As a mixed-race individual living in the United States who encounters everything from the inevitable “Where are you from?” to being screamed at, my motivations for reading this collection were a tad selfish. I picked up this book because I thought it would be exclusively about immigration and race issues, and wondered if I’d see any aspect of my experiences reflected in these stories. While race and immigration are prominent in this collection, Maxine Beneba Clarke doesn’t limit herself to these issues. What we have is a poetic and deeply empathetic short story collection about the various forms of marginalization. These stories explore the theme of foreign soil in fresh and unexpected ways that expanded my awareness of how people experience otherness.
A fantasy novel inspired by the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Justinian I, Sailing to Sarantium offered a breathtaking journey that swept me away. In the glittering, dangerous city of Sarantium, author Guy Gavriel Kay crafts a stunning tale where those with the fiercest intelligence and enough daring can have the world. If you love fantasy or historical fiction, this series may become your next obsession.
I picked up this book because I thought it was pretty. Like any superficial reading decision I gambled with my limited and therefore extremely precious time. But the gamble paid off because Eternal Life gave me a refreshing experience, one I haven’t had since I first read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. This book had me reconsidering my approach to life and made me question, not for the first time, some of the more unsettling aspects of how American culture approaches death.Continue reading “Eternal Life ~ A Fresh Look at Immortality”→