Meltingpot Book Review: Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein

Meltingpot Book Review: Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein

Hi Meltingpot Readers, A couple of weeks ago, I received a copy of Prison Baby (Beacon Press) in the mail from an editor who thought I’d like it. She was absolutely right, although “like it” wouldn’t exactly be the way I’d describe my reaction to the book. Prison Baby is a memoir by Deborah Jiang Stein. Adopted as a toddler by White parents, Stein has an ambiguous, multiracial background, was born in a prison to a drug-addicted mother, and suffers from a number of emotional and behavioral problems, all related…

My Cup Runneth Over …with Books!

My Cup Runneth Over …with Books!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so lucky to be on the mailing list of some great publishers. Look what books showed up on my doorstep last week. Thank you Beacon Press and Algonquin! That’s Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein and My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer. Prison Baby I know is going to make me cry and cheer as Stein recounts her coming-of-age tale as a multiracial adoptee who discovered she was born in a prison to a drug-addicted mother. And My Accidental Jihad tickles all of my multicultural…

Flashback Friday: The One About Black People Adopting White Children

Flashback Friday: The One About Black People Adopting White Children

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been blogging for over five years now and it occurs to me that I’ve written a few good posts during that time. So good, I think they deserve another look. I’ll be reposting from time to time, selecting the posts that drew the most comments or sometimes just because they make me smile. Occasionally I’ll update the post if new information has been found. As always, thanks for stopping by and joining in the conversation. ************************ WHEN WHITE PEOPLE ADOPT BLACK CHILDREN (Originally posted on May…

RIP Conrad Bain: The Meltingpot Mourns Mr. Drummond

RIP Conrad Bain: The Meltingpot Mourns Mr. Drummond

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I just found out that actor Conrad Bain, aka Mr. Drummond from Diff’rent Strokes died on Monday. He was 89. I can’t say I was a big fan of Bain’s, but I was a loyal viewer of Diff’rent Strokes. That show, along with the Facts of Life, is intrinsically linked to my youth. Those were two of the only sitcoms at the time where the Black characters’ lives slightly resembled my own. No, I wasn’t an orphaned kid from Harlem living with my mother’s former employer, but…

“Kimchi & Calamari:” A YA Novel with a Meltingpot Twist

“Kimchi & Calamari:” A YA Novel with a Meltingpot Twist

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, all of my loyal readers know that I practically live at the library. In the summer it’s no different, except I usually haul my kids with me on my visits. They love the library too. When we go, they immediately run off to read graphic novels and other things I usually won’t buy for them. And they’re perfectly cool with me picking out their books for the week. I don’t know how long this is going to last but for now it works for me. So,…