Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night around midnight I finished Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. As an indication to show just how much I was drawn into this amazing story, I will admit that I almost missed my stop on the train yesterday because I was reading. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this book. This morning I found myself replaying the characters’ final dialogue in my mind, as if I’d been there watching it actually unfold. Later today, I have plans to investigate a few things the book exposed…

Weekend Reads: “Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan

Weekend Reads: “Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, one of my 2015 resolutions is to read more for pleasure. That sounds crazy coming from someone who loves books like a fat boy loves cake, but as I reviewed 2014, I realized that the majority of what I read was for work. And I do have to read a lot for “work” – books, articles, magazines, student work – to stay on top of things. So, yes, most nights I fall into bed and am asleep in two minutes and I barely have enough time…

At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color

At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Last week Wednesday I skipped out of work as early as possible so I could get a front row seat at the University of Pennsylvania’s Speaker’s Series on Color featuring one of my all-time favorite authors, Zadie Smith. I’ve read (and own) almost all of Smith’s fiction, but I am also a big fan of her critical essays, especially those dealing with race and culture. I like her writing and I love her mind. So, my biggest takeaway from the almost sold-out event, is that not only…

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think all of you know that I’m a huge Chimamanda Adichie fan, especially after having the chance to meet her in person last year while she was in Philly for a reading from her latest novel, Americanah. And truth be told, I love her as much as I love her books. So, of course I was only too thrilled to see that I don’t have to wait for her next book to be released to satisfy my craving for new content from her. She’s started a…

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you heard the buzz about The Wedding Gift? It’s seriously one of those great stories of an author self-publishing her work, thousands of people reading it and then a major New York City publisher swoops it up and makes the author a star. That’s kind of what happened to Marlen Suyapa Boden and The Wedding Gift. Bodden is a lawyer in New York City and as the story goes, came across an intriguing historical legal case in Alabama and it got her thinking. What resulted is…

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon my absence last week. I was in Washington, DC at a conference for work. Ms. Meltingpot wears many hats, and journalism professor is one of them and must be attended to in addition to my author, mommy, lover of the multi-culti universe roles. Anywho, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to tell you all about this gorgeous and powerful new book by a fellow Philadelphian, called (1)ne Drop. The book is really about Black identity, but rather than me trying to summarize its greatness,…

May Was Mixed Experience History Month: Catch Up!

May Was Mixed Experience History Month: Catch Up!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I can’t think of a better antidote to the racist nonsense brought forth by the Cheerios commercial, than a look back at 2013’s Mixed Experience History Month, which just ended. Since 2007, author, Afro-Viking and all around awesome person, Heidi Durrow has dedicated the month of May to celebrate the rich and varied Mixed experience throughout American history. In other words, Durrow is trying to educate folks and make them realize that Americans with a mixed heritage did not begin with Tiger Woods. Writes Durrow on her blog,…

Chimamanda Adichie: My New Author Crush

Chimamanda Adichie: My New Author Crush

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you follow me on twitter, then you know I’ve been gushing about my new author crush, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I even love the lyrical sound of her name. I just finished reading her brand spanking new novel, Americanah and then had the pleasure of introducing her when she came to speak to a packed house at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The book is so good. I mean, it’s really good. But it’s not just any old good book. It’s meltingpot made in…