Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August 2013 Books Galore!

For your amusement, a few exciting updates:

The Book of Negroes also known as Someone Knows My Name is becoming a television miniseries! You may recall this book made my list of Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings back in 2011. Get all of the details here!

A Long Walk to Freedom is becoming a movie! And in case you don’t already know who is playing Mandela, you can view the trailer here!

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie was my introduction to African literature. Well now her novel Half of a Yellow Sun is becoming a film! Check out the trailer here
Update 7/30/2014: I went to the Half of a Yellow Sun screening and Adichie was there!

Unfortunately I haven't read any of these books. I try to avoid scheduling the books I read but they seem to be lining themselves up! I hope to finish all of them by the end of the year. 

For a few of you, the name Terrence Jenkins will ring a bell. He came on the scene back in 2005 as a co-host of BETs 106 & Park. Since then his career has skyrocketed! I was surprised to learn that he has written a book, The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom

For those of you who don’t mind parting with your books,you can swap them online for free! Check out PaperBackSwap here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Harlem Book Fair Recap

Saturday, I attended the Harlem Book Fair. After watching many of the panel sessions from last year's fair on C-Span, I added the event to my 2013 to do list.

Believe it or not I only left with 2 books, The Farming of Bones and Breath, Eyes, Memory both by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat. After reading my first books by African authors last year, I couldn't wait to delve into one of these. I started reading The Farming of Bones on Monday.

So without further ado, here are a few pics!

Live Music

A celebrity sighting. Saul Williams, also know as Lynn's celibate boyfriend, Sivad, for the Girlfriends fanatics

 Books of Course

 Someone was handing out sign language learning cards to the kids. My niece decided to practice.

More books

Me and my Aunt

Up next, the National Book Festival and Baltimore Book Festival both in September!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


This book, I wanted to love it; I promise I did. But I didn’t. If there was an introversion/extroversion scale, I’d fall right about here:

   I                       E

So I wanted a book that discussed how to deal with people who don’t believe me when I tell them that schmoozing makes me feel ill - literally. Or who think it’s rude that they are not greeted with a smile when showing up at my house unannounced – don’t ever do that. Or who don’t understand that to me, up to 3 is company (when anticipated), but more than that is a crowd - always. And the list goes on.

Instead I got a book that seemed to be countless research studies on introversion combined into narrative form to create some sort of validation or confirmation that introversion is okay and/or normal. But I’m not confused about who I am nor am I uncomfortable with it.  

Something that did make me uncomfortable is the author's borderline bashing of extroverts. I never argue that introversion is better than extroversion. I only want extroverts to respect that introversion significantly impacts the way one interacts.

People are especially oblivious to this fact in the workplace where the message to introverts is that you don’t have to change who you are, but you do have to act like something you are not.  I agree with Jay from Bibliophilopolis who says, “Introvert abuse seems rampant in corporate America.’’  

The book wasn’t bad. I did finish it. It just wasn’t what I expected. But it has prompted me to find outlets that cater to introverts which is actually something I had never thought of. I now follow several introversion themed groups on Facebook and that has been quite enjoyable. Someone suggested meeting with groups in the area that cater to introverts. Yeah, well, that's an oxymoron if I ever heard one!

“Or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell” – that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans do just the same.” Quiet by Susan Cain

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