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”

Do You, Without Them Book Review from @kleffnotes

Calvin Richardson is a multi-Grammy nominated R&B singer and songwriter who rose from a modest southern life to fame and living his dream. When the iconic Charlie Wilson called him “one of the most talented artists in the business” he knew that he was truly special. With the nickname, “The Soul Prince” Richardson has been sharing his completely open and beautifully created southern soul for almost two decades. With so many people asking how he managed to gain his success Richardson decided to write Do You, Without Them to remind people that they should follow their dreams. Continue reading “Do You, Without Them Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Merriest Magnolia Book Review from @kleffnotes

Admittedly I normally like to have the cover of the book on the top of my reviews, but The Merriest Magnolia does not yet have an official cover. The only image so far is really not an image, but as someone who needs to have a cover image or at least some sort of picture for formatting this is what I have for the time being. Just imagine that this cover is full of holiday cheer, imagine trees with sparkling lights and mugs of warm and delicious cocoa as you take in this review. Continue reading “The Merriest Magnolia Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Kimber Book Review from @kleffnotes

Set in the year 2209, Kimber is the story of a world that has had to completely change after the Earth’s ozone layer has been ravaged by a solar storm. The entire population was reduced to just 200 people who were able to hide from the radiation that brought a global extinction. Those who have survived will have to find a way to change in order to continue to live in a completely changed world. Continue reading “Kimber Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns Book Review from @kleffnotes

If you loved The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers you will not be disappointed by this new addition to the series edited by Mitzi Szereto. This new book, The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns, examines the evils lurking in the shadows of small towns that often think that there is nothing to fear. These non-fiction accounts by international writers and experts present the monsters that are right inside the comfort of small towns. Continue reading “The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Gaijin Book Review from @kleffnotes

When budding journalist Lucy becomes obsessed with a new student at Northwestern University she is shocked when things change. After Owen Ota became her lover and sensei, in her terms, his sudden disappearance pushes her to find out what exactly happened to him. This will lead to a trip to Japan to try and learn what happened to the man she fell for. Continue reading “Gaijin Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Savior of 6th Street Book Review from @kleffnotes

Orlando Ortega-Medina’s newest book will be releasing on October 22nd and I had a chance to review it in advance. His works often blend the real and the mystical in a way that lends to very original stories. In this latest book he takes us to Los Angeles and drops us into a neighborhood with someone who wants to save it. Continue reading “The Savior of 6th Street Book Review from @kleffnotes”