Five Great Books about Frederick Douglass in Honor of his 200th Birthday

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Yes, I know today is Valentine’s Day, but did you know today is also the day Frederick Douglass would be celebrating his 200th birthday? Considering this man is one of my personal heroes, I figured I’d dedicate today’s post to him, instead of waxing on about love and flowers and chocolate and such. But just as a historical aside, nobody knows exactly what date in February Douglass was born. He claimed Valentine’s Day for himself, which I think might have been one of his most radical acts…

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…