Monday, July 6, 2009

New Crayons July 5

Hosted by Susan At Color Line.

"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."


Little Bee****+ by Chris Cleave (UK) Set alternately in Nigeria and a refugee center in England, this is not an easy story but it is one that needed to be written. I devoured the book in one day. I recommend it highly. From Doubleday through LibraryThings's Early Reviewer Program. A beautiful hardcover copy with an attractive cover.


The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland by Saira Shah

"This is the story of a woman returned to her family's homeland cloaked in a burqua to witness the pungent and shocking realities of Afghan life...". Saira Shah is well known for her film documentary Beneath The Veil which depicted the humiliations forced upon women under Taliban rule.


Graceland by Chris Abani By the author of Becoming Abigail which I reviewed earlier this week. This young Nigerian man is quite the writer. I gave Abigail five stars. I have high hopes for Graceland.

Which books by authors of colour or that celebrate racial diversity came your way this week?


  1. They sound great! I'm quite intrigued with Little Bee!

  2. The Storyteller's Daughter looks great.

  3. I've been wanting to read Abani. I like his subject matter.

  4. I have seen that documentary and it was so heartbreaking. I kept thinking about it for days. I didn't know there was a book. This is going on my wishlist. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Was it Behind the veil or Beneath the veil? I don't seem to remember.

  5. You got some good ones. I bought Little Bee a while ago and haven't had a chance to get to it yet.

  6. I have read most of Chris Abani'a novels and amazed by the beautiful language used to describe horrors that can happen to people. Difficult subjects for some but most will admit that his writing style keeps you reading and thinking.

    Two books that fit this category that I just finished last week and higly recommend:
    "An Elegy for Easterly" by Petina Gappah - very elegant short stories which shows the resilience and inventiveness of the people of Zimbabwe under Mugabe. The author is an international trade author who lives in Europe her intellect and concern for poeple are illustrated in this book.
    "I Am Not Sidney Poiter" by Percival Everett - a hilarious novel which makes fun of our culture and how we see each as a grup instead of an individual.

  7. I saw Little Bee at B&N and put it on my TBR list. I am happy to knew that it was a good read.

  8. I recently got Little Bee on audio. I have on more to listen to before I get to it, but am glad to hear you liked it!

  9. All of them look great! I've had my eye on Little Bee for a while now!! Enjoy!

  10. Looks like you got some great loot there. =)

  11. I loved Little Bee and have recommended it to a number of friends. I am taking note of your other titles too.

  12. These books sound great. Little Bees is one that caught my eye- can't wait for your review!

  13. I love Little Bee's book cover :)
    it also sounds intriguing.
    i have heard good things about becoming Abigail - I am waiting on your review!



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