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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)


Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming has become one of my favourite books of all time!

The memoir centers around Jacqueline Woodson’s early life growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. Written in verse form, Woodson shares her experiences of being born in Ohio, and growing up between South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York, and trying to find her identity and place in the world. Each page is a short poem about an experience from her life or the history of her family or the events that were occurring at that moment in time. The poems are simple, emotionally charged, and beautiful. This is not a difficult read at all.

The reason this novel has become a favourite is because there are aspects of Woodson’s life that I can relate to, especially the struggle to fit into two places that she calls home…

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RUBY by Cynthia Bond – OPRAH’s Book Club 2.0 selection

I was supposed to launch the Reflections Book Club with a memoir, but I felt compelled to begin it with Cynthia Bond’s RUBY, not because it was selected for Oprah’s Book Club–although impressive, but because Oprah said that it was the kind of book that she and Maya (Angelou) would have read together (if she were still alive), the fact that Bond has been compared to Toni Morrison and Zora Neal Hurston, and the fact that I ran across RUBY today at Targets (20%), while I was out shopping. So there you have it–the May selection for the book club, RUBY by Cynthia Bond. Comment on RUBY on TWITTER @Reflectionsbks (hashtag: #ReflectionsBooks) or on FACEBOOK at http://www.facebook.com/reflectionsbooks. (Click on the Reflections Books page.)

Cindy Reads & Writes


Cynthia Bond’s debut novel, RUBY was first published early 2014 and received praise mostly in literary circles. But this is quickly changing now that Oprah has selected RUBY for her new Book Club 2.0 pick. To say we’re excited is an understatement. We along with “Miami Herald” Book Editor, Connie Ogle, met Cynthia in November at the Miami Book Fair and couldn’t get enough of both Cynthia the author and her brilliant book.


RUBY is one of those novels that when people ask me to explain what it’s about, I find myself tongue-tied. That happens for two reasons; one, I’m afraid of doing an injustice to the story and two, of not being able to explain the wonder captured in Bond’s lush lyricism, as she explores the extremes of human kindness and cruelty.

RUBY is not for the faint of heart. It’s a challenging read, includes graphic sexual violence and will stay with you long, after you’ve finished…

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