Sistahs Shop Talk is random ramblings from yours truly about books, news, and views that captivate me.
Happy Easter/Resurrection/New Beginnings: Easter has, to me, always been a time of new beginnings or a reinvigoration of life. On that note, I count year 2016 as a time of renewed passion for reviewing at Sistahs on the Shelf after its dormancy in 2015. Last year I was in love with reading but not necessarily reviewing, and I have to admit, it felt good to just pick up a book and not think about how to craft my thoughts into a review post. To be honest, I was just burnt out. It happens; I’m human. But thanks to supportive people in my life, I’ve refreshed my outlook, and how I want to run this site, and have a stoked fire about sharing my thoughts with you about the great books I’ve read. So tell me: what helped you get through a rough patch in your life?
What I’m Reading Now…
A Return to Arms by Sheree L. Greer: After just finished When I Was Your Girlfriend by Nikki Harmon (such a pleasant reading experience), I’m gravitating toward A Return to Arms by Sheree L. Greer. This newest book, recently published on March 15, is about activism and romance, and whether the two can co-exist. I’m excited to dig in, especially since I’ve never been disappointed by a Sheree L. Greer book.
Kiana winced. She didn’t need to look into the other room to see it, the lavender wedding invitation sitting like a strong, elegant tent in the center of her wooden kitchen table. Without seeing it, she could smell it, the vanilla musk whispering from the fold; she could feel it, the heavy cardstock soft against her fingertips as she traced the gold script. She struggled to her feet, the memory of Michelle, of being in love, weighing her down. Though Michelle had been gone just over six months, Kiana ached as if she had just left, as if she just realized that her love was gone for good. “Fuck that invitation,” she said, pulling up on her baggy jeans.
– Sheree L. Greer, Let the Lover Be (2015)
Trolling for New Books…
The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde – Dr. Gloria Joseph
Release Date: April 15, 2016 (pre-orders available now)
Told Griot style (a western Africa oral tradition of storytelling to maintain historical ties to the past), this combination anthology and biography brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists, including Sonia Sanchez, Angela Y. Davis, Jewelle Gomez and Assata Shakur. These contributors have submitted essays, reflections, stories, poems, memoirs and photos that illuminate how Lorde’s literary vision and her turbulent and triumphant life continue to challenge and inspire. The book also contains conversations with Lorde, Joseph’s personal photos and travelogs, and remembrances from her three memorials, in New York, Berlin and St Croix.
Written by author and activist Dr. Gloria Joseph, Lorde’s partner in life and love, the book was born from an interview conducted a few months prior to Lorde’s death. They discussed a comprehensive biography that would tell her story in full, revealing her tenacity, complexity and passion. With that mandate, Joseph sat down to the task of creating The Wind is Spirit.
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The G-List Society
The G-List Society is an online media networking and entertainment group who caters to the style of life in the urban gay social scene.
The website highlights lifestyle topics and pop culture, spotlights gay personalities and events in exclusive features, and celebrates the achievements of gays and lesbians of color. The G-List publishes its annual BLACK GAYS ROCK! Power 100 list to celebrate Black same-gender-loving (SGL) achievers around the world.