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Open Water
Author: Caleb Azumah Nelson
Published: April 2021
Pithy Review: Two young people meet in a London pub. Both are Black British. Artists falling in love. A gorgeous cover featuring black faces. The makings of a beautiful love story. But I didn't get that far. I tried though. The writing style was like a memory of highlights instead of true storytelling.
Quote Grab"The happy ending is never universal." ~ 27% 
Recommend or Nah? DNF

Title: Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas
Published: January 2021
Pithy Review: This prequel to The Hate U Give was everything I wanted it to be. It takes place seventeen years before THUG. Maverick Carter is the son of a former gang legend who is in prison and a hardworking mom. A real man takes care of his family so Mav makes money the only way he knows how: dealing drugs. When Mav finds out that he is a father, it isn't so easy slinging, going to school and raising a baby all at the same time. So when offered a chance to go straight, he takes it! This book is kind of like "All My Hood Children" in the best way possible.
Quote Grab"If it won't help the rose grow, you've gotta let it go." ~ pg. 215 
Recommend or Nah? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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