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Two books from powerful writers are siting on my nightstand: The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. These are books I have read before (Ms. Hurston’s a half dozen times), but I will write my review after I experience them with fresh eyes. This morning I awoke utterly confused, surprised to see I was not after all in Florida, sitting on the porch with Janie Crawford.

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This year S. Krishna’s Books again is hosting the South Asian Challenge 2011, inviting readers to discover books by South Asian authors. I will be signing up to read, hoping to post more of my reviews than I did last year. For details or to sign up, visit S. Krishna’s blog. There is an extensive list of reading suggestions as well as links to past reviews. Here’s to a new year of excellent reads!

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A new year means another opportunity to challenge myself to read amazing literature. I am thankful for the encouragement and ideas presented by blog writers, and I will sign on for the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge hosted by BrownGirl BookSpeak. As she writes, “This challenge is more than about finishing a certain number of books, but about challenging the overly subscribed to depictions of the so-called ‘Black experience’. I hope participants also discover some of our lesser known contributions to American literature.”

She offers many author suggestions, and there will be links to reviews by readers to give you additional ideas. I encourage you to sign up, and make 2011 a year to discover unfamiliar writers.

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At Belletrista, an excellent online literary magazine focused on women writers, there is an interesting discussion of Touch, written by Palestinian author Adania Shibli (translated from the Arabic by Paula Haydar).

I encourage you to take a look at this author. My review of Touch is posted at Elevate Difference, and you are welcome to post comments there.

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Knots by Nuruddin Farah


today a lovely package was waiting in the mailbox: a copy of Knots by Nuruddin Farah. i was the lucky winner of a copy from the blogoversary giveaway at BrownGirl Speaks. i’m looking forward to reading and then posting a review. In the story, a Somali-American woman returns home after 20 years in exile. i have avoided reading reviews, but i do know that the role of women and the challenges of peacemaking will play a large part in the novel.

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I figure if I keep reading Jacqueline Woodson’s books, I am bound to have an excellent summer. So far this month I have read After Tupac & D Foster and Feathers (both Newbery Honor books), and Miracle’s Boys is on the nightstand. My goal is to read all of her middle grade and young adult titles by the end of August—without being too greedy and monopolizing my public library’s collection.

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