Sistahs Shop Talk is random ramblings from yours truly about books, news, and views that captivate me.
The thing about summer: Lately I’ve been reading a lot of mass-market romance books, the kind that promise a torrid love scene or two and happily ever afters. I think it’s because summer is approaching, and I need to indulge myself in an uncomplicated world where true love wins, considering the tragedies we’ve been experiencing as of late (#prayforOrlando). In addition to black lesbian romance, I plan to dive into Beverly Jenkins (of course), Francis Ray and was just turned on to Rochelle Alers’ Cavanaugh Island series. So what are some of your favorite romances? Also, what are your summer reading plans?
What I’m Reading…
Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction edited by S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle
I’m about 45 pages in, and the stories so far have captivated my attention. It’s almost like coming home because I know what I’m getting with this array of talented authors I’ve read before and enjoyed, like Claudia Moss, Lauren Cherelle, K.A. Smith, Eternity Philops, and Sheree L. Greer, etc. We need more compilations like this that show the range of our lives and our experiences. I think this will be a satisfying read.
Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.
— From A Burst of Light: Essays by Audre Lorde (1988)
Trolling for New Books…
The Belle vs. the BDOC: A Bend or Break Novella by Amy Jo Cousins
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Love is a battlefield.
Shelby Summerfield is a Southern belle at a northern college in 1993, which is a challenge to begin with. And yes, Florence Truong, the object of Shelby’s lust and the only other woman on campus not wearing flannel, does catch her in what looks like a compromising position with a straight boy at pub trivia night.
But Shelby is a gold star lesbian and Florence’s dapper fashion sense makes her weak in the knees, so her rejection stings hard. To exact her revenge, Shelby cheats a little when putting together her own trivia dream team, because nobody strategizes to win like a Southern girl on a mission. And if trivia can’t settle their rivalry, then maybe the annual campus-wide game of assassin will do the trick.
Shelby’s gonna come out on top of Florence—in bed or out, one way or another. Bless her heart. And her silk pocket squares.
Heat Wave: Southport by La Toya Hankins
JMS Books LLC
Release Date: August 16, 2015
When Zora comes to visit her childhood hometown for the Fourth of July, she expects to be helping with the family business, greeting old neighbors and friends, and carefully avoiding the topic of her sexuality. But then Zora’s old mentor introduces Zora to her granddaughter Sarah, a blast from Zora’s past, now grown into a leggy brunette who remembers Zora more than fondly.
As the two women reconnect over old memories, sweet treats, and tales of the intervening years since they’d last met, Zora begins to suspect the attraction she feels for Sarah might be returned. The sparks flying between them ignite into fireworks celebrating their independence from sexual solitude when they exploring a new way to use the town library.
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Brown Girl Reading is a book blog run by Didi, who reads and reviews diverse books with passion, and also has a booktube channel on YouTube. You need to check her out because she is hella funny, hella smart, and tells it like it is. She has lived in France for 23 years, where she teaches English as a Foreign Language, and enjoys reading, writing, painting/drawing, music, origami, movies, languages, etc. In her bio she states, “If it’s good, I’ll read it!”