The Wisdom of Hair - Kim  Boykin
The protagonist of this charming debut novel, Zora, goes to beauty school in 1983. As it happens, I also went to beauty school in 1983, so how could I not read this book!

Ms. Boykin created some fairly compelling characters, and I could totally see myself making the same choices Zora made, particularly those concerning Winston, with the exception of the ill-fated Thanksgiving dinner. I know I would not have handled that situation with as much grace as Zora did (I was a fairly stupid and spineless 18 year old).

At any rate, it was a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours. I look forward to seeing what becomes of Ms. Boykin's writing career.