How Not To Write A Book About Race: A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse

A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse by Susan Sage When offered a free copy for review by both the publisher and independently from the author, A Mentor and Her Muse had a deceptively enticing story. Marketed as a psychological thriller with racial and sexual tensions juxtaposed with the art of writing, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, not only did the title fall short in interest, but I also found myself sick to my stomach with the poor discussion and depictions of race. Over and over again, I questioned the stereotypes and information provided.  I had not seen many other reviewers bring up issues with the portrayal of black characters in the book—although I saw plenty of less than stellar reviews–so I kept giving A Mentor and Her Muse a chance. Towards the end, a paragraph reinforced that this book has made fatal, tragic flaws. Why I continued…

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Ten of the Best Books to Give Your Dad on Father’s Day

Are you looking for a more meaningful gift for Father’s Day?  Why not present the man in your life with a book?  Below, check out the best books to give your dad on Father’s Day. Why Give A Book As A Present? I look at Father’s Day gifts a lot like how I view giving baby gifts and cards. I would rather sign my name and send along a book than spend $5.00-$10.00 on a card that will ultimately land in the trash. The same goes for gifts, especially for babies. There are only so many pacifiers and newborn clothes that a child needs—and these offerings do not last a lifetime, unlike a book. Books hold meaning, are passed down for generations, and may be timelessly shared with others. Books rarely have a shelf life. No pun intended. Of course, devils’ advocates will note the clutter of books, and I…

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Review and Read Alikes: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

In 1990, thirteen paintings were stolen from the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. One of those paintings included Degas’ After the Bath.  Aiden Markel, world famous owner of the Markel G Gallery, believes that he has recovered the stolen painting. Not wanting to return the piece to the museum before he has a reproduction made, Aiden seeks out the repro talents of Claire Roth. Aiden wishes to sell the reproduction as the real painting to an international, corrupt dealer and promises to return the original to the museum.  Aiden is a business man, after all. On the other side of this debatable forgery, Claire has been struggling for an artistic comeback after her ex-boyfriend—who has since committed suicide—claimed her work as his own. With little money on hand and a tarnished reputation, Claire is forced to teach art at a local juvenile detention center and paint reproductions for Reproductions.com.  Her specialty…

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