Book review: Saints and Misfits

There are three kinds of people in 15-year-old Janna Yusuf’s life: saints, misfits, and monsters. Saints make the world a better place, like Janna’s elder-care charge, Mr. Ram, and her too-good-to-be-true prospective sister-in-law Sarah Mahmoud. They can be a little intimidating. Misfits are people like Janna. Whether she wears her burkini at the beach with […]

Book review: Sisters of the Revolution

Sometimes I forget how fulfilling it can be to read explicitly feminist writing. So I have been enjoying the heck out of Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Speculative fiction is a catch-all phrase for science fiction, fantasy, and other harder-to-classify writing with a fabulist “what-if” slant. […]

Book review: The Bitch Is Back

Great title, right? Perfect for on A Day Without a Woman, when women around the country are marching, striking, and celebrating women’s work and accomplishments (by showing what happens if we step away, Lysistrata-style). I’m home with a sick kid today, so I’m celebrating women by wearing red (and my 1 Billion Rising t-shirt) and […]

Marching with 1 Billion Rising

It’s Carnival time here in New Orleans! That means parades, parties, and…protests? Yep. When someone told Emma Goldman “it did not behoove an agitator to dance,” she responded: “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.”  YES! In that spirit, on Sunday I participated in a One Billion Rising Revolution […]

Book review: The books of Marti Dumas

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author Marti Dumas in an SCBWI monthly meetup. She passed around a few of her books, and I was so besotted, I asked if I could borrow them to write up reviews–and she said yes! My kids and I particularly enjoyed the series Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest (ooo, and […]