Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Crayons

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."


Becoming Abigail***** by Chris Abani (Nigeria/US)

2006 Novella, 121 pages; about a young Nigerian girl sent to London and forced into prostitution by relatives. I've heard good things about this writer so I decided to start with this book. Completed. My review will be posted on Tuesday.

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga (India)

2009 Fiction, 336 pages. I really enjoyed The White Tiger, which won the 2008 Booker Prize, so I wanted to read more of his fiction. Adiga lives in Mumbai, his novels are set in India.

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan/UK)

Fiction, 370 pages; follows the life of a Japanese women from Nagasaki 1945 to India and Pakistan, America, and Afghanistan post 2001.

Complimentary copy:

Belong to Me**** by Marisa de los Santos (US)

Fiction, from Book Club Girl. Completed in time to participate in a live author interview on Blog Talk Radio, which you can listen to here. An engaging story of friendship and the wish to fit in. I look forward to reading Loved Walked In by this author. Recommended.


20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo (China)

Fiction, 204 pages; translated from the Chinese.

Village of Stone (2004) by the same author is one of my favourite novels. I can't recommend it enough. I wanted to read this and her first
novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English dictionary for Lovers (2007). 20 Fragments arrived this week all the way from Australia. Thank you Pam.

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


  1. I love the concept: New Crayons. :-)

    The Abani book sounds really interesting. I look forward to reading your review on that one. Burnt Shadows is among my TBR books. I hope to get to it one of these days.

    I have White Tiger by Adiga to try. His new book looks good as well.

  2. New Crayons :) I like that!!
    You some interesting books there too :)

  3. I read Love Walked In and really enjoyed it. I'll be reading Burnt Shadows soon for my book club so I look forward to your review.

  4. I have Burnt Shadows and Belong to Me to read too.

  5. Ah, I thought I commented. Very interested in the Abani book. You did have a good week. :-)

  6. I've heard good things about White Tiger. Would like to read this author, too.

    To friends of Sandra, join us for New Crayons.

  7. What a great concept - and now I'm vividly remembering the way a new box of crayons would smell and how fun it was to have a whole box with no broken crayons.

    I just went to the library yesterday and I checked out:
    Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture by Sharon Zukin
    The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz
    Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose
    The Worst TV Shows Ever by Bart Andrews & Brad Dunning
    Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture by Kathy Peiss
    Wifework: What Marriage Really Means for Women by Susan Maushart



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