My Year of Misandry: Silver Sparrow

by Jessica LeAnne Jones Let’s face it: so far, my book reviews have been white. Like, really white. With the exception of Purple Hibuscus, I’ve written about only white women authors. As someone who fully supports intersectionalism, this skewed ratio disturbs me. Enter Tayari Jones. I had to find her novels by browsing the racially segregated section of my library. …

[Book Review] Frances and Bernard

I have a Google Alert set for all things Flannery O’Connor, and the moment I read there was a novel based on the friendship/relationship between my fangirl-obsession O’Connor and poet Robert Lowell I knew I had to get my hands on it. Little did I know that Carlene Bauer’s Frances and Bernard had already been released for over a year and tons of critics …

My Year of Misandry: Bastard out of Carolina

by Jessica LeAnne Jones Nearly two centuries ago, a niche genre emerged from the post-bellum South called Southern Gothic. Writers like Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, and Harper Lee warped stereotypes of the South, setting a twisted story of redneck eccentricity against a lush backdrop of Southern landscape. Continuing with that tradition is Dorothy Allison with her semi-autobiographical novel Bastard out of …

My Year of Misandry: The Lullaby of Polish Girls

by Jessica LeAnne Jones I’m not one of those people who read “celebrity” books. Whether it’s an autobiography or a fictional story that a celebrity created, I’ll admit to being a literary snob and passing over a movie star’s novel to read a book written by someone with more literary experience and authority. However, I made an exception for Dagmara …