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…

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…

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…

‘Beyond the Possible’ Book Review: Let the Church Say Amen!

‘Beyond the Possible’ Book Review: Let the Church Say Amen!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, How many of you have ever heard of the Glide Memorial Methodist Church ? Apparently it’s an incredibly famous progressive Methodist church in the ‘crime ridden’ Tenderloin district of San Francisco and on any given Sunday their sanctuary is filled with the neighborhood’s most down-trodden alongside social activist celebrities like Bono and Danny Glover. Perhaps it is because I’m from the midwest and have lived on the East Coast for the last twenty years that I’ve never heard of Glide Church and the amazing work they’ve done over…

“The Taste of Salt:” A Meltingpot Book Review

“The Taste of Salt:” A Meltingpot Book Review

Hi Meltingpot Readers, You know there are some books you read that have very simple plots to explain. Like, Cinderella is a story about a girl whose mom dies and she has to live with her evil stepmother who treats her like a slave until her fairy godmother shows up and turns her life around. Well, Martha Southgate‘s haunting new novel, The Taste of Salt isn’t like that. There’s no clear beginning and happily ever afters are nowhere to be found and yet it is a story about a troubled family, about love and in some…

“Wench:” A Heartbreaking Work of Historical Genius

“Wench:” A Heartbreaking Work of Historical Genius

I picked up the novel Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez at my neighborhood Borders’ going-out-of-business sale. In honor of the discounted prices, I was actually allowing myself to peruse the new hardcovers, and Wench caught my eye because of its alluring cover. As you faithful Meltingpot readers know, I’m always on the lookout for books with people of color on the cover. Well, with Wench, you can barely tell that the woman in the fancy lace dress and hat is actually Black, but somehow I knew. As soon as I picked up the book, I realized…