Navigating Nuanced Perspectives on Power, Privilege and Race Is No Small Thing in Jodi Picoult’s Popular Novel

The latter third of this review of Small Great Things contains limited spoilers. On Tuesday night, I finished reading the powerful and popular novel Small Great Things, which has been taking up a significant amount of my headspace since I first began it almost a week earlier.  Thanks to how meticulously bestselling author Jodi Picoult got into … Continue reading Navigating Nuanced Perspectives on Power, Privilege and Race Is No Small Thing in Jodi Picoult’s Popular Novel

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Calling My Name Relays The Sensuous Journey To Self-Love And Empowered Spirituality

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani is a lyrical and sensuous story–at times, reading more like poetry than prose. A richly detailed narrative immerses you immediately in the life experiences of Taja Brown: from neighborhood kickball games and sibling rivalry to tumultuous first love and the promise of life to come after high school. While … Continue reading Calling My Name Relays The Sensuous Journey To Self-Love And Empowered Spirituality

Rereading Childhood Classics: Are You There God? It’s Me, Renee

As the first stop on my reunion tour of Judy Blume’s classic children/YA novels, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was a really sweet–albeit somewhat outdated–dash down memory lane. It tells the tale of Margaret, a 12-year-old city girl who must adjust to the suburbs of New Jersey and make new friends, while on … Continue reading Rereading Childhood Classics: Are You There God? It’s Me, Renee

How the Imaginary Lives of Childhood Helped Me Reinvent My Adult Reality

When I was a child, I lived and breathed fiction, inventing detailed characters and complex worlds everywhere I turned. In my fiction, I was a ballerina, a mini Indiana Jones or a resistance fighter. I was an only child growing up with a single father, an orphan raising my three siblings, or I was the … Continue reading How the Imaginary Lives of Childhood Helped Me Reinvent My Adult Reality

Fridays’ Brief Book Reviews: Falling Head Over Heels For Fangirl

What more can you ask from a novel than lovable characters who live and breathe beyond the page?  A young writer finding her voice, telling a story (fanfic) within a story, an innocent college freshman stumbling and fumbling into first love with a totally crush-worthy guy, and a twin carving out her own, independent identity … Continue reading Fridays’ Brief Book Reviews: Falling Head Over Heels For Fangirl

Letting Go of Radical Resolutions Leaves Me Free to Fly

(Adapted from my New Year's post on The Mind-Body Shift) A prevailing theme that threads through my work and my writing is the concept of change and one's ability to transform him or herself at any time or point in one's life. It's not surprising, really, when you consider that my name, Renée, literally means 'reborn' in … Continue reading Letting Go of Radical Resolutions Leaves Me Free to Fly