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Book Reviews from the K Word Staff. Reviewing prominent and classic LGBT lit.

KREAD: Pat Greene: Her Story by ANONDRA “KAT” WILLIAMS

41locwguhBL Well well well, here’s another one and another one. Yes I am pretending I am a rapper instead of a blogger… and what?

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Like most series on this blog, I haven’t written a KRead review in a while. But seeing that today is National Book Day, I decided to get back on the proverbial horse.

This is actually the second book I will be reviewing by Anondra “Kat” Williams. Way back when I read her first offering black girl love. For those who haven’t read it, it is an extremely sensual experience… hmm… that I might have to relive.

Fast forward five years to her newest work, Pat Greene: Her Story. I must admit, this book has been languishing in my Amazon Kindle queue for a while, but I am very happy I finally read it.

Plot Snapshot: The coming of age story of Pat Greene, a black lesbian everywoman, filled with love, loss and a little lust.

Continue reading KREAD: Pat Greene: Her Story by ANONDRA “KAT” WILLIAMS

#SupportBlackLezBiz – RedBone Press

Happy Monday my lovely lezzies. After an irie trip to Montego Bay (blog post in the works) last week, I am pretty exhausted but I didn’t want to skip out on #SupportBlackLezBiz.

If you are looking for a wonderful read whether you are curling up in front of the fire, or laying out in the sun check out RedBone Press.

Founded and edited by Lisa C. Moore1 (photographed below), RedBone Press prides itself on publishing work “celebrating the culture of black lesbians and gay men and promoting understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.” Continue reading #SupportBlackLezBiz – RedBone Press

KRead: Black Woman, White Combat-from the Streets to the Sand

Black Woman, White Combat-from the Streets to the Sand
Plot Snapshot:  A memoir of Eboni N. Lacy, an army reservist, who shares her experience during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I am conflicted about this book. I could tell within the first few pages that completing it would be a labor of love. The writing is not as polished as most of the books I am drawn to and some of the experiences she shares appear to be disjointed. Continue reading KRead: Black Woman, White Combat-from the Streets to the Sand

KRead: Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma by Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde

blackbull2I have always had a love for the study of people and culture. For those who don’t know, back a decade ago, I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology. I wanted to study deviant subcultures, and had all intentions of being a leading expert on the world’s oldest profession.

How that led me into a career in fashion photography is a whole other post…

The latest KRead book, Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma has awaken every sociological and anthropological bone in my body.

Plot Snapshot: A memoir of Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde, a lesbian sangoma (traditional healer), shares with us her personal journey of enlightenment through a traditional South African landscape.

Continue reading KRead: Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma by Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde

Something Like A Super Lesbian: Nikky Finney

 Sign language

For the man who jumped out in front of the woman with his
arm raised like a machete screaming Abomination! as she
walked the streets of San Francisco holding her lover’s hand
for the first time in public.

There is a woman who goes to sleep
every night wishing she had broken
your sternum reached up inside your
chest momentarily borrowing your
heart to hold before your screaming
face and with her other hand still
clutching her lover’s broke next into
her own sternum plucking next her
own heart dangling them both there
sterling silver sign language for you
tell me what is the difference.

Continue reading Something Like A Super Lesbian: Nikky Finney

KRead: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Not so #LGBT read)

orangeisthenewblackWait what?

If you (like myself) were gearing up for season two of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black by reading Piper Kerman’s memoir, “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”…. eh…. don’t.

The memoir is NOT like the book in some very key ways, the biggest being, it’s not nearly as gay.

Plot Summary: 10 years after a whirlwind relationship with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Piper finds herself in federal prison, leaving life as she knew it and her fiancee at home.

Continue reading KRead: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Not so #LGBT read)

KRead: Black Girl Love by Anondra “Kat” Williams

blackgirlloveHappy Sunday love bugs! I am prepping for my Haiti trip details on that later so I have been keeping myself and my wallet home all weekend.

Besides having my own mini Godfather marathon thanks to HBO, I got my read on.  I stumbled upon a book which won me on the title alone, black girl love by Anondra “Kat” Williams”.

Plot Snapshot: A collection of 25 short stories and poems about black women loving, lusting and living for other black women.

Continue reading KRead: Black Girl Love by Anondra “Kat” Williams