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Teatime for the Firefly
The publisher is Harlequin MIRA, but it didn't occur to me when I originally read a review of this book that it was a romance. I'm still not sure if that was the intent, because, finding the protagonist and her love interest annoying, I put the book down 200 or so pages in. The MIRA imprint is meant to encompass literary and genres aside from romance, for women.
Golden Age, a
No one’s conscience escapes unscathed from war, not even a loving mother and shelterer of freedom fighters. I found Rehana’s story hard to get into at first, and I recommend other readers brief themselves on Bangladesh’s fight for liberation before digging in. With a little patience I did grow to care about Rehana, her son and daughter, and her various friends and neighbors.
If you're paying much closer attention to my reviews than I think you are, you will recall that I gave a thumbs up to Anchee Min's coming of age in China during the Cultural Revolution story, Wild Ginger, back in July ought eight. Red Azalea covers similar territory, but this time it's openly autobiographical.
Revelations: a Blue Bloods novel
In answer to a question I raised in my review of the previous book in the Blue Bloods series, the vamps do seem to get some in this volume, though the nookying does go undescribed. As one interpretation of the title implies, Revelations reveals stuff. Some secrets get told and you get a better idea of who the big bad is, but really, there's not much going on. Oh, except a lot of people die. Still and all, the series seems to be getting to that place where each book is a lead in to the next, not as solid a standalone story as it could be.
The second book in the Blue Bloods series begins where the last one leaves off. Our heroine is trying to solve the mystery of who is preying on her and her fellow teenage vampires, but the all powerful Committee denies that there is any danger.
As I've been saying, I've been having a hard time getting into serious literature lately, and so, being on vacation and all, I decided to embrace my love of vampire books and young adult fiction and dig into the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz, a Philippines native now living in NY and LA.
Rivalry: a Geisha's Tale
Rivalry was one of the "disposable" books I brought to France with me, since it was not on loan from a library. I did, however, acquire it from a library. It was in our giveaway pile at Barnard, though I'm not sure why. It's a Columbia University Press publication and women's studies-ish enough that I would probably order it if I read a good review. It's a translation of a 1917 novel. Can you say "public domain"? Being an academic press publication, it's also got a six page introduction (that I didn't bother to read). Oops--now that I look at the intro, I realize that homosexual that I am as a media consumer, I might not have read it (and might not buy it for the library after all), that the author was a man.
Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
The table of contents reveals some favorites from the past: Julia Alvarez, James McBride, Lisa See, and Danzy Senna.