"On The Reel"

"Where is my bookmark? Which audiobook are my headphones plugged into?"

My bookmark is in the short story collection “How to Love a Jamaican” by Alexia Arthurs. The first story hooked me in. I have turned the pages ever since, which is my favorite part of reading. Arthurs is from Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn as a pre-teen. Both locales are rooted in her writing, which makes for an authentic and beautiful reading experience that lifts from the page.

For two hours last night, I began listening to “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. Much of the story is written in letters between Roy and Celestial, a married couple in Georgia who are grappling with Roy’s unjust prison sentence. Admittedly, I thought that I needed to read the physical book. Yet the narration by Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis, for Roy and Celestial, respectively, with the Southern breath, love and tense drama gives an enjoyable perspective to the story. The book cover is simple yet stunning. I would put it on my coffee table.