We came back! This month, we read Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn and loved it. The book has been long-listed for a National Book Award in fiction and it’s well deserved. Join us for a conversation about the book’s beautiful descriptions of black girlhood and the joys of “sneaky writing.”

Have you read Another Brooklyn? Tweet us what you thought of the book at @blackchicklit.

Next month, we’ll read We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge. If the completely split reviews on Amazon are to be believed, it’s going to be a great conversation.

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Robin Pizzo

Thank you so much for this podcast. Be encouraged to keep producing, we’re listening. I really enjoyed the discussion and the connections and analysis. Woodson is my favorite author and her books line my shelves. Her writing is lyrical, and the subtleties allow the reader to shape their journey with the story. Also love that the cadence resounds off the page and into your heart. Her crafting is of a superior quality for sure. Many lines leave you breathless because they are so pure and beautiful. I enjoyed hearing your understanding of the themes and characters and their relationships with one another. I think you could make it a bit shorter or use more than one read per cast because I have listened to three and not completed any simply because, as a listener I’m more interested in your reflections, connections, perspective and impacts on the narrative versus a summary of the entire book like an old school book report. Also if you didn’t create the spoilers, your podcast could really help writers like myself generate buying interest. Another void in the market for diverse books that needs to be filled.
I’m glad you’re in the market though, discussing what we love to read. You’re filling a void for sure. Are you sending out what you’re reading before each podcasts bc then you might get more audience engagement per twitter? Also readers tend to enjoy podcasts more if they have read the book if you’re going to discuss this detailed. I felt more connected when able to reflect on my perspective along with yours. I’m a writer and your podcast is a great tool for writers to be a fly on the wall of a reader’s analysis. It helps me look for plot holes in my own writing and create greater character arcs and watch out for the “so much going on” Tyler Perry (sorry, love him but its true) telling instead of showing plot development.
Side note: My oldest daughter who is living in Brooklyn says if she have to tell one more person she’s not West Indian simply a black girl from Detroit she’s going to scream. (The Dominican discussion made me think of this.) Also I am a black woman married to an Italian man almost 20 years and my children consider themselves black and my daughter actually loves summer most cause she says her color comes in. (ha-ha) Hey follow me on twitter and I will continue to promote. Love that your show is not rachet but literary, so keep it up. @Everywoman98 is my twitter handle. Keep Reading and stay blessed.

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Dani

Thank you so much for commenting! We are currently putting together a schedule of books for the first part of the year so that people know about what we’re reading and can follow along. =)

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