Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

In case you didn’t know, I host a podcast called Purple Diary that highlights people I enjoy and who offer insights on topics I find interesting. At the end of every episode, I ask my guests to give me (and my listeners) a book recommendation. This is the second book I’ve read based on a podcast guest recommendation, and it came from my very brilliant … Continue reading Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

I honestly  don’t remember what made me want to buy this book, but I’m glad I picked it up. I was in the mood to read a memoir, and this one just jumped out at me. I love Gabrielle Union. She’s beautiful and funny, and she seems like a normal person. The first thing I remember seeing her in (though I know I’d seen her … Continue reading We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

I found this book completely by accident. I was at Barnes & Noble, and they had this cute little set up for Black History Month. I had never heard of Behold the Dreamers, but I liked the look of the cover. It had this pretty patchwork situation with these beautiful shades of brown, and I was intrigued. If I’m being honest, the only thing from … Continue reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Y’all. I think I’m in love with this book. Quick backstory: This book has been sitting on my shelf for almost two years. When I graduated from college, one of my favorite professors happened to be retiring that same year (Hi Bob). He had a ton of books on his shelf and told me to feel free to grab any of them. I don’t think … Continue reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

If you know me, you know that I think Brené Brown is a queen who must be protected at all costs. I read Daring Greatly at the end of last year based on a recommendation from my friend Dara (who happens to be an incredible artist – check out her work here). I have to say, Brené is nothing short of marketing genius. The only thing … Continue reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown