Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Crayons: What's New On Our Shelves

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 think crayons is a pretty cool metaphor for multicultural lit. Every week we receive a book is a good week.

Sad news, Lerner Publications sent us something, but because we have a PO box, UPS wouldn't deliver it and since my work days are long, I didn't get to the post office until Saturday to find a note saying I needed to pick up the package in person by Saturday. If anyone from Lerner's or the author knows about the package, please contact me so I can provide my personal address.

Despite the missed package, I do have items to share. This week's goodies:

The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady. The author sent two copies and you know how we do here. We share. Leave a comment here if you'd like to win a copy. Extra 2+ entries if you indicate you're willing to review the title. I'll post a giveaway post later but for your convenience, you may enter here. The other copy will be shelved at our library. a woefully delicious tale of the worst and best, but mostly worst kind of men any single woman could come across. And darn it if the author doesn’t try her utmost to warn the female population – her intended audience – against these deviants, highlighting ways to recognize these charlattans. Once we do recognize them, run straight for them hills. Read full review at Long Live Chick-Lit.

Miracle Boys by Jacqueline Woodson. Got this gem on trade at Paperback Swap. You all know by now that I'm Woodson's number #1 fan. Looking forward to reading this. When I'm done, it'll go on our shelf at the library. Any active member here may borrow the book. See our book loan program for details. Check out Ana's review at things mean a lot.
What I liked the most about Miracle’s Boys was the depth of the characterization. The characters are all so human – they're not perfect, but they're never vilified either, despite the mistakes they make.

The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston. Got this on trade as well. This is our second copy so I'm going to add it to our Prize Bucket. It is gently used so if you don't mind that you might want to select this goodie when you win a prize. You can read my reaction at Black-Eyed Susan's and Doret's review at HappyNappy Bookseller and Ari's review at Reading In Color.

What did you get in the mailbox, at the bookstore or the library?


pussreboots said...

I'm reading and enjoying Kayla right now. I borrowed a copy from my local library.

tanita davis said...

We LOVED Kayla. Check out our interview with the author!

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susan said...

Confession, I'd liked the book but I was disappointed particularly with the quotes (I collect quotes specifically quotes by women of color and have for years) and the absence of black feminist perspective including womanism. There was a real rift between black and white feminists especially among Kayla's grandmother peers so for her grandmother not to have shared quotes by black feminists, which I assumed since Kayla did not quote any, was odd to me. Why didn't Kayla quote any prominent black women journalists for example when that was the career she aspired to pursue? Where were the quotes by women of color Kayla's grandmother would have read and possibly met? That is a real sticking point for me. Overall though, I am glad Ms. Winton penned the book.

If anyone can point of significant women of color Kayla or her girlfriend quoted, I'd love to hear about my oversight.

I will check out the interview.

Doret said...

Man I hate UPS, I am never home when a package comes. If I know its coming from UPS I have it sent to the bookstore. There was a note on my door Friday that I missed a package.

Susan, a Woodson novel you haven't read yet. What! You Slippin

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Jodie said...

Hi Susan just want to check some wishlist stuff I had Powells send has arrived - should include a copy of Red Glass?