February Book Reviews

Passing by Nella Larsen

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was very thought provoking when it comes to the level of melanin and features we have. How some black people were able to pass for other or white and be racially ambiguous during a time of segregation. As a black woman, this gave me really mixed, thought provoking feelings.

Reading from Irene’s perspective of her frenemy, Clare, the book gives us a look into this world in between. Nella has us look into Irene, and how she navigated through her world as a black woman full and transparent. The life she lived was not as glamourous as she made it appear. She reconnected with a childhood friend, ironically in an all white section, and had to decide if she wanted a relationship or not. It seems she did. Irene had to also come to terms with Clare’s influence on her social life, her family life, her jealousy and her realization of her husbands affair with her friend. It is interesting that she also found a way to pass in the segregated world, but when her friend Clare did it, it was egregious. The ending is left open and I must say I love it. I highly recommend this read, if you are into historical fiction. It really makes me want to know more about the world of “passing”.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Honor is a powerful book that will leave you with many feelings of empathy.

Smita, an Indian American journalist is asked a favor from another journalist friend to take over her story about a woman who was the victim of a tribal custom that was inhumane. The book will pul you in almost immediately. You have been warned. Thrity gives us a view from a Hindi – Indian perspective, as well as a perspective of how Muslim – Indians are treated. We are allowed to understand the views from modern India, and in villages. This story was deeply moving, and disturbing all at the same time. The scenes are worth reading through, and understanding what Honor or “Abru” means for Indians.
I was not expecting the twist about Smita, but the author Thrity was eloquent in unwrapping Smita’s past with India. Although unexpected for our main character Smita, this trip was both cleansing and full of love in spite of the anguish the characters witness and endure.

Warby Parker Glasses

I am a person who believes in a bargain,

If I can find one, I believe it is always worth a shot. I needed new glasses since November. I got around to doing my eye exam and everything, I just failed to order glasses. Lets not talk about how I still have yet to pick up my paid for contacts. So I usually order from a place called 39dollarglasses.com and they are wonderful, I have no bad things to say about them, I just decided I wanted to try something new. Warby Parker. They are an online glasses retail store, and they have some really nice modern and inexpensive specs to choose from, they even do chic and modern prescription sunglasses! Usually, at the optometrist, I am out of pocket$ 200.00-$350.00 bucks depending on what glasses I want and what things I want done to them. With Warby Parker, you get everything at one set price. The prices start at $95.00 and range to $150.00. Not bad for an all inclusive store. Also, if you are as blind as me, you can opt to pay an additional $30.00 to get an even better lens that thins them out and makes vision sharper( I added this to my order of course). All you have to do to order glasses from this place is:

1). Log on to WarbyParker.com

2). Choose your style of glasses prescription or non-prescription

3). Upload your prescription from your doctor as a pdf (very very easy btw)

4). Make a payment

5). Wait for them to contact you

 

They will even let you choose 5 pairs, ship them to you for free to try on before you purchase! There communication was perfect! They let me know from start to finish what to expect and they even had a promo on free 3-day shipping! (thanks Retailmenot!). Also, they give back to communities, so if you buy a pair a person who is in need of glasses elsewhere gets a pair! How cool is that!

Overall I feel fancy and feel these glasses are a good representation of myself!

 

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