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 I’m back. 

April 24, 2019

Sorry to have been silent for several months dealing with health problems.  I have been reading, however.  I will review some of the books I read while I was offline, but not all of them.  Here are a few I’d like to just mention briefly.

The Narrow Waist of the World

1. At the Narrow Waist of the World: A Memoir, by Marlena Maduro Baraf. She Writes Press, August 6, 2019.

4 stars

A memoir of an aristocratic Jewish girl growing up in Panama and trying to cope with a distant and troubled mother.


Nannie Helen Burroughs
2. Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900–1959, edited by Kelisha B. Graves. University of Notre Dame Press, May 31, 2019

 3 stars — Poor quality digital printing made this book hard to read.

A collection of articles and speeches by one of the early twentieth-century African American women who established schools and better lives for girls of their race.

New Daughters of Africa3. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, edited by Margaret Busby. HarperCollins, May 7, 2019.

4 stars

An important, massive anthology of global women of color.


Black Indian

4. Black Indian, by Shonda Buchanan. Wayne State University Press, August 26, 2019.  Made in Michigan Writers Series.

3 stars

A narrative of an angry, disruptive Black Indian family interwoven with careful research into the historical development of racial definitions in North America.

Women on the Ground

5.Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, edited by Zahra Hankir. Forward by Christiane Amanpour. Penguin, August 6, 2019.

4 stars

Moving accounts of women journalists from the Arabic world who reported on U.S. military actions in their countries; their personal losses and their shifting sense of identity.


Ayesha At Last

6. Ayesha At Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin. Penguin, June 4, 2019.

3 stars

An amusing narrative about a large and diverse Indian-American family and their internal squabbles.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2019 9:01 pm

    Some interesting titles. Welcome back, I hope your health issues have resolved themselves.

  2. April 25, 2019 3:17 am

    Welcome back, we missed you! 🙂

  3. April 27, 2019 2:06 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better. Lovely to see you back

  4. June 12, 2019 4:32 am

    I hope you are now properly recovered Marilyn.

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