Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Crayons

Hosted by Susan At Color Online.

"Remember when you were a kid and getting new crayons was a big deal? Getting new books holds the same kind of magic for some of us big kids. Every week on Sunday, I post what's new in our box. I hope you'll share what you picked up from the library, store, or in the mail too."


The Stillborn by Zaynab Alkali (Nigeria 1984)

A Longman African Classic publication, this first novel which centers around young Li, "as she struggles for independence against the traditional values of the family, home, marriage and the lure of the city and all it can offer."

Acquired from the UK through a Bookmooch swap, thank you Graham. At just over 100 pages and set in Northern Nigeria it will make a perfect afternoon's read for the Summer Vacation Travel Challenge.

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Dandicat (US 1994)

A first novel by a young Haitian American woman who has gone on to write several other books. I won this at Color Line and look forward to reading it. Thank you L.


Carpentaria by Alexis Wright (Australia 2006)

An award-winning novel by Aboriginal Australian writer. This won the Miles Franklin Award for literature among others. Walter Mosley says "Carpentaria celebrates the mythic and the pedestrian of Aboriginal life in Australia's heart. Inventive and epic, the novel reveals the complex connections between land and human, public and private life, class and destiny, faith and modernism."

I convinced my public library to purchase this book and I am enjoying it very much. These will fit nicely into the Diversity Rocks Challenge, or the 21 Cultures Challenge.

Which books that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism came your way this week?


  1. These sound like really interesting reads, all new names to me. Enjoy the diversity.

  2. I love all the books about different cultures! I hope you enjoy them.

  3. Is The Stillborn YA? I'm wondering if my 14-year-old sister might like it.

  4. Good stuff! I hope you enjoy Danticat and if Mosley recommends a book, how can you go wrong. Would love to read Stillborn?

  5. Haha! Yes, that's exactly how I felt about crayons when I was a kid, and exactly how I feel about getting new books now :)

    This June, I had these books added to my collection:
    The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House



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