Saturday, November 7, 2009

Color Me Brown Links

Every week you will find Color Me Brown Links. This feature grew out of our Color Me Brown Challenge.

This week's links come from a challenge at Live Journal focused on people of color writers, the 50 books Challenge. There is a huge number of participants and the diversity of the books and authors covered is amazing. Two of this week's selections are found there. The other is taken from a newer source to me, Galleycat. Liz at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy turned me on to a regular feature there, The Book of Color for the day.

M+O4EVR by by Tonya Cherie Hegamin reviewed by Zahra at 50books_POC
shares a number of similarities with The House You Pass on the Way. Both novels are concerned with rural African-Americans—another under-represented group—and family legacies... Its heroine and narrator, Opal or O, has been in love with her best friend, Marianne or M, all her life. The daughter of loving but absent parents, O has been raised by her grandmother, Gran, who has also embraced Marianne, a biracial girl living with her troubled white relatives.

Kiss The Sky by Farai Chideya reviewed by Jeff Rivera at GalleyCat
She's a beautiful, smart black girl from blue-collar Baltimore who worked hard to get into Harvard. There, she finds fleeting fame in an indie rock band. Fast forward to ten years later, Sophie is restless and in need of a change from her career as an on-air music vee-jay for The Video channel.

Cresent by Diana Abu-Jaber reviewed by wordsofastory for the 50books_POC Challenge on LiveJournal
Sirine is a mixed-race woman, her father Iraqi and her mother European-American, who was born and has never left Los Angeles. She works as the chef at a Lebanese restaurant in the Iranian section of LA, and lives with her uncle, who is a professor at a nearby college. When she meets Han, a writer in exile from Iraq, they start a relationship and she has to deal with questions of exile, home, secrets.

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