Sunday, May 16, 2010

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 at Color Online is a good week.

This week we received:

Thanks to Debbie Rigaud for Perfect Shot. Adding this copy to our Prize Bucket. Check out Doret's review and interview.

Thanks to Jill for Forest Gate by Peter Akinti. The author is compared to Richard Wright. How do you not check this out? I'm happy to say I have been doing better checking out male leads.
This is a story about two teenage boys who try to kill themselves and what happens afterwards. Just as important, though, is what happened before they try to kill themselves. They go to the top of two adjoining tower blocks and tie nooses around their necks. Then they jump off the sides of the buildings. It's midnight. We are in outer east London. One of the boys dies instantly. His neck breaks. The other survives. He swings for a while, terrified. Then he gets his hand between the rope and his neck and he screams and someone hears him.Full review at the Guardian

Author and friend, L.M. Preston sent us her latest, The Pack. My neighbor loved her first book. This time though I get the first read.

What did you get in the mail, at the library or the store? Post a link to your new crayon post here.


Uma Krishnaswami said...

Thanks for the New Crayons topic. It was the perfect way to list books I picked up at a conference.

LM Preston said...

I just got finished reading the Bum Magnent for the 2nd time. Definately funny and fresh. Now I'm reading a mystery, The Troubleshooter by Austin Camacho.