Non-Fiction Books


A Small Place (1988)

“Jamaica Kincaid’s Antigua” (The New York Times)

Lifestyle writer Monica Drake recently wrote about “A Small Place” on July 13, 2016, seemingly during her trip to Antigua. She talks about Kincaid’s discussion of colonialism and how Antigua became flooded with outsiders from “the Arawaks to the Caribs to the English who brought kidnapped Africans to work the sugar cane fields”

“Creighton Nicholas Brown — My Favorite Essay to Teach: Jamaica Kincaid’s “A Small Place”” (Assay Journal Blog)

On April 11, 2016, professor Creighton Nicholas explains why “A Small Place” is his essay to teach. Donning it a “travelogue”, Nicholas uses “A Small Place” to explore “post-colonialism, social and environmental justice, and issues of gender in the global South”.

“A Small Place” (Brown Girl Reading Blog)

The Brown Girl Blogger continued on her “discovery of Kincaid” by reading “A Small Place”, and she finds that Kincaid exposes the reader to the negatives in Antigua, specifically “ugliness of tourism” and “lack of decent education”.

“Beauty, pain, and A Small Place” (John E. Drabinski Blog)

On July 21, 2014, blogger John Drabinski covers the “beauty and pain” in “A Small Place”. He calls it “brilliant, polemical, and searching”. When discussing the “beauty and pain” he explains that Kincaid’s work shows the “simultaneity of beauty and pain in Caribbean history, memory, and landscape”.

My Brother (1997)

“The Past Is Another Country” (The New York Times)

On October 19, 1997, Anna Quindlen focuses on Kincaid’s use of “memory” in “My Brother”, as Kincaid reflects on her brother’s life and death from AIDS. Quindlen also believes that this story is a “lesson in constructing a memoir that resembles not a neat narrative but a meandering river of human memory, which ebbs and flows runs white with the rapids of rage and loss and then sages and stalls”.

“My Brother: A Memoir” (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Published in the San Francisco Chronicle in October 1997, Meredith Maran reviews Kincaid’s struggle between “her desire to forgive the suffering caused by her mother’s narcissism and her brother’s self-destructiveness” as well as “her need to distance herself from her pain and its perpetrators”. She talks about how Kincaid naturally filled the story with flashbacks and even scenes from her current life as a mother.

“The Dying of the Light” (Slate)

On October 22, 1997, book reviewer, Sarah Kerr, describes how Kincaid exposes her reader to something other than rage in this story. She calls rage “Kincaid’s strength”, and says that this story is different because it’s “sadly simple”.

Talk Stories (2001)

Kincaid’s ‘Talk Stories’: an early edge” (Baltimore Sun)

On February 18, 2001, Dan Rodicks and the “Sun Staff” review “Talk Stories”. They started by giving the backstory about how Kincaid, who was a writer for The New Yorker, work on a column called “The Talk of the Town”. Then they explained how her time as a “Talk” writer, morphed into “Talk Stories”.

Talk Jamaica” (January Magazine)

Sienna Powers details how Kincaid found a way to reveal her voice to her The New Yorker readers, despite the fact that the “Talk of the Town” had to have a “we” tone, which is something that all journalists are familiar with.

My Garden Book (2001)

Garden path leads to surprising places” (The Denver Post)

On February 7, 2008, Colleen Smith explores the meaning behind gardening, according to Kincaid. She starts with the roots, which cover Kincaid’s childhood and her early career with The New Yorker. Then she expands on Kincaid’s newfound love of gardening, in her life and what she displays in the story.

“My Garden (Book):” by Jamaica Kincaid” (

On December 20, 1999, the team reviewed “My Garden Book”, claiming that Kincaid is paying “her most heartfelt homage” to Antigua, by gathering different pieces on gardening and gardens that she had published to meditate on the “joys and frustrations of gardening”.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (2005)

In search of Eden” (The Guardian)

On April 15, 2005, Jill Sinclair tried to figure out the botanical connection between Kincaid and the garden. She refers to the constant reference point as Eden, which represents Kincaid’s own garden in Vermont. Sinclair finds that between Eden and the place where she takes a vacation, Kathmandu, Kincaid finds herself learning more about herself and ultimately her plants.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid” (ricklibrarian review)

On July 27, 2015 blogger, Rick Librarian reviewed “Among Flowers”, claiming that it’s a great book for “seasoned armchair travelers. He briefly covered how this story was an account of her trip to Nepal with other gardeners to get seeds for her own garden in Vermont.

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