Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Crayons

Color Online has a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction new crayons this week. Let's check them out...


Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.
Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Free-spirited, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick hadn't been together long, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.
Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Are you dying to know if your crush is into you? If you need a little help to make-up, break-up or meet someone new, look no further than Love, Inc


Voice of America by E.C. Osondu

E. C. Osondu is a fearless and passionate new writer, whose stories echo the joys and struggles of a cruel, beautiful world. His characters burst from the page—they fight, beg, love, grieve, but ultimately they are dreamers. Set in Nigeria and the United States, Voice of America moves from the fears and dreams of boys and girls in villages and refugee camps to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America, and then back to bustling Lagos.
In "Waiting," two young refugees make their way through another day, fighting for meals and hoping for a miracle that will carry them out of the camp; in "A Simple Case," the boyfriend of a prostitute is rounded up by the local police and must charm his fellow prisoners for protection and survival; and in "Miracle Baby," the trials of pregnancy and mothers-in-law are laid bare in a woman’s return to her homeland. Each of the eighteen stories here possesses a voice at once striking and elegant, capturing the dramatic lives of an unforgettable cast of characters.
Written with exhilarating energy and warmth, the stories of Voice of America are full of humor, pathos, and wisdom, marking the debut of an extraordinary new talent.

Wading home by Rosalyn Story

When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, chef and widower Simon Fortier knows how he plans to face the storm--riding it out inside his long-time home in the city's Treme district, just as he had through so many storms before. But when Katrina's waters rise and the city is torn apart by the storm's fury, Simon disappears.

His son, Julian, learns of the storm's impact while attempting an aborted comeback in Tokyo to his career as a jazz trumpet star, which had been interrupted by a serious facial injury. He rushes home to a New Orleans he left years before, to search for a father with whom he'd been on difficult terms since the death of his mother.

As Julian criss-crosses the city, searching for some word of his father and hoping that Simon had been able to escape his flooded home before the water overcame him, he reconnects with Matthew Parmenter, his father's erstwhile business partner and one of the most successful restauranteurs in New Orleans, and with Velmyra Hartley, the woman he left behind when he moved to New York to pursue his music career. Parmenter tells Julian it's urgent that Simon contact him, once he's found, so that he can settle old business with him--a claim Julian mistrusts. Velmyra and Julian grow close again while he continues his search for Simon back to Silver Creek, Louisiana, the small rural town where Simon grew up, and where a story of family entanglement and betrayal had played out over generations.

As his search for Simon continues, Julian is drawn deeper into the troubles of Silver Creek, and closer once again to Velmyra. As he tries to come to grips with his father's likely fate and struggles to regain his trumpet chops, Julian slowly gains a deeper, richer understanding of the father with whom he'd been at odds. In this follow up to her critically acclaimed More Than You Know, Rosalyn Story has written a vivid and compelling story of how the complex culture of New Orleans and Louisiana has been marked forever by Katrina, even as it persists.

Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn J. Atwood

Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work—sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.
            Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.
An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.


Vasilly said...

Love, Inc. and Voice of America look great! Happy reading!

Mel u said...

I am really glad to see you post on E.C. Osondu's story collection-I posted about a year ago on his Caine Prize Winning Short story, "Stick Fighting Days" which I am sure is included in his book-it was truly a great short story-I hope his book is a success.