Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hmong Christian Worship

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Kiss Me Twice

Kiss Me Twice
by Geri. Guillaume

Kimani Romance, c2009.
217 p

  • ISBN-10: 0373861427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373861422

Here's the blurb:
When Bastian Thibeadaux inherits control of his family's company, he's determined to prove himself. Especially when Phaedra Burke-Carter enters the picture. The sexy consultant is supposed to help Bastian improve workplace safety, but desire leads to a dalliance, and that's anything but safe. Original.

Long For this World by Sonya Chung

Long For this World
by Sonya Chung
Simon and Schuster

  • Hardcover: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Scribner (March 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1416599622

  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599623

  • Sonya Chung’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, BOMB Magazine, Cream City Review, and Sonora Review, among others. She is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship & Residency. Long For This World is her first novel.

    Here's the blurb:

    Sonya Chung's astonishing first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.
    In 1953, on a remote island in South Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and sister-in-law to the mainland. Fifty-two years later, Han Hyun-kyu is on a plane back to Korea, leaving behind his wife and grown children in America. It is his daughter, Jane — a war photographer recently injured in a bombing in Baghdad and forced to return to New York — who journeys to find him in the South Korean town where his brothers have settled. Here, father and daughter take refuge from their demons, unearth passions, and, in the wake of tragedy, each discover something deeper and more enduring than they'd imagined possible.
    Long for This World is a pointillist triumph — depicting whole worlds through the details of a carefully prepared meal or a dark childhood memory. But Chung is also working on a massive scale, effortlessly moving between domestic intimacies and the global stage — Iraq, Paris, Darfur, Syria — to illuminate the relationship between troubled world affairs and personal devastation. The result is a profound portrayal of the human experience — both large and small. Long for This Worldestablishes Sonya Chung as a thrilling new voice in fiction.

    Here's an excerpt

    Here are her author appearances

    LONG FOR THIS WORLD will be available in bookstores and online on March 2, just five days from now! You can still pre-order from Barnes & Noble or Amazon — in hardcover, audio, and digital formats:



    *(If you’ve read the book, don’t forget to write your review at one of these sites!)*

    This is what’s happening throughout March & April:

    March 4 — reading & book signing at The Corner Bookstore, Madison Ave at 93rd St, 6:30pm **(RSVP to
    March 10 – reading & book signing at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, 7pm
    March 17 — reading at MIXER (Cakeshop), 152 Ludlow, 7:30pm (w/ Melissa Febos and Shelly Oria)
    March 25 – reading at Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 16 W 32nd Street, 10th Fl, 7pm (w/ Nami Mun)

    March 24 — brown bag lunch at Grub Street, 12:30 pm
    March 24 — reading & book signing at Brookline Booksmith, 7pm

    April 2 — reading at Street Bean Espresso, 7pm
    April 6 —reading at Hugo House, 8 pm
    April 7 — reading at Elliot Bay Book Co., 7pm

    April 5 — reading at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30pm

    April 24 — reading at the Asian American Literature Symposium, Tawes Hall, Univ of MD College Park, 2:30 pm
    April 25 – panel at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Montgomery College, 10 am
    April 26 – reading & book signing at Border’s Bailey’s Crossroads, 7:30 pm

    Syossett and Port Washington events, dates TBD

    Ps — if you’re a Facebooker, you can become a fan of Sonya Chung at:

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Joe Castillo sand art -- Taj Mahal



    Walter Dean Myers
    New York : Amistad, c2010.
    247 p. ; 19 cm.

    • ISBN-10: 0061214809
    • ISBN-13: 978-0061214806

    Here's the blurb:

    When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.
    It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for the work program at a senior citizens' home. He doesn't mean to keep messing up, but it's not so easy, at Progress or in life. One of the residents, Mr. Hooft, gives him a particularly hard time. If he can convince Mr. Hooft that he's a decent person, not a criminal, maybe he'll be able to convince himself.
    Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers offers an honest story about finding a way to make it without getting lost in the shuffle.

    About the Author

    Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

    Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    In My Hood 2

    In My Hood 2

    by Endy
    Bellport, N.Y. : Melodrama Pub., c2010.

    • ISBN-10: 1934157066
    • ISBN-13: 978-1934157060

    Here's the blurb:

    You thought there would be no one left in the hood after the horrible chain of murders that occurred in In My Hood. But the 'hood don't stop living; the saga only continues with a new breed of street dwellers to take their place. Nettie's back to wreak havoc on the city of Newark by targeting the HNIC, Leory "Big Roy" Jenkins. But she is not alone. She recruits Ishmael's old squad, along with a few people of her own and takes getting money by any means necessary to a new llevel. But there's a new cat on the block and his name is Wild. The name is self-explanatory and he has the same vision in sight: to conquer and destroy Leroy. Nettie and Wild join forces sto create the illest crew Essex County has seen in decades. Greed and jealousy rear their ungly heads amoung the crew, causing a turmoil of destruction that reveals Nettie's ultimate secret. Will Nellie trade in the blade she sucked on for years for a gun? Or will the 'hood take her first? 

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010


    Adrienne Maria Vrettos

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Paperback: 272 pages

  • Publisher: McElderry (October 23, 2007)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1416906568

  • ISBN-13: 978-1416906568

  • Here's the blurb:

  • You don't have to be thin to feel small.
    Donnie's life is unraveling. His parents' marriage is falling apart, and his sister is slowly slipping away in the grip of her illness. To top it all off, he accidentally starts a rumor at school that hurts someone he cares about and leaves him an outcast.
    So Donnie does the only thing he knows how to do: He tries to fix things, to make everything the way it was before. Before his parents stopped loving each other, before his sister disappeared, before he was alone. But some things are beyond repair, and it will take all Donnie's strength to stop looking back and start moving forward again.

  • Monday, February 22, 2010

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Here's the blurb:

  • Hardcover: 384 pages

  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1400052173

  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052172

  • Here's the blurb:
    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

    Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

    Mare's War

    Mare's War
    by Tanitha S Davis

  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Hardcover: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2009)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0375857141

  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857140
  • Sunday, February 21, 2010

    Chouwa Oto by Kokia

    (After the numbers part read the lyrics backwards because she says the words backwards in Japanese..)

    In the midst of the silence, a single drop
    Causes a ripple that spreads through the water at the bottom of the well

    The winter wind shakes the forest in my noisy heart
    The things that can live with it stay as they are

    Everyone who has heard the quiet voice in this forest has shed tears at noise

    3 25 15 21 23 1

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore

    Born is born is born is sound a
    Sounds of sea the into sinks sinks sinks and
    Born is born is born is sound a
    Sounds of sea the with in blends blends blends and

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore

    Ceaselessly and quietly forest this in sounds of cacophony the
    Heart noisy my in peace restore
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    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    Michelle Alexander

  • Hardcover: 352 pages

  • Publisher: New Press, The (January 5, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1595581030

  • ISBN-13: 978-1595581037

  • Here's the blurb:

    Jarvious Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.
    As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status—much like their grandparents before them.
    In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crowchallenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

    A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander was a 2005 Soros Justice Fellow. She holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives. The New Jim Crow is her first book.

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Safe from the neighbors

    Safe from the neighbors

    Steve Yarbrough
    New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
    259 p. ; 25 cm.

    • ISBN-10: 0307271706
    • ISBN-13: 978-0307271709

    Here's the blurb:
    Luke May teaches local history—his lifelong obsession—at his old high school in Loring, Mississippi. Having been mentored by his hometown newspaper’s publisher, a survivor of the civil rights turmoil, he now passes these stories along to students far too young to have experienced or, in some cases, even heard about them.

    But when a long-lost friend suddenly returns to Loring, where years ago her family had been shattered by an act of spectacular violence, Luke begins to realize that his connection with her runs deeper, both personally and politically, than he ever imagined. Just children in 1962, they had no sense of what was happening when James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss provoked a bloody new battle in the old Civil War, much less its impact on their fathers’ ambiguous friendship.

    Once his daughters leave for Ole Miss, and with his marriage at an impasse, Luke’s investigation of this decades-old trauma soon spills over into his own life. With his parents unwilling, or unable, to help him unlock secrets whose existence he’d never suspected, this amateur historian is soon entirely consumed by an obscure past he can neither explain nor control—a gripping reminder that the past isn’t dead, or even past.

    Once again Steve Yarbrough powerfully evokes—as David Guterson put it—“not only historical grief but the grief of our own time.”

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    We Brunch Hard

    Trauma, Depression, and the Black Woman

    Out of Our Right Minds - Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman from Stacey Muhammad on Vimeo.

    Out of Our Right Minds - Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman is the next short docu film from Award Winning Independent Filmmaker, Stacey Muhammad of Wildseed Films / Intelligent Media.

    This film explores Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and and the experience of trauma, and how the lives of Black women have been affected by these experiences.

    Black women and men from all walks of life, speak openly and candidly about depression, mental illness, anxiety, stress...why these discussions are considered taboo in the African American community..and ways in which we begin to ... and continue to ... heal the wounds.

    Dir. by Stacey Muhammad

    Asst. Dir. RH Bless

    Edited by: Stacey Muhammad

    Music by: T. Taylor, Mr. Famous & Masada

    Marketing and Promotions: C. Wharton

    For more information about booking Wildseed Films for screenings / lectures / panels, etc. please contact Intelligent Media @ 484-472-3745.



    Kia DuPree

    New York : Grand Central Pub., 2010.
    viii, 290 p. ; 21 cm.

    • ISBN-10: 0446547751
    • ISBN-13: 978-0446547758

    "A story about a young woman living on the streets of Washington D.C."--Provided by publisher.
    "Reading group guide"--Spine.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    A Worthy Love

    A Worthy Love

    Rená A.Finney
    New York : Urban Soul, c2009.
    292 p. ; 18 cm.
    When a brokenhearted woman is reunited with her former lover, they both must learn to see beyond the visible, trust their feelings, and reach for a love that just might be worth it all, in this emotionally compelling tale. Original.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Inuit Throat Singing

    Sistahfaith: True Stories of Hope and Healing.

    Sistahfaith: True Stories of Hope and Healing.


    Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (Jeremiah 8:22, NIV)
    Twenty-five women, including Bunny Debarge, Sharon Ewell Foster, Stanice Anderson, Claudia Mair Burney and Marilynn Griffith, tell their stories of coming full circle from tragedy to triumph. Each contributor keeps it holy, keeping it real in these raw, relevant tales of redemption and restoration. Think of it as Prozac for the Christian Woman’s Soul!
    A twelve week study is included for churches and book clubs. Instructions provided on gathering your own SistahFaith circle.


     SistahFaith™ is a revolution of restoration, bringing hope and healing to the brokenhearted and those who love them. Our goal is to communicate Christ personally, practically and powerfully, bringing women full circle in faith, arts and life. Each of our books, conferences, events and multimedia projects address the problems facing today’s women in a raw and relevant way. Join the network of sistahs at

    Dongria Kondh, the real life Na'vi, appeal to James 'Avatar' Cameron Read more: Dongria Kondh, the real life Na'vi, appeal to James 'Avatar' Cameron

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    Big Girls Do Cry

    Big Girls Do Cry
    by Carl Weber

    • Hardcover: 352 pages
    • Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0758231814
    • ISBN-13: 978-0758231819

    Here's the blurb:

    New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber cranks up the heat in this explosive follow-up to Something on the Side--a novel of friendship, family ties, and the bonds--and betrayals--of love. . .
    Isis and her sister, Egypt--two of the original curvaceous members of the Big Girls Book Club--have hightailed it out of New York and settled in Richmond, Virginia, where they've started a new chapter of the BGBC. The same rules apply here: You must be at least a bodacious size 14 to join.
    Living in the plush suburbs, Isis has it all--almost. The thirty-seven-year-old plus-size beauty is happily married to Rashid, and they're living in the lap of luxury. There's just one thing missing. They want to start a family.

    Enter Egypt, who's moved into her sister's McMansion with dreams of starting over. There's just one hitch: before her sister married Rashid, he was Egypt's man for ten years. Egypt thought she was over him, but the close quarters are giving both her and her sister doubts. She's ready to pack her bags until Isis and Rashid ask her for a serious favor. Egypt knows she shouldn't get involved, but she can't say no to her sister--even if the price might be way too high for them all.
    Egypt isn't the only one with drama. Rumor has it that Loraine--Isis's brilliant boss and one of BGBC's newest members--is in the running to be her sorority's next national president. But Loraine has more than one secret that will ruin her if they ever see the light of day. Thank goodness only one other person knows them--BGBC's first male member, Jerome--and what he knows just might destroy him.

    As friendships and family and past and present collide, these book lovers are about to learn that drama can follow you wherever you go--and that big girls do cry...

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Mi Amigo Jesus

    When I was Puerto Rican

    When I was Puerto Rican
    by Esmeralda Santiago

  • Paperback: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (February 27, 2006)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0306814528

  • ISBN-13: 978-0306814525
  • Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Child of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8

  • Hardcover: 48 pages

  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0375843140

  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843143

  • Here's the blurb:

    Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child's unique perspective to an important chapter in America's history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family--and thousands of others--in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Also available as a hardcover library binding.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel,

    Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel
    Lurline Wailana McGregor's
    published by Kamehameha Publishing, 2008.

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    Dreams That Won’t Let Go 
    Stacy Hawkins Adams
    Dreams That Won’t Let Go is the third book in the Jubilant Soul Series.

    • Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0800732685
    • ISBN-13: 978-0800732684

    Dreams That Won't Let Go

    Indigo Burns is excited. Her wedding preparations to the man of her dreams are underway, her photography career is a success, and her family seems to be doing better than ever—all except her brother Reuben, who nobody has seen in years. But that’s about to change.
    When Reuben decides to move back home to Jubilant, Texas, he hopes to find healing with his sisters. But Indigo isn’t so sure their relationship can be mended. And when younger sister Yasmin makes a life-altering choice, it seems like only a miracle can put the Burns family back together.
    Will these siblings – and the rest of their family -  ever be able to love unconditionally and release each other to live their dreams?

    About the Author

    Stacy Hawkins Adams is a nationally-published, award-winning author and speaker. Her contemporary women’s fiction novels are filled with social themes and spiritual quests that take readers on journeys into their own souls.
    She holds a degree in journalism and served as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade before turning her full attention to penning books, speaking professionally and writing freelance articles.
    Stacy lives in a suburb of Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young children. Visit Stacy online at

    Saturday, February 6, 2010

    Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs

    LIFELINES: The Black Book of Proverbs
    By Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers
    Published by Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a
    division of Random House, Inc.
    Hardcover; On-Sale: November 10, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0-7679-3120-5; 256 pages; $19.99

    **Foreword by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu**

    "This little book contains the wisdom of the ages and is guaranteed to produce a smile of appreciation at the sheer good sense of the proverbs you will find inside. From advice you wish your mother had given you to things you probably suspected but had never put into words, Lifelines is a book to be read, to be absorbed, and to be treasured."
    -Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

    "Lifelines cleverly and uniquely helps to motivate and inspire individuals from all walks of life to move beyond challenges and roadblocks to enjoy a wonderful and awesome life! The authors are truly ingenious, very witty, and most insightful."
    -Michele Wright, Ph.D., author of Dear Success Seeker

    Inspired by the biblical Book of Proverbs, LIFELINES: The Black Book of  Proverbs (Broadway Books; Hardcover; On Sale: November 10, 2009; Price: $19.99) by Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers, is a wondrously  illustrated collection of aphorisms, witticisms, and sayings from Africa and
    the African Diaspora that will entrance, entertain, and enlighten readers of  all ages.

    Authors Askhari and Yvonne share a passion for proverbs. Short, snappy sayings surround their lives. During their upbringings, they both learned, "proverbs are the daughters of experience" (Sierra Leone). Thus, LIFELINES draws inspiration from the authors' experience and proverb gathering during their wide travels and particularly in their home communities on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Readers experiencing new births, weddings, career changes, death, and other rites of passage will find truth in the saying, "When the occasion arises, there is a proverb to suit it" (Rwanda). Indeed, LIFELINES offers wisdom for every stage of our lives. For example:

    - Birth and Parenting: "When a yam does not grow well, do not blame the yam; it is because of the soil." (Ghana)
    - Marriage: "Getting married is nothing: it is assuming the responsibility of marriage that counts."(Haiti)
    - Money Problems: "The poor person does not experience poverty all the time." (Ghana)
    - Peace and War: "To engage in conflict, one does not bring a knife that cuts but a needle that sews. (Kiswahili)

    Unlike other proverb collections, LIFELINES is uniquely arranged by life cycle themes from birth to death and speaks to the tragedy and triumph in between. Intuitive illustrations introduce each section along with
    unforgettable vignettes showing how African proverbs comfort, inspire, and instruct during different phases of life.

    LIFELINES is a gift for the young and the old, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. Its wide reach-from Nairobi to New Orleans and from birth to death-coupled with its small trim size make it the perfect companion for a christening or a baptism; a wedding or an anniversary party; the joyous celebration of birthdays or the quiet sadness of funerals.

    LIFELINES sharpens understanding of how traditions, civilization, and spirit survive and thrive, despite centuries of loss of freedom, family, identity, language, land, and wealth.

    # # #
    About the Authors & Illustrator:
    Askhari Johnson Hodari, Ph.D., an Africana Studies scholar and activist, earned degrees from Spelman College and Howard University. A former professor of African American Studies, she is the author of The African Book of Names. Originally from South Carolina, she was raised in Maryland and she now lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Yvonne McCalla Sobers, a former educator who studied at the University of the West Indies, is currently a human and community development consultant, and also a human rights activist and researcher. She is the author of Delicious Jamaica!: Vegetarian Cuisine. Apart from a decade spent in Ghana, and then England, Yvonne has lived all her life in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Katie Yamasaki earned her MFA from New York City's School of Visual Arts.
    She works primarily as a public artist and illustrator and has developed murals and other community art projects throughout the United States, Cuba, Namibia and Japan. Katie illustrated HONDA: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars, and is a teaching artist at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women

    Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women 

    Hertha D. Sweet Wong (Editor), Lauren Stuart Muller (Editor), Jana Sequoya Magdaleno (Editor) 

  • Paperback: 344 pages

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (March 11, 2008)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0195109252

  • ISBN-13: 978-0195109252

  • Here's the blurb:

    The fifteen Native women writers in Reckonings document transgenerational trauma, yet they also celebrate survival. Their stories are vital testaments of our times. Unlike most anthologies that present a single story from many writers, this volume offers a sampling of two to three stories by a select number of both famous and lesser known Native women writers in what is now the United States. Here you will find much-loved stories, many made easily accessible for the first time, and vibrant new stories by well-known contemporary Native American writers as well as fresh emergent voices. These stories share an understanding of Native women's lives in their various modes of loss and struggle, resistance and acceptance, and rage and compassion, ultimately highlighting the individual and collective will to endure against all odds.

    Reckonings features short stories by: Paula Gunn Allen, Kimberly M. Blaeser, Beth E. Brant, Anita Endrezze, Louise Erdrich, Diane Glancy, Reid Gómez, Janet Campbell Hale, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Misha Nogha, Beth H. Piatote, Patricia Riley, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Anna Lee Walters.

    About the Authors

    Hertha D. Sweet Wong is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography; editor of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: A Casebook; and co-editor with John Elder of Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from Around the World.
    Jana Sequoya Magdaleno lives in Northern California where her focus is on Native community health and healing practices.
    Lauren Stuart Muller teaches at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. She is the editor of June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    Powwow & Drumbeat…Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow

    Ancona, George. 
    Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. (Photo essay/NF – All ages)

    • Reading level: Ages 9-12
    • Paperback: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks; 1st THUS edition (April 30, 1993)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0152632697
    • ISBN-13: 978-0152632694

    by  Ben Marra

    • Paperback: 112 pages
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 1996)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0810926806
    • ISBN-13: 978-0810926806

    Here's the blurb:

    Photographer Ben Marra has captured the romance of American Indian life in a series of striking portraits of the men, women, and children who embody the proud spirit and intensity of the multi-tribal celebrations of native song and dance. Spoken or written from the heart, the subjects' sincere words add another dimension to the stunning portraits. 105 full-color photos.

    Braine, Susan. (1995). Drumbeat…Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow. Lerner Pub. (Photo essay/NF – All ages)

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith

    The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith  Mark A. Noll (InterVarsity academic)
  • Hardcover: 212 pages

  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (June 1, 2009)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0830828478

  • ISBN-13: 978-0830828470

  • Monday, February 1, 2010

    The Face that Launched a Thousand Bullets

    The face that launched a thousand bullets 

    by   Toy Styles
    Publisher:Cartel Publications,
    Pub date:c2009.
    Pages:283 p. ;

    Here's the blurb:

    Two men.
    Two feuding cities.
    One woman.

    One was born in our nations capital, Washington DC. The other is a native of Murder City, Baltimore. Despising the other s city made them rivalries before even meeting. It didn t matter that they both grew up on violent streets surrounded by drugs and poverty. Soon, need arises and they re forced to cross each other s paths. But when they do, hate from generations before them rises and their meeting becomes intense.

    Many years opportunity presents itself for them to put their dislikes aside to make millions. They agree, and quickly become the richest men on the east coast. One has a quick temper...the other has quick wit and this combination makes them unstoppable. There alliance unites soldiers from both DC and Baltimore as they solidify their empire.

    Defying all enemies, their bond tightens and they become the best of friends. But what happens when a woman becomes involved whose beauty is so intoxicating, that to get another woman like her would be impossible? War.

    The Face That Launched A Thousand Bullets is a classic love story. The love of money. The love of power. The love of a woman. 

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