Hue’s Classics: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

An unflinching account of Harriet Jacobs’ life as woman “living” as a slave. I place living in quotations to demonstrate the difference between living a life, which connotes freedom, and surviving a life, which illustrates a resemblance of a life within another’s desire to wrap cruel albatrosses around your neck, proverbial and literal. Ms. Jacobs’…

It’s a Wrap! August

With Labor Day rearing its head, I bid an adieu to the summer and hello to lesson plans, thermos of tea, and waving to my kids as they leave for school. While it’s still warm here in Southern California, I’m eager to see chilly weather again. I seek coziness, hot tea, and pumpkin – lots…

Hue’s Reviews: Virgin

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it. Yet. This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right? It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I…

Hue’s Reviews: New People

How do you identify? Has your identity opened an inescapable void? How far will you go to authenticate your identity? In Danzy Senna’s “New People”, she satirizes what life means as the desired mulatto – new person – and what one’s life means existing in an accepted schizophrenic reality. Meet Maria. Seductive and mysterious. She’s…

Hue’s Reviews: Simon and the Homo-Sapien Agenda

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become…

Hue’s Reviews: The Assistants

Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money. Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss–but…