Black History Month: Madame C.J. Walker

On Her Own Ground: the life and times of Madame C.J. Walker, by A’Lelia Bundles (the great-great-granddaughter of Walker), is the inspiring story of Sarah Breedlove, born in Louisiana in 1867, and who became the first female millionaire in the United States by starting a beauty business featuring hair products for black women.  Orphaned at age […]

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Black History Month: a hero a week

The awe-inspiring courage of Robert Smalls isn’t as well known as it should be. Born into slavery in 1839 to a slave named Lydia Polite in Beaufort, South Carolina, he was most likely the son of his owner, Henry Mckee. As a teen, he worked as a laborer in Charleston, first in a hotel, then […]

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Learn more about Winston Churchill

So, I was watching Darkest Hour, a sepia-toned and fanciful version of Churchill’s World War II years, chock-full of duty, pluck and chins up.  I wanted to know more about him besides the cigar smoking and champagne swilling. I needed facts, and hey, I don’t get my facts from movies, I get’em from books. There is […]

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Great wintry thrillers for snow days

Since this one-horse town cannot give me the snow days I so richly deserve, I guess I’ll only be able to experience the stinging cold and ferocious blizzards I crave through books. That’s why I’ve selected the freeziest thrillers out there, and unless I move to Duluth, it’s the closest I’ll come to winter misery and the joy […]

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Fiesta De Los Tres Reyes Magos

Día de los Tres Reyes Magos

On the sixth of January, people across Latin America celebrate a holiday called Día de los Tres Reyes Magos or The Three Kings Day. According to tradition, children leave hay inside a shoe overnight so the camels that belong to the three kings have something delicious to eat. In the morning, children wake up to find […]

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Get busy creating in 2019

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, you know. Why not learn a new craft or hobby this year, so as not to fall prey to laziness and possible evil-doing? It’s easy, with books from the library. I, my own self, have been wanting to learn paper-mâché, weaving, and natural dyeing. Here are few I’ll try:     […]

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My favorite books of 2018

End-of-the-year booklists are here again, with their unattainable “3,000 Best Crime Novels of 2018,” designed, I feel sure, to make me feel under-read and inadequate. I am only one woman, and I cannot keep up with these professional bookworms. Also, these lists trigger my book-related FOMO, which leads to the inevitable realization that I am going […]

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Teen Reviews: Girl at the Grave

Black, Teri Bailey. Girl at the Grave.   “Fantastic book! Your mind teleports into the characters’ shoes and it flows easily. It absorbs you and makes you want to be angry/ happy for the characters if they do something wrong. It was great, filled with cliffhangers keeping me up till 1:00 am.” Rating: 5 -Celeah, […]

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