Category Archives: Marion’s Reading Life Blog

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 10: The Cookout by Jacqueline Turner Banks

A stepfather-stepdaughter relationship can be challenging, especially when the stepdaughter is coming into her own. The Cookout by Jacqueline Turner Banks, a short story published in Shades of Black: Crime & Mystery Stories by African-American Writers, makes a convincing case for that kind of relationship. The story opens with Stacey Barron’s mother, Frances, leaving on… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 9: The Storyteller by Rafik Schami

“Good storytellers are like good wine—the older the better!” The aforementioned sentence came from the last paragraph of The Storyteller by Rafik Schami.  This short story was taken from his novel, Damascus Nights and reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection published in September 1994. I’ve been reading from various anthologies… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 8: Recitatif by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is one of those authors I have admired and respected but not loved her fiction. I have read Song of Solomon, Jazz, & Paradise of her work. Song of Solomon is my favorite but my feelings as a reader on a storytelling level have been lukewarm at best. However, this short story (the… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Review 97: The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark is a fantasy novella set in an alternate early 20th century Cairo, where the world of djinn and other supernatural beings has made Egypt a world super-power, and two Agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities — a seasoned agent Hamed and… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 6: Ceiling by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a writer that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time.  I’ve had her novel, Americanah, in my Kindle library since 2020.  Moreover, I have seen her other books like Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, & We Should All Be Feminists on my social media feeds for just… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 96: Black Titan by Carol Jenkins & Elizabeth Gardner Hines

  “Athletes and musicians who have made millions in their industries deserve our respect, but it is critical that blacks understand that our history, and our (often neglected) successes, run deeper than that. All children need to be made familiar with images and stories of blacks who have found success in the boardroom and the… Continue Reading

Icon #14

Rocket learns a valuable lesson with the responsibility she has as a superhero and being Icon’s partner. She asks Icon to attend a community event, but he cannot attend because his day job as a lawyer demands his attention.  Rocket is frustrated with his duties as a lawyer and they have an argument when Icon… Continue Reading

Best Book Ever Podcast: Episode 83

My second appearance on the Best Book Ever Podcast aired today. The host, Julie Strauss, and I discussed one of my all time favorite novels, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. I have read this novel 3 times (when it first came in October 1993, then 10 years later, and most recently last summer… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2021

Christmas has passed and 2021 is coming to a close in a few days. I have seen people starting to post their favorite books of 2021 and thought it was my time add to those posts. I’ve read 35 books this year (I’m currently finishing up The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin to make it… Continue Reading