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Pride and Prejudice gets colorized

I am a fan of  Jane Austen’s work. I have read most of her books at least twice and Pride and Prejudice more than dozen times. Despite my great love for Lizzie, Darcy and rest of the gang, I never could quite saw myself in the Regency world of Longbourn and Pemberley. This year, three writers of color are taking on the task of retelling Pride And Prejudice. I am so excited. Austen has gotten colorized!

First up on the list is

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Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on.  Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can’t get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind.

 

On Sale: 06/12/2018

Next on the list is

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Pride by Ibi Zebui

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

 

On Sale 09/18/2018

 

Last, but not least is

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UnMarriageable by Soniah Kamal

This was pitched as a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice set in modern Pakistan and reimagining Lizzie Bennett as a teacher who uses the literature of Jane Austen and others to show her students there is more to life than marriage. I am not quite sure when this book will come out. However, it’s being published by Random House so will keep an eye.

On Sale Fall 2018

So different three writers of color retelling a well-known classic. But their perspective might give us all chance to fall in love with Austen all over again. And that’s a joy I look forward to.

Happy Reading!

 

 

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This week in Reading…

This week, my TBR list grows courtesy of Granta’s BEST OF YOUNG AMERICAN NOVELISTS issue. Granta is quarterly literary magazine.

I am happy to say, there are 5 writers of color on the list. It breaks down like this:

Authors I have never hear of:

Author I have been meaning to get to:

And one author I would highly recommend:

Homegoing

Homegoing is inspirational debut novel about the troubled legacy of slavery in this country.  Each chapter follows the parallel paths of  two sisters and their descendants through eight generations:from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

Happy Reading!

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TBR Tuedays

Reads from around the world, now in bookstore shelves and my TBR list!

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Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan.

 

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“A tale of a rivalry between two well-to-do widows and next-door-neighbors in South Africa…On the surface, author Yewande Omotoso presents a war of wits, but the story also addresses the history of colonialism, slavery, class and race as tensions come to a head.”Time (25 Female-Driven Books, Movies, and Shows We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands on in 2017)

 

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“A classic tale of wealth and moral ruin.” —The New Yorker

Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings—and consequences—of financial gain in contemporary India.

 

 

Black Histoy Month, Book News

Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is going to be a Amazon show!!!

I have been a fan of Colson Whitehead‘s since I read The Intuitionist.  I really enjoyed his latest book immensely.  I am doubly excited about the Amazon announcement because the writer/director of  MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins has come on to help adapt it.  So much talent on this project gives me hope it will turn out well.

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Day 13 of Black History Month- Searching for next great read…

 5 links I checked out to expand my reading list of authors of color this week. These lists are incisive nonfiction to celebrated fiction.

  1. 22 Award-Winning Books by African American Authors

  2. How Black Books Lit My Way Along The Appalachian Trail

  3. 10 Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience

  4. 9 Books with Black Female Lead Characters

And one list for those of you who like to Netflix and Chill:

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Day 11 of Black History Month

During this month, I have challenged myself to read books by Black authors I have never read. Once such author is Jacqueline Woodson. I read the rave reviews about her work, but I never had a chance to pick up any of her books. Partly because they are considered YA novels. But two weeks ago,  I was at the public library and there it sat on the table outside the Adult Trade isle. I took it as a sign and I am so glad I did.

It’s elegantly written, yet sparse prose are heartbreaking. The amazing thing about this book is how Jacqueline Woodson packs so much in Another Brooklyn. She may be economical with her words, but she doesn’t shortchange you when it comes to delivering an emotional and thoughtful story of loss.

I plan to read more of her work. Check out her list of other award winning books here.

 

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Day 8 of Black History Month –

Yesterday was snow day for me,  so it was an excuse to read. (Ha! Like I need an excuse.)  I spent the afternoon with

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The book “is filled with illustrated histories behind some of life’s most common and underappreciated objects – from the paperclip and the toothbrush to the sports bra and roller skates.”

There were many stories about the things that we live with that surprised and delighted me. It’s also showed how people of color made contributions great and small. Some of the inventors, I already knew about, like Madame C.J. Walker .

Do you know who Jan Ernst Matzeliger is? Those of us who love shoe shopping ought be grateful to him.

In 1883, Jan Ernst Matzeliger came up with an original innovation that changed how shoes were made. He devised a machine that would sew the sole to the upper of a shoe in about a minute. His “shoe lasting” machine changed the process of how shoes were made by mechanizing a part of their manufacture that previously had to be done by hand and thereby cut the cost of making shoes by half. Amazing!

I recommend this book. it’s filled with great informative stories for all ages!

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Day 7 of Black History Month- Historical Romance Edition

In the publishing world, the romance novel reigns — at times an underappreciated, resented, and mocked monarch, but the sales numbers don’t lie. Historical romances are among the most popular books in the genre. However, they are also the most homogeneous and very focus on one view of history.

In recent years, new areas of the historical romance landscape have emerged. Historical romance that features people of color as the heroes and heroines. Since in February we celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, I thought post of list

7 books that mix Romance with Resistance

  1. Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

  2. The Preacher’s Promise (Home to Milford College Book 1) by Piper Huguley

  3. Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

  4. The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology

  5. Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

  6. For Love & Liberty: Untold love stories of the American Revolution

  7. Cali’s Hurricane by Afton Locke

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Days 5 & 6 of Black History Month

 

 

I saw I am Not Your Negro. It was engrossing, educational and astonishingly satisfying. I want to see it again and again and again. I want to see with all my friends so we talk about it for hours on end.

The reason is simple. The movie rang true. Baldwin’s unvarnished truth that is rarely spoken about in the larger society. It’s a truth that children of color notice by the time they are in 3rd grade. It’s something that itches in the back of your little kid’s brain but  you don’t have the language or the the ability to interpret  it until you are much older.

I had this same satisfying reaction when I read Between the World and Me last year, and again when I recently  read DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS. That bell ringing sound that pierces through the noise.

Reading these authors reminds me that I am wearing armor. The armor was built slowly out the necessity. The need to survive, for human connection and to see my way through. But it also numbs one to their own rage, sorrows and sense of possibility. It makes it difficult to see the magical being the universe created. It makes me weary that I have to carry it and still participate in the world.  As I grow older, I am starting to understand why the adults from my childhood chose smaller lives.

However, watching I Am Not Your Negro reminded me that the armor is not my skin and not of my own creation. Reading Between the World and Me reminded me that I am not crazy or misreading a situation. The things I see and feel were not just in my head or me being sensitive. Reading DEAR IJEAWELE reminds me that I still have the power to change my present and re-imagine the future. That I am made to create and reshape the future not simply endure someone’s else version of reality. I reality that I must reject or I will slow disappear.