Each week, Story Siren asks us to share what we got in our mailbox for the week. I got a good mix of titles. The jackpot though was mulitple titles by Zetta Elliott. I am pushing these high on my list so I can review and interview this talented young author:
From Zetta Elliott- Strangers in the Family (memoir) Three Plays and A Wish After Midnight (YA novel)
Salaam, Paris by Kavita Dawani- This will be shelved at our library.
A new novel takes a look at young women trying to navigate the world of modeling and balance hot careers with the other priorities in their lives. Beautiful Tanaya Shah leaves her home outside of Mumbai, India, to meet Tariq, the man her grandfather wants her to marry, in Paris. Although Tanaya has always longed to visit Paris, she is reluctant to marry and the engagement is broken off...
Raising Raul by Maria Hinojosa- Adding this to our Prize Bucket.
...A former staff reporter for National Public Radio and currently the urban affairs correspondent for CNN, Hinojosa, a Mexican-American... describes both the highs and lows of reconciling American motherhood with her traditional Mexican upbringing....
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange- Will be offered in our Prize Bucket.
....extraordinary "choreopoem"...is a dramatic elegy for black women with an undercurrent message for everyone. Its theme is not sorrow...but courage. Its strength is its passion and its reality....An unforgettable collage of one woman's view of the women of her race, facing everything from rape to unrequited love....Wisdom and naivete go hand in hand. Wounds and dream intermingle; strong passions melt into simple courage.
Celia: My Life by Celia Cruz- Adding it to our library.
Cruz's success derived from her inimitable vocal style, passion for Cuba and its music, and her desire to keep expanding her oeuvre by recording with new artists and embracing all types of Cuban music (rumba, cha-cha, mambo, etc.)—...reason for her eventual status as "a cross-cultural, cross-generational phenomenon,... "
Loose Ends by Electa Rome Parks- Will be shelved at our library.
Cross by James Patterson- for our library. Saw it on another site.
The Moons of Mirrodin by Will McDermott. This will be added to our library. The reviews aren't good but I was seduced by the cover and a desire to build our fantasy section.