Author Archives: Teresa

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Earlier this year, the media was full of stories recognizing and educating Americans about the Tulsa race massacre. Although the destruction of Greenwood (or Black Wall Street) was a particularly horrifying instance of racist violence, it was far from isolated. … Continue reading

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

This summer, I’ve been catching up on past Tournament of Books contenders that readers in the Goodreads group selected as favorites but that I hadn’t gotten around to reading. One of these is Where’d You Go, Bernadette? which seemed to be … Continue reading

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In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins

It’s been a while since I read a big serious theology book. Back when I was taking seminary classes, I read this kind of thing all the time, but now I tend to read books that are written for a … Continue reading

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The Magic Toyshop

I didn’t expect a novel by Angela Carter called The Magic Toyshop to actually be about a whimsical happy place of magical toys and childhood joys, but I also didn’t really expect this book to be as dark as it turned … Continue reading

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Klara and the Sun

Klara, the narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro’s newest novel, is a solar-powered artificial robot friend who, as the novel begins, spends her days in a store for AFs, waiting for some child to come along and choose her. Each model of … Continue reading

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No One Is Talking About This

For she had spent the last two years letting things sink in, and now . . . guess what, bitch! Further absorption was no longer possible! All day she drank in information, but no one was telling them the most … Continue reading

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The Seas

I used to consistently love books that kept me off balance, not quite sure what was real. That’s not so much the case lately. Just tell me a story. Still, I keep trying, hoping some weird story will capture my … Continue reading

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The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Earlier this year, I was completely swept up in The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and that led me to want to learn more, so I picked up this new biography (and winner of the 2020 National Book Award and 2021 Pulitzer) by … Continue reading

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The Other Black Girl

Nella Rogers has been an editorial assistant and the only Black woman at the prestigious publishing house Wagner Books when a second Black woman named Hazel joins the team, also as an editorial assistant and in a cubicle right across … Continue reading

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Summerwater

This short novel by Sarah Moss is set in a park in Scotland where people can rent cabins or camp. It’s sort of shabby and run down, but people continue to come, sometimes year after year, to get away from … Continue reading

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