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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.

Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

A borrowed paperback copy of this 1952 classic sat on my shelf for eight years! Thanks to the TBR Challenge and the MLK holiday, i moved it to the top of the list. Invisible Man gives a powerful, menacing, suspenseful, and lyrical reading experience. The unnamed narrator recounts his ascent from southern college black man […]

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The Warmest December

By Bernice L. McFadden

This book was about a family that was robbed of relationship due to the dysfunction of alcoholism. It was a sad story, but one that needed to be told through the eyes of an adult daughter visiting the father on his death bed in a hospital. As she recalls the hellish childhood endured at the […]

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The Cloven Viscount

By Italo Calvino

This is another fantastic fable from Calvino, a macabre story of a nobleman bisected by a cannon ball in a battle against the Turks who returns home in two halves, one evil and one good. As unbelievable as Calvino’s fables are, they are intriguing examples of excellent storytelling. Not in Catalog

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Tumbling

By Diane McKinney Whetstone

This was a story that grabs from the first page til the ending. The setting takes place in the 1940-50s in S. Philadelphia, a newlywed couple that is graced by a newborn left on their doorstep. Lots of drama ensues threreafter. The story has lots of secrets slow to unravel yet worth the wait. I […]

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The Warmth of Other Stories: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

I’ve read a good number of books about race in America, but none have so masterfully woven historical context with personal narratives as Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. You cannot help but deeply care for the three individuals whose lives she traces over the decades. Her exposé of the death by a thousand […]

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