Happy New Year. Here's to our first Color Me Brown post of 2010. I'm so excited. Several months ago we began a challenge here to champion reading and blogging brown and now in 2010 I am happy to report I'm involved in reading challenges that promote diversity and increase a collective opportunity to celebrate all writers and people. This year, I'm participating in Women Unbound, South Asian Authors, GLBT: The Challenge that Dare Not Speak It's Name, Social Justice and Young Adult Challenge. I'm reading brown. Join me, people.
Okay, so on to this week's featured reviews:
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan reviewed by Su at su[shu]. Joining challenges has advantages. Joining Women Unbound led to discovering Michelle's blog. I have enjoyed her reviews and our interactions.
It’s a book that is set both in the present and the past; in America and in China. It’s a story that has both hope and despair, dreams and nightmares.
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar reviewed by Shellie at Layers of Thought. Shellie is a regular reader here. I enjoy reading her blog as well. Let's hope she pipes up here in 2010. I've enjoyed our exchanges at her place.
In this wonderful, humorous, and powerful story - Nidali is a strong teen caught between self discovery, and the constraints of war within a culture where women are subjected to very confining roles. The story opens with her “Baba" hoping for a the birth of a boy, due to his awareness of the difficulties facing women in Kuwait. In doing so he accidently names her Nidal. When realizing she is a girl, he adds an i creating Nidali, the narrator’s name.
Out by Natuso Kirino reviewed by Mel Lu at The Reading Life Mel Lu has been quite prolific with her reviews for Women Unbound. Let's hope she'll join us for a little dialogue here.
In Out the problems center on rent, abusive husbands and dysfunctional children. If there are servants in their families they are it! They may not dress their boyfriends in expensive English Tweeds like Fusako in The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea or be worshiped for their beauty like Mitsuko in Quicksand. They are kind of throw away women in Japanese society. They have issues that block them from the world of corporate Japan. Maybe they are half way acceptable looking to the men in their world (factory workers, security guards, loan sharks, lay- abouts of various sorts) but they are not in any way valued by the men in their lives. They are interchangeable. If one quits her job at the box lunch factory where they all work, nobody really cares. No one is going to go through any elaborate courtship procedure with them for any objective at all.
What have you read lately?