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What We Lose and the Art of Death Book Reviews by Sarah Gonzalez

These were my favorites this year. It was extremely difficult to choose one to review. I felt they were interrelated, serving a much-needed POC point of view on the art of grieving. I’ve pored over personal memoirs and books related to the grieving process. These two gems were therapeutic and magical. Both books deal with the author’s grieving of their ... Read More »

Bruja Book Review by Michelle Guerrero-Henry

In Bruja, Wendy C. Ortiz allows us into the most private corners of her mind. Published in October 2016, this is not quite an exploration of her dreams, as she doesn’t give her interpretation of them, and not quite a memoir but a dreamoir. The dreamoir is defined as “a narrative derived from the most malleable and revelatory details of ... Read More »

Inkle & Yarico Book Review by Sharon Shaw

The author, Beryl Gilroy explores chattel slavery, classicism, identity and feminism in the novel. Thomas Inkle is the protagonist you hate but respect. He is a young man from the British upper class that believes he comes from a superior race/nation. Inkle states “our civilization is superior and permanent. I hold others to be ephemeral-and at times grotesque that is ... Read More »

The Next-Generation Self-Help Book For Girls by Nia Ita

Kenia Nunez, Corona, Queens native and Latina wellness coach, published her first book in 2014. Surrendering: When Pain is Transformed Into Extraordinary Blessings was a collection of musings about Kenia’s awakening to her purpose in life after losing her husband to cancer. She was left to raise three children and face the ongoing depression she had been running from for ... Read More »

Hunger Book Review by Andreina Garcia

Hunger, written by one of my favorite authors Roxane Gay, is a memoir, where she lets us in what her life has been like living and navigating this world as heavyset woman. “This is a memoir of my body. My body was broken. I was broken. I did not know how to put myself back together. I was splintered. A ... Read More »

Grief & The Loss of My Mother#52essays2017

January is a rough month for me. I lost my mother January 25, 2002 four days after her 56th birthday, when she lost her battle with colon cancer, the grief is twice the weight. For the past 15 years, January reminds me of not being able to celebrate my mother’s birthday among other milestones and it is also the reminder ... Read More »

Loving My Body vs. Body Shaming#52essays2017

Last Summer, my friends and I along with each other’s families got together for our annual beach day. Our friendship has transcended the test of time and now we have become family.  It is a tradition we began building about four or five years ago. We are now parents and our kids get along so well they call each other ... Read More »

Miriam Celis de Angulo- Day 31-31daysofwomen

“Me siento feliz de tener las hijas que tengo, aún con sus debilidades y malcriadeces de vez en cuando, pero esto forma parte de la vida de una familia. Me han hecho sentir halagada cuando se refieren a ustedes como personas aplomadas, serias y desenvueltas, este es mi gran tesoro. Me he remontado en estos momentos al día que nacistes ... Read More »

Peggy Robles-Alvarado- Day 30- 31daysofWomen

” ‪#‎magicmakingisnotforpendejas‬ defined (For Darrel Alejandro Holnes) Magic maker: mag·ic/ mak·er noun: 1. a person with the power of influencing the course of events in his/her life by using pura ganas, faith and mysterious or supernatural forces to create, complete or define themselves despite any and all impediments i.e. Woman; she be that mystical force; that enigmatic, enticing relentless creature ... Read More »