Baltimore Sons By Dean Bartoli Smith StillHouse Press, Fairfax, Virginia 128 pages Baltimore Sons, a book of poems by Dean Bartoli Smith, is a masterpiece, blending memoir, history, detached observation, poignant vignettes, and craft to tell … More Book Review: Baltimore Sons
Over the past two months, I’ve read three books and one literary journal—the most continued book reading I’ve done in years. Michelle Obama’s Becoming reminded me so much of my own upbringing in Baltimore as a Black girl in a large and functional family that aspired to learn, grow, and excel while overcoming obstacles of … More The Reading List from baltimoreblackwoman: Quick Reviews
Two years ago (August 21, 2015: https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2015/08/21/atticus-finch-is-not-a-racist-but-hes-not-the-true-hero-of-the-story-either/), I published a double book review of Harper Lee’s only published novels, To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) and Go Set a Watchman (GSAW). Since then, I’ve received a few interesting comments and questions about the review that produced engaged, thoughtful conversations, for which I am grateful. But on … More Book/Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Revisited
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of … More Book Review: Guantanamo Diary
baltimore girls by Lynne Viti, Copyright © 2017 by Lynne Viti Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324 This slim collection of poems (19 total), by Baltimore native Lynne Viti, is bursting with bittersweet memories-turned-life lessons and hard-won wisdom. Evoking a bygone-Baltimore that any City native (Black or White) who came of age … More Book Review: baltimore girls by Lynne Viti
In late July, I took advantage of my bookstore membership discounts and ordered both To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) and Go Set a Watchman (GSAW). I had seen the movie version of TKAM as a girl and I already owned a copy of the book that I’d read as a girl, but it was buried … More Atticus Finch Is NOT a Racist…But He’s Not the True Hero of the Story, Either!