Book Review: Hana Khan Carries On

Author: Uzma Jalaluddin Publication Date: April 13, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description For fans of "You’ve Got Mail," a young woman juggles pursuing her dream job in radio while helping her family compete with the new halal restaurant across the street, in this sparkling new rom-com by the author of Ayesha at Last.  Sales are slow at…

Book Review: American Betiya

Author: Anuradha D. Rajurkar Publication Date: March 9, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description A luminous story of a young artist grappling with first love, family boundaries and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship. Perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson. Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. The…

Book Review: How Beautiful We Were

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

Author: Imbolo Mbue Narrators: Prentice Onayemi, Janina Edwards, Dion Graham, JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson, Lisa Renee Pitts Publication Date: March 9, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description From the celebrated author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, comes a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an America oil company. "We should have…

Book Review: Accidentally Engaged

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Author: Farah Heron Publication Date: March 2, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description A delightful romantic comedy featuring a Muslim woman who fakesan engagement to the boy next door in the hopes of winning a couples cooking contest. When it comes to bread, Reena Manji knows exactly what she's doing. She treats her sourdough starters like (somewhat…

Book Review: Sparks Like Stars

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

Author: Nadia Hashimi Narrator: Mozhan Marno Publication Date: March 2, 2021 ★★★★★ Book Description An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows, and When…

Book Review: You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar

Author: Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar Publication Date: January 12, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description *A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INDIE NEXT PICK*Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism. Now a writer and performer on Late Night with…

Book Review: The Prophets

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

Author: Roberts Jones, Jr. Narrator: Karen Chilton Publication Date: January 5, 2021 ★★★★ Book Description A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was…

Book Review: Black Buck

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Author: Mateo Askaripour Narrator: Zeno Robinson Publication Date: January 4, 2021 ★★★★★ Book Description A New York Times BestsellerA Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! “Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.”—Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys“A hilarious, gleaming satire…

Book Review Blog Tour: The Girl at the Back of the Bus

The Girl at the Back of the Bus by Suzette D. Harrison

Author: Suzette D. Harrison Publication Date: February 8, 2021 ★★★★★ Book Description "I watched in awe as Miz Rosa stopped those men on the bus with her clear, calm “no” and I thought about that word. What if I said no? What if I refused to follow the path these White folks wanted for us? What if…