Line of Blood Book Review from @kleffnotes

Line of Blood: Uncovering a Secret Legacy of Mobsters, Money and Murder is a book that came from the discovery of a newspaper article. Jana Marcus, award-winning photographer and author, found an article about a murdered mobster from the 1940s that was tucked away in a drawer in her grandmother’s home. This led to quest to uncover the history and the solution to the mystery in the article she found. Continue reading “Line of Blood Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Family in Six Tones Book Review from @kleffnotes

Lan Cao has lived in the United States for more than forty years, but she does sometimes still feel tentative about her place in her adoptive country. After coming here at the age of thirteen and after eighteen years of being a mother, she still feels as though she is in a foreign landscape in some capacity. Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter is a dual memoir from Lan and her American teenage daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao that examines their experiences and interactions with each other. Continue reading “Family in Six Tones Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Last Sword Maker Book Review from @kleffnotes

The Last Sword Maker is a novel from Brian Nelson that showcases the world as we have always known it changing. This though is because of something that may hit very close to home for some readers currently. An outbreak has led to thousands of deaths in Tibet is a rumor that keeps being whispered about. This disease can kill in minutes and the Chinese government is trying to keep it from being discovered. Continue reading “The Last Sword Maker Book Review from @kleffnotes”

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER NICOLE CONN LAUNCHES NICOLE CONN FILMS GLOBAL (NCFG) A GLOBAL DESTINATION HUB DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING CONTENT FOR, BY AND ABOUT … QUEER WOMEN Partnering with OML, Tello Films, OUTTAKE MEDIA™ & LesFlicks, among others… Building Community Through Unity #StrongerTogether

Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning filmmaker Nicole Conn is announcing the launch of NICOLE CONN FILMS GLOBAL (NCFG), the first ever global destination hub for all-things queer women media content. Kicking off on June NCFG’s mission is to provide a digital space … Continue reading AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER NICOLE CONN LAUNCHES NICOLE CONN FILMS GLOBAL (NCFG) A GLOBAL DESTINATION HUB DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING CONTENT FOR, BY AND ABOUT … QUEER WOMEN Partnering with OML, Tello Films, OUTTAKE MEDIA™ & LesFlicks, among others… Building Community Through Unity #StrongerTogether

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics Book Review from @kleffnotes

Lovers of comics or even just casual comics readers have heard the name Jack Kirby. He is lauded with creating and co-creating some of the most well known characters and villains in the world of comics. These include a large number of Marvel characters including Black Panther, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, just to name a few. Tom Scioli takes the life of Kirby and presents his journey in comics through a fully illustrated biography in Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics. Continue reading “Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Chubbs Book Review from @kleffnotes

Dr. Clemmie Whatley is herself a descendant of the Chubbs family and began the research that resulted in this book when her cousin Henry asked that she work with ESPN on a planned project about his son, Nick. Her mother had been the person keeping the story of the free Black Chubb family alive and Whatley found herself taking over the role. In her search she found her grandparents’ trunk and a bill of sale for the exchange of a slave lady and her son between two men, which led her to try and determine if this was the daughter who had been kidnapped into slavery and the bought back by the family. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family’s Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s is an examination of the Chubb family that begins in the mid-1700s and ends in the mid-1900s. Continue reading “The Chubbs Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Chicken Bone Beach Book Review from @kleffnotes

Chicken Bone Beach is the culmination of author Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks thesis research that was completed during her time at Pennsylvania State University. This pictorial history showcases the history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach, Missouri Avenue Beach. From the 1920s and into the 1960s the beach was tremendously popular and through her research Woodruff-Brooks was able to bring together images and interviews to truly showcase the beauty of the beach. Continue reading “Chicken Bone Beach Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Golden Beauty Boss Book Review from @kleffnotes

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks began working on the research that would lead her to create Golden Beauty Boss while preparing her thesis, which would go on to become the book Chicken Bone Beach. A review is also planned for her first book, but I wanted to begin with the life of Madame Sara Spencer-Washington. Her story is one of tremendous triumph and impressive business acumen that I had never heard mentioned before in any history courses. Woodruff-Brooks shares the impressive story of Apex and the empire that it built not just in the United States, but in the world. Continue reading “Golden Beauty Boss Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Bi Line: Ending Pride with Some Recommendations from @kleffnotes

Pride is coming to an end technically, though really shouldn’t we just be celebrating our identities every month? As someone who has never lived near a place that does a Pride event, the closest was about an hour and a half away and I was only ever able to go one time since I don’t drive, strangely quarantine allowed me to actually participate in one for the first time in ages. Lez Hang Out, one of the podcasts I try to actively listen to every week, hosted the live stream with guests from across the country. While I was not tuned in for the entire stream, what I did see was a delight and I hope that even if we aren’t in quarantine next Pride month that they host this even again. Continue reading “The Bi Line: Ending Pride with Some Recommendations from @kleffnotes”

The Pretty One Book Review from @kleffnotes

I first heard of Keah Brown and her book The Pretty One while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Coming Out with Lauren and Nicole(also known as Coming Out Pod). Her chat with them was just so much fun and I knew I wanted to know about her and spend more time with her voice. Living in the middle of nowhere it takes a bit for some deliveries to make it to me, but when The Pretty One arrived at my door I wanted to start reading it immediately. I brought the book up to my current work from home desk and started reading any time there was even the slightest slow down in my day. Continue reading “The Pretty One Book Review from @kleffnotes”