etumukutenyak: (skull with nails)
As another character says, "And what a pair of names for one such as yourself, eh?"; Blanche White is a black woman who has a business that brings her in contact with lots of other people, perfect for stumbling across mysteries and solving them. She sounds like the kind of person I'd like to hang out with in real life, except for that tendency to find dead bodies that all sleuths seem to have. An excellent read, and worth tracking down in the nearest used bookstore.



Other AoC that I recall reading:

Madhur Jaffrey, Tastes of India
Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Steven Barnes, all of his books
CherrĂ­e Moraga/Gloria AnzaldĂșa, This Bridge Called My Back
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
Alex Haley, Roots
Malcolm Gladwell, Blink
Audre Lorde, Zami, A New Spelling of My Name
Mark Mathabane, Kaffir Boy
etumukutenyak: ("Another cuppa)
New Books first:

A Grave Silence by Rose Beecham, which is either the real name or the pseudonym of Jennifer Fulton. It's a new series, from what the "By The Author" page indicates, and it's one of her best. I'd forgotten how well Rose Beecham writes (Jennifer Fulton tends to do romances, which are not my bag). The last Beechams I read were the Amanda Valentine series, and those were good books about a cop in Australia. She must have felt too much competition from Claire McNab's Det. Carol Ashton series, because there were only three books in that series. Anyway, this one is a female FBI agent on a deep undercover mission to the Utah/Colorado border. It's got great characters, great dialogue, great plot (and twisty), and it was voted an automatic re-read as soon as I finished it the first time.

Re-reads:

Cordelia's Honor, the combined Shards of Honor and Barrayar. As usual, it keeps me up late to finish it.

Cat Rising, by Cynn Chadwick; a novel about a woman in North Carolina who has just successfully published a novel that seems to be doing well, and is working with her best friend in a woman-owned carpentry business, and her brother comes back after many years away from home. To top it all off, she thinks she might have met the woman of her dreams. It was good enough for me to buy the next book, but I've just started the re-read and need to remember what I liked about it. It's beginning well; it's got lyric descriptions of the land and the weather, and her history with her grandmother, and her interactions with her friends. It's just getting up some steam here.

Time to sit back with a cuppa and read a while.

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