Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 5: Little Leaders-Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

My 9 year old daughter, Norah, wanted to read this one.  Again.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of African-American women in American Society. Forty women were featured in the beautifully illustrated book from well-known names like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. Also, there were women featured like Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to receive her pilot’s license, Alice Ball, the first woman to graduate with master’s degree from the University of Hawaii and to help find a cure for leprosy, and my daughter’s favorite in the book, Raven Wilkinson, the groundbreaking ballerina that spent six years in the Dutch National Ballet and danced until fifty.

Harrison has put together a wonderful book and great discussion starter for 2nd to 5th grade children about these African American women and their significant role in American society. In celebration of Black History Month, I would highly recommend Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History to add your library.

Journey and Discovery: A Kammbia Omnibus Edition

The courage to face the truth. Diondray Azur had it. He took a gamble and looked hard into his roots. What he discovered changed him forever. A son of privilege in the land of Kammbia, Diondray learned one day that everything he believed to be true was in fact, a lie. When he discovered an… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 4: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg has become my favorite old school SF writer and I have read 6 books during his most prolific period of 1967-1976, beginning with A Time of Changes, Downward to the Earth, Tower of Glass, To Open the Sky, The Man in the Maze, and Nightwings. Nightwings is a short, mournful novel that follows… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 3: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

February is Black History Month in the United States and I have always wanting to learn something about our history as Americans that I did not know previously. Well, I found out last month on the Rick Steves’ travel podcast about a travel guide published during the days of Jim Crow. The Negro Motorist Green… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 2: Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford

I’m a reading completist. I did not realize completist was a word until I typed this review.  I felt it’s appropriate for my latest Wisdom From Kammbia review. In 2015, I read and wrote a review for The Sportswriter by Richard Ford, the first Frank Bascombe novel. I wrote that I hated the protagonist and… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 1: The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint

I ended my 2018 reading year with a short story collection by Charles de Lint. I enjoyed Dreams Underfoot and began my 2019 reading year with the second de Lint short story collection set in Newford. The Ivory and the Horn is a fifteen tale collection that continues to explore the wonderful characters inhabiting the… Continue Reading

Cassandra’s Revelation: A Kammbia Short Story

“Cassandra’s Revelation,” is about a chance meeting between Cassandra Applebaum, a sultry-voiced singer who hadn’t sung in years, and an old friend—one who saw Diondray stop a rainstorm. Inspired by her friend’s account, Cassandra penned a new song, “The One Who Made the Rain Go Away.” After a few days, she received a call from… Continue Reading

My 2019 Reading List

  I have spent a portion of today putting together my 2019 reading list. I have created a reading list since 2015 and it has helped tremendously in my reading life. However, I’ve always deviate from the list and made numerous changes.  So for 2019, I plan to stick it this list and not take… Continue Reading