A black family living in the Civil Rights era who are all endowed with their own special superpower - great right? Nope!
Our October box features The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard which follows the life of Johnny Ribkins and his family who are each endowed with a precarious superpower. The family forms "The Justice Committee" during the Civil Rights era but when their superpowers prove insufficient, the committee falls apart. Out of frustration, Johnny and his brother use their talents to stage a series of burglaries. Now, more than a couple of decades later Johnny finds himself on a race against the clock to dig up money he stole from a mob boss and stashed all over the state of Florida. Whaaaa? His brother is gone, but his brother's daughter Eloise becomes an unexpected sidekick with a superpower of her own. Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois's famous essay "The Talented Tenth", Ladee Hubbard's highly imaginative debut novel about race, class, politics is sure to inspire you.
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Jesmyn Ward fans have come to expect nothing less than sound perfection from her novels and Sing, Unburied, Sing exceeds all my expectations. This novel centers on 13-year-old Jojo and his toddler sister Kyla who live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop because their mother Leonie is addicted to drugs and their white father Michael is in prison. When Michael calls to say his prison sentence is ending Leonie, her friend and the two kids embark on a ghostly, otherworldly journey to collect him.
This box was a fan favorite! It includes the novel, Numi teas, thank you cards, Made Good granola bar and Zone Perfect protein bar.
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Zinzi Clemmons' beautifully written novel, WHAT WE LOSE explores the life of Thandi, the daughter of a South African mother and American father who feels like an outsider wherever she goes. Her identity tangled up in race and nationality gives way as her mother succumbs to a fatal disease. Clemmons explores life after loss and what it means to live in the wake of it.
The August box includes What We lose, one spiral journal and inspirational stickers. Snacks include one berry cliff bar, one mojo cliff bar and welch's fruit snack.
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HOW DARE THE SUN RISE is our book choice for our July box!! This is the incredibly moving memoir of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who details her remarkable true story of how she survived a massacre and immigrated to America. This book reminds me of the resilience of the human spirit!
The July box includes How dare the Sun Rise hardback, a decorative notebook, a notepad, two Kashi bars, one Larabar mini. Subscribe today to get the August box!
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Curating the June box was such a JOY because I absolutely loved reading this book! What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky is a wonderful collection of short stories that explore the relationships between family, spouses and lovers. Aminah is a remarkable writer whose debut collection will surely make you a fan.
The June box includes 'What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky' by Lesley Nneka Arimah, canvas graphic pencil holder containing an assortment of pencils and eraser, one set of designed blank cards, Annie's fruit snacks, Cliff White-Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crunch Bar and one Fig Bar. Subscribe now to get our July box!
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Our May box featuring Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman takes us on a peculiar yet intriguing muti-generational journey through the lives of The Freeman family who have been invited to the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment. Isolated in their new, nearly all-white community not just by their race but by their strange living situation, the Freemans come undone.
This box included We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Annie’s chewy granola bar, Ivy’s handcrafted organic teas and a stainless steel ‘Love’ pendant and necklace. Subscribe today to get our next box!
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For our April box we chose Brit Bennett's beautifully crafted novel, The Mothers. Brit's writing style will captivate you as you journey with her west, to Oceanside California where we find beautiful Nadia, a seventeen year old whose mother has just recently committed suicide under the most mysterious of circumstances, and a host of other characters that will stay with you long after you've completed this book!
This box included The Mothers by Britt Bennett, 3 piece Stationery Set, Kind Blueberry Crunch Bar, Simply Balanced Strawberry Bar, Market Pantry California Raisins, Flower/Plant Grow Kit and Mystery Envelope.
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What I love about meditation is that now I’m not only more centered, but self-aware in a way I have never been before. As a result, I find that I’m better able to show up in life as my full self, intentional and aware of the energy I bring into the lives of others. Distinguishing the difference between prayer/communing with God and meditation/communing with my higher Self has helped me tremendously. As a Black girl raised in the Pentecostal church, I had to learn that God is not worried about nary a meditation practice and more importantly, spiritual development and self development are two different disciplines.
As we develop ourselves spiritually, we get closer to God, become keen to His voice and enjoy an ever increasing sensitivity to His Spirit. To me, spiritual development is the development of my relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Likewise, self-development is the development of the Self. The Self that was me before I was born into this world, and who I will yet be when I leave it. Whether through journaling, affirmations or meditating, all queries and observations are made by me, to me, of me. Through meditation I have discovered the power of my own divinity and am learning to harness that power to work in tandem with the universe to create the life that I desire.
BONUS: A great book to read on the study of self-care and freedom is The Little Book of Big Lies by Tina Lifford.
Grace, the featured novel in our March box, tells the riveting tale of a mother’s love and watchful eye from beyond the grave, this book will entrance you. Natashia’s descriptive writing style will illuminate vibrant pictures in your mind’s eye and leave you spellbound.Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press), which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus (BCALA), was named Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall and other places.A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Prague’s Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside–Palm Desert.
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Even before we launched in January, we knew that Grace by Natashia Deón had to be the very first novel featured in a Blitberry box. Grace is just one of those books that sinks it’s semicolons into you and won’t let go. Not only does this magnificently crafted novel represents the very reason we started this Blitberry, but the author herself embodies the talent, grit and and that you look for in a debut novelist. The New York Times boasts, “Ms. Deón is a graphic and unsparing storyteller. (She founded Dirty Laundry Lit, a reading series in Los Angeles that’s hardly cowed by taboos.) When Naomi’s sister, Hazel, is told by her master that she’s assuming her mother’s place, “her breathing is fast like a mouse caught in a jar.” When we first meet Annie’s brother, George, we know instantly he’s bad news — he’s got mud on his shoes and cordial on his breath, and he hugs his sister just a bit too hard. “She stiffens in his skinny arms.”Grace is a riveting tale of a mother’s love and watchful eye from beyond the grave will entrance you. Natashia’s descriptive writing style will illuminate vibrant pictures in your mind’s eye and leave you spellbound.So, Make some tea, stir in your honey spoon, set your journal close by and curl up with Grace. Let it take you back flash by flash into the lives (and after-life) of these amazing characters.
What’s Inside the March Blitberry Box? GRACE by Natashia DeonOne ‘Take Note’ Inscribed JournalThree Assorted Teas by Numi Organic TeasOne Clover Honey Spoon by Melville Candy Co.One Vegan Chocolate Chip Brownie by Larabar.